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


They'll be on the big stage at Coachella this weekend, but French rockers Phoenix played a thrilling show at the 500-capacity Independent last week. The band showed off glowing songs from its new album, and the stripped-down, low-key presentation showed a side of the group few there will forget.

Lost in the Night spent Saturday with Tensnake at Monarch — one of the best shows we've seen there — and François K. at the EndUp. Between drugged-out dancers, weird vibes, and security squashing one way-too-drunk dude, it was quite a night.

Well, duh: Rolling Stone magazine named Great American Music Hall the sixth best club in America, citing its "classy accoutrements." But if you go to shows in the city, you already knew that, right?


The Rolling Stones are coming to the Bay Area, and you'll need to sell an organ or two to afford tickets: Upper-level seats on the far side of HP Pavilion run about $272, and lower-level seats start at $450. That's not reasonable pricing — it's scorched-earth capitalism.

Snoop Dogg said in an interview that he doesn't think gays will ever be accepted in rap, "because rap is so masculine." But, hey, we never thought rap would accept former gangsters making reggae and claiming they're the reincarnation of Bob Marley, either.

The-Dream released a song called "Slow It Down," which is full of heinous cliches and nonsensical assertions. We get it: You wanna make love to a girl with a big booty, a high sex drive, a short skirt, and low self esteem. But isn't there a better angle to come at this from?

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