February 8, 2012
Noise Pop 20 is just weeks away. From February 21st through the 26th, over one hundred bands will take over SF’s venues for six days celebrating independent music. True to form, this year’s Noise Pop Festival includes an eclectic mix of veterans and emerging artists, and you’d be wise to buy your tickets soon, because many shows are starting to sell out.
To get familiar with many of the bands performing at Noise Pop this year, here’s the first of two mixtapes showcasing music from performing artists. To find out when all of these acts are performing, check out the complete schedule of Noise Pop events.
February 6, 2012
Ready for another Noise Pop party before the music kicks off February 16th? Yes! Yes you are. On Tuesday, February 7th Bottom of the Hill hosts an opening reception for the Noise Pop Photo Retrospective (6-9pm, Free, 21+), a visual look at the previous 19 years of one of the Bay’s most influential and important musical events.
Everything that helped mold the festival into what it is today – the musicians, the fans, the venues – will be featured, thanks to these photographers who caught it all: Eduardo Acorda, Marlu Aufmuth, Jeanne Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, Charlie Homo, Sheila Menezes, Paige Parsons, Mike Rosati, Julie Schuchard, Shoka Shafiee, Matt Seuferer and Deb Zeller.
The party will feature sets from local rockers Plastic Villains and Cool Ghouls, as well as Trumer Beer specials. Check out Plastic Villains’ first ever music video for the song “Fish Hook Esquire” off the album Whoever You Are Today.
February 2, 2012
Artwork by Luke Judd
In addition to a full slate of concerts around the City, Noise Pop 20 also features the return of the nightly series of free Happy Hour concerts at Bender’s, one of the Mission’s finest establishments. We’re excited to present the Happy Hour show on Friday, February 24th, featuring a slate of talented local electronic pop performers. It’ll be the perfect way to kick off your Friday night!
The Bay Bridged Presents: A Noise Pop Happy Hour
Friday, February 24th, 2012
5pm, FREE, 21+
About the bands:
February 2, 2012
To celebrate its 20th year, Noise Pop will be operating a Pop-Up Shop out of the ground floor of The Bold Italic‘s HQ at 34 Page St. For three weeks leading up to the start of the Noise Pop Music Festival, the Pop-Up Shop will be featuring live music, drinks, food, and it’s safe to assume, general hilarity for all.
The launch event going down Thursday, Feb. 4 pretty well encapsulates what the pop up shop will entail: The Soft White Sixties and Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick playing sets, Britt Govea of folkYEAH! DJing, and Secret Seven Records displaying a selection of its releases by local bands from the 60s to the 80s. Not enough for ya? There will be chicken and waffles, BBQ, and whiskey. And bring an old but comfy shirt, because San Franpsycho will be screen printing on site. And that’s not all — so if you’re still not convinced this is the spot to be, I give up. (Ed. note: the RSVP list for tonight’s event is full.)
Check out the full lineup of events at the Pop-Up Shop here. And check out The Soft White Sixties playing their tune “When This All Started” below.
Photographer Peter Ellenby Debuts New Exhibition at Noise Pop 2012: 15 Years of Death Cab for Cutie and John Vanderslice, in Photos
January 30, 2012
Photographer Peter Ellenby has been taking portraits of Death Cab for Cutie and John Vanderslice for over 15 years. Now as part of Noise Pop’s 20th Anniversary, Ellenby’s photo exhibit DC/VJ will be on display, featuring portraits depicting the progression of the musicians’ celebrated careers as well as Ellenby’s own stylistic progression.
DC/JV will be housed at sponsor San Franpsycho’s offices located at 1314 Grant (between Vallejo and Green). The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 5–9pm with an additional festival reception Thursday, February 23rd from 5–7pm.
While discussing the exhibit and the festival, which he has photographed the past 18 years and counting, Ellenby stated:
The Noise Pop Festival is very near and dear to me and I wanted this show to represent what I see are the best parts of the Festival. . . The fact that a bond also exists between Death Cab and John is fantastic as well. JV is like the glue that holds SF’s music scene together and Death Cab represent what a great stage Noise Pop has been for bands getting a shot during the Festival.
John Vanderslice will be playing Noise Pop this year, co-headlining Bottom of the Hill with Thao Nguyen on February 23rd.
For more information and a preview of JV/DC visit Ellenby’s website.
January 25, 2012
In February, the Noise Pop Music Festival turns twenty by gathering over one hundred local and touring bands from across the indie spectrum for a week of exciting concerts all over the City. Two decades of championing independent music is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this mixtape collects twenty bands that have performed at Noise Pop events in years past.
As you’ll hear, a whole bunch of big names graced Noise Pop bills before achieving fame, as past festivals hosted early performances by bands like Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie and Mates of State. Equally impressive, though, is the annual fest’s important role as a showcase for Bay Area indie bands, and you’ll hear a bunch of now-well-known local artists in this mix too.
We’ll be ramping up our coverage of Noise Pop 20 in the coming weeks. For now, enjoy this look back at Noise Pop’s accomplished history.
January 12, 2012
The show calendar for Noise Pop 20 has fleshed out nicely. Recent additions include a pre-party with Class Actress at the Academy of Sciences, The Flaming Lips playing The Soft Bulletin at Bimbo’s, two performances by Two Gallants at The Edinburgh Castle (!?), Bob Mould performing Sugar’s Copper Blue at Bottom of the Hill, Mac McCaughan from Superchunk playing solo at the Swedish American Hall, and Sleigh Bells at the Regency. [More...]
December 16, 2011
This week, Noise Pop added a few more big names to their list of confirmed performers for the 20th Anniversary Noise Pop Festival: The Soft Pack, Wye Oak, and San Francisco’s very own Dodos. Badges and tickets are available to purchase now through Ticketfly.
This past Monday, Noise Pop launched the “12 Days of Noise Pop” contest, with 12 sets of tickets to different festival events being given away daily. “Like” Noise Pop on Facebook to follow the contest.