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

Wednesday, Dec 14 2011


Erykah Badu dazzled the Warfield with an extended performance that included old favorites and songs from her upcoming album, due next year. Performing with her band, the Cannabinoids, Badu endlessly pushed her older material in unusual new directions, but of course that didn't stop a fawning house from singing along.

Tormenta Tropical celebrated its fourth anniversary at the Elbo Room with a blowout from Maluca Mala, who had the venue's dance floor bouncing like a trampoline. The highlight came when Mala pulled a wall of fans up onstage to dance, upping the energy immensely.

Jonathan Richman played an intimate midweek show at Great American Music Hall, focusing on his more recent material. Dressed in a striped shirt and slacks, the S.F. resident looked like a seaman recasting global influences into his own precious, eccentric folk. The audience was duly elated.


• After a very public battle on Twitter, Oakland-bred rapper Kreayshawn apparently kicked collaborator Lil Debbie out of the White Girl Mob, leaving only the imposing V-Nasty to serve as her sideman onstage. We're not sure what Lil Debbie contributed besides fashion advice, but we're sad to see the childhood friends part ways.

• Tragically, Hiram Lawrence, a 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head in Oakland, died Friday after being taken off life support. Lawrence was with his father on the scene of a video shoot for the Oakland rapper Kafani, who was not there at the time.

• Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator may be a talented rapper, but he continues to suck as a person. After mourning Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Tyler recently insisted that he'd be blamed if something similar happened today. Couldn't he just stop publicly sympathizing with murderers?

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