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

Sizzle

Rumors have been swirling about Cafe Du Nord closing, but for once the news isn't bad. The club is being sold to the owners of Woodhouse Fish Co. and West of Pecos, who will renovate its 107-year-old building and say they definitely plan to keep live music when it reopens next year.

Kraftwerk, the German electronic outfit that profoundly influenced dance music, hip-hop, and even rock, will play two shows at the Fox Oakland next year, its first Bay Area appearances in 10 years. The March 23 show sold out, but as of press time, tickets for March 24 were still available.

Which wireless speaker should you ask for this holiday season? We rounded up a few better options than the Beats Pill, which you've no doubt noticed in this year's Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke music videos. If you want great sound, look at our list.


Fizzle

Spotify revealed how much it really pays artists. The company claims stream rates aren't a fair way of judging its complex compensation system, but nonetheless says it averages between 0.6 and 0.8 cents per song. That's fractions of a penny – and proof that musicians' pay situation is just as bad as we thought.

Something interesting happened to the U.S. edition of Morrissey's Autobiography: It's missing stories about a gay love interest that were in the British edition. No one yet has fessed up to removing mentions of the Smiths singer's relationship with photographer Jake Owen Williams, but the omission sure is strange.

Jay-Z and Beyonce are going vegan for a whole 22 days. They're convinced it's going to be really difficult, even though all they have to do is hire a professional chef to come in and cook for them. Or read labels in the supermarket for an extra few minutes. It'll be second-nature soon, kids, and you'll be feeling good.

 
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