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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, February 11, 2005

    Brian McKnight and Valentine's

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so for all you lovebirds out there, I decided to make a romantic song list for ya. R&B crooners, like Brian McKnight, top the list.

    McKnight was also one of my most memorable interviewees. When I asked him his favorite song, he serenaded me with "Rainbow Connection," Kermit style!

    So, here is my happy Valentine's list:

  • "I Swear," All-4-One
  • "Back At One," Brian McKnight
  • "Someone to Love," Jon B and Babyface
  • "Right Here Waiting," Richard Marx
  • "Hero," Enrique Iglesias
  • "True," Ryan Cabrera


  • And here's a list for the heartbroken:

    "Nobody Knows," Tony Rich
  • "U Got It Bad," Usher
  • "Water Runs Dry," Boyz II Men
  • "Over and Over," Nelly
  • "When Can I See You Again," Babyface


  • And this weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    WHAT: Amoeba Music Customer Appreciation Jam
    WHERE: Club 6, 60 6th St., between Market & MissionSan Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. - 4 a.m. tonight, 2/11
    TIX: $5; wear Amoeba clothing and get in for free
    WHY: all kinds of bands - rock, indie, new wave, punk '80s, hip-hop, breaks, beats, funk, house and soul

    WHAT: Fresh
    WHERE: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St. (btwn. 17th & 18th St.)
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight, 2/11
    TIX: $10
    WHY: An up-and-comers live showcase with such groups as Felonious, Lunar Heights, and Unified School District

    SATURDAY

    WHAT: Lea Salonga
    WHERE: Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday 2/12
    TIX: $35-$200; tickets.com
    WHY: The woman behind the voice that made Mulan a convincing warrior and Jasmine a believable princess is stepping out on her first US-tour. She's quite funny actually, and said that, "The show is, like, 2 1/2 hours, and half of that is me talking."

    SUNDAY

    WHAT: Matisyahu
    WHERE: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, 2/13
    TIX: $12; ticketweb.com
    WHY: A Hasidic Jewish reggae artist - You have to see him to see how he mixes the cultures!

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