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

Wednesday, Jun 18 2014
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The Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill has long been an awkward live venue. This fall, the Masonic will open after renovations designed to make it more music-friendly, including a new, flat-fronted stage, an open main floor, new lighting, and a sound system designed for the room. Given its capacity of 3,330 — a size not found elsewhere in S.F. — we're excited to see how the changes turn out.

José James perfectly embodies the evolution of jazz. His work combines rock, pop, and hip-hop into something more catchy than what we commonly think of as jazz. Yet his new album, While You Were Sleeping, was released on Blue Note Records, and James performs Wednesday, June 18, as part of the SFJAZZ Festival.

We caught up with folk-rocker Andy Cabic, leader of local outfit Vetiver, to talk about playing Carnegie Hall, moving to a new record label, and opening for the Zombies later this summer at Stern Grove. "I met Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame," Cabic says of Carnegie Hall. "He told me he loved our song and that I had a 'stanky voice.' I turned several shades of red hearing that one."

Fizzle

Why are World Cup songs so terrible? Partly because humans the world over like to bitch — but also because writing a pop song to suit a whole planet isn't easy. This year's "We Are One (Ole Ola)" by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte is perfectly abysmal — if you ask us, Ricky Martin's "La Copa De La Vida" from 1998 is still the best modern World Cup anthem.

It's wedding season, so temper the wholesome vibes with songs to make you skeptical of nuptials. Morrissey released a new song called "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle," which will do the trick. But also check out Springsteen's "The River," Pink's "Family Portrait," and pretty much every song on Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.

Oh, and while Morrissey finally played the Bay Area earlier this year, the king of concert cancellations shows no signs of giving up his habits. Last week Moz nixed the rest of his U.S. tour, once again citing illness — but this time he blamed opener Kristeen Young for getting him sick. Young wasn't having it, so guess who's not touring with Morrissey anymore.

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