By Thursday eve, we’ve already had a significant dose of unique music, art, and film, and Noise Pop 2010 is in full swing. Approaching the latter half of the festival, Thursday’s events offer up the standard mix of free events and film screenings, along with a reunion, an orchestra, and an all-encompassing dose of stellar indie music.

The first musical spectacle will take place at Cafe du Nord, where a co-headlining event will also include local opener Greg Ashley and San Diego opener Tape Deck Mountain. Our very own Citay, a local collective of creative and hard-working musicians, will share the headlining duties with the British Scout Niblett, otherwise known as Emma Louise Niblett. Citay is celebrating the recent release of Dream Get Together, the band’s third album that also happens to be full of rootsy and psychedelic jams. Scout Niblett’s prolific past (she has four albums, two EPs and eight 7″s under her belt) will follow her to du Nord’s stage as she celebrates the release of her fifth album of entrancing grunge, The Calcination of Scout Niblett. The show begins at 8:00 pm, $12/advance, $14/door, 21+.

[audio:] Citay – “Careful With that Hat”

Elsewhere at Bottom of the Hill, Kata Rokkar presents a reunion evening. Far will come together once again, preceded by locals Stomacher, Picture Atlantic and the Trophy Fire. Far is not only playing together after a break from the band’s post-heyday in the late 90’s, but are also doing so as a semi-local (Sacramento) unit, comprised of Jonah Matranga (Onelinedrawing, New End Original), Shaun Lopez (The Revolution Smile), Jon Gutenberger (Two Sheds, Jackpot) and Chris Robyn.

[audio:] Far – “Man Overboard”

Sometimes, a local act has become so special that a standard homecoming performance isn’t quite enough, and a little something extra needs to be incorporated. The Dodos (from their humble Dod0 Bird roots) have become the veritable  darlings of the Bay Area indie rock scene, cultivating massive praise from critics and fans alike with Visiter and Time to Die. This sort of accomplishment is crowned in Noise Pop 2010 by a special performance by the Dodos with the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the official house orchestra for Tiny Telephone studios. The show starts at 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00), $25, all ages, at the Palace of Fine Arts.

[audio:] The Dodos – “Fables”

Lastly, an eclectic variety of folk and pop music will take place at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday eve. Tiny Television, Leslie and the Badgers (Los Angeles) and the Hot Toddies will open for Zee Avi, the multi-faceted Malaysian artist who found success through some simple YouTube luck. Her lovely indie pop will be aptly matched by her openers, beginning at 8:30 pm  (doors at 8:00) , for $12/advance and $14/door, with all ages welcome to attend.

[audio:] Zee Avi – “First of the Gang”