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Michelle Konstantinovsky

Phoenix Rocks The Fillmore

Just because indie pop darlings Phoenix are, you know, from France and look like they're about 12 (they're all in their 30's) doesn't mean they don't totally rock out. They brought the noise, the strobe lights and the “Lisztomania" last night to an oh-so-very sold out show at the Fillmore. The band's been riding quite a popularity wave this past year (we're looking at you, Cadillac commercial), but definitely lived up to the hype last night with pitch-perfect favorites off of last year's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and a some serious Houdini action (all of a sudden frontman Thomas Mars was in the back of the venue- whoah!) for "1901." Sophia Coppola, you've got quite a man there. He even let us all on stage.

Tom Cruise Wants To Be Your Neighbor

If it feels like the Sea Cliff just got a little nuttier, it could be because Hollywood's most infamous couch-jumper has taken up residence there. At least, that's what a tipster told SocketSite recently about the A-list actor's ambitions to become an SF local. While the news hasn't been confirmed, rumor has it Cruise dished out $18 million on September 10 for the 19,277 square-foot house at 300 Sea Cliff Avenue. If Mr. Katie Holmes did in fact buy the house for his movie star wife and cutie pie daughter, Suri, the A-list family would be in good company. Robin Williams, Cheech Marin and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett all live nearby. Residents may want to keep an eye out for fog-veiled paparazzi, just as a precaution.

'Twilight' Mania Invades Stonestown...Again

Hear that? Listen closely. It's the sound of thousands of rabid vampire enthusiasts squealing in anticipation of two Twilight stars invading SF's very own Stonestown Galleria today. Actors Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, who play Robert Pattinson's onscreen siblings, Alice and Emmett Cullen, will be appearing at the mall today to promote the November 20 release of the Twilight sequel, New Moon. But don't expect to get up close and personal with the vamps on your way to the food court. Fans lined up Halloween morning to snag the 500 wristbands for separate Nordstrom and Hot Topic meet-and-greets, and organizers said no more are available.

Jim Marshall showcases rock legends in "Trust"

Renowned photographer Jim Marshall is unveiling a new series of rock legend photos in the new book, Trust: Photographs of Jim Marshall, and the San Francisco native is appearing at Corte Madera's Book Passage tomorrow for an exclusive signing. Trust includes many rare images and showcases some of the world's greatest musicians since the late Fifties. Marshall has had the pleasure of photographing stars like Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, The Who, and Velvet Revolver. A chief photographer at Woodstock, Marshall was also the only photographer allowed backstage at the Beatles' final concert, and has shot dozens of magazine features and over 500 album covers.

Serena Ryder Helps Hard Rock Ring in 25 Years

Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco is ringing in 25 years of service to the Bay Area, and they want you to join the celebration. On Saturday, November 7, Atlantic Recording artist and two-time Juno Award-winning, Canadian songstress Serena Ryder, along with opening act Eoin Harrington, will perform live at Hard Rock's Pier 39 location. Named by USA Weekend as one of the "Faces to Watch in 2008" and as Canada's "Most Promising" by Billboard, Ryder is currently touring to promote her latest album, Is It O.K.

Brandi Carlile Gives up the Ghost at the Fillmore

Brandi Carlile took the stage Tuesday night and whipped the The Fillmore into a frenzy, telling fans she'd been waiting the entire tour to return to the famous venue. But Carlile didn't have to stroke San Francisco egos to win the the crowd over; the Washington-bred singer had the audience in the palm of her hand from the moment she stepped onstage.

A self-professed former backup singer for an Elvis impersonator (that story in itself was a standout moment at Tuesday's show), Carlile effortlessly blends rock, pop, folk and country influences. Add to the mix her pitch-perfect vocals, commanding stage presence and irresistible charm, and it's clear why fans were worked up as soon as the singer launched into a stripped-down version of her song, "Oh Dear."

Rock Out for a Good Cause at the Boom Boom Room

If the doom and gloom of another Monday morning has you already dreaming up weekend plans, take heart: this Sunday's Rock for MS will give you plenty to look forward to. Serving as the major fundraising event for MSFriends, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis, this year's Rock for MS takes place at The Boom Boom Room and features guitarist Roy Rogers.

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Once upon a time, you either had to be a Real Housewife, a Girl Next Door, or Oprah to afford your dream house. Now, all you need is $150 and a little luck.




Barneys New York Offers Exclusive Loomstate "Endangered" Collection

Who would say no to looking good for a good cause? Certainly not the good people at Loomstate and Barneys New York, because they're giving you the opportunity to do your part by dressing well.

The "Loomstate Endangered Program" aims to create awareness and education around all endangered species and habitats by taking an innovative approach toward solutions. Animal prints are hot on the runway, but Loomstate's use of the patterns isn't just chic; it's a wake-up call. Each item will be dedicated to a specific animal's marking, habitat and related threats, and buyers will have the opportunity to learn more about the animals, courtesy of a "call to action" label sewn into each garment.

Girl in a Coma Wakes Up San Francisco

If your band is handpicked by Joan Jett to join her label and your all-time hero, Morrissey, invites you to join him on tour, you must be something special. And Texas trio, Girl in a Coma definitely is. Sisters Phanie and Nina Diaz, and pal Jenn Alva have achieved more in less than a decade than most bands could dream of attaining in a lifetime. Named for the Smiths’ song, “Girlfriend in a Coma,” the group has gained critical acclaim and toured the nation both as an opening act and as a headliner. Now the girls are on the road yet again, promoting their new album, Trio B.C., and coming to SF’s Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, June 16. Find out below what lead singer Nina has to say about working with a punk rock queen, returning to SF, and adding a few tattoos along the way.

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