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

Wednesday, Jan 11 2012


• It's tough to take a band called Starfucker seriously, but this five-piece played two sold-out shows over the weekend, wowing a young audience with its dancey indie-pop. Did we mention the whole band was dressed in drag? S.F.'s Painted Palms opened both nights by proving that there's some real rock inside all their reverb.

• The latest Bay Area outfit to sign to a major label is Wallpaper., which inked a deal with Epic Records after a late-night meeting with famed record exec L.A. Reid in December. Bandleader Ricky Reed is thrilled, and says fans of his blue-collar party music have nothing to fear in Wallpaper.'s jump to the big-time. Now everyone can get "#STUPiDFACEDD."

• After rocking out a tiny NYC club full of famous people and journalists, Van Halen announced a national tour with its original frontman, David Lee Roth. The band stops at Oakland's Oracle Arena on June 3 and San Jose's HP Pavilion on June 5, and is all but guaranteed to rule.


Jennifer "Miro" Anderson, keyboardist and singer for pioneering S.F. punks the Nuns, passed away from cancer late last year in New York City. The Nuns were among the very first S.F. punk bands, and opened the Sex Pistols' final show at Winterland in 1978. Miro, 54, maintained her creative drive and doll-like looks right up to the end.

• The venerable Gold Dust Lounge in Union Square — home to cheap mimosas and excellent cover bands — is facing eviction. The place has three years left on its lease, but the landlord is making more room for a big clothing store. The owner wants to fight eviction, and we hope he succeeds.

• Why does everyone, including Azealia Banks, hate Kreayshawn? She's not a great rapper, but she offers a valuable alternative in a genre that is too frequently dismissive of all women.

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