Noise Pop 2013: Tuesday Preview
February 21, 2013
Written by The Bay Bridged
Over the next several days, we’ll be running day-by-day previews of what to expect from the 2013 Noise Pop Music Festival. We’re kicking off with a look at Tuesday’s slate of shows.
Date: Tuesday, February 26th
Number of Noise Pop Shows: 3 shows, 11 bands
Already Sold-Out: None yet
Check These Shows Out: Noise Pop’s opening night party brings the noise, with Body/Head leading the way. The duo includes Kim Gordon (from, you know, Sonic Youth) and noise guitarist Bill Nace, and they’re topping a bill that also includes locals Horsebladder, Burmese, and Noel Von Harmonson (previously of Comets on Fire and Sic Alps).
It’s a night of singer-songwriters over at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall, topped by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Having relocated to Montana from Modesto some years ago, Lytle’s latest album, Dept. of Disappearance, arrived last year. He’s paired with one of our favorite locals, Will Sprott; Sprott’s solo performances strip away the baroque sounds of his former band The Mumlers while magnifying that group’s offbeat charms.
Meanwhile, the free Noise Pop happy hour series at Bender’s kicks off on Tuesday, with Little Queenie, The Spyrals, and Buttons, a band that the Hemlock Tavern’s Tony Bedard told us was his favorite local band of 2012. Tony certainly piqued my interest when he described the experience of seeing them live:
[O]nce they started playing, everything fell into place as they unleashed a jaw-droppingly, face-meltingly, perfectly imperfect, mid-tempo panic pop on the constant verge of implosion with downtuned guitars, saturated riff-licks, and outright drum heroics holding the whole thing together.
Not A Concert: We’re blessed to have so many talented concert photographers living in the Bay Area, and over a dozen of them are included in San Francisco Rocks!, a show going on now at Hotel Biron. There’s a reception on Tuesday night that is the perfect opportunity to check out shots from the last five years of Noise Pop and Treasure Island.
Lil Tuffy has been making rad concert posters for over a decade now, and his work — including some “rare and landmark posters” — will be on show in an exhibition at Bender’s starting on Tuesday.