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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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    Citizen Four - Slims - San Francisco - Photos courtesy of Louis Raphael - Music in SF
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SF CONCERT REVIEW: Citizen Four Introduces Themselves to Sold Out Sabrina Carpenter Audience (REVIEW+PHOTOS)

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The anticipation was high last night when Disney star and future pop starlet Sabrina Carpenter came to San Francisco. The crowd that consisted mostly of hysterical tweens and the parents they dragged to the sold out show at Slim’s, were there to welcome their teen idol mostly famous for her work on “Girl Meets World”. She’s now made a name for herself as a pop singer by recently breaking into the Top 30 for her first time since making the career switch.

What most of the audience seemed unaware of was that the band Citizen Four was up first. In fact, you could overhear a few girls in the audience whispering to one another in frustration, “Is she up there yet? Is she there?”

Citizen Four hits the stage in San Francisco

And so, when Citizen Four hit the stage, the reaction was one of surprise and apprehension at first, but that quickly changed as the boy band broke into their first single “Cold,” which has “hit” written all over it. Everyone warmed up to them quickly and at least for the moment, minds were completely off of Sabrina.

After a quick introduction by each of the members, the band followed up with a string of covers that have made them famous on Youtube. The young ladies in the audience screamed and clapped with each wink and smile from the good looking quartet that can be best described as The Weeknd having a band with Nick Jonas, Zayn and maybe Justin Timberlake.

The highlight of the show came at the tail end of the performance when Conner, the long blonde hair crooner with the million dollar smile, performed a complete acrobatic flip on stage. The audience went wild as the rest of the band looked in awe. The singer with the golden locks must’ve been overly hyped since after all it was his birthday. He had just turned 20 and was given a cake halfway into the show for celebration.

This band is young. Their youngest member is only 18, and all have a bright future ahead of themselves. Their choreography could be tightened a bit and they’d benefit from playing more original songs. Their newest yet-to-be-released single came at the end of the show, but it amassed the warmest reaction of the night. It’s really a shame they didn’t have more of it to offer to a crowd that they had definitely won over by the end of their set.

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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