Review + Photos: Scott Gagner, Tripwire, the Bobbleheads at the Make-Out Room

The Bobbleheads (photo: SarahJayn Kemp) Saturday night at the Make-Out Room, the place was nearly empty save for the bands performing, their friends, and their families. I'd never been to the Make-Out Room before, but I could imagine why it's named as such. Even though the venue is strictly 21 and over, I felt like I was back at my senior prom, or at least the dystopian version of coming-of-age rituals embodied in late '90s music videos. The streamers and other disco paraphernalia hung from the ceiling evoking the wonder and lust of teenage crushes. There was a lot of [...]

Review + Photos: Nice guys finish first at Art Boutiki show

Trip Wire (photo: Patric Carver) Walking into Art Boutiki in San Jose was like stepping into a time machine. The front room, a comic book store, had this mid-'90s feel that I couldn’t shake. Was it the fact that there was more print in the room than screens? That irony took second-place to well-executed puns in the merchandise dotting the shelves? That hoodies still seemed to be the preferred fashion accessory? Then, I spotted it — a customer walked by clutching a copy of Evan Dorkin’s Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad. I don’t know what was on your [...]

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