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Soul Man

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Self-proclaimed soul "rebel" Martin Luther played to a feverish crowd at Mezzanine May 26. Eccentric musician Cody ChestnuTT, who donned a Jimi Hendrix-esque cape, and Oakland songstress Jennifer Johns opened the show.

MARTIN LUTHER

Feeling Feisty


photo courtesy of Mary Rozzi

A Spoonful of Indie

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Austin's indie super group Spoon brought their brand of perfectly-crafted pop music to Popscene in support of their new album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga out July 10 on Merge Records.

SPOON

Holy Bird

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Priestbird, the NYC trio formerly known as Tarantula A.D., rocked the Hemlock Tavern playing rock n' roll with an electric cello and a double-neck guitar.

PRIESTBIRD

Solo Star

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Albert Hammond Jr., best known as the lead guitarist for alt-rockers The Strokes, played material off of his debut solo effort Yours To Keep at The Independent. Although there are slight traces of The Strokes' sound in Albert  Hammond Jr.'s solo work, his breezy pop melodies are the perfect accompaniment to a warm summer's day. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based quintet The Dead Trees started off the evening with their brand of feel-good power pop.

Musical Royalty

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Haling from Arles and Montpelier in the south of France, flamenco royalty the Gipsy Kings enchanted the crowd at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Friday, May 18.




A Diamond In The Rough

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

LA's Lavender Diamond brought ethereal magic to the Independent last Saturday night as part of the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival. The Watson Twins opened the show.

LAVENDER DIAMOND

Such Great Heights

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Death Cab For Cutie and Postal Service frontman Ben Gibbard was joined by friends, and other lead singers pursuing solo careers, David Bazan of Pedro The Lion and the lovely Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley. The trio of soloists played the Fillmore Friday, May 18.

BEN GIBBARD
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