• Old Crow Medicine Show did vintage American music right at the Warfield. Instead of corporate country songs spit-shined to a soulless nub, the seven-piece band displayed a personable rawness that transcended the polish of its recent recordings. This was roots music that knew its roots.
• If you can only go to one day of Outside Lands, go on Friday for Paul McCartney, D'Angelo, and a great grab-bag of younger artists. Saturday night looks stacked, too, with Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Grizzly Bear.
• In her new song "Identity," former Life of Agony vocalist Mina Caputo documents the anguish she's experienced in transitioning to living as a woman full-time. It's a stunningly brave song and video that finds the transgender Caputo writhing around in bed with a heavy metal hottie. You go girl!
• Rolling Stone named two Bay Area amphitheaters among the 10 best in the country. Unfortunately, the rock bible got their proper order backwards: Everyone knows the Greek Theatre in Berkeley (at No. 9) is far more magical than the still-awesome Shoreline in Mountain View (at No. 7).
• First we got mad that TLC released a remix of "Waterfalls," replacing the contributions of late member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes with another singer. Then we got sad, when Chilli and T-Boz explained that they had to replace Left Eye's part because they don't own their masters and couldn't get permission to use the original.
• Local musician and studio owner John Vanderslice called fellow local rocker Stephan Jenkins (of Third Eye Blind) a "boorish oaf." Explaining his hatred for the band's "Semi-Charmed Life" to the A.V. Club, Vanderslice called it "garbage music." You don't see public shit-talking among S.F. musicians like this too often — and maybe that's a good thing?