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

Sizzle

• Lost in the Night returned to the newly renovated 222 Hyde and found a dazzling party, thanks to both local hero DJ Mark. E Quark and the club's amazing new ceiling light array. Located in the middle of the Tenderloin, this small, basement club drew dancers in Hawaiian shirts and skimpy attire for a night of retro-house revelry. Too bad it had to end at 2 a.m.

• Things we love about Electric Daisy Carnival: incredible talent, the adult-friendly city of Las Vegas, great weather (aside from a bit of wind), and scantily clad ravers. This year's lineup was light on underground artists and heavy on predictability, but the festival still ruled.

• Beloved S.F. country-blues duo Two Gallants announced its first new album in five years, and a new single: the slight, old-timey "Broken Eyes." They've toned down the raspy anguish, but Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens will deliver a new set of sepia-toned Americana with The Bloom and the Blight on Sept. 4.


Fizzle

• After 16 months of pondering, the FCC finally approved the sale of KUSF 90.3 FM from USF to a Southern California radio network. Former volunteers and supporters plan on appealing the decision, but, tragically, it looks like the community station might be gone for good.

• The current tech boom is going to bring even more highly paid young people to S.F. — and that may not be a good thing for the city's music scene. We're afraid that skyrocketing rents and pervasive bougie-ness will push out even more artists and musicians, along with the cheap, underground music events that cater to them. And what would S.F. be without its full-time freaks?

• Only days after slaying the Fox with his old group, Sleep, High on Fire frontman Matt Pike had to enter rehab for alcohol addiction, forcing the Oakland metal stalwarts to pull out of the Rockstar Mayhem festival this July 1. The festival will replace High on Fire with another group. We wish Pike a speedy recovery.

 
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