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All-American After-Party

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Oklahoman pop-rockers The All-American Rejects closed out the SF International Film Festival's 50th year with a rousing performance at Mezzanine.




Bossy Nova

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

R&B singing sensation Kelis, whose 2006 single Bossy ranks second only to her 2003 runaway hit Milkshake, headlined a private show as part of Hennessy's second annual Artistry Concert Tour, featuring artists such as Brazilian Girls, Ne-Yo and DJ Irie in seven cities from SF and LA to Miami and New York. The second leg of the tour, which will hit all of the same cities, kicks off this September.

Eyes Wide Shut

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst brought youthful romance and musical whimsy to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Oberst, whose latest album Cassadaga is a great collection of folk and country-inspired tunes, enlisted his famous friends, singer and songwriter Gillian Welch, guitarist Fred Wallace from Oakley Hall and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, to help him out at the outstanding Bay Area appearance.

BRIGHT EYES

Electric Company

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Electronic dance-punk Swedes, the Teddybears, rocked Mezzanine with SF's electro rockers All Teeth and Knuckles, as part of a free concert series.




Street Dreams

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Hip hop heavyweight Nas brought his East Coast flavor to Mezzanine, performing tracks from his latest Hip Hop Is Dead. Special guest Snoop Dogg joined Nas on stage for a few tracks.

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Hal Hartley Says Trust in Henry Fool

Greetings and salutations,* my pretties ...

Since it’s Indy Thursday here at Hooker’s Reel, Poppa H thinks it wise to spend a white hot minute suggesting you spend the weekend in a galaxy far away from the Movieplex where (currently) the stories are limp, the superheroes are flabby and the buttered popcorn? Merely lukewarm …

Fay Grim Is Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Parker Posey shines in Hal Hartley’s sequel to Henry Fool.

Greetings and salutations* film nerds and nerdettes

Folk Song



Their ubiquitous insta-pop anthem "Young Folks" may be everywhere, but so far, this Swedish trio has managed to elude me (live performance-wise). Despite all my initial protests to the contrary, their single is beginning to lose its charm (touché everyone who told me I'd get sick of it after three million listens), but that doesn't mean the rest of their new album Writer's Block isn't ripe for the sonic taking. Catch Peter Bjorn and John tonight or tomorrow night at Bimbo's and let me know if you've come down with a case of Stockholm Syndrome. bimbos365club.com
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