Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from this week in S.F. music


Roger Waters' The Wall tour blows our minds Friday at Oracle Arena. Will Metallica do an insanely expensive-to-produce tour next?

The RZA doesn't show, but the rest of Wu-Tang Clan rocks a packed Mezzanine Thursday —when the guys decide to go on after midnight.

Modest Mouse-Islands "supergroup" Mister Heavenly recruits Michael Cera to play bass on its first tour, plays a silly set at Café Du Nord Thursday.

Newish Mission venue Public Works plans a free show with the Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, and Bare Wires this Friday, Dec. 11.


Art-noise wizards Einstürzende Neubauten cancel S.F. shows and entire 30th anniversary U.S. tour after Homeland Security takes too long to issue band members' visas.

The list of local bands nominated to play Live 105's Not So Silent Night Holiday concert contains way too much bratty suburban emo-metal. Can't we get some surly garage-rock?

More than half of the artists nominated for Grammy Awards this year are on independent labels, and Oakland's Green Day receives a nomination for the score to Broadway musical American Idiot. But none of this helps the awards ceremony with that whole relevancy thing.

The anonymous dude behind Sexpigeon, a local photo/culture/lit blog, leaves S.F. for NYC. We will miss your brilliant, one-sentence observations, whoever you are.

S.F. troubadour Adam Haworth Stephens and bandmate are severely injured when their tour van rolls in a Wyoming snowstorm. He doesn't have health insurance. Help out at

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