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

Sizzle

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!

Fizzle

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?

 
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