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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

The Witching Hour

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Midnight Movies brought their brand of dark new wave-y pop to SF's Popscene. The uber-attractive Los Angeles-based foursome played songs from their latest album Lion The Girl .

MIDNIGHT MOVIES

A Modest Proposal

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Modest Mouse, the reigning kings of indie, rocked San Jose State University last Wednesday. Fans generously  welcomed newly added legendary lead-guitarist Johnny Marr of Smiths' fame. Philidelphia-based outfit Man Man kicked off the show.

MODEST MOUSE



Our Love To Admire


courtesy of Capitol Records

Interpol
Our Love to Admire (Capitol)
Out July 10, 2007

Alternative View

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Recently reunited classic Alternative rockers Dinosaur Jr brought a bit of '90s throw-back to Slim's last week. Awesome Color, hailing from Bushwick, Brooklyn, opened the show.

DINOSAUR JR

Hip Hop and You Don't Stop

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Hip hop producer, remixer and musician RJD2, also known as Ramble "RJ" John Krohn, impressed the crowd at Mezzanine with his guitar, bass and mad DJ skills. Los Angeles-based hip hop artist Pigeon John opened the show.

RJD2

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