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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Stuart Ogilvie of The Longcut, live onstage @ Popscene, San Francisco, January 12, 2006


Manchester is a town which to me started the electronic movement and bands like Joy Division and the Stone Roses so going to see a band that hails from there was a definite pleasure. The line ran down the street from 330 Ritch as I walked up, full of all kinds of kids young and old. Once I got in, I could feel the anticipation of the crowd waiting for the band to take the stage. So around 11:30 they got on and it was a marathon from that point on,with a sound heavily influenced not only by Manchester’s own New Order but also by US bands like Sonic Youth. Even though I liked the set, to me something was lost with the minimal vocals from singer/drummer Stuart Ogilvie because the guitars and the drums just demanded more.

2. Pharoahe Monch, live onstage @ Mighty, San Francisco, January 13, 2006

It was a treat to see this New York MC/lyricist on a small stage. Accompanied by a DJ and two backup singers he ruled the club with his inelegant and simple flows. I have to say it was very apparent that the fans were into it as they were singing along with every word.

3. Chris Chew of North Mississippi All Stars, live onstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, January 14, 2006

Well I had never even heard of NMAS before a few days ago and I am glad I do now. These Southern good all boys know how to “rock” a crowed with amazing guitar and drums and vocals that drove the audience into a frenzy. But to me there were two highlights to the evening: the first one was when Luther Dickinson (vocals/guitar) picked up a guitar made from a cigar box. This thing sounded like a mix between a bee and an elephan; the second came when Cody (drums) got up and walked up to the front of the stage and had on a washboard which he began to play. If you haven’t heard of these guys go out and find them.