You can't accuse San Francisco of ignoring indie pop when putting together a music festival. From Noise Pop on the grand scale to Mission Creek on the cozier side of things, folks who appreciate local indie acts focus a lot of energy on music fests. In May, the San Francisco Popfest
hosts over two-dozen bands of the "melodramatic popular song/indie/pop" at venues intimate enough to keep the prices reasonable. The bills aren't solely Bay Area focused, with talent coming from the UK, Denmark, and Canada (a special solo performance from the Hidden Cameras). Between May 21 and the 24th, you can hit the Rickshaw, Annie's, Cafe du Nord, House of Shields, and a special acoustic show by the Dolores Park playground under the Popfest banner. Get a full schedule (and lots of sample songs) of twee and poppy acts on order at Popfest's Web site
. (Speaking of Mission Creek
, that fest goes down July 15-18 this year).