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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, May 13, 2005

    R. Kelly is trapped in the closet and Nelly has been canceled in San Jose

    Ch-check out the first song on my play list, the hot new single by R. Kelly, "Trapped in the Closet."

    It's peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hip-Hop Songs chart, and is part of five chapters.

    The first chapter is about a man and a woman having a tryst, only to have the husband come home and the lover hide in the woman's closet.

    The second one is not out yet, but I've heard an MP3 - and like the ending of the first, it begs for the rest. I'll divulge a little detail - the woman's husband is a priest.

    And for all you heading out to E3 or always wanted to go to E3, one of biggest showcases of videogames not out yet - the Mercury News has a new blog out on E3.

    I've gone before, and let me tell you, it's mind boggling. There are models dressed like all kinds of videogame characters and movie screens where you can test out the games. And, the parties were amazing, don't let me start on the parties - Garbage and OutKast were there.

    As for this weekend, ch-check it out:

    FRIDAY

    Jimmy Eat World / Taking Back Sunday
    WHERE: Henry J Kaiser Arena, 10 Tenth Street, Oakland
    WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday 5/13
    TIX: $25; ticketmaster.com
    WHY: Happy pop-punky ballads

    SATURDAY

    Sweat/Suit Tour with Nelly, Fat Joe, T.I. that was supposed to be Saturday at the San Jose Event Center Arena was canceled.

    ALL WEEKEND

    Mamapalooza

    FRIDAY

    WHERE: Starry Plough, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
    WHEN: 9:30 p.m.
    TIX: $10; (510) 841-2082

    SATURDAY

    WHERE: Slim's, 333 11th St., San Francisco
    WHEN: Noon -4 p.m.
    TIX: $12; under 12 free; (415) 255-0333

    SUNDAY

    WHERE: Little Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City
    WHEN: 7 p.m.
    TIX: $13 in advance, $15 at the door; (650) 369-4119
    WHY: These moms can rock! (link to my story on them)

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