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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Ryan of Test Your Reflex, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch San Francisco, September 7, 2006

If you like Bowie, Duran Duran and The Faint you're going to like Test Your Reflex. I knew nothing about the band when I stepped into Popscene. I think I was the only one in the front row that didn’t know who these kids were but I soon found out. With simple vocals and complex cord progressions they rocked the crowd. Ryan's lead vocals and energy onstage is on par with Dave Gahan; I felt like he was trying to reach out to every fan and every fan was reaching back. Performing songs like “Pieces of the Sun” showed the true energy of this band.

2. The Matches, live onstage @ Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, September 8, 2006

The Bay Area once again proved itself in these hometown heroes. The Matches hit the stage at the Great American Music Hall so hard I thought the place was going to fall apart. As kids screamed these guys poured their hearts out, playing songs from their new album Decomposer. I have to say it was fun to shoot these kids because of how much energy they had onstage; a few times it felt like they just might take flight. One thing I have to say is that their fans are fanatical -- they sung along to every note and freaked out when lead singer Shawn Harris made any moves towards them. With a sound that will electrify Frankenstein to life, The Matches simply rock.

3. Tribe Called Quest, live on stage @ Berkley Community Theater, Berkley, September 9, 2006

I walked into Berkley Community Theater last Saturday night with one expectation: to be blown away and I got it twenty fold. You could feel the anticipation for Tribe in the air, and as the lights came down people stood up and began to cheer. It was on like Donkey Kong once Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Phife hit the stage. The room filled with light and Hip Hop was in the building. Performing hit after hit from the last two decades of their amazing career.