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

Wednesday, Apr 18 2012


Elvis Costello brought his big spinning wheel to the Warfield on Sunday to determine which songs he and the Impostors would play. While that meant we didn't get to hear "Alison" or "Pump It Up," we did get "Watching the Detectives" and a cover of the Dead's "Ramble on Rose." "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" made for an especially pleasing cap to the evening.

• After saying so many nasty things about Train, we decided to check out one of the band's S.F. club shows last week — and found a few things to dig about the pop-rock locals. Patrick Monahan can actually sing, and play saxophone, and he makes himself the butt of deprecating jokes onstage. We'll even admit that Train has a few songs that aren't completely horrible.

Lil B practically broke the Internet by delivering a rambling, unscripted, and heartfelt lecture at New York University last week. His most important lessons: "Get gold teeth!"; "Don't be so hard on each other;" "Make sure you wear seatbelts;" "Wash your hands!"; and, of course, "nobody asked to be born. Life is hard, kinda." You tell 'em, Professor B.


• After a disastrous SXSW that forced the band to cancel the remainder of its national tour, Oakland garage-pop outfit Bare Wires broke up. Over about five years, the band put out four excellent albums of rough-hewn power pop, becoming one of the leaders of the local underground rock scene. Singer-songwriter Matthew Melton is already working on a new band, Warm Soda, which he says will be even more pop-focused.

• Americans have had the good sense to reject boy bands that get stupidly popular in the U.K. So why is One Direction the exception? These fluffy-haired brats have practically stormed the country, and just scheduled an arena tour for summer 2013. Granted, they are the first U.K. group in history to debut at No. 1 in the U.S., which is more than a little depressing.

• The worst music listicle of all time was published on April 8 on the website It claimed that the Beatles are hugely overrated, and that "Satisfaction" is a bad song because of Mick Jagger's grammar. Our full rebuke was too furious and profane to reprise here.

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