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

Wednesday, Jul 16 2014
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gave a two-hour demonstration of superhuman abilities at the Warfield last week. Cantlievered out over the crowd as if walking on air, Cave showed a total, almost terrifying command of his rakish torso and brutal music. When his character Stagger Lee murders the devil at the end of a song, Cave's performance made such a feat seem entirely possible.

The sister-DJ duo Lisbona told us about its beloved Stretch Sundays parties at Monarch, which celebrate exuberant house music and '80s workout videos. "We really wanted a concept where people couldn't take themselves too seriously, which you definitely can't do in brightly colored Spandex," says Ava Lisbona.

We're glad to see S.F.'s Christopher Owens return with "Nothing More Than Everything to Me," which plays more to his pop-writing strengths than did most of the material on his first, post-Girls solo album. In the new video, Owens wears a Buck Owens-style red suit — perfect for the country-western vibe of the song. His album A New Testament is out Sept. 30.

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Too $hort is playing another one of his full-band shows at Public Works on July 25. Which sounds exciting, except that the last one we caught in Oakland was a mess — all weed smoke, shouted synonyms for "bitch," and Too $hort admitting that "We don't really rehearse." Maybe he will this time?

Most of the acts at Saturday's Phono Del Sol music festival were solid, and some, like Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, were great. Phono's biggest bummer was the confining of beer drinkers to a few caged areas. We hear that was meant to keep insurance costs reasonable, but it'd sure be nice to drink a Lagunitas without feeling incarcerated.

On the news that Robin Thicke's new album has sold only 530 copies in the U.K. and fewer than 50 in Australia, we asked what happened. Did "Blurred Lines" make us all feel gross? Is Thicke's failure to be blamed on the insufferable video for "Get Her Back"? Or the fact that he doesn't seem totally sincere about winning over his ex-wife? It's probably all of the above.

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