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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 04, 2005

    Hitch and Dresden Dolls

    Lots to talk about today!

  • Channel 104.9's birthday party last Friday was a blast. Even though some performance artists accompanying the Dresden Dolls band were dressed up like ghouls and pushing people about, I really enjoyed the party. The best band was Collective Soul. Keep that band on your radars; their alternative crooning was so sweet, it spoke to your soul. It was the kind of music you instinctively close your eyes to.


  • Here are video clips from the party's frenetic headliner, Dresden Dolls


  • Also, I caught a preview of Will Smith's new movie last night, "Hitch." Although the previews do give a lot away, and the endings to chick flicks are always obvious, I enjoyed it. Let me put this way, my friend (who is a cop) loved it enough to want to buy the DVD when it come out.


  • This weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    WHAT: Hair and Fashion Show
    WHERE: Simone's, 380 Embarcadero (next to Mingles), Oakland
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight, 2/4
    TIX: $20; guestlist@emoneypresents.com
    WHY: Hip-hop, R&B, reggae, dancehall and old school grooves

    WHAT: Swerve Friday's
    WHERE: Zebra Lounge, 447 Broadway, San Francisco
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. tonight, 2/3
    TIX: 21+; upscale clothing required; guest list free before 10:30 p.m.; discount afterwards; cheers@climaxglobal.com
    WHY: Celebrating Mardi Gras with R&B and hip-hop

    WHAT: B-Boy/B-Girl Jam
    WHERE: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., SF
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 2/3
    TIX: All ages; $13@ the door
    WHY: Live music by Top Rockerz Breakbeat Band (Mirv, Brain, House, Dr. Ware & Adrian Isabell) and performances by Extra Credit/Sisterz of the Underground, plus cash prizes for best bboys and bgirls

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY

    WHAT: Damon Wayans
    WHERE: San Jose Improv, 62 S 2nd St, San Jose
    WHEN: 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Sat.; 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Sun.
    TIX: $33-37; www.improv.com
    WHY: See the funny guy behind "Homey the Clown," "My Wife and Kids," and "In Living Color."

    WHAT: Super Bowl Party
    WHERE: 330 Ritch, San Francisco (between 3rd and 4th St. off Townsend)
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, 2/6
    TIX: 21+
    WHY: Get ready for Valentine's with a discussion on the difficulties of dating in the South Bay.




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