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The Best Shows for February

Is groove really in the heart? With music becoming much more universal it becomes clear you don’t need to understand the lyrics in order to know when something makes you move. Sometimes the songs will strike you right in the heart, sometimes if you are really lucky they can create that perfect three minute world that you wish you could step into and remain forever. Although while some may claim the city was built on rock and roll, it has been this kind of musical boundary pushing that has given this city its heart and soul.

1. Los Amigos Invisibles & Si*Se
Saturday, February 11th and Tuesday 12th
The Independent
Doors: 7:30pm, Show 8pm

Heading up north from Venezuela, Los Amigos Invisibles bring their unique blend of Latin dance grooves with flourishes of funk and disco. Building their reputation as a groove-heavy Latin dance band from Venezuela, Los Amigos have been building up a solid state-side following since their first shows here in the late 90s. New York’s Si*Se opens up the night with multi-culti melting pot of rhythms. Fronted by female vocalist Carol C, their engaging live show will be sure to keep the bodies moving. Fusing Latino rhythms, hip hop beats, drum & bass and down-tempo electronica with live instrumentation, Si*Se delivers a unique and contemporary sound a la a later Morcheeba meets Bebel Gilberto.

2. Siouxsie
Tueday February 12th and Wednesday 13th
The Fillmore
Doors: 8pm, Show 9pm

Release the bats!! It’s time again to break out the black eyeliner and your docs. Siouxsie Sioux the heir apparent to the godmother of punk is back for a rare Bay Area appearance in support of her recent solo release MantaRay. Siouxsie has had a long career fronting both the Banshees and Creature with the Cure’s Robert Smith in the late 70s/early 80s. Spawning such great tunes as "Hanging Garden", "Cities in the Dust", "Kiss them for Me" she has straddled that fine line between punk and goth. Yet oddly enough it was a cover of the Beatles "Dear Prudence" that was her highest charting hit. Siousxie is considered to be one of the most important British singers of here era influencing Garbage, Portishead, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and among many others.

3. Chow Nasty & Hottub
Wednesday, February 13th
Rickshaw Stop
Doors 8pm

Every now and then a great double-bill comes along where two great tastes come together to taste even great. This double bill promises to be one of those nights pairing the recently-returned to the Bay Area’s Chow Nasty and Oakland's Hottub. Chow Nasty comes across like a "Sabotage"-era Beastie Boys with their break-through Youtube video hit Ungawa. After forming in Chicago in 2003, Chow Nasty began building up the fan base through extensive West Coast tours and have relocated back to the Bay. Setting out on a mission to rule the universe with their Oakland bounce, Hottub's got the skills to pay the bills, the beats to move your feet and the look so nice like sugar and spice. So the lovely ladies -- Co-Co, LoLi Pop, and A.M. Breezy -- bring the bold and sexy electro-raps to kick-off the night to get the party started.

4. Ragga Muffin Festival
Saturday, February 23rd
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Doors: 2 pm, Show 3 pm

Reggae fans from all across the Bay are sure to descend upon the Bill Graham center for this amazing line-up showcasing Reggae's past present a feature. Young upstarts Anthony B and Soul Majestic and Midnight kick off the bill and get the event rolling. Then on the classic tips brings us headliners such as Alpha Blondy, Gregory Isaac’s and
Barrington Levy round out this killer line-up.

Know as the original dancehall killer, Barrington Levy began putting out records back in '79 exploring all styles of reggae from rub-a-dub, lovers rock dub and dancehall.! Back in the late 80s- mid 90s it was hard to escape his music at any of the major reggae club. He steadily building an amazing stable of classic's with his conscious positive messages such as "Here I Come", "Under Me Sensi", "Too Experienced", and "Broader the Broadway" that established his dancehall killer reputation. Jah live!