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SF Station Blows It Up

1. Paul Smith of Maximo @ Popscene, San Francisco, July 26, 2007

The last time I shot these kids from the UK was opening for The Bravery at the Fillmore and it was one of the best live shows Iíve ever seen and this time was even better. From the first step that vocalist Paul Smith took to the last hit of the bass drum of Tom English it was a non stop party. Paulís amazing words and acrobatics would make even a Cirque du Soleil acrobat envious, and the rest of the band plays like they were born with instruments in their hands.

2. Guru @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, July 28, 2007

Last Saturday night marked the return of the original jazz hip hop superstar to his roots. Guru of Gang Starrís fame returned with Jazzmatazz performing with a full band and backup vocalists. The man played songs from a career that has spanned hip hop R&B, jazz and everything in between. It was really cool to see live trumpet and bass guitar mixed with hip hop vocals and jazz drums. Look out for the latest installment of Jazzmatazz The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future out this fall.

3. Linkin Park @ Projekt Revolution, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, July 29, 2007

Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution returned to Shoreline with a solid lineup and burned the house down on Sunday. With bands like Placebo, HIM, Taking Back Sunday and My Chemical Romance supporting them it was most definitely a good day to be a kid. Being in the pit and shooting Gerard Way is always interesting especially when he invites the crowd to get closer, and man did they as a few thousand kids got out of their seats and rushed forward. I have to give one thing to MCR they put on a hell of a show with pyrotechnics and a really cool stage set up. But in my eyes Linkin Park most definitely stole the show with Mike and Chester blowing out their windpipes and the rest of the guys just rocking it hard.