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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.

About Me
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.

My Articles

My picks:
CD: Green Day
Trailer: 2046
Videogame: Burnout 3

Mercury Reviews:
Art show: Heritage Bank of Commerce
Bar: Stratta
Book: ``Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003''
Comedy: Dame Edna
DVD: Star Wars
Restaurant: Hahn's Hibachi
Theater: Clouds Hill
TV show: Without a Trace

Sick site
Breakdancing Transformers

My Playlist

1. Snow Patrol: brooding ballads

2. Toby Lightman : opened for Prince

3. Martin Luther: SF singer for The Roots

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  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
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  • Friday, October 01, 2004

    Politics and music

    If you're still fired up after last night's presidential debate or forgot it was on, get informed on politics through hip-hop:

    WHAT:
    1st Annual Hip Hop Conference
    WHERE: San Jose State University Student Union
    WHEN: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2
    TIX: Free!
    WHY: Designed to address the issues of young hip hoppers from the ages of 18-35, this conference includes keynote speaker Dr. Tricia Rose, professor and chair of the American Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    There will also be panel discussions and workshops on:

  • women in hip hop
  • voter education
  • police and community relations
  • immigrants' rights
  • the state of hip hop in San Jose
  • youth in activism.

  • Plus, a community resource fair and an art exhibit of local talent, film screenings, vendors and music throughout the day.

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