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Live Shots: Literary Death Match, Elbo Room, 02/12/2010

In honor of the upcoming installment of the Bay's wondrous Literary Death Match -- Fri/12, 6:30, $10 at Elbo Room, 647 Valencia, SF. --...

Live Shots: San Francisco Bombers vs. Red Devils, Kezar Pavilion, 03/06/10

Guardian photographer and writer Charles Russo sent over these pics of this Saturday's roller derby match between the San Francisco Bombers and Brooklyn's...

Live Shots: El Perro Del Mar and Taken By Trees, Café du Nord, 3/2/10

Back in the early '90s, when MTV played video after video and I was still a kid, I remember seeing tall, hot chicks like...

Live Shots: Four Tet, The Independent, 2/26/10

That beat. It was all about that beat. And everyone had filled up the Independent theater on February 26 to hear Four Tet's hypnotic...

Live Shots: Zee Avi, Rickshaw Stop, 2/25/10

For the 3rd night of the SF Noise Pop festival, three bands shared the stage with Zee Avi at Rickshaw Stop. Noise Pop is...

Live Shots: K.Flay, Bottom of the Hill, 02/21/2010

After braving crummy weather and the odd timing of her Sunday night show, I finally got to see my new favorite female rapper K.Flay...

Live Shots: De La Soul, Yoshi’s Fillmore, 02/12/2010

By Chhavi NandaWord came that De La Soul's flight was delayed, but they'd still make it. Anticipation levels rose to a fever pitch in...

Live Shots: Erykah Badu with Dave Chapelle and Goapele, Fox Theater, 02/19/2010

It's 1998 and I'm on a trans-Pacific flight to Japan with my mom to visit my "Japanese grandma" Kiyo. I've just received my first...

Live Shots: Huun Huur Tu, Cowell Theater, 02/11/2010

Sometimes music is so powerful that it can transport you to another world. Huun Huur Tu, a throat-singing group from the Russian Republic of...

Live Shots: Best Coast and Vivian Girls, Bottom of the Hill, 02/09/2010

The vintage starburst lights were tinted red and Bottom of the Hill was packed with hipsters toting hand-me-down apparel: ratty old sweaters, torn hats...

Live Shots: St. Vincent, Great American Music Hall, 02/08/10

It was a cold and rainy Monday night, but that didn't keep the fans away. St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, was performing at the...

Live Shots: VV Brown and Ebony Bones, Popscene, 02/04/10

Outside, the night was horrid and pouring sheet after sheet of chilled rain. Inside, Popscene at 330 Ritch’s stage was blazing with bold UK...

Live Shots: Phoenix at the Fillmore, 01/26/2010

Text and photos by Ariel Soto I remember the first time I heard the music of the amazing French band Phoenix...

Live Shots: Timmy Mezzy, Maggie McGarry’s, 12/3/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto I have a new favorite song and I need to share it with all of you. It's about bubbly...

Live Shots: Hip-Hop DanceFest, Palace of Fine Arts, 11/22/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto For the 11th Annual Hip Hop DanceFest, 11 dance troupes graced the stage for Sunday afternoon at the Palace...

Live Shots: Fauxnique’s “Luxury Items,” ODC, 11/8/09

Photos and text by Ariel Soto "Luxury Items" at ODC, starring Monique Jenkinson (aka female drag goddess Fauxnique, is a sparkling and often very funny...

Live Shots: Accordion Festival, Cafe Du Nord, 11/05/09

Photos and text by Ariel Soto Bella Ciao Those Darn Accordions Big Lou's Polka Casserole "What time is it? It's polka time!" That's right, it was polka time...

Live Shots: Matisyahu, Fillmore, 10/22/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto The Fillmore Theater was filled with yarmulkes and heart-pumping beats last Thursday as Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jewish reggae singer,...

Live Shots: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, 10/2-10/4

Text and photos by Ariel Soto Continuing with the constant flow of summer concerts, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival constructed five stages in Golden Gate...

Live Shots: Quijeremá at Red Poppy Art House, 9/25/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto "I think this is going to be really romantic music," J said to me, as we sat down in...

Live Shots: Power to the Peaceful 9/12/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto The air was thick with friendship and love as about 70,000 people went into tree pose to say a...

Live Shots: Jonesin’ and the Sandwitches at Hemlock Tavern, 9/3/09

Text and photos by Ariel Soto Donning matching black and white outfits, the Jonesin' duo bounced around the stage, singing old Dolly Parton covers and...

Live Shots: More Outside Lands — Calexico, Ween, M.I.A., more

All photos by el fotografo clandestino Cuckoo for M.I.A. John Vanderslice Calexico Calexico Calexico Modest Mouse

Live Shots: Outside Lands — Nortec Collective, Street Sweeper Social Club, Atmosphere, Lenka, more

All photos by el fotografo clandestino Outsidestock Nortec Collective Nortec Collective Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club Street Sweeper Social Club