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Photo Recap + Review: All Shook Down Fest!

July 27, 2010

Sunday’s all day North Beach-based line up and crowd were equally diverse: families, latin hipsters, little old Asian ladies and even a few genuine North Beach guidos. Punk bands, psych rock bands, jazz bands, hip hop groups, DJs and indie pop bands sprinkled the line up.

Janelle Monáe and her backing band brought the incredible hair, the on-stage theatrics, their classy black and white garb and the crazy vocal acrobatics. Janelle rocked it so hard she shook her impossibly neat and tall pomp loose shortly before her backing bassist threw down with a Hendrix-esque rendition of the national anthem and ceremoniously tossed his pick into the crowd.

Personal + the Pizzas, a local 3 piece punk group comprised of older dudes in half-buttoned thrifted Tommy Bahama floral shirts and the obligatory Chucks, played a deeply entertaining, old-school set. Their inter-song banter and off-beat song topics had me giggling through the entire set, which was cut short in part, I think, due to the Ramones-esque tempo and 1.5-2 minute length of all of their songs. Despite – or perhaps because of? – the eardrum numbness, I would definitely catch this local gem of a band again and suggest you do the same.

Backed by a new touring band, Neon Indian did sparkly tracks from their recent hit album, Psychic Chasms. The curly hair and bouncing tambourine player suited the quartet fabulously and there were crowd murmurs of a redemption of the band’s most recent Bay Area performance (late March at the Mezzanine). Chills rolled in with the chillwave as fog hopped Telegraph Hill.

One disappointing burrito and a few slices of Golden Boy later, we caught AB & the Sea doing their summery indie pop thing at Maggie McGarry’s. Their cover of “Don’t Worry Baby” typifies the sound of AB & the Sea: sunny, sweet and carefree.

No glitches, awesome goodie bags, rad bands, excellent food. All Shook Down was a great day. Can’t wait for next year! For more photos of the event, click here.

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