Charles Russo

Live Shots: Gorillaz, Oracle Arena, 10/30/10

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It was Halloween on Plastic Beach on Saturday night at Oracle Arena, as Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's high concept musical variety hour, Gorillaz, took to the stage in all of its virtual Demon Day glory.

Guest stars and collaborators were in abundance -- nearly 40 different musicians made appearances over the course of the evening, ranging from full horn and string sections to De La Soul's rambunctious lyricism and Bobby Womack's smooth soulfulness. Mick Jones and Paul Simonon stalked the stage as the genre-bending legacy of the Clash manifested beneath Hewlett's animated offspring, the musically-inclined primate half-cousins of Tank Girl. Read more »

Live Shots: Gogol Bordello, Fox Theater, 10/14/10

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Eff Arizona's SB 1070! Maybe what this country needs is a little more immigrant punk to infuse some surly into the debate over who can hang with us in the land of the free and home of the brave. Gogol Bordello would be a good option: the gypsy rockers mainly hail from Eastern Europe, but their carnival of sound doesn't break for badges. SFBG shutterbug Charles Russo was on hand last week to capture their nomadic fanfare.

 

Live Shots: World Cup Final watching party, Civic Center, 07/11/2010

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Paul was right! Will Spaniards give up eating octopus? Will the Dutch avenge their loss with grimmer graphic design and tinier eyewear? In any case, yesterday's Civic Center scene was one of friendly competition and colorful exuberance. (Check out the entire ON SIDES: San Francisco Watches the World Cup photo series here.)

US takes it! From tears to cheers in Civic Center for World Cup

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Tension hung over the Civic Center Plaza World Cup watchers this morning like Ocean Beach fog.

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Live Shots: Atoms for Peace, Fox Theater, 04/14/2010

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Another band of wayfarers headed for Coachella last week, Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms for Peace (yep, that's Flea on bass) stopped by SF to funk up the Radiohead singer's cerebral solo material.

Live Shots: The Dead Weather, The Fillmore, 04/15/2010

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SFBG photog Charles Russo caught moddy rockers the Dead Weather at one of their two atmospherically stompy Fillmore performances on the way to Coachella.

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

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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. -- here are some pics from last month's raucous Valentine's Day edition. It was a fight for love ... to the death! 

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

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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 Red Devils.

Running on empty

The San Francisco Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force explores life after fossil fuels — an era that may be coming sooner than most people think
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The fourth floor of San Francisco's City Hall feels remote. Dimly lit and strangely quiet, it conveys a sense of isolation from the powerful people who do their work in the lower levels of the building.

Here, in an unremarkable conference room, is where the San Francisco Peak Oil Preparedness Task Force is conducting its second meeting. Two of its officers are absent, and only one member of the public has turned up to participate. Read more »