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Northern Lights

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles-based group Great Northern enchanted audience members at Popscene with their dreamy pop melodies.






All-American After-Party

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Oklahoman pop-rockers The All-American Rejects closed out the SF International Film Festival's 50th year with a rousing performance at Mezzanine.




Paint It Black

Bossy Nova

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

R&B singing sensation Kelis, whose 2006 single Bossy ranks second only to her 2003 runaway hit Milkshake, headlined a private show as part of Hennessy's second annual Artistry Concert Tour, featuring artists such as Brazilian Girls, Ne-Yo and DJ Irie in seven cities from SF and LA to Miami and New York. The second leg of the tour, which will hit all of the same cities, kicks off this September.

Eyes Wide Shut

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst brought youthful romance and musical whimsy to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Oberst, whose latest album Cassadaga is a great collection of folk and country-inspired tunes, enlisted his famous friends, singer and songwriter Gillian Welch, guitarist Fred Wallace from Oakley Hall and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, to help him out at the outstanding Bay Area appearance.

BRIGHT EYES

Electric Company

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Electronic dance-punk Swedes, the Teddybears, rocked Mezzanine with SF's electro rockers All Teeth and Knuckles, as part of a free concert series.




Street Dreams

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Hip hop heavyweight Nas brought his East Coast flavor to Mezzanine, performing tracks from his latest Hip Hop Is Dead. Special guest Snoop Dogg joined Nas on stage for a few tracks.

NAS

Folk Song



Their ubiquitous insta-pop anthem "Young Folks" may be everywhere, but so far, this Swedish trio has managed to elude me (live performance-wise). Despite all my initial protests to the contrary, their single is beginning to lose its charm (touché everyone who told me I'd get sick of it after three million listens), but that doesn't mean the rest of their new album Writer's Block isn't ripe for the sonic taking. Catch Peter Bjorn and John tonight or tomorrow night at Bimbo's and let me know if you've come down with a case of Stockholm Syndrome. bimbos365club.com

Pedal To The Metal

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The Grammy-nominated foursome Mastodon brought skull-crashing visceral metal to the Warfield, where
long hair, beards and leather were ubiquitous. Punkers Against Me! and indie group Cursive opened the packed show.

MASTODON

This Charming Man

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey charmed fans with his sardonic wit and signature croon at Oakland's Paramount Theatre. The Moz played selections from his numerous solo albums as well as a few Smiths favorites making fanatical fans scream, cry and attempt to jump on the stage. Experimental glam rocker Kristeen Young, who donned a Bjork-inspired avant garde outfit, opened the show.

MORRISSEY

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