Friday night at Bottom of the Hill, Mike Watt reminded us what a natural talent he is on the bass. Between bringing up a former member of the Stooges onstage and reprising some material from his years with the Minutemen, a grizzled Watt played the punk-rock elder we love.
The Stern Grove Festival announced a summer calendar that includes Sunday afternoon shows by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Neko Case, the Dodos, the S.F. Symphony, and many more. All of them are outside, and all of them are free. Don't you love S.F.?
Throw this in the category of collaborations we'd never expect: S.F. Balkan jazz outfit Brass Menazeri and Boston rapper Mr. Lif. And guess what? It actually works. They're asking for donations on Kickstarter if you want more of this craziness.
Punk rocker and feminist legend Poly Styrene, singer of U.K. outfit X-Ray Spex, passed away last week at 53. She had been preparing to restart her solo career with a new album that was released only in March. Oh cancer, up yours.
Right now it costs about $2,000 to get a permit to host live music in San Francisco — the same amount for a small cafe as for a big venue like the Warfield. The city's supervisors are considering changing this with a new kind of permit that would make it easier for small spaces to host live acoustic music. We think it's high time they did.
In the department of stupid famous people, Mark Wahlberg compared Justin Bieber to Tupac — which is like calling Lady Gaga a white Aretha Franklin — and we can think of at least six musicians who'd make a better president than Donald Trump. Hey, Will Smith can get shit done, and you know Ozzy is death-proof.