The 2015 Noise Pop Festival is upon us! With a whole lot of concerts from Tuesday, February 24 through Sunday, March 1, the sheer number of choices can be somewhat daunting. This is the first of two sets of day-by-day previews for the festival. Whatever you end up doing, go see some Noise Pop shows!

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Tuesday, February 24

Don’t Miss: It took LA-via-Australia duo The Black Ryder almost five years to release a follow-up to their terrific debut album, with The Door Behind the Door set to arrive the day of their Noise Pop show. The psych-meets-shoegaze band is supported by Vinyl Williams and some stellar locals — King Woman and Creepers — both of whom balance compelling melodies with heavy, foggy gloom. Seriously, get there on time for this one.

Already Sold Out: Speaking of long waits between albums, it’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since Best Coast‘s last full-length. With news breaking earlier this week of the group’s new album — California Nights, out May 5th on major label Harvest Records — one can reasonably expect to hear some new songs being road-tested in the cozy confines of Bottom of the Hill. Also, could you get a more perfect pairing of California guitar-pop than Best Coast and The She’s? Maybe Best Coast and Night School? No need to debate it; both bands are on Tuesday’s bill.

Not a Concert: The Swedish American Hall is reopening for Noise Pop 2015, and don’t you want to go inside and check out its gorgeous new bar? Swing by the Swedish for a free cocktail hour before you head to a show.

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Wednesday, February 25

Don’t Miss: Start your night early at Bender’s for Different Fur’s happy hour, which offers Party Animal (featuring Kool AD), Tiaras, and Lemme Adams. Featuring members of Blasted Canyons and Ganglians, Tiaras is one of our favorite new local bands!

After that, folk fans should head to The Chapel for former local Jessica Pratt, whose On Your Own Love Again is getting stellar reviews. Pratt’s beautiful voice and hushed acoustic songs should sound wonderful in The Chapel’s room. Plus, the evening will be kicked off by our friends in LA-via-Sacramento band Two Sheds.

If indie pop is more your speed, you’ll find a lot of the best of it over at the Great American Music Hall. There, Craft Spells and The Bilinda Butchers are kicking off a US tour, and they’ll be joined by Cotillon, who recently released their self-titled LP, which was produced by JR White of Girls.

Already Sold Out: Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins certainly has a lengthy back catalog to dig into at the Swedish American Hall, but he told the Arizona Republic recently that he’s currently working on new music for a solo/side project. He’ll be playing alongside SF’s onelinedrawing; speaking of back catalogs, dig into Jonah Matranga’s Bandcamp page for a few hours!

Rickshaw Stop headliners Surfer Blood just dropped a new single, which was released on a lathe-cut hybrid CD/5″ record (yes, you read that correctly) by their new label Joyful Noise. Surfer Blood’s latest album, 1000 Palms, was self-recorded and produced, with the label promising that it’s both “a return to Surfer Blood’s DIY ethos” and “unlike anything in their catalog.”

Not a Concert: The description of Sound and Chaos (showing at ATA) might sound a little familiar to San Franciscans. The movie profiles the rise of Brooklyn’s BC Studio in the late 1970s, and the recording studio’s role in New York music over the years, until “Martin and his studio are up against a challenge they never foresaw – a changing neighborhood and a city that very may well have priced out its creative class.”

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Thursday, February 26

Don’t Miss: Consider starting your evening at Bender’s for a free happy hour show curated by Balanced Breakfast, which means great local bands including Bear Lincoln and Friends w/o Benefits.

Six Organs of Admittance top a psychy evening at Bottom of the Hill. Ben Chasny’s new album Hexadic was developed using a new songwriting approach involving sets of playing cards; to be honest, the method sounds overly complicated, but the music is inspired. Chasny’s New Bums compatriot Donovan Quinn kicks off the show, which also features Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers, and Silo Homes, a recent transplant to the Bay playing his first proper show as a local artist.

An educated guess: Tony Molina‘s set at the Rickshaw Stop won’t be much longer than 30 minutes, but it will be the best 30 minutes of concentrated noisy pop joy one could hope to experience. To-the-point and packed with melody, Molina’s great, and the rest of the Rickshaw’s lineup is stellar too, with locals Cold Beat and The Younger Lovers, and Nude Beach all along for the show.

Already Sold Out: It’s been great to watch the ascent of local electronic pop producer Giraffage, who headlines the Independent on Thursday night. Having toured with Porter Robinson and releasing his latest EP, No Reason, with A-Trak’s Fool’s Gold Records, it’s clear Charlie Yin is headed upward, but the new EP maintains his trademark melodic intimacy. A strain of melancholia permeates through all of the evening’s performers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to dance to the likes of Spazzkid, Glenn Jackson and AViDD.

Not a Concert: Two early-evening non-concert choices compete for your attention on Thursday. Over at the Swedish American Hall, the Song Exploder podcast is doing some live recordings during Noise Pop, and Thursday evening you can watch Hrishikesh Hirway talk with Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick about crafting songs for his upcoming LP What For?

Meanwhile, an exhibition at the Hotel Biron celebrates the concert photos of Noise Pop’s many talented photographers. Catch up on a little bit of Noise Pop history with some of the Bay’s best moment-capturers.

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