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Music, All Shook Down Noise Pop Founder Kevin Arnold Featured in New Video Series

Noise Pop Founder Kevin Arnold Featured in New Video Series

Kevin Arnold, the founder of Noise Pop Industries, was featured in a new video series Ticketfly (SF-based Ticketmaster competitor) created to feature promoters around the country. Arnold started Noise Pop 23 years ago while he was still a database manager…
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Music, Feature Indie on Top: Noise Pop Celebrates 20 Years of Independent Music

Indie on Top: Noise Pop Celebrates 20 Years of Independent Music

Photos by Amanda Lopez. Noise Pop has prevailed. This year, as the San Francisco festival's 20th annual week of indie music concerts gets under way, the proceedings have the distinct feeling of a victory lap — a very loud…
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Kevin Arnold's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Festival founder Kevin Arnold looks back on his five favorite sets over the last 20 years 5. The Fastbacks at Bottom of the Hill, 1993-2002 After a surprise set the first year of the festival, the Fastbacks settled into an…
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Jordan Kurland's Top Five Noise Pop Memories

Jordan Kurland partnered with Noise Pop founder Kevin Arnold in the festival's sixth year. Here, he looks back on some of his favorite Noise Pop sets. 5. A three-way tie: Yoko Ono at the Fox Theater, 2010 Meeting Yoko automatically…
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Music, This Is Noise Pop: What Not to Miss at S.F.'s Signature Indie Music Fest

This Is Noise Pop: What Not to Miss at S.F.'s Signature Indie Music Fest

Now it's a festival name, an almost-genre, and, for some, even a mantra — but back in 1993, "noise pop" was just a term Kevin Arnold made up to describe a bunch of bands he liked. He stenciled the phrase…
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News, Feature Gimme Indie Rock!

Gimme Indie Rock!

Kevin Arnold and Jordan Kurland stroll into 500 Club, a Mission dive bar, on a recent August weekday. The pair lean against the counter, weighing their options. "I should order a martini," says Arnold with a grin. "That's what I…
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Music, One IODA

One IODA

If you're a "little guy" in the music business today — an up-and-coming artist, say, or a seasoned virtuoso with a cult following, or a one-man record label with a trunk full of merch — your strategy for the future…
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Music, Pop Philosophy The Eleventh Time's the Charm

The Eleventh Time's the Charm

The Noise Poop By now, just about everyone knows what Noise Pop was -- a one-off for a handful of distortion-crazy bands beloved by S.F. music maven Kevin Arnold -- and is -- a plethora of (mostly) loud rock, spread…
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Call the Zookeepers

You can't escape it. It's everywhere you go. Your hairstylist, your dentist, your proctologist -- they all want to know about this year's Noise Pop. And if you grumble and grouse and say, "There's really nothing to see this year,"…
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Institutionalized

If the trendmongers are to be believed, the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival should be dying, or even dead. When founder Kevin Arnold started the festival in 1993 -- as a single night of five bands at the old Kennel…
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