Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music


George Clinton celebrated his 70th birthday with a string of sizzling shows at Yoshi's. The first night saw the funk icon breaking Yoshi's ban on smoking inside; on the second night, our photographer had to give him a light. Even without his multicolored wig, Clinton and the members of Parliament Funkadelic set the room ablaze.

• Chillwave prince Washed Out set off a throbbing dance party at Saturday's sold-out Great American show. With three keyboards, a live sax player, and bandleader Ernest Greene's manic presence, this headphone-friendly electropop proved surprisingly captivating on the concert stage.

• How much do BART station buskers make? Cellist Adam Young earns more than minimum wage. The S.F. Conservatory of Music student also says that performing for harried commuters has helped him learn how to win over a crowd.


A-Plus, from Oakland rap outfit Souls of Mischief, decided it would be a good idea to release an EP of Red Hot Chili Peppers covers. After listening to the free EP, we still can't figure out why.

Steve Harwell, the frontman for has-been San Jose pop-rock crew Smashmouth, will eat 24 eggs if you donate to his charity. How'd he get the idea? Naturally, it came from some nerds on the Internet.

Cassette tapes sound bad, wear out, and don't have the romance of vinyl. Instead of letting them become cool again in the absurd vicissitudes of retromania — as some would like — let's let them die a complete death.

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For cassette tapes: I agree with the over-the-top retromania when it comes to cassettes... however... my Nakamichi auto-reverse deck was the bomb, and I loved making cassettes on it... I think we let the mania sweep over us for a bit... I've noticed the young-uns are also going back to film cameras... hehe... Say hello to your new boss, same as the old boss...

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