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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Lee Scratch Perry @ The Independent, San Francisco, August 29, 2008

On my one night off I decided to go and check out the legendary Lee Scratch Perry at the Indie last Friday night and, man, did I get an interesting show. The opening band, Heavyweight Dub Champion, was pretty damn good; the group's perfect, crazy heavy dub step just drove me into the ground. And Lee is out of his mind, but can still rock a crowd. He rambled on about Asian exercise and pussy (well a papier-mâché cat, that is) and was still able to drop some great beats and lyrics.

2. Gnarles Barkley @ Slow Food Rocks, Fort Mason, San Francisco, August 30, 2008

Not sure how many people even knew this pretty cool event was going on, but last weekend Fort Mason and The Great Meadow were transformed into Slow Food Nation and Slow Food Rocks. I had the pleasure of attending, and with great music and amazing weather it was a fun day. The ticket price was a little high but a few thousand people still bit the bullet and came out to see Gnarles Barkley, The New Pornographers, Ozomatli, Medeski Martin and Wood, and they got their money's worth. All bands performed full sets highlighted by a headlining set by Gnarles who in their new fashion came out in suits and proceeded to kill it.

3. Estelle @ The Independent, San Francisco, September 3, 2008

Right before Estelle hit the stage, I got a glimpse and, man, was the crowd going to get a hot entrance. Walking onstage in a hot, slim number she made the entire club steam up and with every note that rang out all of us got hot under the collar. She performed tunes from her new album Shine, including the single “American Boy”. Her backing band was freaking great and once the voice and band were in perfect unison, it was heaven.