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

Wednesday, Jan 29 2014
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Holy shit was that a great wedding at the Grammy Awards. As Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Madonna, and others performed the tolerance anthem "Same Love," a number of couples, straight and gay, were married en masse in the middle of the awards ceremony. What a spectacular middle-finger to homophobes. Thanks, Recording Academy.

You knew it was coming, and here it is: The "Google Bus Song," a faux-rap anthem bragging about the luxurious white spaceships hauling our tech-employed residents south to work. And all the requisite jokes about nerd twerking, the Google bus doing donuts, and Bitcoin came with it. The trio known as CACHEBOX, who made the song and video, did a hilarious job.

We wondered all Saturday night if Benoit & Sergio would play their biggest hit, "Walk & Talk," at Monarch. It was the talk of the evening. They didn't — but it turned out okay, because all the crowd's energy instead went into keeping the party going until 4 a.m.

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The Grammys weren't all grand: The rock categories were a joke — sorry Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney, but no one cared about "Cut Me Some Slack" — and the Album of the Year award should've gone to a more consistent listen than Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. But complaining about the Grammys is, of course, part of the fun.

Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen Brothers' new film about a New York folk singer in the early '60s, misses a huge part of the musician's life. The film shows no jamming, no sitting around the living room drinking and picking on old tunes, riffing and laughing into the wee hours — none of the mystical, magical stuff that's largely the lure of being a musician.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a new interview that he doesn't see Pandora as a competitor because Spotify wants to serve people who find and collect music, not people who want a radio-style app. We think that's a big mistake — the streaming company most likely to succeed will be the one that can work as both a radio and a record collection for its users. Other streaming companies, like Rdio and Beats Music, get that.

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Slideshows

  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.

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