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.

Looking toward Thursday and Friday, although a number of great shows are sold out at this point, Noise Pop badges remain on sale until Friday at noon. With a badge, you're guaranteed entry to any Noise Pop show within the first hour after doors open.

Obviously, our top Friday pick is The Bay Bridged Happy Hour at Bender's (806 S. Van Ness at 19th St, 5-8pm, FREE). With three great local bands -- Shannon and the Clams, Jake Mann & The Upper Hand, Wet Illustrated -- and Bender's awesome beer selection, we are really excited for this. Come blow off some steam and enjoy some killer music with us on Friday!

Shannon and the Clams - "Sleep Talk"

Jake Mann & The Upper Hand - "Days Are Long"

Wet Illustrated - "Born Stoked"

San Francisco's Tamaryn headlines a great show of dark rock bands at Cafe Du Nord on Friday (8pm, $13), ably paired with another shoegazey duo, Australia's The Black Ryder. With The Soft Moon, who we recently interviewed, supporting, this is going to be quite a good one.

The Black Ryder - "Gone Without Feeling"

The Soft Moon - "Breathe the Fire"

Local band The Stone Foxes has generated quite a buzz among blues rock enthusiasts, a class of fans perfectly willing to call bullshit when they see it. The Foxes headline a retro-inspired rock show at The Independent on 2/24 (8pm, $12), where they'll be joined by locals The Ferocious Few and The Soft White Sixties.

The Ferocious Few - "Porcelain Doll"

Swedish band The Concretes headlines the Rickshaw Stop on Friday (8pm, $13) as part of its first North American tour in four years. WYWH, the group's latest album, is the eight-person band's foray into disco-inspired pop. Friday, they're joined by locals Birds & Batteries and Magic Bullets.

The Concretes - Good Evening

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