Jessica Pratt at The Chapel (Photo Credit: Jon Ching)
Got any plans for the weekend? If you’re like us, you’re still recovering from the week that was Noise Pop 2015, and you’re not quite ready to wrap your brain another show-filled weekend. Well, if you’d rather stay in this weekend, wear your pajamas around the clock (don’t forget Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night), drink some herbal tea, and go on a Netflix binge, we don’t blame you. But, at the very least, you can relive some of the best moments from Noise Pop with this wrap-up of all of our coverage from a great week for Bay Area independent music.
Screaming Females and Quaaludes got things moving with some volume and venom on Saturday night at the Hemlock.
California’s own Best Coast played an intimate set at Bottom of the Hill with TBB-favs The She’s and Night School. Meanwhile over at Rickshaw Stop, The Black Ryder proved themselves masters of the hard/soft dichotomy with a set punctuated by moments off their new record, The Door Behind the Door.
Former city resident Jessica Pratt and Kevin Morby charmed at The Chapel along with Carroll and Two Sheds.
Early in the day, Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi recorded a Song Exploder podcast at the recently reopened Swedish American Hall. Not suprisingly, fans of Australia’s The Church had a religious experience during their Noise Pop set at The Chapel, while San Francisco’s own Giraffage brought his fans a carefree evening of electronic beats at The Independent. Phono del Sol alum Tony Molina repped the whole Bay (not just his native 650) during his set at Rickshaw Stop, and Eleanor Friedberger was joined by Doe Eye, Icewater, and Dude York for the evening at Brick & Mortar.
Friday evening got kicked off, of course, by The Bay Bridged’s Noise Pop Happy Hour at Benders Bar & Grill, feturing electric sets from Couches, Stalls, and Never Young. After the masses poured out onto South Van Ness, they had a multitude of choices for their next show. Geographer, K.Flay, Empires, and Bells Atlas filled the Fox Oakland (and be sure not to miss our interview with Geographer’s Mike Deni). Back in San Francisco, No Joy, Devon Williams, Vaniish, and Chasms took over at Bottom of the Hill, and Cosmonauts, Mondo Drag, and Al Lover brought some heady psych to Brick & Mortar. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Briana Marela, Aria Rostami, and Daniel Blomquist joined Grouper for an evening of electronic music aat Swedish American Hall.
Saturday night’s Happy Hour was hosted by Benders itself, with sets from Wild Eyes, War Cloud, and Travelling Ill’s. Across the Bay at the Fox, The New Pornographers played a perfectly curated set of new and old classics alike. Baltimore’s Dan Deacon brought an evening of energy and crowd participation to The Chapel while, up on Divisadero, Cathedrals played a second sold-out night at The Independent, with Silver Swans and Waterstrider. Finally, a teenaged Cherry Glazerr proved they rock as hard as the big kids at Bottom of the Hill, and Owen Pallett played a brilliant solo set opening for Foxes In Fiction at the Orchid Tapes Showcase.
Holly Herndon took over The Lab, her sound falling “gracefully between the club and the classroom, exposing her roots in both dance music and staunch experimentalism.”
That’s it from our great week with Noise Pop 2015 – they’ll be back next February for another great stretch of independent music from both local acts and those far-and-wide. And if that can’t come soon enough, sit back, relax, and listen to this playlist of 100+ bands that played Noise Pop this year. ’Til next year!