• Wilco played a gorgeously melancholic set at the Warfield, reminding a sold-out crowd of the magic that happens when a masterful rock band's fantastic songs sound as good onstage as on its records. Singer Jeff Tweedy quipped that the setlist was a bit "morbid," but nobody seemed to mind: Wilco's bleakest ballads felt just as bracing as the band's melodic rockers.
• Masters at Work, the New York duo of Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez and "Little" Louie Vega, showed a thick crowd at 1015 Folsom just how the whole DJ thing should be done: Aggressive mixing, innovative EQing, classic tracks, and lots of satisfaction. Hope the Red Bull Music Academy audience was taking notes.
• To honor Warren Hellman, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder who died late last year, his friends and family are throwing a mini-HSB on Feb. 19. The location hasn't been finalized, but the lineup includes Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, John Doe, Gillian Welch, and Boz Scaggs.
• Britpop favorites Pulp announced one of the most anticipated Bay Area shows of the year — one of only two non-Coachella U.S. dates in S.F. on April 17. Unfortunately, the show sold out in less than 10 minutes on Friday, leaving fans like us desperate and slightly depressed.
• Modest Mouse played to a packed Macworld crowd at the Warfield, but sounded just as unremarkable as we remember from past shows. Isaac Brock has a champion bark and a lion's heart, but even righteously angry songs couldn't animate his band's flat stage presence.
• The Academy released its Oscar nominations for the best film songs of 2011 — all, uh, two of them. Not sure why they're both from kids' movies, but why didn't Jónsi (for We Bought a Zoo), Mary J. Blige (for The Help), or Chris Cornell (for Machine Gun Preacher) get a nod?