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SF Station Blows It Up

1. K’Naan @ Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, August 24, 2008

Outside Lands, the biggest music event of the Year for San Francisco, hit Golden Gate Park last week and I was there for all 3 days capturing all the great music, art and craziness. With huge bands like Radiohead, Tom Petty and Jack Johnson headlining the main stage and amazing artists like Beck, Wilco, Cold War Kids, K’Naan, The Walkman, Broken Social Scene, local boys Two Gallants and dozens more acts playing the other stages it was something to behold.

I will say this: physically, this is the largest festival I've ever seen; it even makes Lollapalooza’s Grant Park feel like a cake walk. And it was worth it to be in the middle of San Fran and still feel like you're in the woods with great music blazing all around. My highlights were Beck with a great set of some old goodies like “Loser” and new tunes from the new album Modern Guilt, Somalia’s K’Naan whose flows and lyrics made me move and think, and Stars/Broken Social Scene that played the Twin Peaks stage and made what looked like a crowd of 15000+ at the stage raise their hands in the air and scream.

Not to leave without commenting on the headliners who all rocked with Radiohead's great power onstage, Tom Petty’s amazing stage show (including a surprise appearance by Steve Winwood) and Jack's mellow groove.

2. Ice Cube @ The Independent, San Francisco, August 26, 2008

There is nothing like a return of a great MC to the stage and Ice Cube proved it on Tuesday night to a packed house. Performing some old NWA favs to a crowd that moved to every beat and some new tunes off Raw Footage the new album. Cube is a great MC and you can see that with every rhyme that hits you like a tone of bricks.

3. Chk Chk Chk @ The Independent, San Francisco, August 27, 2008

!!! or Chk Chk Chk are one of my favorite bands to see live and on Wednesday night they proved it one more time. From the first note that came out to the last lyric it was nonstop fun in the sun. With amazing dance beats these boys mix funk, rock, electronica and soul to produce something that makes you just want to have fun. They mostly played new tunes from their new album Myth Takes but everyone in the building still knew every word and didn’t stop dancing till the last note.