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Friday, May 27, 2011

SF Popfest Fills the Long Weekend with Sweaters, Guitars, and Indiepop

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM

SF Popfest continues all weekend long, celebrating all things indiepop, and by extension, twee, sweaterpunk, cutie, beardo, shambling, sadmuffin, or whatever else you want to call music involving people (boys and girls, please), guitars (fuzzy, jangly, angular, or poorly played will do), doing-it-yourself, three chords, and a heart. If that's your game, then check out this rundown of the weekend's worth of indiepop.

Tonight, at the Rickshaw Stop, is perhaps the biggest name of the festival, the Undertones, supported by two of S.F.'s own: the Mantles and Melted Toys. Unfortunately, up-and-coming British cutie-pop group Allo Darlin had to cancel their appearance on the bill because of visa problems.

The Undertones are perhaps best known for "Teenage Kicks," without which punk rock wouldn't have been the same. However, since you've presumably heard that song before, here's another great cut from their first album.

The Mantles are another one of San Francisco's new garage/psychedelic bands. That is, they've got a bit of Byrds jangle, a bit of Nuggets reverb, and they make simple and classic songs. Their 2009 self-titled album is quite a pleasure, and though they're not as well known as, say, the Fresh and Onlys, they're definitely worth a listen.

Melted Toys also hail from San Francisco, but play a more subdued '80s-influenced brand of indie-pop.

The Smittens, true to their name, are so sickly cute, we all but dissolved into a puddle of sticky melted sugar trying to find a suitable video. We'll save you from the same fate, but just imagine Blue's Clues as hosted by Sharon, Lois, and Bram, but only for grown-up children, and you'll have about gotten it.

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