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    Gang of Four Cap Off Splendid Saturday at Download 2008

    For about 10 hours last Saturday (July 19), more than 20 bands and a handful of stand-up comics performed for several thousand Bay Area music fans at Download 2008's San Francisco stopover. The result was a telling mash-up of what music fans are listening to as 2008 hits its mid-point. Kansas City's Vedera played a seamless, polished second-stage set that at times sounded like a revved-up Sundays, with occasional growled syllables from Kristen May. Meanwhile, Chicago's Flosstradamus rocked a younger dance crowd on the main stage with four turntables and two laptops, calling out to the dancing crowd to, "Jump in your seat! But don't get too crazy, now." Datarock, decked out in matching red track suits, performed a high-energy set of disco punk that floated somewhere between slightly annoying and full-on entertaining.

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