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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.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
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Videogame: Fable

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Theater:The Mambo Kings

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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"

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  • Friday, February 25, 2005

    Quannum MC's and Polysics in SF, plus clubbing this weekend

    I checked out the sold out Quannum MC's show last night at the DNA Lounge. It was stellar and worth the traffic-ridden commute.

    One act worth checking out from last night was the DJ, Mike Relm. He integrated video into his mix, so that while he scratched the record, the image would remind and fast forward. For example, a skateboarder from Jay-Z's video would bounce back and forth. He also mixed in everything from Peanuts' music to Led Zeppelin with visuals from Bruce Lee to "Fight Club."

    As for today, ch-check out my story on Japanese pop-punk band Polysics! They pattern themselves after '80s new wave band Devo.

    As for the difference between Japanese and American pop-punk music, the lead singer, Hiro, says, "The only difference is whether the English pronunciation is good or bad."

    Here is a link to listen to their music.

    As for this weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    Funk-ology
    WHERE: Club Six, 60 6th St. (btwn. Market & Mission), San Francisco
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight 2/25
    TIX: 21+ w/ ID; $10; Click here for guest list (Reply by 4pm Friday):
    WHY: mix of dancehall, hip hop, electro, breaks, funk and soul

    Swerve
    WHERE: Loft 11, 316 11th St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. tonight 2/25
    TIX: 21+; With guest list FREE before 10:30; $10.00 discount after
    WHY: elite hip-hop party

    Spundae
    WHERE: Ruby Skye, 420 Mason @ Geary, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight 2/25
    TIX: $25 advance;
    WHY: electronic dance music with Sasha

    SATURDAY

    SF vs. EAST BAY .::DECADE::.. THE BEST OF THE 90'S
    WHERE: Shattuck Down Low Lounge, 2284 Shattuck and Bancroft, Berkeley
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 2/26
    TIX: Email JONATHANMACK@AOL.COM to get in for $5 before 11 p.m.
    WHY: DJ battle with four turntables - 3 songs vs. 3 songs back to back for 2 hours

    VIBE
    WHERE: Wildcard Hotel, 10 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 2/26
    TIX: $10 with email: rare@blufizz.com
    WHY: weather proofed event; hip-hop, R&B, reggae, dance hall, reggaeton

    The re-opening extravaganza
    WHERE: 550, 550 Barneveld, SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 2/26
    TIX: $10 with guestlist
    WHY: 3 rooms of hip-hop, trance and old skool '80s

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