From the latest SF Weekly:
Sinead O'Connor: O'Connor wore white lace and tore the pope in half, in half again, and once more. Throwing eight papal scraps into the audience, she shouted, "Fight the real enemy!" Thundering silence followed, during which O'Connor calmly, or anyway without shaking, took off the ear-clip headphone monitor wire, collected her papers, and left. No one clapped, but not a single annoyed New Yorker booed, either. She was young that night -- did she know what damage she'd done to her professional life? After the pope thing, she "became a joke," even getting booed offstage at Madison Square Garden at a Bob Dylan tribute concert. "It definitely dealt a near-lethal blow to her career," according to Rolling Stone. [continue reading]
Red Fang: Viral videos may not be a common vehicle for heavy rock bands, but metal fans got their first introduction to the tuneful bludgeoning of Portland quartet Red Fang when the hilarious clip for "Prehistoric Dog" made the rounds in 2008. Who could deny a battle between the group's grizzled, beer-shotgunning members -- clad in armor forged from Pabst and Tecate cans -- and a troop of LARPing Dungeons & Dragons nerds? The video's climax of cartoonish dismemberment and decapitation matched the comic mayhem of the Black Knight duel from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. [continue reading]
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