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From backstage at the latest Bay Area concerts to the latest news on pop culture, I'll be going out to bring you there.

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I'm the pop music critic for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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CD: Green Day
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1. Snow Patrol: brooding ballads

2. Toby Lightman : opened for Prince

3. Martin Luther: SF singer for The Roots

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  • Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    Rising Talent

    I just interviewed Rachael Yamagata who was wonderfully silly and kiddy. As a rising alternative jazz talent, she's been compared to Norah Jones, but instead of being happy, Yamagata's music is brooding, about losing and having love.

    So I was surprised that Yamagata gleefully talked about just coming back from Walmart, to buy leopard seat covers and Christmas lights to decorate her tour bus.

    "I know, it's very festive, if I live in a coffin-like space I might as well make it festive."

    For tonight...ch-check it out:
    WHAT: Muse
    WHERE: Warfield 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight, 9/21
    TIX: $20; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or ticketmaster
    MORE INFO: http://www.muse.mu/

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