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

Wednesday, Feb 5 2014
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Sizzle

Here's how you judge a DJ: by the blends between songs, by their interaction with the dancefloor, by their track selection, by their sonic tweaks, and by how well they put each song in the context of a larger narrative. Few manage to do all that well, but Mike Servito, performing at an East Bay underground, did it all and more. He makes other great DJs look bad.

If you haven't heard Holly Herndon's "Chorus," stop what you're doing and find it: The track begins with a clipped arsenal of modulated hiccups and exclamations, then unfolds into a sort of verse, then explodes into a stunningly melodic chorus. Herndon, a Ph.D. student in computer music at Stanford, is bridging the worlds of commercial dance music and the electronic avant-garde, and doing it very well.

We rounded up the best music quotes of the week: Zooey Deschanel on how Prince came to appear on New Girl, what the future has in store for Justin Bieber (although we hope not), Andrew W.K.'s views on gender identity, and a hilariously stodgy description of Beyoncé dancing at the Grammys. Read them on our blog!

Fizzle

No shocks, no fuck-ups, no blackouts, no middle fingers, and definitely no silver-plated lady nipples. Bruno Mars put on a family-friendly Super Bowl halftime show that no one on earth could be upset by. The levels of safety involved though make us kind of hope Miley Cyrus lands the gig next year, just to get some spice back.

It's always hard for a band to survive the loss of its lead singer and frontman, and the new version of lauded British grunge revivalists Yuck did a solid job at the Independent. But they needed to put a lot more feeling and energy into their performance. They could've taken a lesson from the fiery punk of opener Grmln.

During an epic week in which Justin Bieber was arrested not once, but twice — in two countries — we found another Bieber scandal: a report saying he wants to open a high-end tattoo shop with his father. Looks like the Beebs needs another subculture to appropriate.

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