Today marks the beginning of Noise Pop Festival, San Francisco’s oldest indie rock festival. Like Austin’s SXSW or New York’s CMJ, there are film, art, and music components at several venues in San Francisco including The Independent, Rickshaw Stop, Bottom of The Hill, Fox Theater, Bender’s Bar, SF Moma, Public Works, Roxie Theater and more.
Here are some highlights and must sees (that are not already sold-out):
Tuesday, February 22nd
At The Independent
Doors: 7pm/Show: 8pm
The experimental electronic producer eschews all naysayers that electronic shows are just a guy and a computer–because Deacon–is so much more.
Dan Deacon: “Snookered”
Wednesday, February 23rd
SOMA FM and The Rumble Present
Noise Pop Happy Hour with
The Frail, Ume and Craft Spells
Doors at 5pm
21+ / FREE SHOW
Make Sure to get there early if you want in because I can assure you if your eyes lit up at the opportunity to see a free show (especially one with The Frail), there will also be 500 hundred other people reading this that probably had the same reaction.
The Frail: “Heartbeats”
Thursday, February 24th
LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW (A DOCUMENTARY FILM ABOUT FEIST AND HER COLLABORATORS)
DOORS: 5:30 PM / SHOW: 7:00 PM
So admittedly I still have a crush on Leslie Feist, and who wouldn’t? This documentary film takes a look at Feist’s career and making of her album, The Recommender.
Saturday, February 27th
Best Coast & The Wavves
Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm
At The Regency Ballroom
Indie pop’s darling couple will be likely drunk, taring up the stage in proper fashion. For fans of lo-fi / chill wave / surf rock rock (or whatever label you like) don’t think twice–this is your show. For an idea of what a Wavves show has to offer, read this.
Sunday, February 27th
BEN TEMPLESMITH LIVE ART WITH DJ SAMSUPA FEATURING THE ARTIST OF 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, DEAD SPACE, FELL &CHOKER
Comic books, multimedia and music collide at this Culture Club event. As described at the website. “A cutting edge live- art demo with the artist pulls back the wizard’s curtain on the creative process, transporting you directly into the art studio and musically-infused with a wicked mix of Witch House, Hyphy and other hair-raising Bay Area beats by cut-creator DJ Samsupa.” Sounds pretty cool right?