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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Keith Murray of “We Are Scientists”, live on stage @ Popscene, San Francisco, December 29, 2005

We Are Scientists single has been playing on the radio for the past couple of months, but that's not the best way to judgment a band. Once I got to the venue I was told that Chris Cain (bass guitar and backup vocals) was unable to make it due to an incoming baby and that his replacement was Ariel Rechtshaid (of L.A.'s Foreign Born and Dirty Little Secret) who produced the record. Waiting for them to hit the stage you could feel the anticipation in the air and it was well worth it. With driving vocals and amazing guitar and drums they stirred the crowd into a frenzy. So if you get a chance, try to make it out for their show later this year.

2. The Advantage, live on stage @ The Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, December 30, 2005

It was a dark and stormy night and I was really curious to see The Advantage live because I heard that this 4 piece plays Nintendo songs; yes, like the theme from "Mario Brothers". Despite the fact that these tunes are nostalgic and these guys' are amazing technically, after the first few songs, it can get a little old. To hear the same type of music over and over again was kind of mind-draining.

3. Wolf Parade, backstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, January 4, 2005

I've been waiting for this show for the past two months, and damn was it worth it! These 5 kids from Canada are a mish mash of music, but stand apart as one of the best bands out there. Performing music from their album Apologies to the Queen Mary which came out last year, they showed their ability to make people dance and scream. They have a knack for creating sounds-capes that span not only the audible but also the visual.