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Jan 19, 2022

Doggy Dog World: From Hip Hop to Animal Rescue

Daniel Martinez hops out of his black Cadillac SRX and nods towards me, chatting enthusiastically on his cellphone. Around San Jose, he’s known to...
Jan 12, 2022

Voluntary Hazing’s Full Ska-lership

Kayla Renelle will always remember something her brother asked her about Voluntary Hazing, her 12-piece ska band. “You have talented musicians,” he began. “Some are...
Dec 1, 2021

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Shred the Halls

The first time Trans-Siberian Orchestra took the stage in the late ’90s—a sold-out theater in Philadelphia—no one in the band knew what to expect....
Nov 17, 2021

‘Togacinco’ Premieres at the Ritz

Ryan DiBiase was blown away that 225 people showed up to The Ritz in 2017 to see his latest skate video, Toga 4. By then,...
May 5, 2021

One Skank Beyond: New Book Recalls The Glory Days Of San Jose’s ’90s Ska...

It was June 28, 1992, and my friends and I were at the nightclub One Step Beyond in Santa Clara, where the foul odor of...
Dec 16, 2020

Don't Forget to Rewind

In the new documentary ‘The Last Blockbuster,’ one tiny store takes a stand against the streaming revolution.
Sep 9, 2020

Generation Kendrick

In 2015, protestors took to the streets across the country demanding an end to police brutality amid several high-profile cases where police killed unarmed Black men and got little more than a slap on the wrist. That July, the Movement for Black Lives held its first conference at Cleveland State University--just a few miles from the recreation center where a Cleveland police officer killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice the year before--to discuss how to hold law enforcement accountable for these actions.
Feb 19, 2020

Duster at the Catalyst

Back in the late ’90s, a trio of San Jose indie rockers released two full-length records and a handful of EPs, to little attention....
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