Rival Schools
Taking their name from a Capcom fighting game, Rival Schools came together with a built-in reputation. The members were previously in well-known hardcore bands from the ‘80s and ‘90s: Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits, CIV, Youth of Today and Iceburn. After a hiatus through the middle of the past decade, the band is now on a reunion tour stopping in San Jose on Monday.

Fitz and The Tantrums
Michael Fitzpatrick, frontman of Fitz and The Tantrums, describes his band’s musical style as “soul-influenced indie pop.” He favors the organ and horns over guitars. They’ve had a good deal of success on TV, performing on almost all of the late night shows and having their songs placed in shows like Criminal Minds and Desperate Housewives.

Love in American Times
Raised in San Jose and best known for her portrayal of communications officer Hoshi Sato in the TV show Star Trek: Enterprise, Linda Park stars in Philip Kan Gotanda’s sassy romantic comedy running at the San Jose Rep. J. Michael Flynn plays a wealthy businessman attempting to sweep an accomplished young woman off her feet, but when the family enters the picture, hijinks ensue.

The Stepkids
It takes more than a smattering of reverb and delay effects to make good psychedelic music. The Stepkids are not only great musicians in their own right but they also integrate far-out visuals into their music videos and live shows. Sake San Jose, a sake tasting event in Japantown early Thursday evening, might be good preparation.

Haleh Abghari and Laurie San Martin
The Montalvo Arts Center hosts a Final Fridays free program featuring a musical and theatrical performance by artists Laurie San Martin and Haleh Abghari and percussionist Chris Froh. Inspired by Farid al-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds, aspects of Korean pansori and Iranian traditional music are digitally manipulated to accompany soprano vocals and live percussion.