Music & Nightlife

Guantanamo Über Alles

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Jello Biafra, former frontman of The Dead Kennedys, brings his new band to The Ritz.

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‘Idiot’ Savants

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City Lights Theater’s adaptation of ‘American Idiot’ is excellent.

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Original Jokester

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Despite competition Weird Al still the best pop music parodist.

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Pop Punk Pioneers

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Leonard Graves Phillips, center, and Stan Lee, center right, have remained the two constant Dickies members, since the band’s formation in 1977.

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Live & Undead

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Kung Fu Vampire celebrating the release of ‘Look Alive’ at The Catalyst.

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Get Married Gets Signed

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San Jose doo-wop punks Get Married are getting hitched—to Wiretap Records.

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Reggaeton Ambassadors

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Peruvian band La Inedita, fuse reggaeton, “chicha” and other Latin flavors to create their signature sound.

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Summer Lovin’

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The Mowgli’s bring freshly squeezed, sunny sounds to The Ritz.

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How Blue Can You Get

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Fountain Blues Fest celebrates 35 years of American music.

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True Grit

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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are celebrating 50 years of playing folk, Americana, country and rock & roll.

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Stanford Jazz Festival performer Ambrose Akinmusire played on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 Grammy-winning album, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly.’

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Positive Outlook

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David Brookings and his band, The Average Lookings, deliver a blast of classic pop songwriting on their latest, self-titled album.

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Classical Rap

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Ensemble Mik Nawooj deftly merges classical, rap sounds.

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Specters of Pop

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The Monophonics draw on the past to create futuristic echoes.

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Bottle Rocking

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A guide to the lesser-known vintages at BottleRock Napa Valley.

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Knocking on the Devil’s Door

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Despite the odds, Bobby Liebling, center-left, has kept his band, Pentagram, and himself, alive for nearly 50 years.

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Res Returns

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Rey Resurreccion re-introduces self with ‘Sweet Tooth Tony’ EP.

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Slapp Happy

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San Jose beatmaker Traxamillion transitions from hyphy to trap.

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Two Tone Man

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Roddy Radiation, former lead guitarist of English ska group The Specials comes to Johnny V’s.

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Lyrical Therapy

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Aesop Rock confronts turning 40, regrets, neuroses on new album.

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