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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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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, March 04, 2005

    KALX and John Cho in San Francisco

    I apologize for being absent this week - I've been holed up at home with a vicious cold that made me sound like Minnie Mouse.

    As for last week, I was on KALX-FM (90.7) on Sunday. They played the Chinese opera-rock-rap album Aadia which I love, along with Lyrics Born's new album ("Same !@#$ Different Day," coming out in April) which is absolutely hot and my current favorite, along with Stone Throw 101: DVD & CD.

    On the radio, BillyJam and I again talked about the prospect of the "new bay" and how real fans are so excited they wouldn't be deterred by a little barf (like I was - I went to the Quannum MC's show last Thursday, and something - I suspect it was either barf or coke -- dribbled down from the second floor to the first. I left promptly after that. But, except for that, the show was amazing.)

    As for this weekend, my voice is just about back, but I'm not ready to go out clubbing just yet, so here are some events - please party hardy for me.

    FRIDAY

    Left of Zed
    WHERE: Club Lamia, 3910 Geary Blvd. @ 3rd Ave.
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight 3/4
    TIX: 21+; Before 10pm: $8 - general, $6 - members, after 10pm: $15 - general
    WHY: John Cho (of MILF and Harold & Kumar fame) is the lead singer

    Pure Hip Hop Friday with DJ Dave Onex
    WHERE: Fluid Ultra Lounge, 662 Mission St., SF
    WHEN: tonight 3/4
    TIX: Free champagne until 11pm., Free until 11pm with RSVP
    WHY: They describe it as a "marathon of pure hip hop."

    re-define
    WHERE: Luna Lounge, 1192 Folsom @ 8th St., SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. tonight 3/4
    TIX: 21+; no cover
    WHY: underground hip hop and classic breaks

    SATURDAY

    Collision Course
    WHERE: Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, 3455 Edison Way, Menlo Park
    WHEN: 1-7 p.m. Saturday 3/5
    TIX: $5 suggested donation
    WHY: hip hop and martial arts come together for tsunami relief

    Juicy
    WHERE: Blush Nightclub, 261 California Dr., Burlingame
    WHEN: Saturday 3/5
    TIX: 21+; $10 for guys
    WHY: Ladies free all night and drink tickets for birthday goers

    Salted
    WHERE: Mighty, 119 Utah St., SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. Saturday 3/4
    TIX: $10 Presale , $15-20 at the door
    WHY: Grand Opening of San Francisco's newest weekly Saturday night party

    Grand Opening
    WHERE: Club Deep, 87 N. San Pedro, San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 2/26
    TIX: 21+; win tix - Deep@Latinbayarea.com
    WHY: They tout themselves to be San Jose's 1st upscale Latino nightclub

    Miss Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 3/5
    TIX: free b4 10 p.m. if on guestlist (info@zoenightclub.com) and for only $5 b4 11 p.m.
    WHY: See a swimsuit competition and get a chance to be on TV!

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