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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Juan Maclean of The Juan Maclean, live on stage @ The Independent, San Francisco , February 15, 2006

The Juan Maclean is DFA label's new weapon against boring music. When I walked into the Independent, I was somewhat surprised because it was half empty but as the lights dimmed for Juan's set the place was jumping, the sound system was booming and it was on. With crazy beats that make people want to dance and complex vocals that make people think, this guy is on one. In my eyes he is a mixture of some of my favorite musicians and writers like the Chemical Brothers from the 90s and Brothers Strugatsky (russian sci-fi writers).

2. Annalee of Monsters are Waiting, live on stage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco February 16, 2006

LA-based Monstars are Waiting performed to a packed house at Popscene and it was a treat to everyone that made it out. I am not sure why the monsters are waiting but I can tell you that they should wait no longer. With a vocalist that looks like a model and sounds like Bono meets Blondie I had a fun watching this show. These guys are ultra hip with guitars that make your feet stomp and drums that make your head bounce from side to side.

3. Aceyalone & RJD2, live on stage @ The Independent, San Francisco, February 18, 2006

The return of the legendary MC Aceyalone to the mic was a definite treat, especially with a mixer like RJD2 on the decks. The club was packed to the gills with fans waiting for them to hit the stage and it was worth it. Aceyalone performed hits from the group that made him what he is -- Freestyle Fellowship -- as well as hits from his new album Magnificent City. Having RJD2 on the decks was also something to see because unlike most DJs performing with a MC, he makes his beats live on stage so this was not just a mere DJ mixing records a but more like a band making live music.