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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Ramesh Srivastava of Voxtrot, live onstage @ Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, November 2nd, 2006

Austin, Texas is known for producing great music and Voxtrot is one of those bands, and if you were at Popscene last week you would know why. With a sound that mixes 60s pop and indie rock these boys made me dance all night. With guitars that would make even George Harrison nod his head and drums that you could count your heartbeat to, these guys are one amazing outfit.

2. The Knife, live on stage @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, November 3, 2006

This was only 1 of 4 US shows promoting their current album Silent Shout so walking in I knew it was going to be a madhouse and goddamn it was. With people waiting in awe for The Knife to hit the stage behind their veil I could feel the tension in the building and once they did come out the place hit the roof. Now I know what all the hype is about; they have a visual show that has no equal and live performance that mixes electronic, indie and rock. If I could compare these guys to anyone, it would be to Bjork so if you like her brand of infectious music you would love The Knife.

3. Jurassic 5, live on stage @ Icer Air 2006, AT&T Park, San Francisco, November 4, 2006

Jurassic 5 was hip-hop underground's best-kept secret until just a few years ago and now they play stadiums and if you were at AT&T Park then you know why. With 10,000 people in front of them and thousands more in the seats J5 performed hits from the past and hits from their current album Feedback. The 4 MCs kept a rhythm going like a metronome and people stomped their feet to every single beat. Oh, I should also mention that the show was happening during the first ever stadium ski/snowboard jump that rose 105 feet above the stage so if you saw it you know how cool it was to see J5 in that setting.