ra ra riot

There's no excuse to stay in this weekend, not even the weather - Noise Pop's weekend forecast is more great music, rain or shine.

On Friday the exceptional pop arrangements of St. Vincent can be heard at the Great American. "Now now," before she charms your socks off will be That Ghost (Santa Rosa), the quirky sound scientist Rafter (San Diego), and Cryptacize (out of the East Bay - think Camera Obscura with a splash of Deerhoof). Here’s a preview of what’s to be of their sophomore Asthmatic Kitty release, Mythomania:

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Cryptacize - "Mini-Mythomania"

Carrying on with the cuteness is Berkeley and Oakland's The Morning Benders, who have been on the rise since last year with a set at Treasure Island Music Festival, national tour opportunities and a new record. They're headlining at Slim's tomorrow with The Submarines (LA), Rademacher (Fresno) and The Mumlers (San Jose) - chipper fellows, very musically inclined and very well staged.

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Morning Benders - "Grain of Salt"

It goes without saying that the Ra Ra Riot show will be, well, a riot. Especially as it's sold out, so a select audience can enjoy sets from Cut Off Your Hands (New Zealand), Telekinesis (Seattle) and city dwellers The Hooks.

For locals, it takes little convincing to head out to Café du Nord for an evening of neighborhood performers: Port O’Brien, Odawas (Berkeley's Jagjaguwar representation), Afternoons (from LA, claim to fame is a Lincoln car commercial) and our own Dame Satan. This bill ranges from dark, dreamy folk to throat-severing screams and crowd participation (the latter predicted of Port O'Brien; serious audience members should bring their own means of percussion).

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