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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Brandon Boyd of Incubus, live onstage @ Bimbo’s 365, San Francisco, October 20, 2006

So I was one of the lucky few to get to go see Incubus at Bimbo’s this past week and it was one hell of a show. The last time I saw these guys was at the HP Pavilion with 10,000 fans screaming their name so it was a treat to see them in a place that only holds 800 people. The energy in the place was almost palpable; the people in attendance were definitely ready to see one of rock's greatest bands hit the stage. Brandon Boyd’s vocals ripped through my eardrum with songs like "Anna Molly" from their forthcoming album Light Grenades and hits like "Megalomaniac" from their multi platinum album Crow Left of the Murder. Not to mention the guitars of Mike Einziger, Ben Kenney and drums of Jose Pasillas that made you want to scream for more.

2. Xzibit, live on stage @ Slims, San Francisco, October 21, 2006

An odd place for big hip-hop, Slim's opened its doors for Xzibit last Saturday. Walking into the spot with only a few hundred people was a bit disappointing because I thought this MC, actor and TV host should have drawn more. The first songs performed were from his new album Full Circle and it kind of scared me because of its slow, almost R&B feel but as Xzibit hit the stage and began to rap it all changed. The few people that were there went bananas and even I began to move my feet. His set ranged from stuff from the new album to past hits from his decade long career.

3. Rodrigo y Gabriela, live on stage @ The Independent, San Francisco, October 24, 2006

Rodrigo y Gabriela hail from Mexico and, in their own words, “We do not play Flamenco Music.” and I will say Amen. This was one of the most amazing shows I have ever seen and I see a lot of shows. This amazing duo play guitars with such skill that it sounds like there are drums, keyboards and not to mention 15 people on stage. The only thing I can compare them to is The Boredoms from Japan (the foursome who play drums like they are keyboards and guitars). They performed Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”, Led Zeppelin's “Stairway to Heaven” and many more with such speed and beauty that I can’t even describe it. The amazing live video mixing that was projected behind them were also show highlights.