Noise Pop: Saturday Preview!

Tomorrow is the last full day of Noise Pop, and it's a duesy. But before you start your night of shows, head over to the Pop N' Shop at The Verdi Club. This awesome independent design fair has become one or Noise Pop's coveted non-music events, and includes designers and artists selling clothing, jewelry, posters and more. It takes place from 12pm-4pm and is free! Saturday will also feature a couple of matinee shows, one of which is at Bottom of the Hill with The Matches, Dizzy Balloon and Ex-Boyfriends. Oakland's The Matches are guaranteed to put on a fun [...]

Josh Ritter, Laura Gibson, Dave Smallen and Tiny Television at GAMH

Words by: Emily Logan Photos by: Adrian Bischoff I've yet to see a bad show at the Great American Music Hall. And last night was no exception. The show that sold out so early in the game was well worth any extra effort to push your way into the crowd or burrow for a ticket on Craigslist. The audience was a bit different than some other Noise Pop events – perhaps slightly older, with more glasses of white wine floating around than plastic cups of beer. First up was Tiny Television. This intimate performance featured just guitar, vocals and slide [...]

French Kicks, Broken West, Here Here, The Dont’s at the Indie

Words by: Emily Logan Photos by: Reid Williams I love San Francisco. But I have a candid confession to make. Sometimes I get really mad at San Francisco audiences. Whether it's standing stolid before the dancy-est band that's ever come through town or talking as loud as possible while standing in the very front of the floor, I've seen them all. And maybe that's not characteristic of San Francisco per se, but it's frustrating. As the French Kicks played an incredible set at The Independent on Wednesday, the crowd gave them a meager couple of seconds of unenthusiastic clapping after [...]

Noise Pop: Thursday Night Preview!

Start off your Thursday with a great local Happy Hour show at Bender's from 5-8pm, presented by SomaFM. With the high-energy performances of Scissors for Lefty, Picture Atlantic and Man/Miracle, you'll be pumped for whatever show comes next for you. The Swedish American will host indie princess Thao Nguyen (DC) alongside David Dondero, Sean Smith and Colossal Yes. 7:30pm, $14. "Swimming Pools" (track 4 on We Brave Beestings and All) is a perfect preview of Thao's banjo-sprinkled energy: Thao With the Get Down Stay Down - "Swimming Pools" If you're looking for a slightly different pace, head over [...]

Interview: French Kicks’ Nick Stumpf

It's a monumental challenge for a band to just play music because they love it. In an ideal world, they would make the music they want without pressure from record companies and the media, while at the same time benefiting from an organic growth of fans and a constant source of income. But in reality, the "starving musician" archetype pervades the music community, and some bands never emerge from that shadow. But every now and then, a band manages to escape some of the pains of the business and still maintain a good deal of success. And though they've worked [...]

By |February 24, 2009|Tags: |

Port O’Brien Release Seasonal Singles

Amidst a few shows in the Pacific Northwest with M. Ward and a looming appearance at SXSW, Port O'Brien is releasing a new single series that will coincide with each season of the year. Port O'Brien - "The Whiskey Song" from Winter With us as of Feb. 17 is the Winter single. You can download both tracks here, or be one of 500 to grab a 7" single, which will be available through their website or MySpace page. Lead singer Van Pierszalowski offered this explanation about Winter: "Although the seasons aren't very well defined on the coast of [...]

By |February 20, 2009|Tags: |

Scatterbrain Jamboree 2009 This Weekend at Thee Parkside

Right on schedule with last year's festival, Scatterbrain Jamboree 2009 will take place this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21, at Thee Parkside. This is a great event - a benefit for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and an opportunity to get acquainted with some fantastic local bands, and meet a few new ones. Each day is $10, or you can buy a two-day pass for $16. Friday's show starts at 9pm, Saturday's starts at 3pm. These are all-ages shows, so come on out this weekend! Here's the lineup: Day 1: Silian Rail Squeeky Rice Who Cares (Sacto) Mister [...]

By |February 19, 2009|Tags: |

Weekend Picks: Feb. 19th-22nd

The calm before the Noise Pop storm.... Here are our picks for a weekend of local music. Check out some of these bands in our streaming audio player. Thursday: - Audrye Sessions, As Tall As Lions (NY) and The Soft White Sixties at Bottom of the Hill. 9pm, $13. All ages. Friday: - Scatterbrain Jamboree, Day 1 at Thee Parkside: Silian Rail, Squeeky Rice, Who Cares (Sacto), Mister Loveless, Ugly Winner and DJs Gabe and Sandra. 9pm, $10 one day, $16 both days. - Fleeting Trance, Swim Party (SD) and We is Shore Dedicated at El Rio. 9pm, $5. - [...]

By |February 19, 2009|Tags: |

A B & the Sea Moves to the Bay, to Play Noise Pop

Hailing from Wisconsin, A B & the Sea have officially moved to San Francisco. After having dipped their feet into the Bay Area music scene, they will bring their infectious indie pop to Noise Pop this year, playing next Friday, Feb. 27 at Bottom of the Hill with Dear and the Headlights (AZ), Kinch (AZ) and Big Light. AB & the Sea - "Suzie" A B & the Sea bring back some old-fashioned surf-pop music that even references California (though... "southern California," hmm). The guitar effects, cymbal-heavy drum beats and multi-part harmonies are catchy and nostalgic. The band [...]

By |February 18, 2009|Tags: |

Sholi Releases Debut Full-Length, Plays Noise Pop and SXSW

For the past year or so, Sholi has brought us endless news and exciting occurrences, mostly in the form of tidbits - signing to a new record label, releasing a 3-song EP and other singles, touring with Iron and Wine, helping out with the Obama campaign, etc. The latest is so far the pinnacle - their debut, self-titled full length breaks today, Feb. 17, on Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records. The band will celebrate their record release during Noise Pop, next Sat., Feb. 28 at Bottom of the Hill. The album was produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier at New, Improved Studios [...]

By |February 17, 2009|Tags: |
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