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Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
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  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
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  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Monday, November 15, 2004

    Bad Religion at the Warfield and the American Music Awards

    Last night I caught hardcore punk band Bad Religion at the Warfield. A friend of mine must be their biggest fan, so I went (knowing I would be dragged into the pit).

    The band sped through 28 songs, with the bulk of the list, around 70 percent, from their older albums, like "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Sorrow."

    The band, which has inspired so many punk and pop-punk bands, are in a fan's words "punk-lifers" even though they're around 40 now, and look a little more like dads than punk-heads.

    A welcome guest in their line-up: Fat Mike from Fat Wreck Chords came up to sing for a bit too.

    Many of the audience were younger than I expected: in their teens to thirties, and much of the pit was made up of teenagers. (Yes, I was in the pit. I'm sore and bruised from the elbows, but I was so close to the stage, I could catch the band's eye contact.)

    For those who didn't catch the American Music Awards, here are some highlights:

  • Usher came out on top, with four awards: favorite artist for soul/R&B and pop-rock, also best pop-rock album and best soul-R&B album

  • OutKast won three: favorite rap/hip hop album and favorite pop/rock group and favorite rap/hip-hop group

  • Toby Keith won two: favorite male country artist and favorite country album


  • For the females:

  • Sheryl Crow won two: favorite female rock artist and favorite adult contemporary artist

  • Alicia Keys won favorite female soul/R&B artist

    On other news, I've been busy writing lately.

    Here's some articles:
  • Ryan Cabrera, Ashlee Simpson's "ex," who describes himself a cross between John Mayer and Matchbox Twenty

  • Nas, New York emcee known for his lyrics

  • Christian radio station KSFB-FM (100.7) changes to Spanish.

  • Helen Zia mini bio

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    Photo of Marian Liu by Stephanie Grace Lim, Mercury News
    You can e-mail me at mliu@mercurynews.com.