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Race for the Obscura

Got a weakness for buttoned-up, hyper-literate bands from Scotland? No way!

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Lily Allen at The Great American Music Hall

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

The UK's Lily Allen hit center stage at The Great American Music Hall last night. With her song "Alright, Still" debuting at number 20 on Billboard's Hot 100, a string of ensuing award nominations and "Smile" hitting the top of the UK singles charts, the 21-year-old pop singer-songwriter has many in the music world taking notice.

The Electric Horseman

photography by Tim Saccenti

Moving Units at Café Du Nord

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Los Angeles band Moving Units played last Thursday at Café du Nord with The Deadly Syndrome and Test Your Reflex.

According to "The Units should appeal to anyone who loves Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio, or The Pop Group, but don't think of their music as rote recitation of bygone styles; not only is the band tight as hell, but their tightly wound, minimal, paranoid take on punk feels fully appropriate for these nerve-racking times. What's more, you can dance to it."


Tech 9 at The Independent

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

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The Drama Kings

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Grunge-punk group Everclear, which released Welcome to the Drama Club in September, hit The Independent last Sunday as part of its Van Wilder tour. 

Art Alexakis

Keane with Rocco DeLuca and the Burden

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Rocco DeLuca and the Burden opened for Grammy-nominated British trio Keane at the Berkeley Community Theater on Jan. 27, 2007.


Tom Chaplin

Tim Rice-Oxley

Minipop and Audrye Sessions at Popscene

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy


Lauren Grubb of Minipop

Ross Grant and Nick Forte of Minipop


Bringing Down the House

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

According to the press release, Vessel comprises "4,500 square feet of subterranean space beneath Giorgio Armani and Niketown, and [is] neighbor to Campton Place Hotel. ... [It will] serve as the debut West Coast showcase for celebrated designer Stephane Dupoux, one of the world’s most sought-after designers in high-end hospitality (New York’s Buddha Bar and Cielo, South Beach’s Nikki Beach)." J. Bowman and LZ Love brought the house down at the boutique lounge's opening party.

Georgia on My Mind

photography by Rennie Solis
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