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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Nick Urata of Devotchka, live onstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, August 17, 2006

If you haven’t herd of Devotchka I am not surprised although they are one amazing band. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, this quartet can be classified as indie rock, European folk and something that's their own special style. The obviously obsessed fans were staring nonstop and moving to every note of Nick Urata’s Theremin. Devotchkas horns, guitars, drums and other instruments combine to simply make sweet, sweet music.

2. Brandon Flowers of the Killers, live onstage @ Popscene 330Ritch, San Francisco, August 24, 2006

A huge band in a little club: the Killers did a surprise show at San Francisco’s Popscene. Walking in fans had no idea who they were going to see this night at Popscene's 10 year anniversary party. The place was packed full of hipsters eagerly waiting for a band to hit and when they did it was pandemonium, the crowd went bananas from the first note to the last. Killers performed songs from their new album Sam’s Town and hits from their multi platinum album Hot Fuss. Brandon was his usual self, channeling Bruce Springsteen, New Order and few dozen other amazing bands with, of course, great support from the rest of the boys and even closing the set with David Bowie's "When You Rock'N'Roll With Me."

3. Casey Spooner of Fischerspooner, live onstage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, August 25, 2006

Casey Spooner said it best: “I thought Electro is out of fashion.” Well that night Fischerspooner brought it back with a vengeance, performing live with a full band on stage at Mezzanine in front of a sold out crowd. Being as theatrical as ever with a lighting set up that lit the place ablaze, conducting no less that four costume changes and playing hit after hit. I have to say FS fans are extremely intense, not only knowing every word to every song but also moving so hard to every note that the entire place seemed to undulate. Casey sang a few new songs but the piece de resistance was “Emerge” with confetti canons, balloons and the entire place going nuts.