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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

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.


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