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February 19th to March 4th

As fun as any religious experience, Luna preached to a sold out congregation of the mesmerized faithful at the Fillmore last Saturday. It was the band's seventh and final stop in San Francisco and soon Luna will be no more. I heartily thank them for the heavenly pleasure they have sent me over the years.

The band stretched out the classics ("Pup Tent", "23 Minutes into Brussels", "California", "Bonnie and Clyde") as they always have then finished with a surprise. We bounced under the mirror ball sparkle to George McRea's sentimental, roller disco nugget "Rock Your Baby" and then, with poster in hand as proof, it was over. Goodbye Luna. I wish all religions would make people smile the way we did that night.

Coming up in the next two weeks:

oriXa with Bayonics and Delirio
The Independent
February 19th, 9 PM
$10 Advance ~ $12 Door ~ 21 and over

Not just rock en espanol, oriXa (Force of Nature) create a musical stew of Afro-Latin rhythms, hard rock, reggae and HipHop. This is the Bay Area natives' record release party for Siembra, which will be given as a gift to everyone in attendance.

Tanya Stephens
Amoeba Records
February 23rd, 6 PM

Gender diversity is not a common element on the narrow stage of dance hall reggae. Tanya knows it and raps the struggle she's overcome in a man's world on her 2004 release, Gansta Blues. "I want them to listen to this, down to the most minute detail." she announces. "And, hopefully, it will be the last time they compare me to any other female." Challenge taken? Tanya also performs as part of the Ragga Muffins Festival. Info:

Two Gallants with Devil Makes Three, Conspiracy of Beards and Trainwreck Riders
The Independent
February 25th
$10 Advance ~ $12 Door ~ 21 and over

With a name torn from the pages of James Joyce's Dubliners, Two Gallant's write songs that mirror the lives of Irish literature. Women on the verge and the lads who corrupt them reside inside the lyrics of the bands debut, The Throes. The local drum/guitar alt-country duo is reminiscent of early Bob Dylan sung for the youth of today. Tonight is a Noise Pop get together.

High on Fire with The Fucking Champs, Kylesa and Say Bok Gwai
12 Galaxies
February 26th, 9 PM
$12 ~ 21 and over

Noise Pop gives the nod to a recent trend in music: all sounds heavy are hot. Tonight is the festival's night of metal. San Francisco-based High on Fire headline in support of the loud and sludgy, Steve Albini produced Blessed Black Wing; the bands sophomore release, just out on the Relapse label. The Fucking Champs play stripped down instrumental prog induced metal that has both indie boys and headbangers showing up for their shows. Savannah, Georgia-based Kylesa and San Fransisco's own Cantonese grindcore thrashers, Say Bok Gwai, open.

DMBQ with Harold Ray Live In Concert and Appreciation
Hemlock Tavern
March 3rd, 10 PM
$7 ~ 21 and over

Led Zeppelin in a blender on a mission from Tokyo. DMBQ are in town for their first stateside headlining tour. The funky theorem laced soul sounds of Harold Ray Live in Concert add a James Brown twist to the set list. Listen to tracks on the Alternative Tenticle's website: . Nature loving, experimental noise-makers, Appreciation, open this eclectic night of music.

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