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


My Morning Jacket led an epic Southern revival Friday night at the Fox: nearly three hours and 26 songs of huge, crowd-pleasing jams, with frontman Jim James leading it all like some crazed shaman. Appearances from M. Ward and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band were just a bonus.

• That dapper boy you've seen playing the theme from The Godfather on a trumpet downtown? That's 12-year-old Gabriel Angelo, who busks to pay for his music lessons at the S.F. Conservatory of Music and Berkeley Jazz School. He started busking to buy tickets to see X-Men Origins; next, he's hoping to pay for a trip to Paris.

• Our annual All Shook Down Music Fest is back! Come catch electronic-psych duo Crystal Castles blast it out with lots of local talent on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Regency Center. Tickets go on sale June 30. We'll release more line-up details every day on our music blog, so check it out!


Metallica, the Bay Area metal band that hasn't played the Bay Area in a while, finally has an S.F. performance set for Aug. 31. Unfortunately, it's at Moscone Center, for the annual conference of Salesforce. (Turns out the founder of the company is guitarist Kirk Hammett's neighbor.) What about a live set for the general public, guys?

• The “secret show” Diplo and Switch were to play at Som Bar wasn't much of a secret: The cops arrived to shut the place down just after Diplo dropped his second track. Thankfully, the overcapacity party moved to Public Works, became free, and lasted late into the night. Too bad Switch didn't make it.

Train, the most miserable band from San Francisco, is releasing its own brand of wine. Given that these chumps know so little about making good music, how can we expect them to know more about making good Syrah? But for that matter, what does Justin Bieber know about nail polish? Or Rihanna about perfume?

For full versions of the above stories and much more about S.F. music, check out All Shook Down, our music blog.

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