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The Noise Pop weekend kicks off with two free happy hours. At Thee Parkside, it’s local art-poppers The Dont’s and atmospheric rockers The Union Trade, along with The High Violets. 5-8pm, Free. Meanwhile, at the Diesel store (at 101 Post St), there are DJ sets by a number of indie rock’s finest, but we’re most intrigued by an acoustic set from the amazing Port O’Brien. 6pm-9pm, Free.

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In addition to the synthy rock of The Rosebuds and Working for a Nuclear Free City, and the dream-pop of locals Foxtail Somersault, the Mezzanine features an art show by the CreativeMinds SF collective showcasing emerging Bay Area artists, including former Bay Bridged featured artists Nathalie Roland and Hannah Stouffer. 7pm (art show)/9pm (show), $15.

[audio:http://www.mergerecords.com/audio/rosebuds/06_BlueBird.mp3] The Rosebuds – “Blue Bird”

If you’re still deciding on a nighttime destination, there’s really something for everyone on Friday. More picks after the jump:

The Independent features the layered pop-rock sounds of The Helio Sequence and local legends Film School, along with newer bands The Builders And The Butchers and Built for the Sea. 9pm, $14.

[audio:http://subpop.com/assets/audio/3969.mp3] The Helio Sequence – “Keep Your Eyes Ahead”

[audio:http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/mp3/filmschool_lectric.mp3] Film School – “Lectric”

If you’re looking for something a little more intense, Cursive is over at the Great American Music Hall, joined by awesome local garage rockers The Blacks and string-metal purveyors Judgement Day. 8pm, $18.

Click here to listen! Click to listen to our feature episode on The Blacks!

[audio:http://www.saddle-creek.com/sounds/Cursive_BadSects.mp3] Cursive – “Bad Sects”