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

Wednesday, May 28 2014


We ventured inside the Bayview headquarters of Fat Wreck Chords, a punk label founded by NOFX's Fat Mike that can boast almost total independence from the world of corporate media. The nondescript building hosts parties once a month where Fat Wreck bands perform, beer flows for free, and the label's vast catalog of records is on sale.

We spoke with Detroit post-punks Protomartyr ahead of their much-anticipated Hemlock show, and discussed how the cheap (but still kinda scary) city might be the next haven for artists. Frontman Joe Casey notes the city doesn't really care much about its scrappy rock bands, even the good ones: "No one cares here until you're famous somewhere else," he says.

How do you party till 8 a.m.? New York DJ Eli Escobar says he doesn't use or recommend drugs, but highly recommends an old, underrated standby: the disco nap. Obviously, it also helps to have really good music to dance to.


S.F. burglars have no respect: While parked in Hayes Valley, the tour van of Sean Lennon's band the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger was broken into, and a laptop belonging to percussionist Connor Grant was stolen. "BIG reward if computer is returned unharmed," Lennon wrote on Instagram. "NO QUESTIONS ASKED!"

Macklemore came under fire last week after appearing onstage wearing a costume that looked to many like a parody of a Hasidic Jew: dark, curly wig, thick beard, and large witch's nose. He later apologized, saying he was only trying to make a random disguise, but some weren't buying it. "If I told someone to put together an anti Semitic Jew costume, they'd have that exact shopping list," Tweeted Seth Rogen.

A list of what major performers apparently earn for shows appeared online, stoking uproar that, for instance, Macklemore allegedly gets $200,000 to $300,000 a show, while far superior rapper Kendrick Lamar only makes $150,000. But the list was later debunked as being highly misleading, if not outright wrong. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

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