|Courtesy of Noise Pop|
|The Closer: Les Savy Fav|
Get ready, San Francisco. That annual extravaganza of musical zanyness, alt./indie hiptitude, and overall sub-mainstream coolness known as Noise Pop is only three short weeks away! As always, attending a festival with so many performances in so many different venues requires plenty of pre-planning, so it's not too early to save your pennies, mark your calendars, and begin mapping out your N-Pop strategy.
This year's festival looks hella cool so far; Feb. 24's opening night party features Deerhoof, and Les Savy Fav close the festivities out on March 1st. Recently-confirmed acts include Matt Costa, Keil Keith, Flosstradamus, David Dondero, Colossal Yes, Built For The Sea, Mike Relm, The Hooks, and The Dead Trees. These artists will join an impressive lineup of previously-booked performers including Bob Mould, Antony and the Johnsons, Stephen Malkmus, and many more. A $150 N-Pop badge gets you in to all the gen-adm showcases (though early arrival is suggested); individual show tickets will also be available. For the terminally-indie and perpetually-broke crowd, cheer up, already: there's plenty of free performances, including a throwdown at the SF Apple Store by Themselves, Rainbow Arabia, Yoni Wolf and Boy in Static. A list of scheduled acts can be found here; however, live performances are only part of the Noise Pop happenings.
If you get tired of live music (as if!), you can get your celluloid on at the Noise Pop Film Festival, which screens a gaggle of music-related movies and documentaries, including the classic "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison"; "Gogol Bordello Non Stop: A Gypsy Punk Documentary"; the Wilco concert film "Ashes of American Flags"; and a homage to mom 'n' pop shops, "I Need That Record: the Death (Or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store."
Film not artsy enough for ya? Check out the "Sights of Sounds" group art show, displaying works by Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee, Devo mastermind Mark Mothersbaugh, avant-turntablist Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), and SF's own John Vanderslice. If your taste in visual art runs to photographs, N-Pop has you covered with an exhibit by shutterbug Lauren Dukoff, featuring portraits of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Vetiver, Vashti Bunyan, and other freak-folkers, their friends, and extended family. .