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1. Richard Edwards of Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, August 3, 2006

The Midwest is not dead; I say and so do Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos. As eight people filled the small stage with three guitars, a cello, trumpet, two drummers and a keyboard I knew this was going to be something to see. With their own brand of rock and roll that mixes melodic guitars and simple keyboard they infected the crowd. With songs like “Quiet As A Mouse” these kids are on their way to stardom because it shows the range that not only Richard has but also the rest of the band's ability to go between genres within one song.

2. Peaches and the Herms, live onstage @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, August 5, 2006

There is nothing to say when it comes to seeing Peaches live onstage, with her usual flare for the outrageous she is always amazing to watch. This time was no different; the show began with Peaches serenading the crowd from the balcony and for the first time playing with a full band. What I thought were just some kids that she picked up in Brooklyn turned out to be some amazing musicians: Samantha Maloney (Hole, Courtney Love's band), Radio Sloan (also from Courtney Love's band) and JD Samson from Le Tigre on keytar and sequencing. Realizing this I was stoked to watch them rock the crowd and damn did they. With Electro, rock and something that I am sure only Peaches can do.

3. Wu-Tang Clan, live onstage @ Rock the Bells, Concord, August 6, 2006

The Rock the Bells music festival made its second appearance in the Bay Area last Sunday and it was on like Donkey Cong. With hip-hop legends like De La Soul and guest Phife Dawg of Tribe Called Quest, Living Legends, Talib Kweli, Mos Def and some local favorites like Zion I and, as icing on the cake, the entire Wu-Tang Clan taking the stage, this was the place to be for some good hip hop. The show was amazing with all these stars taking the stage and there was even a surprise guest appearance by Dave Chappelle; the crowd definitely got their moneys worth. Wu-Tang was the highlight of the evening with Methodman leading the group into a frenzy of lyrics and beats that took the fans through the catalogue of these amazing MCs. At one point they even did a tribute to ODB in front of his mother. So look out for the next Rock the Bells some time next year.