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

Wednesday, Feb 12 2014
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How do you run an orchestra with no conductor? That's the aim of One Found Sound, a new chamber group founded by S.F. Conservatory grads where the old rules about classical music performance and listening don't apply. "If you play something that touches people, you won't have to tell them how to behave," says one co-founder.

People have always danced on BART — and yet, in recent months it's become a huge fad, with groups of dancers taking video of their in-train competitions and posting it to YouTube. The onlooking BART passengers vary from indifferent to gobsmacked, but the dancers' moves are often pretty good. Think of it as turfing on the train.

Noise Pop announced the final piece of its 2014 lineup: A festival headquarters at a Mission design warehouse that will feature film screenings, live shows, happy hours, fashion shows, and other not-just-live-music events. A bunch of the Noise Pop HQ events are free, though we're curious to see how it all fits into the auspices of what's still nominally a music festival.

Fizzle

Another one bites the dust: S.F. folk-rocker and Bay Area native Mark Matos announced that after seven years, he's leaving his beloved Mission scene for the desert — specifically, the small town of Joshua Tree. "We want different things, San Francisco and I," Matos wrote in a statement. He's holding a farewell show with friends and special guests March 28 at Rickshaw Stop.

Prepare for the great Pizza Wars, S.F.: Upon the news that Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band is coming to S.F. March 5, our own pizza singers, the garage-punk outfit Personal and the Pizzas, fired back. First with threats of death and/or lawsuits, then with a diss track and a rival show — this one free — on the same night. Isn't there enough cheese for everyone?

The original group behind last year's BottleRock Napa Valley music festival has officially declared bankruptcy (though another group is using the name for a new event this year). The move was expected, but the filing stated that promoters simply "booked too much talent at too high a price," according to the Napa Valley Register. Huh — we know some people who could've told them that last year.

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