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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Woody Ranere & James Griffith of Lake Trout, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, January 26, 2006

I didn't know Baltimore had any bands so it was a definitely a treat to see these kids hit the stage. The place was full of people singing along and holding on to every word. Woody Ranere does a great job on the vocals while Michael Lowry controls the pace of the band on the drums. You can hear the influence of bands like The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev as you stomp your feet. The only thing that bothered me a little was the smoke machine that James (bass guitar) kept using; it was a lame gag.

2. Pennywise, live onstage @ The Warfield, San Francisco, January 29, 2006

This is Punk Rock and they are Pennywise. With kids flying through the air and moshing, these guys kicked some ass. It looked to me like this show was a return to their SoCal roots with screaming vocals and lightning speed guitars.

3. Raphael Saadiq, live onstage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, January 29, 2006

I was running late to the show, so when I walked in Raphael was already onstage and there was no room to move. I had to make my way through the crowd and once I got to the stage I knew why everyone in the place was screaming at the top of their lungs. Saadiq is an amazing song writer but I could see that he is also one great performer with a full band and backup dancers that looked like they were from a Sinatra flick from the 60s.