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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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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2005

    Wu Bai married, and Puffy AmiYumi plus Augustana tonight in San Francisco

    So the biggest Taiwan pop news lately is that rocker Wu Bai finally admits that he was secretly married in the last year or so to his girlfriend/manager Chen Wen Pei in Fukuoka City, Japan. It was a marriage on the downlow, and only in these last few days has he admitted this to the press there.

    No wonder he and Chen were giggly on the phone with me - alone, indeed!

    Tonight, two great things to ch-check out:

    Puffy AmiYumi
    WHERE: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Street, SF
    WHEN:
    8 p.m. tonight 4/27
    TIX: $25; ticketmaster.com
    WHY: The cartoony cute duo play Japanese pop rock. I'll be meeting them tonight BACKSTAGE and will give a full account tomorrow.

    Augustana
    WHERE: Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell Street, SF
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight 4/27
    TIX: currently sold out on virtuous.com, check doors
    WHY: sweet ballady alternative rock. Their single "Boston" reminded me of Hoobastank's sweet single "The Reason."

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