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

Sizzle

• Turns out there is nightlife in the Haight: We caught local producer Matrixxman spinning for a room of cool kids at Milk Bar, and were impressed with the way he filled out the dance floor. With a set that floated between disco, house, and techno, he helped this corner of the city come alive on a Saturday night.

• Good news: Prince is playing four shows at the relatively tiny DNA Lounge in April, a rather mind-blowing prospect. Bad news: The tickets were $250 each, and even at that exorbitant price, the Purple One sold out the room very quickly.

• Is Paul McCartney playing Outside Lands? Macca announced a few new tour dates last week, and a web page popped up showing him scheduled to play Sunday night at this year's Golden Gate Park music festival. The appearance isn't yet confirmed, but no one's denying it, either.

Fizzle

• What's wrong with folkie Michelle Shocked, who went on an anti-gay rant at an S.F. show? A look at the arc of her career reveals she has a talent for saying stupidly offensive things. This is a woman who once wanted to appear on the cover of an album in blackface – a transgression that now looks like the beginning of the end for her.

• In his first interview since the breakup of the adored S.F. indie rock band Girls, bassist-producer Chet "J.R." White admits that he wasn't happy about the way the band ended. Things were frosty between white and Christopher Owens even while recording their second album, he told Paste. White is now producing records for a handful of younger bands.

Beyonce has gone wrong. We always loved that her music pushed for the advancement of women, but new single "Bow Down" is arrogant and tone-deaf. With lines like, "You dreamt of being in my world/ Don't forget it, don't forget it/ Bow down, bitches," Bey's head has apparently gotten a bit too big.

 
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