• At their long-awaited Warfield show, Iggy and the Stooges show supplied all the fury of Raw Power — plus glimpses of Pop's oddly cute and complex personality. Playing a self-immolating madman during songs, and an erudite provocateur between them, Pop threw himself into the crowd no fewer than five times. And "Search and Destroy" sounded amazing.
• SF's Lights Down Low closed out 2011 with its biggest party ever at Public Works. The dolled-up girls and Marina bros probably came for Benoit & Sergio, but upstairs with the lesser-known DJs, there were plenty of transcendent moments and hardcore dancers. It was a special night all around.
• Watching the Weakerthans play their albums onstage was both joyous and strange: You looked around the room only to discover that everyone else singing along thought the band's deliberate lyrics were written for or about them, too. But no doubt the four-night run satisfied an obsessive fan base.
• Morrissey canceled his Fox Theater show at almost the last minute due to an injured drummer — his second canceled Bay Area appearance in two years. But with song titles like "Disappointed," "Hated for Loving," and "He Knows I'd Love to See Him," maybe Moz is just giving tortured fans the full experience?
• Did you see the rumor on sites like TMZ and Entertainment Weekly that Too $hort had died? Well, it was wrong — $hort is still very much alive. (In fact, the legendary Oakland rapper played a show last week where he yanked Mistah FAB, Rappin' 4-Tay, and others onstage at the New Parish, along with his live band.)
• It's now officially Coachella rumor season — and while we're excited to hear that Radiohead has signed on for 2012, we're surprised and dismayed at the common whisper that No Doubt will also be headlining one day of the festival. No Doubt!? This '90s revival has officially gone too far.