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Friday, February 19, 2010

Last Night: Noise Pop Pre-Party at California Academy of Sciences

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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NightLife's Noise Pop Pre-Party
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
NightLife at California Academy of Sciences

Better than: Sitting in science class.

It's a shame that so many locals have yet to experience the city's best bar: NightLife at the Academy of Sciences. Like watching Planet Earth, and Cosmos before it, we all know that learning is more fun when substances are involved. 

Going to NightLife is a treat anytime, but this particular evening was the Noise Pop pre-party to kick off the music/art/film festival that graces the city each year.

We arrived on the earlier side--the place didn't start to fill up until about 9 p.m.--but was worth it, as the exhibits weren't that crowded. In the beginning, the museum was populated mostly with Noise Pop volunteers, and some musicians and friends of the festival. 

Despite it being a Noise Pop party, the general interest level in watching bands seemed pretty low. Most patrons were easily sidetracked by other attractions in the museum. Brookhaven played in the natural history wing. The San Francisco act's ambient electronic arrangements were the pleasant surprise of the evening. 

The Frail used a modified setup to perform in the main room of the museum. Playing behind a couple of laptops and a mixing board, the electro-pop group sounded great, and it was entertaining to watch the lead singer flail around on the floor akwardly while a small group of people idly watched.

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