Antony and the Johnsons

This is the first in a series of profiles of what’s going on each night during Noise Pop 2009. To see all of our festival coverage, visit our dedicated Noise Pop page, which we’ll be updating throughout the week.

Noise Pop kicks off Tuesday night with three shows featuring some of the festival’s biggest acts. The official opening night party is over at the Mezzanine, and if you haven’t already RSVPed, you’ll need a badge to get in to see the psych-influenced art-rock of Atlanta’s Deerhunter. Opening the show are San Francisco electro-poppers Lilofee, who are quickly establishing a name for themselves with high-profile shows like this one and a soon-to-be-released debut album. If you have RSVPed, get there earlier than later to make sure you get in.

[audio:] Deerhunter – “Nothing Ever Happened”

[audio:] Lilofee – “Lock and Key”

Another popular Tuesday ticket will no doubt be Antony and the Johnsons at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. The Crying Light is Antony’s newest album and it has some stunningly beautiful and heartbreaking songs. Experimental composer William Basinski opens the show.

[audio:] Antony and the Johnsons – “Epilepsy is Dancing”

Finally, Mountain Goats fans will want to check out City Arts and Lectures‘ evening with John Darnielle “in conversation and song” at the Herbst Theatre, particularly now that Wednesday’s show at the Swedish American Hall is now sold out. Darnielle’s one of my favorite songwriters and performers, and if you’ve ever read an interview with him or followed his blog Last Plane to Jakarta, you already know he’s smart and engaging and should make for an excellent show.

[audio:] The Mountain Goats – “Sax Rohmer #1”