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


Undercover SF gathered 10 local groups for a live reinterpretation of Radiohead's Kid A that proved a stunning success. The flamenco version of "How to Disappear Completely" and a hip-hop/chamber group take on "Idioteque" were the highlights of Sunday's performance.

• Local metal etc. heroes Om performed at the Independent for a heavily stoned, sold-out crowd. And what a show: the band improvised songs from its latest album and covered a thrillingly wide sonic territory. If the infinite groove had lasted until 4 a.m., we'd have stayed.

• Sparks flew at the SF MusicTech Summit when Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray and Incubus manager Steve Rennie aired their starkly different ideas for succeeding in the current music industry. Ray loudly compared pirating sites to pimps, drawing audible gasps from the crowd, and at one point Rennie slapped the moderator's shoulder in agitation.


Morrissey canceled his Feb. 24 show in S.F., which is the fourth consecutive Bay Area show abandoned by the onetime Smiths singer. At this point, consider our hopes dashed. Morrissey is supposed to play at the Regency March 9, but we're not holding our breath.

222 Hyde, a small basement nightclub in the Tenderloin beloved by the city's underground dance scene, will close its doors for good March 9. Issues with its alcohol license and the sale of the building made the club impossible to keep open, according to its owner.

• We don't expect sound problems at Monarch, which has the city's finest soundsystem. But live performances by Magic Touch and Mutant Beat Dance seemed like they were coming from a cheap radio, with ultrathin treble and bass. Whether it was the artists' fault or the venue's, the issue dogged their sets.

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