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

Wednesday, Jul 4 2012


• We went to Avicii's sold-out party at Bill Graham, and came away understanding why electronic dance music is blowing up in America: It's more fun, more consistent, and more all-consuming as a live experience than anything else right now. So what if the snobs complain about it going mainstream?

• We rounded up the eight best places to see free live music in S.F., which include bars like the Saloon in North Beach and cafes like Atlas in the Mission. In cash-strapped times like these, some of the city's best musicians are just giving it away — and there's no shortage of excellent places to find them.

Jonathan Richman doesn't do interviews, but he wrote us a letter, by hand, and sent it through the mail. Yeah, the paper mail. His best sentence: "As far as the Internet is concerned, I don't have a computer and don't know how to use one."


Christopher Owens, the singer and songwriter of beloved S.F. indie rock band Girls, announced that he's leaving the group to make music on his own. "My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress," he said on Twitter, apparently ending one of the greatest local rock bands going right now.

• Have you heard the song English arena-rock outfit Muse wrote for the Olympics? Called "Survival," it's less a song than an ear-damaging attempt to combine "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are the Champions" into a five-minute opus. There's nothing to remember or enjoy here; just a very loud aggregation of dramatic noises.

• L.A. beatmaker TOKiMONSTA spoke to us about the stereotypes she faces in the music industry: "Because I'm Asian, people think I'm some cutesy anime princess that eats cake and has special powers," she says.

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