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Björk
Friday, Aug. 8; $50
Pier 30/32, San Francisco; 408.998.TIXS

Her 2002 show at Oakland's Paramount Theater was a three-tiered, electronically propelled layer cake that was decadent, elegant, extravagant and perfectly fitting for the Icelandic princess. For more than two hours, the former Sugarcubes singer dramatically recreated Vespertine, using electronic duo Matmos, a harpist, a vocal choir and a full orchestra. For those wanting to relive the live experience, this June and July Björk will release eight DVDs and a four-CD box set (including an additional ninth DVD). The multimedia push documents everything from Björk's 2002 London performance to a second greatest-hits package. Live versions of Post, Homogenic and Vespertine will be collected for the box set, and three different documentaries will be released on DVD. The Nordic pop darling rivals Kiss in the merchandising department, and to honor this event, Björk will perform a small number of special North American concerts in August, including shows in New York, Boston, Montreal, Seattle and, yeeha!, San Francisco. She will perform songs from her upcoming album, referred to as The Lake Album, again supported by Matmos, harpist Zeena Parkins and the Icelandic String Octet.

(Todd Inoue)


Summer Music Guide 2003

Summer Sonic: This summer, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden looks forward to touring and working on his '65 Chevy.

Perry-patetic: Lollapalooza's Perry Farrell attempts to recapture the spirit of 1991.

Modern Love: The 1983 Day on the Green with the Police, the Fixx, Madness, Oingo Boingo, and the Thompson Twins blew open the alternative-rock movement in the Bay Area. Plus: an interview with Fixx frontman Cy Curnin.

Ozzfest 2003: With Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed and Chevelle. Shoreline.

Summer Sanitarium: With Metallica, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne and Deftones. Candlestick.

Wilco and R.E.M: Shoreline.

Björk: Pier 30/32.

Stanford Jazz Festival: With the Branford Marsalis Trio, alumni from Cal Tjader's groups, James Williams, Madeline Eastman, Dena DeRose and Geri Allen's Ensemble. Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival: With Nneena Freelon, the Count Basie Orchestra, Greg Osby, ¡Cubanismo!, the Yellowjackets, Jimmy Heath and Ledisi. Dinkelspiel Auditorium and Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University.

India.Arie: Montalvo.

Beck/Dashboard Confessional: Greek Theatre.

The Dixie Chicks: HP Pavilion.

Lou Reed: Mountain Winery.

Shows: From Agenda to Zoë.

Summer Festival Guide: Art, wine and more.


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