A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view:
Kanye West's Twitter account. His magnificent ego is manifest, leading up to his album "Waves," due Feb. 11. The beefs, the boasts, the knee-jerk album-title audibles, the killer leaked tracks — God bless you, Yeezy.
Iggy Pop on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." The ageless/shirtless rock god performed "Gardenia," the darkly swinging lead single off his forthcoming album "Post Pop Depression."
Twin Cities band stumps for Hillary Clinton in Iowa. Despite the Super PAC money at play, General B and the Wiz were paid only in beer. After getting their photo taken with Clinton, she said, "Well, aren't they cute?" Said General B frontman Seth Duin: "Not sure if that's a compliment or patronizing, but we'll take it."
Jay Boller, City Pages music editor
Sia, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Performing "Cheap Thrills," the bewigged pop oddity went all Cruella de Vil-meets-Lady Gaga on this minimalist dance-pop piece about dancing your troubles away.
Garland Jeffreys, the Dakota. The quintessential New York rocker triumphed with oddball stories, penetrating reggae-tinged rock and Mark Bosch's terrific guitar.
The Jayhawks, First Avenue. Gary Louris and company debuted several new low-key songs from an upcoming album, but the real discovery was splendid new multi-instrumentalist John Jackson.
Jon Bream, Star Tribune