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

Wednesday, Mar 7 2012


• New York dance-punk pioneers ESG rolled through Mezzanine on their final tour of a 34-year career, and packed the house with an unusually diverse crowd. The energy was tremendous, the visual projections dizzying, and the vibe elated. After an extended version of "You Make No Sense" for the encore, the ladies of Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold bid farewell to S.F. for good.

• Cleveland pop-punk outfit Cloud Nothings brought dark, serious new songs to a sold-out Bottom of the Hill, and sounded surprisingly grown up for a band whose figurehead is 20 years old. The extended instrumental passages of songs like "Wasted Days" sounded huge onstage — even the bartender was nodding along.

• So what is Green Day writing songs about with Bush out of office? A new video about the band's recording process offers some hints: "This is the first time we've ever really sung about fucking," Billie Joe Armstrong mutters at one point. So we're intrigued for the band's new record, which doesn't yet have a name or a release date.


• At the annual Red Bull Thre3style DJ contest, eight selectors battled it out in front of five judges at Ruby Skye for a chance to compete in the national contest. Unfortunately, local stars like Miles Medina and DJ Just lost to Seattle's Four Color Zack. What gives, guys?

Ronnie Montrose, a firebrand Bay Area guitarist who wrote early hard rock hits and helped launch the career of Sammy Hagar, died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. He was 64. As a sideman, Montrose worked with artists like Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs. The first album by his band Montrose was a blueprint for Van Halen, and is considered a classic.

• So you think it's cool that you know all the words to songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and "Baby Got Back"? Guess what: It's not. Everyone knows the words to those songs. So please, stop mouthing along — we aren't impressed.

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