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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Mike Shinoda of Fort Minor, live onstage @ the Fillmore, San Francisco, February 21, 2006

The legendary Fillmore was host to Fort Minor the new project by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park fame...With a packed house, the band hit the stage performing music from their album The Rising Tide. You could definitely hear their influences: The Beastie Boys and even some Roots but as always Shinoda put his own simple twist on every beat. As fans sang along with every word you could feel the energy build and you knew that this was no bullshit.

2. Matisyahu, live onstage @ The Ragga Muffins Music Festival, Bill Graham Civic Center, San Francisco, February 25, 2006

If you haven't heard of the hasidic rapper named Matisyahu you've been on Mars. The man looks like he should be walking down Fairfax to Synaogogue not on stage rhyming. But as he opens his mouth it hits you that this guy is the real deal and has the ability to go between rap, reggae and something of his own invention. With 6000+ fans dancing and singing along to every word and every beat. There is no comparison that I can make -- so he is simply Matisyahu the man with the voice.

3. Robert Pollard, live onstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, February 25, 2006

If the name Robert Pollard rings a bell and you're a fan of rock it's because he was a singer of a little band called Guided by Voices (well, not so little). As the lights dimmed and the crowd got ready for the man to hit the stage, you got the feeling that it was going to be a very interesting experience. Once on stage Bob is a beast; he performed song after song after song all while drinking beer, tequila and smoking all at the same time. But you had to look beyond that because each song was a journey into life, loss and simple experience of living.