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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
  • Friday, April 22, 2005

    Tori Amos sold out in San Francisco, and free shows in San Jose

    Ch-check out my story today on Tori Amos! (Click here for the story.) She's a fiery spirit, but as a mom, she makes sure to discuss the tour with her 4 1/2-year-old daughter.

    "I don't think that you can just drag a kid halfway across the globe without her having any say in it," the 41-year-old singer songwriter says.

    This weekend, my friends and I are going to Vegas and will try to hit the Rain, the Palms' night club and infamous spot from MTV's Real World.

    Meanwhile, for all of you staying in the Bay Area, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY (some nice freebies)

    Iceland Airwaves Festival
    WHERE: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., SF
    WHEN: 6:30 p.m. tonight 4/22
    TIX: Free show!
    WHY: psychedelic Icelandic rock

    Lyrical Discipline
    WHERE: Cafecito, 330 S. Third St., San Jose
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 4/22
    TIX: Free show!
    WHY: There will be a discussion and an open mike. The panel includes Adisa (the bishop of hip-hop), Abe Menor (urban artist and photographer) and Ready Red (original DJ for the Geto Boys).

    SATURDAY

    Zulu Breakthru
    WHERE: MACLA, 510 S. First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday 4/23
    TIX: $10 at the door
    WHY: Los Angeles crew Deux Process and Bay Area artist Shamako and members of the Jimi Handtrix Experience will be performing. This will also be a meeting of Universal Zulu Nation from the Bay Area, L.A., Seattle and Sacramento

    Lewis Black with John Bowman
    WHERE: Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday 4/23
    TIX: $35.50-$45.50; (408) 998-8497 or ticketmaster.com
    WHY: Check out Lewis Black, aka "America's foremost commentato on everything." He's the cynical loudmouth "reporter" from the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    The Team
    WHERE: Club Deep, 87 N. San Pedro, San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday 4/23
    TIX: $15 at the door; no sports apparel; free admission before 10:30 p.m. with this voucher
    WHY: local gritty hip-hop

    MONDAY

    Rooney
    WHERE: Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., SF
    WHEN: 9 p.m. Monday 4/25
    TIX: $10 at the door
    WHY: classic rock

    System of a Down
    WHERE: Fillmore, 1805 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday 4/25
    TIX: tickets only available at the door starting 4/24; two tix limit; no line-ups before 7 a.m.
    WHY: I love how the lead singer, Serj Tankian, has this voice that just vibrates inside of you.

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