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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.

My Articles

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"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2005

    Rob Thomas, of Matchbox Twenty, in San Francisco

    The other day I interviewed Rob Thomas, lead singer of Matchbox Twenty. (Click here for my story.)

    He performing solo for now, but plans to go back to the band and continue to write for other artists (most recently a collaboration with Big Boi of OutKast). In short, he's a very busy man.

    On balancing all this music and his marriage to model Marisol Maldonado, he says:

    "We stay together as much as we can," says Thomas, 33. "We realize that this is real time and that's what's important."

    "Sometimes you get really (expletive) great business opportunities, but if it doesn't vibe with your personal time, you don't have enough time ... You say no to something, and be okay. I mean I still have a career."

    Ch-check out my interview with him in Thursday's Mercury News. I wanted to do a straight Q&A, but he sprinkled in quite a few expletives, so it'll be a story.

    Tonight, ch-check it out:

    Slipknot, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall
    WHERE: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara, San Jose
    WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight 4/12
    TIX: $37; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: if metal is your thang




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