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


• This year's Outside Lands lineup – going on hints dropped by press time – looks like a scrambled iPod time machine, or maybe a fantasy out of Inception. Baauer and Willie Nelson? Paul McCartney and Jurassic 5? Youth Lagoon and Red Hot Chili Peppers? The musical eras are all collapsing in on one another!

• Not to brag, but yes, we were at that secret basement show Franz Ferdinand played at S.F. vintage shop Vacation, and yes, it was every bit as awesome as you'd expect. We always knew the Scottish dance-rockers' “Take Me Out” was a great song, but it's even better when you're standing three feet from a sweat-drenched Alex Kapranos.

• Nineties-themed DJ night Debaser has a new offshoot: Last Nite, a party that looks back lovingly at 2000s-era indie rock and pop. It shows there's no limit to the recentness of the past we can romanticize – and also that decade-old Arcade Fire and Gwen Stefani tracks can still rock a dancefloor.


Chi Cheng, bassist for Sacramento rockers Deftones, died early Saturday at the age of 42. Cheng had been in a partially conscious state since a car accident in 2008, but recently showed signs of recovering. Tributes poured in from all over the world of heavy music — even Slash expressed his sadness.

• We're sad to report that S.F. garage-punk band the Mallard decided to call it quits. The band had made waves nationally with its Castle Face Records debut, but frontwoman Greer McGettrick said she grew disenchanted with its material after South by Southwest.

• Dumb songs about racism have a history that goes far beyond “Accidental Racist” – although few of them are quite as bad as what Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released. Remember the simple-minded Black Eyed Peas tune “Where Is the Love?” or Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's “Ebony and Ivory”? All forget that racism is a hugely complex and touchy topic – and that no one is going to fix it with a pop song.

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