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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Forrest Day's Surprise Ending at All Shook Down, Morcheeba Reunited, Scorpions' Last Sting

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 8:55 AM

click to enlarge Neon Indian onstage at Sunday's All Shook Down Music Festival
  • Neon Indian onstage at Sunday's All Shook Down Music Festival
Most of the live performances at the first-ever All Shook Down Music Festival went off with nary a mishap. But hip-hop/funk/soul outfit Forrest Day was another story. At the band's second set of the day, exhausted frontman Forrest Day passed out midsong, just as the band reached another one of its titanic. crowd-whipping climaxes. I saw day crumble onstage right before my eyes, and told the story, along with a few other reflections on Sunday's festival, in the SF Weekly music section this week.

Remember Morcheeba -- that British trip-hop trio whose songs seemed to make you feel good about the world ending? Morcheeba eventually got more optimistic, fired their original singer, and turned away from what made their early work interesting (an old story). But now the original trio is back with a new record, and performs at the Fillmore tonight. Michael Alan Goldberg has the full story.

For most of its history, anyway, jazz hasn't lacked for colorful, controversial figures. Charles Mingus was among the most colorful -- and also the most talented. In big bands and small combos, Mingus composed and performed songs that brought new colors, textures and moods into jazz. Many groups are paying tribute to his legacy, but Bay Area outfit Mingus Amungus stand out among them by reinterpreting Mingus' legacy through hip-hop, dance, and funky R&B. Sam Prestianni has more on that group, which performs at Yoshi's tonight.

"Rock You Like A Hurricane?" Not anymore. After nearly four decades, German hard-rockers the Scorpions -- the guys who practically invented the power ballad -- are calling it quits. Dave Pehling talks to the band members and takes a look at the band's legacy ahead of its show in Concord this Sunday.

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