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

Wednesday, Mar 14 2012


Drake wouldn't let us forget his obsession with clothes in San Jose, calling out audience members for their sartorial choices and declaring magenta "too feminine." In between chats, he powerfully performed new hits and crowd favorites, showing us just how far the once-insecure Canadian rapper has come.

Felix Da Housecat proved the central attraction at Friday's Blow Up party, with a show that schooled the next generation of clubbers. Mixing disco, electro, new wave, and even Jefferson Airplane into a coherent set, the DJ had everyone getting down inside DNA Lounge's cyberpunk confines.

• Lots of bands eschew politics, but local psych-rock outfit Future Twin hopes to get fans interested in the Board of Supervisors and in saving the Clarion Alley block party, a long-running celebration of the mural-filled Mission alley. "Giving a shit is the new not giving a shit," says Future Twin singer-guitarist Jean Yaste. We couldn't agree more.


Does rock music make people racist? That's the claim made by researchers at the University of Minnesota, who had white test subjects distribute money to various student groups after listening to different kinds of music. While listening to Springsteen seemed to make the subjects favor the white student group, Top 40 pop songs led them to allocate funds equally, researchers claim. Interesting findings, but we're skeptical.

• The award for worst song of the 2012 Presidential campaign goes to Tulsa's First Love, whose Rick Santorum-supporting "Game On" is the dopey folk anthem to end all dopey folk anthems. We're not sure which is worse: rhyming "again" with "Ronald Reagan," or claiming that his having seven children proves Santorum will be loyal to the U.S.

• ABC announced Duets, a new show in the vein of American Idol, The Voice, and The X Factor. Too little, too late, ABC — the world already has more televised singing competitions than it can handle.

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