Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Number of Noise Pop Shows: 7 shows, 24 bands
Already Sold-Out: A handful of Craigslist sellers are offering up tickets to see South African electro-rap-weirdo geniuses Die Antwoord, so there are still chances to see the duo perform songs from their new album, Ten$ion, at the Regency Ballroom. Meanwhile, Grimes' new record, Visions, has been racking up tons of accolades, and Claire Boucher is topping a great Rickshaw Stop bill with oOoOO, Born Gold, and Yalls.
Check These Shows Out: The Fresh & Onlys are in the middle of a West Coast tour with Disappears, and it seems likely the band will showcase some new songs at their Bottom of the Hill show. Tim Cohen recently told Spin that the new songs are "far more dynamic and vivid, with a lot of pop and melancholy in there."
SF's hazy dream-poppers Young Prisms have a new album called In Between out in March, and the band's Noise Pop show kicks off a lengthy US tour. It's an all-local send off, so be sure to show up early to catch PreTeen, The Tambo Rays, and Melted Toys too.
Papercuts' Noise Pop show doubles as the release party for the band's 2004 Mockingbird LP, recently reissued by Antenna Farm. Co-headliners Sonny and the Sunsets have been quiet lately, but Sonny Smith has promised that a couple of new projects (including a country album!) will come out some time this year.
Not A Concert: Our reviewer had a ton of fun at last year's Way Behind the Music show, and this year's music bio-skewering event at the Make-Out Room promises takedowns of books by Ozzy, Sammy, Slash and more. Wednesday night's also the closing reception for Lil Tuffy's concert poster exhibition at Hotel Biron.Tags: Disappears, Lil Tuffy, Papercuts, Sonny and the Sunsets, The Fresh & Onlys, Way Behind the Music, Young Prisms