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

Wednesday, Dec 12 2012
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• After an uneven start on Friday, Live 105's Not So Silent Night redeemed itself on Saturday with winning sets from M83, Passion Pit, and (especially) the Killers. The Vegas quartet makes soaring, arena-ready songs that sounded perfectly huge inside Oracle. We just hope you didn't mind the smell of sweaty teenage boy.

• We got an early, in-person look at the exciting new T.I. album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, at S.F.'s Studio Trilogy. After playing us most of the new songs, the rapper then asked for feedback — but he only wanted to hear criticism. Not surprisingly, no one dared knock his work to his face.

Noise Pop announced the dates for its 21st festival next year — so keep the week of Feb. 26 free. And check out the awesome new festival visuals by formerly S.F.-based artist Jay Howell.


Fizzle

• R.I.P. Dave Brubeck, jazz legend, Bay Area native, and one of the most accomplished, wide-ranging, and universally adored musical figures of the 20th century. With his emphasis on odd time signatures and sounds from all over the world, Brubeck made experimental music accessible.

• The Bay Area also lost Sarah Kirsch, a widely admired punk musician and activist. Kirsch played with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong in the original lineup of Pinhead Gunpowder, along with many other punk bands. She was 42, and died of a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi anemia.

• On a less serious note, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John made the gloomiest Christmas music video ever for "I Think You Might Like It." The clip is stark, bleak, clearly assembled at the last minute, and based mostly around a grim waiting room, a few random strangers, and some tarmac. Yuck.

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