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

Wednesday, Jan 18 2012

Noise Pop released more of its 2012 festival lineup, and it's quite good: The Flaming Lips will perform The Soft Bulletin in full, and Bob Mould will play the classic Sugar album Copper Blue. Other additions include Sleigh Bells, Two Gallants, the Fresh & Onlys, and Maus Haus.

• Speaking of festivals, Coachella dropped a pretty stunning lineup for 2012: Headliners are Radiohead, the Black Keys, and Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre; reunions include At the Drive-In, Refused, Mazzy Star, and fIREHOSE. There's plenty of boring indie rock and trashy Euro house producers on the bill, but it's no surprise the festival sold out almost instantly.

• But the best part of Coachella — at least for Bay Area fans — might be that many of the festival's best artists are also playing locally. Call it Fauxchella: Radiohead, the Black Keys, fIREHOSE, and Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum all announced Bay Area shows.


• Concert industry trade site Pollstar released its annual list of the Top 100 Clubs in terms of ticket sales. Strangely, only one local club made it: The Independent. Is the Bay Area music scene smaller than we think? Nope — it's just that many larger clubs like the Fillmore and Mezzanine don't report sales figures to Pollstar.

• Why do music critics and diehards hate successful electronic producer Skrillex? His music is hyperactive, unsubtle, and cacophonous, of course. But the main reason is that he pilfers once-underground genres like dubstep, and sells their gaudiest elements to middle-American audiences that have no knowledge or interest in the history of the music.

• With the 49ers in the playoffs (at the time of this writing) we can't blame local musicians for celebrating with new songs. But "Faithfully," a new flip on the Journey power-balled put out by local rappers Equpto, Baldhead Rick, and more, is way too cheesy even for a reverent sports anthem. And we thought these guys were tough.

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