• Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has been teasing its lineup with mysterious song medleys online. So far, we know this year's performers will include Elvis Costello (solo), the Head and the Heart, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Chuck Prophet, Glen Hansard, Lloyd Cole, Dwight Yoakam, Dirty Three, and many more.
• For the first time in its five-year history, Outside Lands has sold completely out — three-day passes, single-day tickets, VIP passes, everything. The festival ran out of tickets last year at the door, but this marks a new milestone for the young event. Sunday-only tickets — to see Stevie Wonder, Jack White, and Skrillex, among others — were first to go.
To honor the 25th anniversary of its split, we rounded up the top 25 Smiths songs of all time. So where did “Still Ill” and “How Soon Is Now” land — if at all? You'll have to go read it to find out.
• Friends and fans are mourning Tony Sly, singer and guitarist for South Bay pop-punk outfit No Use For a Name, who passed away last week at 41. “One of my dearest friends and favorite songwriters has gone way too soon,” wrote Fat Mike, founder of NOFX and S.F. label Fat Wreck Chords, which has released No Use For a Name's albums since 1994.
• So David Byrne and St. Vincent have a hotly anticipated album and tour coming this fall. But with the cheapest tickets for their S.F. show going for $82.50 with fees — and good seats pushing $150 — there are lots of smarter ways to spend your concert dollar. How about a one-day ticket to Treasure Island? Or tickets to both Dinosaur Jr. and Grizzly Bear? Both would be a better deal.
• Buzzy indie bands Bleached and DIIV came to the Rickshaw Stop, and proved mostly disappointing. Lots of charm and some catchy choruses couldn't save Bleached's mostly asinine lyrics, and DIIV's circular shoegaze never quite attained transcendence, with abrupt endings killing its songs' hypnotic power.