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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Brian Aubert of The Silversun Pickups, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, September 1, 2006

Once again the folks at Popscene have done it right on a nice Friday night. I had walked into 330 Ritch to hear and see some good music and once again I wasn’t disappointed. On this night it was the Silversun Pickups and Sparta. If you haven’t heard of either of these bands get your head out of the sand and go out and find them! The Silversun Pickups took the stage first with front man Brian Aubert simply killing it, flawless guitar that makes your mind run non stop and Christopher Guanlao’s drums that just f**king rock. These guys tore a new one through the club.

2. Jim Ward of the Sparta, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, September 1, 2006

When The Silversun Pickups were done the night wasn’t yet over -- Sparta, even though they sound as good as any headliner, was next to take the stage. Once they did it was on like Donky Kong with influences of Acid Rock and their own twist on simple rock-n-roll these guys engraved themselves on my brain and everyone else that was there. They performed old hits and new jams from their upcoming album Threes out October 24th. Heavy in guitars and fat rhythms these guys ruled the crowed with an iron fist and when it was over it felt like I was in fog of words and sound.

3. Lupi Fiasco & Planet Asia Backstage @ Ruby Skye, San Francisco, September 6, 2006

If you love hip hop you should have been at Ruby Skye on Sept 6th to see Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest and Planet Asia. This was one sick lineup with every single artist on top of the hip hop world in their own right. The surprises came at you at a mile a minute once Planet Asia hit the stage because he wasn’t even on the bill. As always quick rhymes killed it. Ryhmefest was next. The king of freestyle took the crowd with his rendition of “Brand New”, the song that him and Kanye West did. Lupe Fiasco took the stage next and blew through the crowd as if he was really on a skate board. Performing hit after hit from his debut album Food and Liquor out on Sept 19. And last but not least Talib hit the stage and the crowd, although exhausted from the show already running one hour behind, exploded. Singing along with every word and stomping their feet to the beat. You know it’s a hell of a show when you spot other musicians in the audience and there were a quite a few…. Goapele, The Coup, J Valentine and The Team were spotted bobbing their heads to the beats.