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Air Supply

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, better known as the French pop duo Air, seduced the crowd last week at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium with their brand of sexy pop-infused lounge music. The duo played songs "Napalm Love" and the Kraftwerk-inspired "Mer Du Japon" from their highly anticipated new album Pocket Symphony as well as older favorites like "Cherry Blossom Girl" and "Sexy Boy."  Norwegian singer-songwriter Kate Havernik opened the show.

Electric Fun

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

"Born in the dust-laden family garage with archaic samplers, Radio Shack mics and broken record players, Mute Math have been noisily calculating their notes for the past few years. This electro-alt rock collaboration ... has crept up on the music scene with the onslaught of a worldwide fan-base driven to their website from countless video blogs and non-stop touring." So say the quartet comprising Mute Math, who hit Slim's last week along with The Cinematics and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

Get Your Groove On

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Oakland's experimental soul and pop rockers Honeycut put their best foot forward at a private party for soon-to-open Harlot in SoMa, performing a grab bag of funky tracks from their album, The Day I Turned to Glass.






I Love the '80s

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

New Wave City (an '80s dance party started back in 1992) threw (what else?) a big dance party at Mezzanine with '80s powerhouse The English Beat singing hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "I Confess." The Beat was joined by L.A. band The Plimsouls, who rocketed onto the charts in 1983 with Valley Girl hit, "A Million Miles Away."

THE ENGLISH BEAT

Love and War Tapes

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

Relative newcomers to the indie post-punk scene, the War Tapes, whose style and sound have been likened to that of Interpol and The Editors, were in town last week to play a gig at Popscene before heading back to their home base, L.A.


Viva The Shins

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

Portland-based indie-psychedelic-pop rockers Viva Voce opened for The Shins at the Warfield last week. According to Pitchfork, The Shins' latest album "Wincing the Night Away is a lovely and well-executed album and—for the first time in the band's career—nothing more."

THE SHINS

Dangerbirds

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy 

L.A.-based indie band Silversun Pickups rocked out at The Independent with Sea Wolf, whose debut EP is due out next month; both groups are on the Dangerbird Records label. SSPU is playing the Empire Polo Field at blowout music fest Coachella, and will then continue on tour through the U.S. and across the Atlantic to the U.K.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS

Robot Rock

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Richie Panic and Jefrodisiac brought Robot Rock featuring the U.K.'s disco-rave rockers Trash Fashion and New York's A Touch of Class DJ Team to Mezzanine last week.

TRASH FASHION

No, Not Me, Never

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

ABC News says this about the Denver band that hit Popscene last Thursday: "Sharp-edged post-punk a la Franz Ferdinand and The Rapture is at its most vulnerable in The Photo Atlas." The group's new album, No, Not Me, Never, came out last month.


England's Muse

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Voted "Best Live Act" at this year's Brit Awards (the U.K.'s Grammys), alterna-rockers Muse were true to form, pulling out all the stops at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium last week. SF indie-rock band Immigrant, which came out with its first album just last month, did a fine job lathering up the crowds for the three Brits.

MUSE
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