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

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For the 3rd night of the SF Noise Pop festival, three bands shared the stage with Zee Avi at Rickshaw Stop. Noise Pop is such a marathon of music, with each band rushing on stage, setting up their equipment, rocking out for about eight songs and moving aside to make room for the subsequent performers. Luckily through all this movement and music, each group really held their own and the audience kept begging for encores that were never possible. Read more »

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

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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 mix tape from my super-cool older "sister" Leenie, with cuts on it that range from the Runaway Bride soundtrack to Sash!'s Encore Une Fois. And then there's one of the last tracks, "On and On" by Erykah Badu. I blast this tape on my walkman for almost the whole 17-hour flight and play it throughout the trip, from bullet train rides through lush fields of tea plants to visually overstimulating jaunts in the neon-saturated neighborhood of Shinjuku in Tokyo.

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

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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 Tuva, create melodies that make you think you're riding a horse through some ancient, windblown prairie.

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

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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 Great American Music Hall in support of her latest album, Actor (4AD) and the sold-out event was packed with smitten groupies.

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Street Threads: Sylvia

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Today's Look: Sylvia, 30th Street and Mission

Tell us about your look: "Comfort"

Street Threads: Krystal and Wisdom

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SFBG photographer Ariel Soto scoops San Francisco Street Fashion.

Today's Look: Krystal and Wisdom, Cesar Chavez and Valencia

Tell us about your look: "Try to stay up to fashion and be color coordinated. Clothes represent who you are."