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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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Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
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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  • Wednesday, March 23, 2005

    George Kahumoku Jr. in Redwood City

    It may be dreary outside, but I've been bringing a li'l sunshine in my car by playing Hawaiian music.

    One of my favorite songs to play lately while it pours is "Lokomaika'i" with George Kahumoku Jr. and Daniel Ho. It's "Amazing Grace" Hawaiian style.

    George was actually the first musician I interviewed on the job. He's both rascally and sweet, but also completely open about his music and life.

    I know I may be a hip-hop fan, but he's really fun to watch live.

    So tomorrow, ch-check him out:

    George Kahumoku
    WHERE: The Little Fox, 2209 Broadway - Redwood City, CA
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, 3/24
    TIX: $14 advance, $18 at the door; (650) 369-4119
    WHY: He brings a little bit of sunshine to these days' pouring rain.

    As they say in Hawaiian, "a hui hou & e malama pono" (see you later, take care).

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