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1. Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things, live onstage @ Slims, San Francisco, August 9, 2006

I am sure you’ve now heard of The Libertines long after the band broke apart because their band mate (whose name I will exclude out of this because it is not about him) had certain…bad habits. This is about Dirty Pretty Things the new project from Carl Barat, Didz Hammond, Gary Powell and Anthony Rossomando and how good and dirty they really are. Slim's filled up slowly on Wednesday night with people walking straight to the front to get a good spot to see the legendary Brits to hit the stage. The lead singer, Carl Barat, walked in wearing a Union Jack sling because of a collarbone injury and they performed with a guest guitar player, Josh from The Paddingtons, who I have to say did a brilliant job. They performed hits from their debut record Waterloo to Anywhere to a crowd that knew all the words and was tearing their hair out to every note. I am happy to say that the live show stands up to all the hype even when Carl is on the injured list.

2. LOVEFOXXX of CSS, live onstage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, August 10, 2006

CSS otherwise known Cansei de Ser Sexy are the hot band around town, and by town I mean the world. This night in San Francisco they proved why, with intense energy onstage, vocals that kept you dancing and some sort of uncanny ability to keep people freaking out. Their sound is a mix of punk, rock and Brazilian beats, and live it is something to see. The lead vocalist LOVEFOXXX channels every punk band I’ve ever seen on stage with her jumping, flying and crawling. She even stage dives.

3. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, live onstage @ Greek Theater, Berkeley, August 13, 2006

Seattle’s Death Cab For Cutie played one of their last shows of their U.S. tour at Berkeley’s legendary Greek Theater promoting their latest album Plans. The place was packed to the gills with fans ready to have a good time and a good time it was. With Ben Gibbard’s vocals seeping into my brain even I began to dance. As always the light show was mystifying and the production was on point.