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


We went to an underground Oakland party in search of gabber, arguably the most violent form of dance music. We found it in a dead part of town where — despite warnings of violence — the young, ravey, druggy crowd welcomed us. The DJs were experts: Their rhythms formed an awesome sensory barrage that whipped dancers through frenzied movements.

British singer Laura Mvula embodied all the paradoxes of her virtuosic, challenging brand of pop in a sold-out show at Yoshi's. Balancing heavy, angsty songs with jokey asides, Mvula adorably kept informing the audience of the time signature of its applause.

Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart has made his cranium into a musical instrument. With the help of a UCSF researcher, Hart is performing on a machine that turns his brainwaves into sound and a very trippy light show, which Hart and his band then jam along with. Far out.


S.F. surf-psych band FayRoy was stranded in Chicago after its van — containing music gear, merch, all the bandmembers' clothing, and more — was stolen outside a friend's house. The members are asking folks to download their album on Bandcamp for donations of $6 or more so they can buy guitars and underwear.

R.I.P. Ray Dolby, the San Francisco sound engineer who founded Dolby Labs, a company that revolutionized audio quality, especially on tape and film. His noise-canceling technology became a standard feature of cassette decks in the '70s and '80s.

People freaked out over Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance, but her video for “Wrecking Ball” is much worse. Total nudity is one thing, but here the 20-year-old Miley tries to make out with a hammer. Gross.

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