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The Best Shows for March

As we march forward towards spring, here are three picks to keep the good-time vibe alive.

1. La Plebe
Monday, March 17th
The Elbo Room

La revolucíon rock! SF’s breakout punk band on the rise -- La Plebe -- bring their bilingual Mexacali infused punk-ska to the cozy confines of The Elbo Room. Destined to become SF’s answer to the only band that matters, they wear influences of The Clash, Skatelites, Rancid and Operation Ivy on their sleeve. This hard-hitting five-piece really gets joint jumping with their horn section of trumpet and trombone providing upbeat funky accents to their stripped-down Revolution-rockin’ grooves. Truly players of music for the people, you can grab a free down-load of their album at

2. Carbon Silicon
Thursday, March 20th
The Independent
Doors: 8:30pm, Show 9pm

More audio dynamite! Well he’s back: Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash then Big Audio Dynamite returns to the bay with a new band in tow. After focusing his post B.A.D. downtime producing acts such as The Libertines, Jones got back his guitar jones and hooked up with onetime bandmate, Tones James of Sigue-Sigue Sputnick, cranked up the distortion and brought back the block-rocking beats of B.A.D. With their eyes on the future, this unique showcase will only feature the “new-songs” with no looking back for either band. Working together under the new moniker Carbon Silicon, they have been posting tracks for free download since 2004 at

3. Justice with DJ sets by Diplo and Fancy
Thursday, March 27th
The Concourse
Doors 8pm, Show 9pm

Parlez vous block-rockin’ electro? After last year’s killer set at Mezzanine, one of the live highlights of last year, Justice, the darlings of the Parisian electro house music scene, bring their large illuminated cross and hard block-rockin beats to the Concourse for this special myspace triple bill. Justice’s live sets are known for making the club boys and girls dance frantically with fists in the air. This much-in-demand DJ and remixer duo of Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Auge have built up a solid reputation working with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, N*E*R*D*, and Daft Punk. They are now releasing their second EP with the ground breaking single "Let There Be Light".

DJ extraordinaire Diplo gets the party started with his funky take on Brazil’s Baile Funke. Diplo came to the forfront with his collaboration with M.I.A. on her killer debut
Arular and the mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism. Diplo is truly a musical pioneer know for his eclectic, often 80s-oriented mashups, incorporating hip-hop, funk, reggae and world beats into his set. This tour has been selling out in most cities so don’t sleep on this one.