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

Wednesday, Aug 3 2011


• The Fresh & Onlys headlined the Independent on Friday, showing off why they're one of our favorite local groups. Things started off a little rough, but the band put its translucent psych-pop together gorgeously by the end, knocking us over with brash renditions of songs like "Waterfall" and "Feelings in My Heart."

Metallica, the biggest metal band in the world, will be 30 this year. How will the Bay Area outfit celebrate? By playing a week of shows at the Fillmore in December. Tickets will be sold at 1981 prices — each night is only $6. Too bad the shows are open only to fanclub members.

• Wanna get kicked out of a room? Try playing Mazzy Star in the Death Metal room, walking away from your computer mid-DJ-set, or not fawning constantly over other peoples' taste in music. But please, no matter what, don't play any of your original tracks.


• Think working at Amoeba Music is all fun and playing name-that-tune? Yeah, right. You'll need to avoid the Haight Street shitbags, keep from murdering the people who want to sell you their junk, and get used to bands you don't like playing in the store. You do get to hang with music-loving co-workers and customers, though.

• For some reason, Dutch beer giant Heineken decided that the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk to Fuck" would make a great song for an ad on Spotify. The ad featured the loungey Nouvelle Vague version of the S.F. punks' staple, but still raised the ire of the band members, who say they never gave permission to use it for any advertisement, much less one that shills for an alcoholic beverage.

• Friday's Bay Area stop of the Hard Tour, featuring Digitalism and Jack Beats, has been moved to Mezzanine from the Fox Theater. And while Mezzanine is a great spot for such an obliterating display of bass, it means that beat-crazed underagers won't be able to attend. Sucks to be under 21.

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