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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.

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  • Friday, November 19, 2004

    Jars of Clay in Hercules

    Last night I caught The Bridge's (100.7 FM) Jars of Clay concert in Hercules. I was glad to finally catch their hit "Flood" live.

    The Christian rockers are good and silly in concert.

    Also I never knew a church would be a good concert venue but Valley Bible Church was nicer and bigger than a lot of clubs I've been to. With the raised stage and flashing lights, it made you forget you were sitting in a pew.

    Amy Marsh, the program director from 100.7 The Bridge, was right -when a Christian band is as good as a mainstream one, it's something to be proud of. (Here's an in-depth story I wrote about that trend.)

    This weekend, ch-check it out:

  • Dean Takahashi's story on Electronic Art's workforce issues about non-compensating their employees for overtime. (Here's the anonymous blog that tipped the story off.)

  • Also this weekend...

    WHAT: Lumpia DVD Release Party
    WHERE: Tower Records Stonestown, 118 3205 20th Ave., 2nd Floor, San Francisco
    WHEN: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 11/20
    TIX: No cover
    WHY: Check out a cool Filipina DVD, get free food, plus hear performances by Asian American artists Natalise, Next Phaze and Janice Aranas

    WHAT: Bento
    WHERE: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday 11/20
    TIX: $20
    WHY: Check out this Asian American alternative band on the come-up.

    WHAT: San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest
    WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street at Bay Street
    WHEN: Nov. 18-21
    TIX: $25;
    WHY: Check out the best in the Bay's hip-hop dance scene.


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