• We got some sweet photos from Phono Del Sol, where Thee Oh Sees invited everyone onstage and acts like YACHT and Marnie Stern played for chilled-out masses on the lawn. Did you know its possible to crowd surf even when people are sitting down? We didn't either.
• Three out of five San Franciscans agree: Gentrification is bad. (See page 10.) But when it leads to songs and videos like the amazingly catchy “Google Google Apps Apps,” from local drag stars Persia and Daddies Plastik, we almost reconsider. This bouncy slab of electro-pop decries the white-washing of S.F. over a background of Google Street View images.
• Speaking of music festivals, the organizers of the Wintersalt festival are hoping to bring their long-gone Summersalt fest back to S.F. on Sept. 14 — and they're trying to do it with crowdfunding. A $15 donation gets you a ticket to the event, and moves the folks at Eye Heart SF closer to their goal of raising $15,000 by July 31.
• If you wanted to go to Outside Lands but don't have tickets, you're all but out of luck. Three-day passes, as well as Saturday and Sunday single-day tickets, are already gone, and the rest of the festival will likely sell out this week. If so, it would be the earliest the 6-year-old festival has filled its 65,000-per-day capacity.
• In the spirit of Bastille Day, we headed out to Bardot a Go Go at the Rickshaw Stop — and found a sweltering room with no coat check. The music mostly stayed in the spirit of '60s France, but a few weird detours made for a motley (and very sweaty) night.
• The Britney Spears song that will torture the rest of your summer is called “Ooh La La,” and it's on the Smurfs 2 soundtrack. Even Spears seems embarrassed by the song's cutesy vibe. Can't she just do another “Toxic” already?