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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Pete Rock @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, February 23, 2008

I donít really write about DJs too often but when I saw that Pete Rock was performing I knew it was a must see show. With his first record on the tables he made the crowd stomp their feet. In the age of Serato and the laptop you rarely get to see DJs use albums; Rock was nothing but smooth transitions, spinning his own classics and other crowd favorites. Oh -- and he is also a great hype man -- and got on the mic at times to get the crowed jumping.

2. Mika Miko @ Opening Night of Noise Pop, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, February 26 2008

The opening night of Noise Pop at The Rickshaw was packed with cool kids and some not so cool (who were there mainly for the free sushi and boooze). Well I got my punk or post-punk or whatever you want to call it on with Mika Miko. With a fun stage show that included a telephone and a saxophone these girls knew how to have a fun time and even inspired a stage dive at one point. I havenít seen a girl group get down like that in a long time.

3. PeoplePeople @ Noise Pop, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, February 27, 2008

I hadn't planned on going out Wednesday night until I found out Tyson Vogel of Two Gallants and Andrew Kerwin of Trainwreck Riders and were playing in another band called PeoplePeople. I go to a lot of shows and sometimes it's cause someone I know is playing and sometimes they're not that great, but this time I must say it was actually GREAT. I can't really put these guys in a genre but it was a mix of bossa nova, indie and experimental instrumental. And although I'm not a big fan of instrumental because it tends to drag, these guys knew how to make it fun and different.