Music & Nightlife

Wayne Coyne

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Flaming Lips' frontman discusses new album and Bridge School benefit.

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Rock of All Ages

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San Jose Rock Shop brings an all ages venue to San Jose.

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To the Maxx

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San Jose guitarist Maxx Cabello Jr. has so much music to express that his newest project is a double album.

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Mega Ran

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For rapper Mega Ran, video gamesare a prime source of inspiration.

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Florence and the Machine

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The mother country apparently has no shortage of sensational young vocalists.

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Art for All

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RAW: Ensemble brings together artists of all types, from fashion designers to musicians.

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The Dirty Heads

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On their new album, the Dirty Heads put listeners in a good mood.

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Bonnie and the Bang Bang

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Bonnie and the Bang Bang tell chillling tales on their new album.

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Ups and Downs

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Singer Lila Downs’ roots range from traditional Mexican sounds to the jams of the Grateful Dead.

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Talent Night at Iguanas

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The mic is always open Thursdays at Iguanas.

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Fiona Apple

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Fiona Apple combines the nightmarish and the serene on her passionate new album.

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Big Business

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Stoner-metal Melvins offshoot Big Business play the Blank Club Saturday.

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A Nightclub for Sports

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Playhouse bills itself as a sports lounge, but from what I see, it’s more of a posh nightclub than anything else.

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Flow Chart

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Making sense of the mutating lineup at this year’s Rock the Bells, the valley’s biggest rap concert.

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Music Of Movement – Solving Engineering Problems?

Cupertino Harker School student Avi Agarwal does not claim to be a therapist, nor does he claim to suffer from cynism. But he seems to have discovered the solution through a great deal of engineering problems through a solution many are going to find at least peculiar: music. The smart, ambitious youngster has created the Music of Movement system. This special development is said to manipulate mechanical objects with the help of an external sound source/ electronic instrument that can be plugged into the respective system. The versatility of uses for this device is what makes Avi most proud of.


Mechanical Object Movement Via Sounds

The technology seems to enable the manipulation of objects with the help of certain sound frequencies and musical notes. The moving of the objects can be triggered with the aid of external sources of sound, hence enabling changes in the object. This means that the system can be found an infinite number of applications. Avi is both an engineer and a musician and the idea to develop the system came to him while fine tuning his guitar one day. Noticing that the sound frequencies of his guitar were read by the electronic tuner while he was manipulating the guitar, he studied the mater more carefully, so he also grew to discover that the electronic tuner was also converting the sound into electronic signals that were turning light on, as indicators on the notes that were played at the time. Using his engineer thinking, he automatically came up with the idea of finding a way to reverse the tuner and use the new device to gain control over material objects.


Converting The Frequencies Of Sounds To Electricity  

Young Avi then used the similar algorithm that his electrical tuner was using to transform the frequencies of sounds into electricity. His following discovery was amazing: he was soon running electricity through the mechanical objects of his choice. This way, he was able to use music to gain control over mechanical objects. The Harker student then decided to create a prototype circuit enabling him to completely manipulate a car that was radio-controlled with the aid of any external source of sound. Young Avi’s moving music was soon controlling the RC car. He was using the strings of his guitar to manipulate the small car, and he further developed the system sp it can also rely on radio frequencies and sound waves to do the same. The manufacturing costs of such a system designed by him should not be bigger than $5, with an endless number of applications.

Avi got a patent for his invention and he is also involved in the research of similar patents. His discovery brought him an honorable mention at the Synopsys Science Fair and a proclamation by the Cupertino City Council. He is now working at a way of helping quadriplegics enjoy more freedom of movement through their wheelchairs and his system and a harmonica. Video games using sound instead of the regular controllers and humanoid robots that respond to sounds are other ideas young Avi has in mind.

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Identity Festival

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Eric Prydz, who made his mark with the ‘80s-gym-flashback video for ‘Call on Me,’ headlines the Identity Festival Friday.

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Shonen Knife

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Shonen Knife make their Ramones tribute album and come to the Blank.

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Lewis Patzer of the string-metal band Judgment Day and his brother, Graham, go gospel (sort of) in Whiskerman.

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Slum Total

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Elzhi carries on the legacy of Detroit hip-hop’s best-kept secret, Slum Village.

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Culo a Boca

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Cula a Boca are San Jose’s answer to the shock-rock kings.

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