Another year of the Noise Pop music festival brought another lineup of outstanding independent artists from all over the continent. Yet, with it’s ever-growing reach, Noise Pop, a San Francisco born festival, will always have a soft spot for the Bay Area. Friday night’s lineup at the Fox theater was heavily Bay inspired, with appearances from Geographer, K. Flay, and Bells Atlas, all of whom have roots here in the Bay area. This is what I had been waiting for all week; a night full of dreamy indy rock, indy hip hop, and a couple of beers.
Opening the night was Bells Atlas, followed by Chicago-based, alternative rock band Empires. The energy was pretty high from the start of the show, but once Stanford alum, K. Flay hit the stage, that’s when the party got started. She went right into songs from her most recent album, Life as a Dog. Songs like “Fever,” “Thicker Than Dust,” and “Everyone I know” all made an appearance and hit the crowd hard. As a longtime fan though, I was secretly hoping for some of her older tracks like “2 Weak” or “Danger Starts.”
I’ve been a fan of K. Flay since her Mashed Potatoes mixtape came out in 2009, and it’s been a pleasure watching her skills as a musician evolve and mature. Her music has always been refreshing and innovative and has always proved to be relatable to me, but now I can tell that through years on the road and refining her craft, she has honed in on a lot of themes that make us young and human. Themes of loneliness, unrequited love, and self doubt, are still in her music, but have only been brought to a new heights.
It was no time before San Francisco’s very own Geographer finally graced the stage and played us several songs from their soon-to-be-released album Ghost Modern. Having already seen and photographed Geographer at BFD and San Francisco’s Outsidelands music festival, I was highly anticipating another unbelievable, yet more intimate, show. Lead signer, Michael Deni, and the band, did not disappoint. Seeing them perform “Paris” at the end of the set sent chills down my spine. As Deni said, “It was the song that started it all.” I can’t wait to listen to the new album when it comes out later this month (3/24). Until then, I’ll have 2010’s Animal Shapes on repeat.
As the Noise Pop music festival comes to an end, I’m anxious for what the summer has in store. When one festival ends, it usually means the start of another. More rock, more hip hop, and more beers