Date: Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th

Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 38 bands

Already Sold-Out: Hopefully you already got tickets if you wanted to see Surfer Blood's hooky fuzz-pop, and, given that the band's next album is on a major, they might never play an Independent-sized venue again. Meanwhile, Atlas Sound's touring behind the excellent Parallax, joining SF's Seventeen Evergreen and others at Bimbo's.

Atlas Sound – “Te Amo”

Check These Shows Out:

The Dodos always deliver great live shows, and Sunday night, they'll be closing Noise Pop atop a very strong bill. They're well-paired with Portland art-pop band AU.

Saturday, indie folk artist Laura Veirs is playing two shows at the Swedish American Hall, one for the kids in the afternoon, and one for us adults in the evening. Veirs' kids album, Tumble Bee, is really enjoyable, not just enjoyable "for a kids' album." What's more, the evening show features local chamber folk band Foxtails Brigade.

Foxtails Brigade - "The Hours"

A couple of reunion shows worth checking out compete for attention on Saturday night. Denver's Christie Front Drive called it quits in 1996, but the emo group is back together and performing at Cafe Du Nord. Over at Bottom of the Hill, it's local reunions galore, with Noise Pop 1 band Overwhelming Colorfast, Oranger and more.

Overwhelming Colorfast - "Roy Orbison"

Not a Concert: Culture Club! Saturday at Public Works, a wide variety of creative types are converging for a series of panels and workshops around music and other art forms. The list of panel participants is pretty impressive, and you can check it out here.

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