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


• Former Girls singer Christopher Owens debuted his new solo album, Lysandre, at an intimate show in S.F. The album finds Owens more mature and subdued, his baroque folk-pop tunes trading off with a few uptempo rockers. There's also lots of flute — another thing to look forward to when Lysandre arrives on Jan. 15, 2013.

• After years of rapping on tracks together but not being allowed to make an album proper, E-40 and Too $hort finally released their two joint records last week. In celebration, we rounded up the Bay Area legends' best-ever collaborations, from this year's “Money on the Floor” to our top pick, 1996's “Rapper's Ball.”

Simon Timony was the brave San Franciscan who tried to stop a mob from torching a Muni bus after the Giants won the World Series. And it turns out he also has a band: Gaviotas, his long running local punk-metal outfit, has brutal crunch and soaring melodies — check 'em out at Thee Parkside on Dec. 8.


• Friday's Delta Spirit crowd at the Fillmore didn't seem quite ready for the mayhem brought by L.A. skate-punks FIDLAR. When the opening act drew a throng of sweaty kids to the front for a wild mosh pit, the thirtysomething crowd got visibly nervous. What a strange pairing.

Mariah Carey released an Obama victory song, “Bring It on Home,” which sounds more appropriate for a natural disaster. The song gets comically repetitive after about the first minute, and its tone is so dour and predictable, it's almost a parody.

• In honor of Coldplay drummer Will Champion, who will appear on season three of HBO's Game of Thrones, we rounded up the dubious history of musicians in sci-fi films. Iggy Pop in that Crow sequel was weird enough, but could it get uglier than Sting in Dune? Turns out yes, it could — thanks, Tom Petty and The Postman.

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