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Review: Mayhem Festival

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This year's edition of the festival had some promising performances by Testament and Athiarchists, but was inconsistent overall.

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Get Down with the Pillowfights

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The Pillowfights perform at Camera 3 in San Jose on Thursday, July 17, before the 9:15pm screening of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll High School’; $7.50.

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Preview: Dirty Pillows

The duo of Alejandro Villanueva and Jeff Evans captures the raw, rushing sound of the earliest days of punk and post-punk.

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Blues Believer

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On the heels of his stunning sweep at the Blues Awards for 'Hard Believer,' Tommy Castro returns to the Metro Fountain Blues Festival.

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The E Family

Pete Escovedo and his extended musical family play Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga on Saturday, July 9.

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California Extreme Gaming Expo

Local musical stars the Phenomenauts' bring this sci-fi rock sound to the gaming expo this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (July 9-10)

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Ghoul, Uninterrupted

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Even solo, Kepi Ghoulie of the Groove Ghoulies is still a rock & roll monster.

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Neko Case

Neko Case brings her unique alt-country sound to the Mountain Winery Friday, July 1.

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YDMC

A San Jose rapper debuts his new album, 'Under the Radar.'

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Careless Hearts

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Everybody who saw the Careless Hearts play with Stooges guitarist James Williamson in 2009 knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of gig. But who knew we’d still be feeling the aftershocks two years later? Careless Hearts play June 24 at the Blank Club.

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New Orleans Flow

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Stanford Jazz Fest opener Allen Toussaint has re-emerged as a major jazz and R&B influence in the wake of Katrina.

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Park Place

From Pickup Sticks to Slow Gherkin, some of the Bay Area's best bands showed up to honor Mike Park and Asian Man Records in a series of 15th-anniversary concerts.

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Mickey Avalon

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Where does rapper-turned-glam star Mickey Avalon draw the line between autobiography and self-parody? He plays the Avalon on Sunday, June 19.

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Corpus Callosum

Corpus Callosum are taking their investment in the local scene to another level with a series of shows at Anno Domini.

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Accordion Man

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Jason Webley brings his hyperkinetic musical powers to Anno Domini this Sunday.

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Spin Cycle

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Fahrenheit's Wheels of Steel competition is a whole new breed of DJ battle for local spinners.

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The Last Frontier

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In the 1980s, the Frontier Wives were the next big thing in local rock; it's been a long journey with many detours to a final reunion concert at the Blank Club.

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Voodoo Blues

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The Santa Cruz Blues Festival, May 28-29, takes Jimi Hendrix back to his beginnings with an appearance by Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox and a lineup of musicians influenced by Hendrix, from David Hidalgo to Keb' Mo'.

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Review: Prince

No two Prince shows are ever alike, as the mercurial performer proved last week at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

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Temp Tantrum

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Michael Fitzpatrick, founder of the band Fitz and the Trantrums, reminisces about how his discovery of a 1960s-era organ got the band started; they play the Blank Club in San Jose on May 24.

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