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    Anthony Green's Versatility Shines in S.F.

    Though he's known for fronting the original lineup of Saosin, going full force with his current band, Circa Survive, and acting as a member of supergroup side project the Sound of Animals Fighting, Anthony Green left the clever band names at home last night as he hit San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill venue and strummed through cuts off his first solo album, Avalon, issued simply under his own given name. Backed by a band of buddies (all members of Philadelphia's Good Old War) and joined by Circa's Brendan Ekstrom and Nick Beard, Green put on a laid back, intimate show filled with rousing acoustic rock'n'roll and sincere songwriting. Green's quick witted stage banter nearly equaled the high entertainment value of standout tracks like set-opening rouser "Babygirl" and crowd sing-along "Drug Dealer" (WATCH).

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    Death Cab for Cutie's New Tunes Win Hearts in S.F.

    Though Seattle's own Death Cab for Cutie sport quite a prolific catalogue, the indie rock stalwarts opted out of their obscure college rock tunes last night (April 23) and strolled through a bevy of contemporary singles -- reflecting the band's zenith in popularity -- to a sold out crowd at San Francisco's most legendary venue, the Fillmore. Pulling heavily off their last two albums, 2003's Transatlanticism and 2005's Plans, while mixing in a handful of favorites from 2001's indie-pop gem The Photo Album, frontman Ben Gibbard and the boys securely tore through tracks like the Los Angeles lamenting "Why You'd Want to Live Here" and the dynamic "The New Year" without much more than a "thank you" between songs.

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    Tokyo Police Club Test New Tunes in S.F.

    With a handful of well known favorites such as the spacey apocalyptic ode "Citizens of Tomorrow," and the set closing self-proclamation "Cheer It On," Canuck post-punkers Tokyo Police Club kept the crowd at San Francisco's Independent in place last night (March 24), blasting through much of their old material, while unveiling a plethora of new tunes with a sharp, no-frills precision. New cuts like the full-bodied "Graves," as well as chant-along number "Your English is Good," bolstered the band's set and left many salivating for Elephant Shell, Tokyo Police Club's much-anticipated forthcoming debut full-length, out April 22 on Saddle Creek.

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    Autolux Supply Distorted Aural Therapy

    Last night (Jan. 31), Los Angeles' experimental, dreamy indierockers Autolux transformed a typically drizzly evening in the Bay Areainto a hail storm of sonic pleasure with a special intimate gig at theIndependent, as they churned out tunes aplenty, including previews oftheir long-awaited follow up to 2004's LP Future Perfect.

  • Common Plays 'The Game' Out West

    Opening night (Sept. 5) for a tour supporting a fresh new album can be very much anything but familiar and solid, but for veteran Chicago MC, Common, it proved to be just that and more as he took the opportunity to showcase his talent and superior showmanship to a sold-out Mezzanine crowd eager to show their dedication and love to one of the most cemented names in hip-hop.

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