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

Wednesday, Sep 26 2012


• The newest music venue in the Mission is called Preservation Hall West at the Chapel — and when it's not the West Coast home of New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, it'll have a wide-open booking policy. The club in a former mortuary at 777 Valencia opens Oct. 4 with a concert by its namesake outfit.

• For a moment during MikeQ's Saturday set at Lights Down Low, something amazing happened: The Public Works crowd parted as a group of voguing dancers converted the music to sharp slashes of movement. There were painful splits, dizzying spins, and strutting poses. It was the highlight of the party.

• Even seasoned Lil B observers like ourselves didn't see this coming: "California Boy," in which the Berkeley rap misfit tries out rock 'n' roll. Yes, really: B's first rock single sounds like a watered-down Gin Blossoms or Goo Goo Dolls B-side — in a good way.


• Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong announced plans to enter rehab for substance abuse after delivering an F-bomb-laden tirade onstage at a festival in Las Vegas. His meltdown came only days before the release of ¡Uno!, Green Day's first new album since 2009. The band's Live 105-presented show Friday at the Fillmore has also been postponed.

• The award for worst new song of the week goes to country singer Trace Adkins, whose "Tough People Do" is a piece of flag-waving, jingoistic nonsense. Think of it as more vague promises from the right wing on how it'll fix the country, minus any hint of specifics.

• Fiona Apple's arrest in Texas shows why no one should ever leave California: They still jail people for possessing small amounts of marijuana (or, in her case, hash). What, is it 1952 down there? Apple got out on bail — thankfully before the authorities had a chance to read her lyrics and try her for witchcraft.

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