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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, March 08, 2005

    Michelle Branch in San Francisco

    Tonight, Michelle Branch plays at the Warfield.

    Last time she came around to San Francisco I interviewed the now pregnant singer in her room at the Hotel Triton (right across from Chinatown). She was beautiful (her eyes were so big, anime characters would be jealous) and had a bubbly personality.

    She delighted in knowing that she was representing for Asians (she's part Indonesian). Growing up in Arizona, she said, many people always seemed to wonder about her background.

    The singer-songwriter had two wrist tattoos - one on her left, reading "Left" and one on her right, reading "Right." Before , you think she's a total doofus, let me tell you her explanation.

    When she started in the music business, she was young, 17, said the now 22-year-old, and thought because she was young, she needed to listen to music industry executives on how to manage her job. But, she soon realized that she was the talent - and she knew her left from her right. So, she started standing up for herself and making the decisions. Those tattoos are a reminder of that epiphany.

    So tonight, ch-check her out:

    One Tree Hill Tour : Gavin Degraw, the Wreckers
    WHERE: Warfield, 982 Market Street, San Francisco
    WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight 3/8
    TIX: $27.75; ticketmaster.com
    WHY: Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp are The Wreckers

    Or if you'd rather go reggae:

    "Bless Up"
    WHERE: Milk Bar,18 40 Haight St., San Francisco
    WHEN: 10 p.m. tonight 3/8
    TIX: $5; free before 10:30 p.m.
    WHY: reggae, dancehall, hip-hop

    Or be closer to San Jo:

    New Wave Party
    WHERE: Agenda Lounge, 399 S. First Street, San Jose
    WHEN: tonight 3/8
    TIX: No cover
    WHY: $2 well drinks and domestic beer all night long

    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice description and post about Michelle Branch! Keep up the great work!

    3:04 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice description and post about Michelle Branch! Keep up the great work!

    3:05 PM  

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