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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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  • Monday, March 14, 2005

    Urbanology show in Milpitas and Flogging Molly in San Francisco

    I had a very busy weekend. Besides shopping, I went to a fashion show and a ramen-tasting-taiko-hip-hop show.

    First on the fashion show -- I'll let you know about the ramen show later this week -- it was called Urbanology. It's the third edition and conveniently located in Milpitas, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by Milpitas Square.

    It was nice to go to a fashion show and see models that aren't stick thin and really tall -- these were hip-hop models: many were shorter with a little more junk in the trunk. And one thing that added the icing to the cake: I was mistaken for a model.

    Many of the brands: LRG, Triple Five Soul, Dopeness Monster, Artus Clothing and Neko Designs were off the hook with clothing that I was very tempted to buy. The neat thing about urban brands is that they're like urban music -- they retextualize the old, giving a new edge to vintage classics.

    The show also gave me a chance to try out my photography skillz. For the first time, I was standing in front of the catwalk along with the rest of the snap-happy folks, cajoling the models to smile. It was fun.

    And yes, the photos turned out beautifully - I'll write when it sees print.

    For tonight, ch-check it out:

    Guinness Presents: The Green 17 Tour with Flogging Molly
    WHERE: Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 3/14
    TIX: $21.50; ticketmaster.com
    WHY: What better way to spend St. Patrick's Day than with Irish punk rock band Flogging Molly.

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