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SF Station Blows It Up

1. George Michael @ The HP Pavilion, San Jose, June 19, 2008

After a 17-year hiatus from the Bay Area the pop icon returned to a sold out house and one brilliant performance. From every tune you could ever want to hear from George Michael to a great stage show, the fans got their money's worth. In this day of high ticket prices and often low return value, this was a hell of a show with the stage itself being a video/LED screen with great lighting.

2. Liz Phair @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, June 23, 2008

Up on reissue of her groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair performed it in its entirety at The Fillmore last Monday night and I was one of the few who had the pleasure of being in the crowd. Liz’s interaction with the crowd comforted them and made the place feel like it was the first time they listened to the album; her power was most definitely something to experience. I must also point out that the crowd wasn’t just filled with 30 and 40-something women but also had men and even a few hipsters that held onto every note and tune that Phair unleashed.

3. Dean and Britta presented by Men’s Vogue and Hennessy @ Harlot, San Francisco, June 25, 2008

Not sure if anyone will know Dean and Britta but if you are hip or even a little cool, you would know their other incarnations as Dean, Galaxie 500 and Luna . This was a very special show presented by Mens' Vogue and Hennessy because as a treat we got to hear new music from Dean and Britta as well as a read from the new book Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance about the life lived on tour. I must say, their beautiful, dark guitars and vocals made me stop shooting and just watch; this was a hell of a night.