The annual Noise Pop Festival is a highlight for any music lover in San Francisco. A solid week of shows and other events from local and national artists at venues all around the city. (And extending into Oakland this year!) We’re covering different parts of the festival — from interviews, previews and reviews — and wanted to give special love to some of the local Bay Area artists on the roster.

There are so many! Serious props to Noise Pop for representing the Bay so well! From opening acts with solo guitar to headlining hometown favorites — this is a great way to find the scene you can connect with all year round.

Full schedule and all details can be found on the Noise Pop website here.


Flesh World (punk rock with pop sensibility) @ Starline Social Club
Azuah (alt-folk and soul) @ The Chapel


Lisa Azzolino (singer-songwriter folk pop) @ Cafe Du Nord
Meg Baird (folk) @ The Fillmore
Field Medic (freak-folk) @ Great American Music Hall
Chuck Johnson (experimental electronic, minimalist) @ Starline Social Club
Bear Call (dirty boy doo-wop) @ Bender’s Bar And Grill


Agouti (dreamy psych-rock) @ Hemlock Tavern
Evan Myall (of Sleepy Sun) @ Hemlock Tavern
Tino Drima (Roy Orbison influenced doo-wop) @ Hemlock Tavern

Emily Afton (indie pop) @ The Independent
Andrew St. James (singer-songwriter/poet) @ The Independent
Outer Embassy (low-fi indie pop) @ The Independent
Geographer (indie folk, electro-pop) @ The Independent

Dick Stusso (Americana country folk) @ Cafe Du Nord
>Mall Walk (punk furniture music) @ Cafe Du Nord

Remember Karen (tangy tortured rock) @ Bottom of the Hill
The Total Bettys (pop-punk) @ Bottom of the Hill

Caleborate (East Bay hip-hop) @ Cornerstone Berkeley
Magic Magic Roses (dreamy folk music) @ Swedish American Hall
Jay Som (dream-pop baroque rock) @ Gray Area
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (alt/garage rock) @ The Fox


The Y Axes (psych-pop rock) @ Slims
High Sunn (heartfelt catchy guitar pop) @ Slim’s

Tune-Yards (art-pop, indie-pop) @ The Fox
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (indie folk, folk-rock) @ The Fox

The Magik*Magik Orchestra (techno, electro-pop) @ The Fillmore


The Peacers (psych-pop meets freak-rock) @ Bottom of the Hill
The Band Ice Cream (garage rock) @ Bottom of the Hill
The Fresh & Onlys (rock) @ Bottom of the Hill
HUMID (rock) @ Bottom of the Hill

False Priest (modern rock) @ The Chapel
Half Stack (genre-splitting indie rock) @ The Chapel

Love Jerks (New Wave anthems, dream-pop ballads) @ Great American Music Hall
Cocktails (power-pop) Sat 2/24 @ Great American Music Hall

Pardoner (sludge rock) @ Rickshaw Stop
Zelma Stone (indie rock) @ Cafe Du Nord
Fake Your Own Death (cross-over thrash rock) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall


Covet (math rock) @ Bottom of the Hill
Mom Jeans(stoner power-pop) @ Bottom of the Hill