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

Sizzle

This year's Coachella festival features Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse, and almost every other band someone said was cool in the last year. Fortunately, a bunch of them have already announced Bay Area shows — and more will in the coming weeks — so you can see much of the lineup while staying out of the heat.

The newish S.F. party Isis strives to attract a "polysexual" crowd, meaning it's friendly to gays, straights, and everyone outside and in between. As we discovered on a recent Saturday, Isis definitely cultivates a more feminine atmosphere than your typical nightclub, making it something of an outlier in the S.F. scene.

Local quartet Happy Diving recalls everything we love about sludgy, '90s bummer-pop like Weezer, Dinosaur Jr., and Guided By Voices. The group's self-titled debut EP is excellent — tuneful, fuzzy, and catchy. You can stream the whole thing on our blog, and Father/Daughter Records is releasing a cassette version Feb. 18.

Fizzle

Because Metallica cannot do anything normally anymore, the group has announced plans to perform with Chinese pianist Lang Lang at the Grammys. To which we say, huh? Will Metallica be drastically turning its notorious rumble down? Or will Lang Lang connect his piano to a wall of amplifiers? Either way, it's going to be weird.

When Ke$ha has an eating disorder, you know something is drastically wrong with our expectations of females. The singer who was once a bright beacon of self-love and body acceptance checked into rehab, but we need her message of reckless acceptance now more than ever.

Covering the classic Italian love song "Con Te Partirò" — which was perfected by Andrea Bocelli, among others — is a fine idea. But then Vampire Weekend went and did a reggae version. Ugh! Why not just record a dubstep take on "Nessun Dorma" while you're at it, guys?

 
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