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


Anyone looking to get an Outkast fix should look to Treasure Island Music Festival, where the Atlanta rap duo is headlining along with Brit beat-hounds Massive Attack. The rest of the lineup looks solid, too, with TV on the Radio, Janelle Monàe, the New Pornographers, and Ryan Hemsworth performing.

Maybe you've seen the sidewalk stencils for ULUV? The organization booked more then 100 musicians to play free shows around S.F. on June 21 for its first-ever Music Day, billed as a demonstration of the strength of the local scene. Players filled cafes, bars, even BART Stations, then gathered at Dolores Park for a massive sing-along.

Local label Superior Viaduct and Stranded Records are putting on Residents Day on July 5, a celebration of the local art and music experimentalists. The label is reissuing the Residents' first release on 7-inch vinyl and giving copies away for free — which is much cheaper than the $100,000 Residents box set that came out last year.


The passing of Texas iconoclast and artist Stanley Marsh 3 has a special resonance for S.F. music: It was Marsh who took in a young Christopher Owens off the street and encouraged his artistic efforts. Owens, of course, went on to found Girls. “Just lost the greatest man I've ever known,” Owens tweeted after Marsh's passing.

Clint Dempsey, we love you. We love it when you score goals in the first few minutes of USA soccer games, and we love it when you shove the ball into the net with your hip like you did against Portugal. What we don't love is your rapping. That Nike ad you rhymed for in '06 is still online, and it makes us really sure you were meant to play soccer.

The original video for R. Kelly and Lady Gaga's “Do What U Want” has Kelly, who plays a doctor, telling Gaga, “I'm putting you under, and when you wake up, you're going to be pregnant.” Can you imagine anything creepier?

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