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


She & Him coated the Greek Theatre in sweet, sticky charm on Saturday night, playing a tight, 24-song set. It felt just like what an outdoor concert should be: thick weed smoke and wine-drunk twentysomethings twirling their arms through the air in hippie-like catharsis.

• After a sold-out reunion gig last year, legendary S.F. rockers the Flamin' Groovies are reuniting for a few more shows, including a gig at the Chapel on July 10. They'll also be recording new material. Get ready to "Shake Some Action."

• Big-room house DJ Ron Reeser told us what's kept him living in S.F. despite a busy touring schedule: "I couldn't go longer than a week or two without eating at Koh Samui and the Monkey, in SOMA," he says. "They have the best Thai iced tea and yellow chicken curry."


Matt Pike of Oakland metal heavies High on Fire spoke to us about the band's new live albums, and was totally honest about the difficulty of rock life after rehab: "Every single day is a struggle," he said. "At first, your performance is weird because everything's so clear."

Fifth Harmony's "Miss Movin' On" illustrates what's wrong with televised singing competitions. It's not a bad song, but it's so safe and salable that any semblance of the girls' personality has been been erased. We feel sorry for them.

• Scottish indie-poppers Camera Obscura played a lovely show at Regency Ballroom, but couldn't ignore the sad news of actor James Gandolfini's death, which the band remembered with a somber tune called "James." "We dedicate this song to him, hope we don't fuck up," the guitarist said.

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