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

Wednesday, Nov 28 2012


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings brought a sweaty funk party to the classy confines of Davies Symphony Hall. They didn't quite turn the place into a juke joint, but they sure tried. And after 120 minutes of seamless grooving, it was clear that these musicians are far too good for small, smoky clubs.

Henry Rollins says the hardest part about performing is talking to his fans afterward. Onstage at Yoshi's this week, he was angry as hell — but still surprisingly optimistic, arguing that younger generations won't buy into the sexism, racism, and homophobia peddled by retrograde politicians.

• S.F. native Tim Presley started Birth Records solely to release the gorgeous debut album from local folk singer Jessica Pratt. "I didn't even care if it sold 100 copies, I loved it that much," says Presley, who is best known as the weirdo behind garage-rock act White Fence.


• Haven't we all had enough of "Gangnam Style"? Apparently MC Hammer hasn't: After performing with Korean pop star PSY at the American Music Awards, the two of them are reportedly working on new material together. Please, PSY-Hammer, don't hurt us.

• Did Wayne Coyne lose his mind in 2012? The Flaming Lips frontman pissed off Erykah Badu, reportedly separated from his wife of 25 years, and brought a (disarmed) grenade to the Oklahoma City airport, disrupting travel for thousands. We love your whimsy, Wayne, not your cluelessness.

• Hey, opening DJs: How hard is it to understand that your role is foreplay, not climax? Taboo, the latest 18+ party at DNA Lounge, saw lots of early-night spinners playing hard and fast, when they should've been easing the crowd into things.

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