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

Wednesday, May 22 2013
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Janelle Monáe blew away a gown-and-tux crowd with the S.F. Symphony, channeling Prince and Michael Jackson and giving the often-staid patrons of Davies a reason to get on their feet. By the time new single "Q.U.E.E.N" arrived in the encore, there was dancing in the aisles.

Coachella promoter Goldenvoice announced First City, a new two-day music festival in Monterey Aug. 24-25, whose headliners include Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, MGMT, Beach House, and Neko Case. Because apparently Northern California can never have enough music festivals.

We're already in love with the new Exploratorium: For a web video series, the museum got local axe slingers Ava Mendoza, Henry Kaiser, and Fat Dog to explain the secrets of the electric guitar. Key lesson: Amps and effects pedals matter just as much as the guitar itself.

Chipotle announced plans for a free music and food festival in Golden Gate Park on June 8, with Mayer Hawthorne and the Walkmen. We can already see a mass of beer-shocked foodie wannabes gorging on overpriced grub while all but ignoring the real live artists onstage.

One devastated S.F. DJ is offering a $1,000 reward for a lost satchel of vintage Jamaican 45s. Returning from a DJ set at Radio Valencia, the collector accidentally left his record bag in a taxi. "I feel like they're a part of me that I lost," he says.

Google announced a new streaming music service similar to Spotify and Rdio, because that's just what tech giants do now. It beat Apple to the game, and promises nifty recommendations from friends and music experts. But there won't be any free service — so if you're an ad-barraged Spotify moocher, you might as well stay put.

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