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

Wednesday, Mar 26 2014
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German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk came to the Fox Oakland for a three-night stand. The first show on Sunday saw the foursome dishing out classic songs like "Trans-Europe Express" and "Autobahn" — but reinterpreting them to fit more into the musical climate of today, with heavier bass and drum sounds. The 3-D visuals could've been campy, but were dazzling instead.

As a follow-up to our recent cover story about the effects of the economic boom on the city's music scene, we're hosting a panel April 1 at the Chapel to discuss what can be done to make sure S.F.'s musical culture stays vibrant. It won't be a bitch session, but rather a brainstorming of ideas. The free panel starts at 7 p.m.

Pure Noise Records celebrated its five-year anniversary last week. The East Bay label has ridden the pop-punk revival straight to commercial success, with three albums on the Billboard Top 200 album chart last year. Its marquee act is Walnut Creek's The Story So Far.

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Dave Brockie, who founded GWAR and led the satirical metal band as the fearsome Oderus Urungus, died Sunday at his home in Richmond, Va. Only 50, Brockie left a mark on the world through GWAR's bilious, brazenly offensive songs and stage presence, and dark humor. He will be missed.

Suboi, the Vietnamese rapper we featured last week, had to cancel her S.F. appearance due to visa issues. Despite months of effort, her team could not get her over here. Also last week, Syracuse punk phenom Perfect Pussy postponed its Rickshaw Stop show until May 26 due to a medical emergency.

A visit to Lost and Found, the Make Out Room's Tuesday night R&B party, felt like an elegy for an older S.F. Someone in L.A. told us this place was over, and a surly bartender friend decried the new crowd seeking $15 cocktails. We sipped Fernet, inhaled in the nostalgia, and ended the evening at Public Works, dancing with video game designers to a smooth set of Beatport chart hits. Change happens.

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Slideshows

  • Jack White at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
    Jack White and his band performed at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday nights in front of sold out audiences. Jack entertained his fans with music that included songs from his days with The White Stripes, and The Raconteurs, as well as hits from his solo albums; Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. Photography by Sugarwolf.
  • San Francisco Street Food Festival 2014
    The San Francisco Street Food Festival was another success this year. Dozens of vendors with original, unheard-of creations, such as deep fried mac and cheese on a stick, black pea paste pancakes, and Korean quesadillas. Then there was the comfort foods we've grown accustomed to, like creme bruleé, shrimp rolls, and pound cake. Photographs by Mabel Jimenez.

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