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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Starsailor, live at Mighty, San Francisco, December 9, 2006

James Walsh otherwise known as Starsailor hit the stage at Mighty few weeks ago to a sold out crowd and showed us why the Brits rule the world (at least musically). Her performed a solo acoustic set from his new album On the Outside and his brand of melodic rock made me move. As girls screamed his name and boys danced to his cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” it made me feel like Cash was in the room.

2. Public Enemy, live at Mezzanine, San Francisco, December 13, 2006

Public Enemy is one of hip-hop's most prolific groups with a career spanning almost three decades and a slew of hits covered around the world. They performed last week at Mezzanine and if you were there you got a treat of a lifetime. The almost three-hour set showed off the boys' ability not only to MC but also to be a presence. With Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and the S1W’s backed by a full band they split the building in half -- if you missed it find the next show and go go go.

3. Anu of Freeform Five, live at Popscene, 330 Ritch, San Francisco, December 14, 2006

This was a DJ gig at Popscene by the band Freeform Five and it was a blast. If you don’t know who they are, just go on myspace and check them out. To tell you the truth until last week I had no idea as well but after just one set I am a fan. They have hard beats that I haven’t heard since my rave days; one very cool mix consisted of Anu’s own remix of The Killers “When You Were Young”. The people that were at the spot that night agreed with me because they seemed to dance like something had a hold over them.