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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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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
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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, April 15, 2005

    Rob Thomas in San Francisco and wisdom from Sammy Hagar

    Rob Thomas plays tonight. Ch-check out my story here.

    It includes video and audio clips.

    He taught me a great lesson this week about the need to balance being able to say no. He passes up on a lot of promotions to have more time for himself, and he still has a career right?

    When I interviewed Sammy Hagar, he had something deep to say too: "Happiness comes from within."

    Keep those things in mind this busy weekend.

    Ch-check it out:


    Rob Thomas
    WHERE: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. tonight 4/15
    TIX: $35; (408) 998-8497 or
    WHY: Check out his solo act.

    Ladies' Swerve
    WHERE: Zebra Lounge, 447 Broadway, SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight 4/15
    TIX: ladies free before 10:30; discount before 11 p.m.
    WHY: They're giving away free spa gift certificates.


    The Bomb Veinte
    WHERE: HP Pavilion
    WHEN: Wednesday, May 25th
    TIX: $20; it goes on sale 10 a.m. Saturday! (4/16)
    WHY: The A-list line-up includes: The Game, Snoop, Baby Bash, Frankie J, Bone Brothers, and Natalie.

    Asian American IDOL 2005
    DNA Lounge, 375 11th street @ Harrison, SF
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday 4/16
    TIX: $10 with guestlist
    WHY: Check out who may be next famous.


    Bay Area Rap Summit
    WHERE: 177 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
    WHEN: 12-7 p.m. Sunday 4/17
    TIX: $35-$100;
    WHY: Network and listen to the Bay's up-and-coming rappers.


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