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Friday, February 19, 2016

38 Local Acts For You to Catch at Noise Pop Music Festival

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM


Hooray! Noise Pop starts today with a kick off party at Alamo Draft House. Arguably the coolest part about the annual festival, however, is its cadre of local bands/musicians. You'd think more music festivals would take advantage of local talent, but a lot of them don't. Noise Pop is the exception. 

In addition to big-names like Vince Staples, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Kamasi Washington, this year's festivities will also include a cornucopia of Bay Area acts. Below, we've rounded up a list of 40 of the best, but you can check out the full line-up here

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Noise Pop Adds New Artists to the Line-Up; Includes Neon Indian and Metric

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM


If you thought Noise Pop's 2016 lineup was dope already (I mean, they've got Vince Staples, Carly Rae Jepsen, American Football, and The Mountain Goats, to name a few), then you're in for a treat because today, the masterminds behind the 24th annual festival have announced five new acts, plus an additional Kamasi Washington show. How rad is that? The newbies include Canadian bizarro indie-rockers, Metric; electronic band, Neon Indian; singer/songwriter John Moreland; alt-rock band, La Sera; and indie-rock sextet, Joywave. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Here's Your Noise Pop 2016 Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 10:46 AM


What started in 1993 as a mere five-band festival featuring local Bay Area bands and artists has now, in its 24th year, turned into a big-time, big-deal event. This year's lineup, which was announced today, features a nice mix of local acts and not-so-local acts, as well as unknowns and not-so-unknowns. Perhaps the coolest thing about this lineup, though, is the eclecticism of the acts they've booked, from Long Beach rapper, Vince Staples and jazz saxophonist, Kamasi Washington to pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen and Oakland indie-rock band, Astronauts, Etc. 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Noise Pop Founder Kevin Arnold Featured in New Video Series

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 9:08 AM

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 at Oracle and has since grown the festival into a beloved Bay Area music scene fixture. He is also one of the organizers of Treasure Island Music Festival. 

The whole thing isn't really the most independently minded thing to do, but "indie" music hasn't really been about any of that stuff for a while. And I'd rather Ticketfly throw money and time at creating these cool little minute-long videos about people like Arnold, who work behind the scenes to bring exciting acts to their cities, than create typical yawn-inducing advertisements. But if you want some more in-depth insight on the rise of Noise Pop, check out this old (but still really interesting) cover story we ran in 2012 by Ian Port ("Indie on Top: Noise Pop Celebrates 20 Years of Independent Music," Feb. 22, 2012). It details the festival's accomplishments and challenges over the years, including the battle to keep Noise Pop's underdog spirit and distinct taste alive. 

Below is a first look at the video interview (part of the Step Into the Moment series) and accompanying Q&A. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Live Review: Tony Molina Brings Unapologetic, Headbanging Sincerity to the Rickshaw Stop

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Tony Molina - JULIE JUAREZ
  • Julie Juarez
  • Tony Molina
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Nude Beach
Cold Beat
Rickshaw Stop
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

Better than: Staying in while surfing on the now-neutral internet.

Nice to see you again, San Francisco. It's been one whole day since we last hung out together at a live music venue and I missed you, but honestly at this point all these concerts are starting to blur together anyway. This routine seems oddly familiar; after work stopover at Bender's for another Noise Pop happy hour, this time sponsored by Balanced Breakfast. Opting to eat healthy, I crushed a bacon/cheddar/jalapeno burger with the music of Damn Fanatics, Friends Without Benefits, and Bear Lincoln cooking up a storm around the tots. After acting social while sipping on Little Somethin', it was off to Rickshaw Stop again for a musty night of somethin' somethin'.

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Kindness on Immediacy, Working in Collectives, and Missy Elliott

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Adam Bainbridge is more than just a pop music aficionado. As Kindness, he’s a student of pop and has long been fascinated with its history, something that shows in his unique interpretation of the musical style.

In 2014, he released the second Kindness LP, Otherness, which features the likes of Robyn, Kelela, and Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, the last of whom Bainbridge collaborates with regularly. It’s a smooth take on pop that flows best as a whole rather than plucking individual moments to focus on, a concept we spoke about with him while he was on tour in London.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Live Review: Surfer Blood Catches a Sold-Out Wave at The Rickshaw Stop

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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February 26, 2015

Better than: Surfing in a wetsuit off the frigid coast of Northern California.

Noise Pop 2015 is in full swing, and this writer is completely immersed in the revelry and debauchery encouraged by such things as happy hours at Bender's sponsored by Different Fur Studios. Seriously, if you want a completely sober recollection of what happened last night consult the Church of Mormon, because after a few free Jamesons and some $3 Lagunitas, anything can and will happen. Alas, I've been enlisted to recollect an amazing show at Rickshaw Stop, complete with local favorites, touring bands and Canadian imports that left the audience wanting and needing more; so it goes...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Ben Gibbard Is Playing Noise Pop's Opening Party Monday Night at the Swedish American Hall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Not bad for a Monday night: Ben Gibbard will play the Swedish American Hall Feb. 23.
  • Not bad for a Monday night: Ben Gibbard will play the Swedish American Hall Feb. 23.

Yes, the Death Cab for Cutie frontman will be bringing his plaintive voice and self-deprecating wordplay to the newly reopened Swedish American Hall, aka Noise Pop headquarters, this Monday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. to help kick off the 2015 festival, which brings more than 80 music and film events to Bay Area venues for the next week and a half. 

He'll no doubt be playing songs from his 2012 solo record, Former Lives, as well as hopefully giving us some more previews of the forthcoming Death Cab album, Kintsugi (check out the first single below).
With him will be Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue, who will also be performing some solo material. Tickets go on sale today at 11 a.m. — get that clicking finger ready. And for more under-the-radar (and not sold out!) Noise Pop happenings, check out this week's paper. See ya around town, rock 'n' rollers. 

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Noise Pop Lineup Additions: Best Coast, Les Sins, !!! DJs, Langhorne Slim

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, aka Les Sins, will perform at the New Parish Feb. 26.
  • Chaz Bundick, aka Toro y Moi, aka Les Sins, will perform at the New Parish Feb. 26.

Noise Pop
, the festival/promotions team that last made our day back in December by announcing it would be taking over booking at the Swedish American Hall come February, when it reopens the venue in time to serve as fest headquarters, has gone and announced more additions to its already substantial lineup for this year's festival (which will take over the city from Feb. 20 through March 1).

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Noise Pop Adds The New Pornographers, Geographer, Kevin Morby, and more

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

  • Geographer, headed to the Fox.
Noise Pop, which will take over the city from Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015, for its 23rd annual music festival, announced a few additions today to its already stellar lineup

Kevin Morby, whose Still Life remains one of our favorite records from this fall, will play The Chapel Feb. 25, co-headlining with Jessica Pratt. S.F.'s own Geographer will make their Fox Theater debut Feb. 27, followed by The New Pornographers at the same venue Feb. 28. You'll have to choose between that and Florida pop duo SALES, who hit Brick & Mortar Feb. 28 as well. 

Also, super-buzzy local indie-electronic duo Cathedrals sold out their Feb. 28 show so quick, they went and added a second date — the previous night, Feb. 27, at The Independent. Stay tuned for more updates and additions as the festival folks roll 'em out. In the meantime, here's an updated list of performers so far, below. (Badges and tickets for individual shows are on sale over here.) 

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