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

Wednesday, Jul 23 2014
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Pangea Futbol Club is a group of local musicians from all over the world. They met on a San Francisco soccer pitch, and formed a band that works across genre lines — mixing Latin, European, and Arabic influences while honoring the global groove. "Everyone collaborates to make every song as multicultural as possible," says Pangea's Damian Nuñez. "We're not purists."

We talked with onetime local DJ Ana Sia about what she learned touring with her friends the Glitch Mob. "Their dedication [is] to making music that is authentically them and being fearless," she explains. "It is a challenge to have faith in what I'm creating and to assume it's not going to be the cool trendy shit."

Is Dolly Parton serious? "At some point I would like to do a dance record and I have several songs that are very positive towards the gay community," she told Digital Spy last week. "I have a song called 'Just A Wee Bit Gay'." That sounds crazy, but we hope she's not kidding.

Fizzle

The state of alternative weekly music journalism is grim. Or at least that's what the Georgetown-based judges for this year's annual alt-weekly awards might be saying. They declined to give any plaudits for music criticism to the country's largest weeklies this year, and we couldn't get a straight answer as to exactly why.

Even Noise Pop is concerned about the state of musicians in S.F. "It's no secret that the San Francisco arts community is suffering these days," festival co-owner Jordan Kurland said in a statement announcing the 20th Street Block Party on Aug. 23. "It's a challenge to be an upstart artist or musician in the Bay Area, so we are very happy to provide another platform to bring attention to the local music scene."

We loved Jenny Lewis' new video for "One of the Guys," which has a lot of fun pointing out gender stereotypes. But the verse about being a "lady without a baby" threw us: It doesn't seem like she's being ironic. And if not, it's kind of a kick in the teeth to women who've never heard a murmur from their biological clocks.

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