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SF Station Blows It Up

1. The Kills @ Popscene, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, February 14, 2008

Man, did I have a hell of a Valentine's girlfiend had to work so I decided to take in some gigs. 3 to be precise: 3 different artists at 3 different venues. I started out with Common at Mezzanine; as always with hip hop you never know if it's going to be on time and it was like 40 minutes late, but Common did not disappoint. The man performed with a full backing band and just killed it. My second show was Slightly Stupid at The Independent. Although I am not a fan of so-called "stoner rock" these guys knew how to make a crowd have a good time. But the last stop on my tour -- The Kills -- were the highlight of the evening. The British duo celebrated their 6th anniversary at Popscene and were brilliant. Their ability to create sounds and lyrics that are one-of-a kind is uncanny and only matched by their stage presence.

2. Glass Candy @ Fat City, San Francisco, February 15, 2008

Until last Friday I have never heard of Glass Candy and as of last Friday night am a huge fan; with their neo disco sound these guys know how to make me stomp my feet. Ida No’s amazing voice and Johnny Jewel's beats are something to see and hear. I think the backroom of people dancing to their beat would agree.

3. The Hives @ The Fillmore, San Francisco, February 20, 2008

The Swedes were in full force on Wednesday night at The Fillmore when The Hives hit the stage. Under the leadership of Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, they are one of the best live performers out there right now. These boys tore through the Fillmore climbing on speakers, jumping into the crowd and much more. Not to mention singing some great songs -- some old and some new from their current album The Black and White Album.