Needle to the Groove celebrates one year as a label at the Ritz

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of their life as a record label, Needle to the Groove is throwing a party at the Ritz. You might know Needle to the Groove as your friendly neighborhood record shop in the South and East Bay, with a Bay Bridged-approved selection and staff. But last year, they expanded into a label as well, releasing albums from locals like Aki Kumar and DJ Platurn. To celebrate, they're bringing some of the best and brightest in their orbit together at the Ritz on march 25, with Prince Paul and Peanut Butter Wolf headlining. The night also [...]

A San Jose vinyl safari with Jody and Brandon

If there is one thing that San Jose consistently does well when it comes to music, it's record stores. While the live music scene ebbs and flows, subject to city regulations and public interest, the South Bay's selection of record stores has been strong for the past several decades. They're plentiful, well-distributed across the Valley, and well-stocked. And they keep coming: the newest one opened in 2014. Our San Jose-based staff — Jody Amable and Brandon Roos — took a recent Saturday to do some record shopping across West San Jose. Here's what they bought, what they thought, and what [...]

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