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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.


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

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.






Feathered Friend


courtesy of Sub Pop

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



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