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


• 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,, 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.


• 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 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.

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