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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Manu Chao, live onstage @ The Greek Theater, Berkeley, July 28, 2006

Manu Chao is a legend all over the world and I found out why last Friday night at the Greek Theater. He performed in front of close to 9000 people screaming and jumping to his every word. With a sound that incorporates punk, rock and Latin rhythms, Chao controlled the crowd and made them bow to his will. His politically charged lyrics and amazing back up musicians drove the crowd into a frenzy of stomping feet. There was also an amazing light show making it performance that I will not soon forget.

2. The Buzzcocks, live onstage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, July 27, 2006

I was surprised to see that The Buzzcocks were touring again and that they were playing at Mezzanine. These legends of punk are back better than ever and they're here to stay. Walking into the show it was nice to see old school punks mixing with the new school punks. I went straight to the front of the stage to get a good spot for photos, knowing full well that this was going to be a real punk show with people thrashing around and moshing and it was. I got a little bit of trashing when someone nailed me in the ribs but it was worth it because the Cocks simply killed it.

3. Matthew Embree of RxBandits, live onstage @ Slims, San Francisco, July 26, 2006

The bandits hit the stage to a sold out crowd at Slims in San Francisco. With a sound that mixes Ska, RockíníRoll, Reggae and even some Post Punk this was a hell of a show. Matthew Embree lead the Bandits through a kaleidoscope of songs with his seamless rhymes and rhythms. As I looked over the crowd of teens, 20somethings and even some real adults, I noticed one thing: they all sang along with every word. This is a nice change to a show, to see real fans with real passion for the band and what they create. In my opinion, this is a sign that the RxBandits are here to stay. So if you have a chance, check them out at RIOTTT Festival in San Francisco on November 11th at the Bill Graham Civic Center.