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

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Weirdo soul legend Swamp Dogg promised a lurid favor to all who attended his Yoshi's show. But instead, the 71-year-old songwriting genius just shook everyone's hand and said a lot of bad words. With his mom opening up, Swamp's set was a meditation on the trials — and hilarity — of aging. The motherfucker was pretty good.

After a tense few months during which Mission club Brick and Mortar Music Hall faced tight restrictions from the city as a result of neighbors' noise complaints, concerns have abated. Following some serious soundproofing, the club can now stay open until 12:30 a.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends.

Lost in the Night checked in with the Frequency 8 crew, who've been throwing trance parties around here since you were in middle school. The packed, costumed kandi kids at DNA Lounge were still young as ever, and the music was more immersive and hypnotic than we'd expected.

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Just what will be so special about Apple's iTunes Radio service, which comes out next month? Let us know when you figure it out. So far the thing seems like a rehash of competitors like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio, but with the addition of a "buy on iTunes" button. It will be free with ads, though.

Let's talk about Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards: Was it ugly cultural appropriation, or just ugly attention-whoring from a 20-year-old? Either way, it was both hard to look at and hard to stop looking at. Who'd have thought she could make Robin Thicke look like a prude?

The rest of the VMAs were about as absurd as we'd expected. See: Jimmy Fallon disappearing up Justin Timberlake's ass, One Directioner Harry Styles looking bored at everything, and his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift clearly telling him to "shut the fuck up" during the group's acceptance speech.

 
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