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

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The week between Jerry Garcia's birthday on Aug. 1 and the date of his death on Aug. 9 is a big week of celebration here in the Bay Area, with tributes from the S.F. Giants, the S.F. Symphony, and many other organizations around town. We salute the Grateful Dead guitarist, who would've been 71 this year.

Once again, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is unveiling its lineup through mysterious online medleys of songs by this year's artists. The first one is up now, with (spoiler alert!) contributions from LP, Patty Griffin, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, and Bonnie Raitt. Keep your eyes on the festival's website for more clues.

We rounded up the High Five, a handful of new tunes you need to hear this week. In it, Of Montreal goes Creedence, Rabbit Rabbit goes on an acid rant, and NONONO gives what amounts to a rousing, memorable motivational speech. Check it out online.

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Celebrated psych-soul recluse Shuggie Otis played a free show at Stern Grove, and came out in a velvet jacket and silk ascot. Unfortunately Otis himself proved the weakest part of the performance, singing in what sounded like a confused, aimless bellow.

On their new single, "All Me," Drake, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz try to out-stupid each other. It's supposed to be a rags-to-riches story, but comes across as yet another pointless, tone-deaf brag. The least Drake could have done for his young fans is offer some helpful bootstrapping advice, right?

E-mails surrounding Jack White's divorce from Karen Elson reveal that he allegedly doesn't want his kids to go to the same school as those of Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, because White thinks Auerbach ripped him off. Huh. Wonder what the legions of black bluesmen who really invented White's music would make of that.

 
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