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

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

Sizzle The Knife led a Viking bacchanal over two nights at the Fox Oakland, putting on what might have been one of the best shows of the year. The Swedish outfit expanded from a brother-and-sister duo to a nine-piece phalanx…
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Music, Disclosure Talks Songwriting, Exhaustion, Skeptics

Disclosure Talks Songwriting, Exhaustion, Skeptics

Every year, a few albums manage to seep out of whatever genre they ostensibly belong to and attain far broader appeal. One of those successes in 2013 has been the thrilling synthesis of house, pop, and U.K. Garage wrought by…
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Music, Trampled by Turtles on the Beauty of Free Concerts

Trampled by Turtles on the Beauty of Free Concerts

Minnesota five-piece Trampled by Turtles has taken its indie-bluegrass sound to music festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. With a career that began in 2004, bandleader, guitarist, and vocalist Dave Simonett has a lot to say about money…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle They'll be on the big stage at Coachella this weekend, but French rockers Phoenix played a thrilling show at the 500-capacity Independent last week. The band showed off glowing songs from its new album, and the stripped-down, low-key presentation…
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News, Letters

SF Weekly Letters

A Great Sports Story An interesting look at the 49ers quarterback: Greetings, I just wanted to express my appreciation for Albert Samaha's article on Colin Kaepernick . It was an interesting read. Cheers. Russell Blog Comments…
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Film, "Tonight You're Mine": Love Among the Urban Outfitted

"Tonight You're Mine": Love Among the Urban Outfitted

This entry in the "hot young opposites attract over the course of one long night" genre takes place at Scotland's muddy summer counterpart to Coachella, T in the Park. Adam (Luke Treadaway), the skinny-jeans'd frontman of a famous Brooklyn electro…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • Talk about a crowd-pleaser: Bruce Springsteen played for three and a half hours in San Jose — and even went surfing through throngs of elated fans. Weinberg and the E Street Band played so hard we worried for…
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Music, Coachella in Your Backyard: Nine Good Local Shows That Aren't Sold Out

Coachella in Your Backyard: Nine Good Local Shows That Aren't Sold Out

Who needs Coachella? If you live in the Bay Area, most of the best of this sprawling three-day music festival — which spans two consecutive weekends — comes to you. Call it "the Coachella effect," or "Fauxchella" — or just…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

• Noise Pop released more of its 2012 festival lineup, and it's quite good: The Flaming Lips will perform The Soft Bulletin in full, and Bob Mould will play the classic Sugar album Copper Blue. Other additions include Sleigh Bells,…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle • After playing all over Europe, Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth finally brought their Big Four Tour to the U.S., performing in Indio a week after Coachella. But when will they give American fans what they really want, and…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and Lows from the Last Week in S.F. Music

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

Sizzle Duran Duran caused an epic line at the Fillmore for its pre-Coachella show Saturday night. Inside the estrogen bath, amid howling fans, we remembered how amazing the band's Thatcher-era pop is. Reasons we're glad we missed Coachella: Pretentiousness, snotty…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Blake Schwarzenbach's new band, Forgetters, played Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, reminding us of the glorious days of his band Jawbreaker, a bright, short-lived light on the '90s S.F. punk scene. • Coachella sold out, meaning you…
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Music, Bassnectar's big beat network

Bassnectar's big beat network

Lorin Ashton, the Bay Area–based DJ and producer known as Bassnectar, has become a sensei of sorts for heavy bass music in North America, showing how it can sound both disciplined and devastating. Ashton thinks intensely about the space between…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: King Khan

Concert preview: King Khan

Since bailing on the super-obnoxious Spaceshits some 10 years ago, Arish "King" Khan has gone on to blaze a prolific path as the antic-prone frontman for a variety of retro-fried outfits. The finest of these is King Khan and the…
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Music, Going to Coachella vs. the S.F. staycation

Going to Coachella vs. the S.F. staycation

Coachella is a desert wonderland of a festival that runs April 16 through 18. It provides a compelling reason for music fans to caravan to Indio, Calif., with its extensive showcase of top rock, electronic, and hip-hop acts. This year,…
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Music, Our picks for Spectrum, the weekend’s big dance party

Our picks for Spectrum, the weekend’s big dance party

Those who are weary of multigenre, multistage music events like the two-day Spectrum Festival might roll their eyes at its crowded bill, which will take over all three rooms of the Regency Ballroom this weekend. But give the organizers credit.…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Wanderers

The Wanderers

There couldn't possibly be a better band than Tinariwen playing at Coachella. The upcoming music festival's 100-degree heat? No problem for a group of nomads who grew up in the Sahara surviving brutal conditions, crushing droughts, and widespread starvation. How…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Outside Lands Festival Adds Marquee Names to Its Lineup: Wilco, Manu Chao, and Beck, and many more

Outside Lands Festival Adds Marquee Names to Its Lineup: Wilco, Manu Chao, and Beck, and many more

When the Treasure Island Music Festival was announced last summer, it felt as though San Francisco proper had a destination music event for the indie set. But this year, Another Planet Entertainment — which copromoted the two-day Treasure Island event…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Big Sad Men

A mercurial figure with wide shoulders and a resigned look on his face is the hallmark of art collective and superduo the Date Farmers. Sometimes he's a lonely tough guy with prison tattoos, other times he's Mickey Mouse wielding a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Seasoned Cat

Seasoned Cat

When Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, appeared at the 2006 Coachella festival, she treated the crowd to a run through of her current album, The Greatest, backed by a huge ensemble of session players including Al Green guitarist Mabon “Teenie”…
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