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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Ryan Divine of Maldroid, live onstage @ Imeem.com presents, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, January 11, 2007

I really didn’t know much about Oakland’s Maldroid outside of them being the winner of the "Best Music Video" in the YouTube Underground contest, so walking into the Rickshaw stop I was a blank slate. Looking around the venue I could see a mix of geeks (this was the Imeem.com after party for Macworld…) and hipsters begin to dance and sing along from the first note; that’s always a good sign in my book. With simple lyrics that remind me of other Oakland bands like The Matches and Synthetic Beats, Maldroid did a great job making people dance.

2. Girl Talk, live onstage @ The Independent, San Francisco, January 12, 2007

Mash-up still rules the clubs and Girl Talk is one of those responsible to bringing it to white kids everywhere. Walking into the Indie was interesting because it made me feel old; most of the people around me had baby faces but I could see that they were all hard core fans because they were chanting Girl Talk. I was warned that this was going to be insane by the staff and was ready but not for this – only one song into his set and he invited the fans onstage and for the rest of the show the crowd was insane and so was his set remixing rock, punk, hip hop and pop live.

3. Page Hamilton of Helmet, live on stage @ Slims, San Francisco, January 17, 2007

Forefathers of the post-hardcore/punk genre returned to the stage at Slims and what a show it was. Performing classic Helmet songs and new tracks from their new album Monochrome, Page as always stirred the crowd into a mosh pit with crazy guitar riffs and inelegant lyrics.