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

Wednesday, Mar 6 2013
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Noise Pop 2013 offered great sets by Thao Nugyen, Toro y Moi, and the Ty Segall project Fuzz, among many others. The festival ended with a surprise show Sunday night by instrumental electronic act Tycho at 1772 Market, and a birthday DJ set from tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus.

Leonard Cohen played a marathon three-and-a-half-hour show at the Paramount in Oakland, bringing a diverse crowd to both laughter and tears. Dressed impeccably, Cohen performed many of his best-known songs, and even let each of his nine backup singers do a tune of their own.

Petty Fest proved a curious and fun three-hour tour at the Fillmore. Turns out singing Tom Petty isn't easy, but it was fun to watch people like Aimee Mann, Boz Scaggs, Chuck Prophet, Har Mar Superstar, and many others try.


Fizzle

• Noise Pop wasn't all great: The DIIV show on Saturday night revealed a band that's blank underneath its layers of reverb and innocuous noise. This music, like lots of pop, doesn't really dictate specific feelings for the listener — a classic commercial technique, this time used to snare the indie types.

The Beautiful Swimmers' performance at newish party the Chase fell flat. The set comprised compilation-standard house classics almost exclusively, and the method of playing didn't do much to add a new spin to these sounds, either.

Kanye West's ego is loose again: This time the man seriously compared himself to Picasso. It reminded us of Nicki Minaj comparing herself to Madonna, Madonna saying she's like Napoleon, and Justin Bieber allegedly claiming he's the Kurt Cobain of his generation. Get a grip, folks.

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  • Arcade Fire at Shoreline
    Arcade Fire opened their US tour at Shoreline Amphitheater to a full house who was there in support of their album "Reflector," which was released last fall. Dan Deacon opened the show to a happily surprised early audience and got the crowd actively dancing and warmed up. DEVO was originally on the bill to support Arcade Fire but a kayak accident last week had sidelined lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh and the duration of the west coast leg of the tour. Win Butler did a homage to DEVO by performing Uncontrollable Urge.
  • Comic Con 2014

    Comic book enthusiasts, Cosplayers, TV and movie fans, and celebrities descended to sunny San Diego for the annual gathering at Comic-Con International.

    Whether hitting up a panel to check out The Simpson's announcement of a cross over with Family Guy or Futurama. Or hearing a new movie with Sam Raimie based on a video game or accidentally rubbing shoulders with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in cosplay, being a cosplayer, San Diego Comic-Con is the place to be. Photographs by Christopher Victorio

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