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Legend Has It

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Grammy-award winning R&B singer/songwriter John Legend, who started playing the piano when he was just four years old (he's 28 now), got the blood flowing at Berkeley's Greek Theater as part of his U.S. tour with soul, jazz and R&B singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.

JOHN LEGEND

Whitey Wraps It Up

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

U.K. electronic/dance rocker Whitey, who's played with everyone from New Order to LCD Soundsystem, took Mezzanine by storm with hot numbers like "Wrap It Up," "I Made Myself Invisible" and "A Walk in the Dark." New York-by-way-of-New-Orleans duo Home Video and a host of other musicians warmed up the crowd with a medley of pop and electro rock tunes.


Teddybear Punkrockers

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Once into grindcore (and going by the name, Skull), the Teddybears are now all about electronic, dance rock. Sporting gigantic teddy bear masks, the Swedish trio belted out a bunch of tunes from their latest album Soft Machine including "Punkrocker" (which features Iggy Pop on the soundtrack). Aimee Echo of The START joined in the festivities at Popscene last weekend.


Chicago's Scions

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago spin doctors Flosstradamus, whose Scion Sampler dropped at last month's SXSW, graced the stage at Mezzanine last week to celebrate the URB Next 100 issue. San Francisco's own DJ Vin Sol opened.

FLOSSTRADAMUS

The Impossible Mission

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Grammy-award winning hip hop group De La Soul pulled out all the stops at Ruby Skye, sampling and rapping from funk and soul to pop, jazz and reggae. The trio, which is on The Impossible Mission tour, was joined by Prince Paul (aka DLS's producer Paul Huston), Black Sheep and Zion I.

DE LA SOUL

An Evening of a Thousand Scowls

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Love Speaks

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Folk-rock singer/songwriter Brett Dennen stopped off at The Independent as part of his Love Speaks tour, which is taking him all over the U.S., Europe and the U.K. well into the summer.






DJ AM's Birthday Bash

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

DJ AM was in the house at Mezzanine last Friday. Special guests included reality TV star and +44 drummer Travis Barker as well as heroin-chic hipster Mickey Avalon.

DJ AM



Cookie Mountain

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Indie rockers TV on the Radio filled the house with tunes from their latest album, Return to Cookie Mountain, as well as other familiar crowd-pleasers. According to Spin, their latest album is "a punk gospel uplift that's often profoundly moving."  The Noisettes shared the stage at The Fillmore.

TV ON THE RADIO

Computer Camp Love

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Norwegian duo Fredrik Saroea and Ketil Mosnes—aka Datarock—blew through town last week, stopping off at Mezzanine to belt out their campy blend of disco, pop and rock tunes. Among that night's openers were Codebreaker and DJ Jefrodisiac.

DATAROCK

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