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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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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"

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  • Friday, April 01, 2005

    Phantom Planet in San Jose, Wu Bai and Goapele in San Francisco

    I'll be in la-la land starting tonight, so you won't catch me until next Wednesday.

    An interesting thought channel 104.9 had on air was that bands are much better at sprints than marathons. They tend to come and go with hits.

    And, Phantom Planet echoed that idea. Their earlier claim to fame, actor and drummer Jason Schwartzman has left, leaving them to change their line-up.

    So bassist Sam Farrar, has this to say about bands: "It's delicate, you know, bands are like marriages except without the sex."

    Check out my full story here.

    And tonight:

    Phantom Planet opens for Sting
    Where: San Jose State Event Center, 209 S. 7th Street, San Jose
    When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
    Tickets: $33.75-$50.75; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or www.ticketmaster.com

    And early next week, ch-check out my story on Wu Bai on Monday. His concert comes Tuesday.

    Wu Bai & China Blue concert
    WHERE: DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4/5
    TIX: 21+; $50 ($60 at the door); 877-CMPG-388 (877-2674-388)
    WHY: Wu Bai usually plays at 20-50 thousand big concerts in Asia, so this is a chance to see him up close and personal.

    Finally, on Monday:

    Goapele, Mos Def, Crown City Rockers, ?uestlove and Michael Franti
    WHERE: Club Mighty, 119 Utah St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Monday 4/4
    TIX: 21+; $12 presales; $15 before midnight
    WHY: This is a crazy sick line-up.

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