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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, December 10, 2004

    Dan the Automator at Not So Silent Night

    Tonight, ch-check out Live 105's Not So Silent Night. (line-up here)

    It's sold out, but here's a link to craigslist for tickets. It's one of those concerts I wouldn't miss, because they always have a strong line-up.

    Also, check out Monday's blog for a look backstage at the concert.

    Not So Silent Night leaned toward more indie rock this year, to neo-retro-rock groups like The Killers and Franz Ferdinand. Also featured is one of my current favorite DJ's spinning, Dan the Automator.

    The other day I interviewed the producer/DJ, whose real name is Dan Nakamura. He's a native of the Bay - attended Lowell High School and San Francisco State. For a man of such talent (produced Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School, he was very open and even hesitant to talk up his success.

    For tonight, he says that he'll play in between the acts in "weird small 15 minute joints" with "music they haven't heard yet."

    I plan on writing something about him soon. And for all those who can't get a ticket to the show, there's a great line-up at the afterparty.

    WHAT: Not So Silent Night Afterparty
    WHERE: Club 6, 60 Sixth (between Market & Mission), San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m. tonight 12/10
    TIX: $10; popscene-sf.com
    WHY: Many of the acts from the concert (like The Killers , Franz Ferdinand and Dan the Automator ) are scheduled to be there, along with the godfather of hip-hop Afrika Bambaataa.

    Also this weekend, ch-check it out:

    SATURDAY

    WHAT: The Hives
    WHERE: The Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday 12/11
    TIX: $20; ticketmaster.com
    WHY: More neo-retro rock to whet your appetite

    ALL WEEKEND

    WHAT: Jamie Kennedy
    WHERE: San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second Street, San Jose
    WHEN: Tonight through Sunday, 12/10-12
    TIX: $18-22
    WHY: He's the new man behind The Mask.

    SUNDAY

    WHAT:
    Wale Oyejide
    WHERE: The Agenda Lounge, 399 South First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Sunday, 12/12
    TIX: $5 at door
    WHY: Nigerian hip-hop infused with Afro-beats and neo-soul.


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