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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Lily Allen, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, October 12, 2006

Lilly Allen has taken the UK by storm and if you were at Popscene last week, then you saw why. With her Ska influenced horn section, vocals that remind me of some 30s lounge singer and almost angelic stage presence, Lily, drove the crowd nuts. Lily, performing songs like “Smile” from her up coming album, had a bewitching onstage presence that kept all the indie rock kids wanting more.

2. Method Man, live onstage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, October 14, 2006

Simply put -- wow! Method Man is one of the greatest live performers I have ever seen and if you weren’t at Mezzanine last Saturday you missed out. Method Man hit the stage after some great MCs like Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck & Dead Prez, and brought the house down performing hits from his new album 4:20 The Day After. Of course some great old stuff from The Wu-Tang Clan was not forgotten. Jumping into the crowd twice, he made everyone rhythmically stomp their feet, while he stood amongst the crowd spitting flows like a legend; I really don’t have the words to describe it.

3. Citizen Cope, live onstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, October 15, 2006

Citizen Cope is a mixture of hip-hop, soul and a dash of rock. Clarence Greenwood, lead vocals, pleased his crazed fans with a two-night sold out stint at the Independent; however, the “backing band”, or in my opinion the main show, is the real reason Citizen Cope rocks steady. I was there for opening night, and after watching the fans enthusiastically dance to songs off of their new album, Every Waking Moment, I knew Citizen Cope was rave worthy, but personally it’s not my style.