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

Wednesday, Apr 24 2013


• After a rough period during which frontman Billie Joe Armstrong went to rehab for alcohol abuse, Green Day returned home to Berkeley's Greek Theatre and played a thrilling two-and-a-half-hour show. The setlist reached back into the pop-punk outfit's early days, which made for a relatively diverse performance — even if many in the crowd weren't yet born when "Longview" was released.

• The Outside Lands lineup is heavy on older, famous headliners, but very light on hip-hop. We're excited about Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, and Nine Inch Nails, but are holding out hope that organizers won't leave Jurassic 5 as the sole rap act on the bill.

TNGHT brought some fist-pumping beats to Mezzanine for 4/20. We were a little frustrated by the late start, but Hudson Mohawke and Lunice won over the blunted room with classic hip-hop remixes and original tracks like "Higher Ground." We'd say it was ultra-memorable — but then again, it was 4/20.


Vampire Weekend gave a masterfully phoned-in performance at the Fox Oakland. The members played every note they had to, and not one more, making even their rock-outs seem perfunctory. The sold-out crowd loved it, of course. But we were disappointed by the distance the band kept all evening.

Boy George teamed up with British Electric Foundation to cover Iggy & the Stooges' "I Want to Be Your Dog," for some reason that we do not understand. This song is never going to get any better, guys, so leave it the fuck alone already.

• Hey, look: Amanda Palmer wrote a poem for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and it's not good. In fact, it's terrible. "You don't know how many times you can say you're coming until they just stop believing you," is one representative line from the self-absorbed Boston artist's latest attention-grab.

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