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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
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • 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
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Friday, November 05, 2004

    Mango Kingz in San Jose and Juvenile in San Francisco tonight

    It's been raining on and off outside, so if you're bored online, here's some wacky animation sites to ch-check out:

    JibJab - a political spoof that has animated everything from the founding fathers rapping to Cooking with Clinton.

    Breakdancing transformers - Transformers already are cool, but if they breakdance, imagine the possibilities!

    Dancing eggs - Eggs with personality

    Tonight, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: Juvenile w/ UTP
    WHERE: 550 Barneveld, San Francisco
    WHEN: 10 p.m. tonight, Nov. 5
    TIX: $20 advance; $30 at door; 21+; stylish attire; (510)338-5363; bayareaevents.com
    WHY: New Orleans gangsta rapper Juvenile is the one behind the "Slow Motion" song.

    WHAT: Mango Kingz
    WHERE: Hukilau, 230 Jackson St. (Japantown), San Jose
    WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. tonight, Nov. 5
    TIX: No cover
    WHY: Hawaiian music + a cappella + doo-wop + R&B = aloha

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