The Fresh and Onlys

Date: Wednesday, February 27th

Number of Noise Pop Shows: 5 shows, 20 bands

Already Sold-Out: None yet

Check These Shows Out: OC punk-pop band The Lovely Bad Things release The Late Great Whatever on Tuesday, and the band brings its SoCal buzz to the Hemlock Tavern on Wednesday. It’s a hyphenated pop bill from top to bottom, including the folk-touched songs of Olympia’s LAKE and the psychy songwriting of sometimes-local The Blank Tapes. SF’s Cruel Summer kicks off the night; the jangle-pop band’s self-titled EP comes out in March.

If you’re interested in sampling some of the best in local punk and hardcore, you better head to the Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday. Ceremony and Terry Malts are longtime favorites here (and reliably excellent live bands), but get there at the beginning for the punk-meets-post-punk of Synthetic ID, an SF band that released Apertures late last year on 1-2-3-4 Go! Records.

Alternatively, you could check out shows featuring two local bands that released some of our favorite records of 2012. Social Studies is currently on tour with Ramona Falls, and the two bands will be at the Brick & Mortar Music Hall with Harriet and Magheetah. At Bottom of the Hill, you can catch local psych-pop wonder The Fresh & Onlys, with ur-warped-pop hero R. Stevie Moore, San Diego’s Plateaus, and local fuzz-pop trio Burnt Ones.

Not A Concert: Not exactly concerts, anyway, as two concert films battle for your attention on Wednesday. Turning captures a performance by Antony & The Johnsons, and the film will be accompanied by a Q&A session with director Charles Atlas.

Meanwhile, Bob Mould was the subject of a tribute concert last year, featuring Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, Ryan Adams, and others, and See a Little Light captures performances and behind-the-scenes footage from that special night.