Check out all of our reviews and photos from Noise Pop 2014!

Real Estate - photo by Tanner Pikop Noise Pop 2014 concluded on Sunday, closing an amazing week of performances from Real Estate, Dr, Dog, The Fresh & Onlys and many, many more. Our reviewers and photographers caught a ton of Noise Pop shows last week -- here are TWENTY reviews and photo galleries of Noise Pop bands. Congrats on another great year, Noise Pop! Noise Pop 2014 Reviews & Photos Real Estate stage intimate second Noise Pop show at the Indy Noise Pop: No Age, Cheatahs, GRMLN, Straight Crimes pack the house at Brick & Mortar Dr. Dog feels the [...]

Noise Pop: No Age, Cheatahs, GRMLN, Straight Crimes pack the house at Brick & Mortar

No Age High level energy perpetuated throughout the crowd as people weaved in and around one another at Brick and Mortar. Their second night performing in San Francisco, Los Angeles’ No Age would be leading a sold out show that included openers Cheatahs, GRMLN, and Straight Crimes. Unfortunately, this reviewer just missed Straight Crimes and wasn’t able to catch much of their set. By the time I arrived, GRMLN had already set up a handmade banner across the stage, with their band name scrawled sloppily across with black marker. Everything about this band felt like teen angst at its very [...]

Dr. Dog feels the love at The Warfield

Photo by Mike Rosati Folks were ready to start when Dr. Dog came on stage Saturday night at The Warfield. The conversations dropped immediately as the lights went down and the six-piece Philadelphia band took the stage. United in their attention, with their shoulders relaxed, necks loose and sunglasses on, the crowd got ready for the jams. And the jams got on. Dr. Dog got on strong, setting a solid groundwork in sound and mood and with delicate control over the atmosphere. The guys performed in a playful and optimistic manner, happy and confident in their individual styles. With a [...]

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Mikal Cronin continues to ride high in Noise Pop gig at The Chapel

Photos by Daniel Kielman Noise Pop always saves the best for Saturday. As part of the weekend festivities, The Chapel hosted San Francisco’s newest favorite son Mikal Cronin, along with fuzzy West Coast compatriots Vertical Scratchers, Old Light, and Blood Sister. At about 11pm, Cronin, clad in the shabby summer-camp tie-dye that’s become his trademark, started up. Backed by a band of longhairs that would have gotten under the skin of the establishment in the ‘60s, he wasted little time launching into a set of hit after hit. Cronin’s been on a career high for the last year or so, [...]

The Soft White Sixties move the Chapel at Noise Pop

Photos by Jon Ching Playing for a sold-out audience, The Soft White Sixties matched the Chapel's rabid energy at their Noise Pop show on Friday, February 28. The four-piece outfit walked on stage smiling and exuding the infectious live energy they have come to be known for, as bassist Ryan Noble held up a six pack of PRB tall boys that he slowly dispersed into the crowd. Opening their headlining set with "When This All Started," the lead-in track of their 2011 eponymous debut EP, the band welcomed the audience with a familiar slow burning intro. Brandishing a tambourine, lead singer Octavio [...]

Noise Pop: Bottomless Pit, Kinski, Vir, and Wild Moth at Bottom of the Hill

Wild Moth The Bottom of the Hill was still, and admittedly empty as the evening began to take place. Tonight’s performances would include acts both new and old, as musical veterans and newcomers came together under the musical booking force that is Noise Pop. Chicago’s Bottomless Pit would be the main attraction; featuring former members of Silkworm and Seam, it felt right to assume that tonight’s performers would feature musicians who have their fair share of tour stories. Joining Bottomless Pit would be Seattle’s Kinski and local San Francisco acts Vir, and Wild Moth. Each band carrying that kind of [...]

Future Twin, Cocktails, & Blood Sister rocked our Noise Pop Happy Hour

Photos by Daniel Kielman Not to brag or anything (OK, totally to brag), but we throw one hell of a party. To welcome in the weekend of 2014’s Noise Pop, The Bay Bridged hosted a few of our favorite bands — and at least 100 now-close friends — at Bender’s on South Van Ness. The lineup read like a Bay Bridged Class of 2013, starting with Blood Sister. Blood Sister, who played with Mikal Cronin at The Chapel the night after, put forth a fun collection of their slightly-askew rock ‘n’ roll as folks filed in and first rounds were [...]

Real Estate, The Shilohs, and Dream Boys charm at The Independent

Arguably one of San Francisco’s more stunning venues, The Independent would transform itself into a packed, cozy lounge-esque room as folks waited excitedly for Real Estate to take the stage on Friday night. The group had booked two sold-out nights, and it was clear that there was a sense of anticipation for the New Jersey-based group to finally appear. Openers Dream Boys felt incredibly fitting as they entered into their set; with sweet and sugary dream pop, the music felt very much akin to Real Estate. Their self titled LP out now on Art Fag Recordings, the performance was a [...]

Bob Mould brings ‘Workbook,’ Zach Rogue, and Jon Ginoli to the Great American Music Hall

Excuses, excuses,  I'll spare you most of them.  Let's just say I was really looking forward to hearing Warehouse.  Twenty-five years later, '87's Warehouse (Husker Du's last album) and '89's Workbook (Mould's first solo record) sounded too similar to my frazzled brain to differentiate.  Workbook is where I parted ways with Bob Mould. As a major fan of Husker Du, it seemed Mould was getting in touch with his inner Richard Thompson. They were tough times for music. In 1985, The Minutemen's D. Boon had died and The Replacements fired Bob Stinson (who died 10 years later). The Replacements released their biggest disappointment Don't [...]

Shabazz Palaces, Cities Aviv bring inventive hip hop to Slim’s

Review and photos by Daniel Senter Near the end of Shabazz Palaces’ set Thursday night at Slim’s, the multi-instrumentalist half of the duo, Tendai Maraire, proclaimed his partner, Ishmael Butler, “the best MC on the planet.” No one in the packed house could disagree. Though not prone to hype, hyperbole, or even acknowledgement of his own identity in the group, Butler (the former Digable Planets frontman) coyly grinned at the audience, as if to say, let’s let the music do the talking. Drawing on their groundbreaking 2011 release Black Up and earlier EPs, the duo bopped and twirled (with trademark [...]

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