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

Wednesday, Feb 6 2013


• The 49ers lost, sigh. But Beyoncé put on one of the best Super Bowl half-time shows of all time, complete with a video-screen stage and surprise appearances by the ladies of Destiny's Child. At one point there were dozens of women onstage doing the "Single Ladies" dance. If any performance could soften the pain of an S.F. defeat, this was it.

• The free party at 1015 Folsom with Matthew Dear drew an odd mix of styles and a large crowd. We dug the odd bass beats in the basement, and loved the moment when Giraffage's crew dumped Monopoly money on the crowd. Dear, meanwhile, supplied stark, driving, surgically precise techno.

• We had a fascinating chat with Peter Hook about his time in Joy Division and New Order. "The chemistry felt perfect between us in Joy Division," Hook said, "Whereas by the time you got to New Order you were trying to survive without Ian, without much help... it took us a long time to find our feet."


• The good news: There's a big new music festival coming to Napa in May, with the Black Keys, Furthur, and Kings of Leon headlining. The bad news: Like everything in Napa, the BottleRock festival is stupid expensive – three-day passes start at $299, and go up from there.

Cody ChesnuTT, we're glad to see you back with a new album and tour. But why did you perform absolutely nothing from your beloved first record at the Independent last week? We didn't even get "The Seed" – the song you and the Roots made famous.

The Strokes' new single, "One Way Trigger," sounds like A-Ha's "Take On Me" remade for the original Donkey Kong soundtrack. Which is to say, terrible. If the Strokes were this hard up for material, why didn't they just steal another Tom Petty song?

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