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

Sizzle

• Noise Pop festival announces first part of its 2011 lineup, which — to our delight — includes lo-fi R&B whiz How to Dress Well.

Stevie Wonder, Will.I.am., Joe Montana, and other famous faces show up for Neil Young's UCSF children's hospital benefit, which raises $3 million.

• Film director John Waters hits S.F. for a Roxie Theater benefit show, professes a profound appreciation for South African rap duo Die Antwoord.

Gorillaz' Damon Albarn to make entire album with his iPad, will be released free on Christmas Day.


Fizzle

• Journey anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" so tiresomely popular that local KJ Roger Niner institutes $5 fee to sing it – a stopgap against his going insane.

• After delivering the introduction, former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell doesn't stick around with Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, and Will.I.am for UCSF benefit afterparty.

• New York City prosecutors name a Columbia University drug investigation "Operation: Ivy League," unfortunately recalling East Bay ska-punk legends Operation Ivy.

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) calls Oakland's Green Day "nothing but coat hangers for punk jackets" in an interview in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Read more about S.F. music at www.sfweekly.com/shookdown.

 
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