We'll be offering our Noise Pop picks over the next several days. Then, as the festival proceeds, our writers and photographers will be reporting back from a whole bunch of Noise Pop events. Looking forward to something in particular? Let us know in the comments.
Cafe Du Nord hosts a mostly Merge Records showcase on Wednesday night (8pm, $15), with resurgent indie pop pioneers Versus joining The Love Language and Telekinesis. The last band recently released 12 Desperate Straight Lines, a super-catchy album borne out of Michael Benjamin Lerner finding himself last July "with no band, a case of vertigo, and a wrecked van." Show up on time for locals Burnt Ones starting off the show.
Tuesday's free happy hour at Bender's (5-8pm, Free) is the first live performance of SF's Dirty Ghosts, a band comprised of Allyson Baker and Carson Binks (both ex-Parchman Farm) on guitar and bass, and Aesop Rock on drum programming and samplers. The band's debut single will be available at the show before coming out in March on Classic Bar Music.
Admiral Radley's potent indie pop comes from an enticing recipe that's 50% Grandaddy and 50% Earlimart. The I Heart California band will be joined by Typhoon, a Portland collective specializing in yearning folk-pop. Locals Social Studies and Fake Your Own Death round out the bill at Bottom of the Hill on the 23rd (8pm, $12).
Dan Deacon's Wednesday night show at the Rickshaw Stop is sold out, but there are still tickets for Tuesday night's show at The Independent (8pm, $15). Will Deacon share any Val Kilmer stories from his stint at Francis Ford Coppola's guest house? (Maybe.) Will electronic pop mayhem ensue? (Definitely.)
- Geographer at the Independent on 2/23: sold out, but sure to be a great show
- Yo La Tengo holding a "Spin the Wheel" show at the Fox Theater
- Craft Spells at Wednesday's Happy Hour show
- The US premiere of The Extraordinary Ordinary Life Of JosÃ© GonzÃ¡lez