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

Wednesday, Jul 24 2013


We couldn't be cynical about seeing Counting Crows at America's Cup Pavilion. Not when the band opened with "Mr. Jones," or when singer Adam Duritz — who is either legit crazy or a total diva — obviously gave the show his all. Seeing something so genuine felt equal parts refreshing, reassuring, and embarrassing.

Papa is a new pop-rock band from L.A. that had everything to prove with a headlining show at Bottom of the Hill. Each song fired out impeccably, acting as a sort of defense of its own relevance. If you weren't convinced by that, you never will be.

Local musician Warren Teagarden plans to see 30 shows in 30 days this September. How will he do it? By hanging out a lot at smaller venues like Hemlock Tavern, and being really, really dedicated.


Bad news about Napa's BottleRock festival just keeps coming. Workers have complained of not being paid on time, a shuttle company is suing the festival for underpayment, and now, more vendors are accusing organizers of writing bad checks. Founders say the issue is a dispute over terms, but vendors believe the organizers overestimated how much money they'd make.

We're thrilled that moody '90s rockers Mazzy Star are returning with a new album in September, their first in 17 years. But their reunion just whetted our appetite for many other excellent, female-led outfits from that era, like Lush, Belly, Elastica, and of course the great Cocteau Twins. Thanks to them all for making high school almost bearable.

We were so excited to see the Wallflowers open for Counting Crows at America's Cup Pavilion. But since they began at the ungodly hour of 7 p.m., when the venue was half full, we didn't see much of them at all. Note to organizers: That is way too early to start a show.

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