Noise Pop 2020: awakebutstillinbed, Mary Lattimore, Frances Quinlan close out the festival

Frances Quinlan (photo: Jon Bauer) Feeling more like a quaint backyard barnstorm gathering with your closest friends than a blowout party, the last night of Noise Pop was an endearing showcase of four female artists each equipped with truly charming, idiosyncratic music. Starting the night was Bernie and the Wolf, hailing from Chicago. As attendees began to gather to sit on the floor beneath the Edison lights illuminating the exposed rafters, Bernadette “Bernie” Conant eased the crowd into the night with her solo acoustic set. Utilizing the power of her voice to make up for the lack of her bandmate, Erik [...]

Best Of 2018: Noise Pop on Small Crush and awakebutstillinbed

As part of our Best Of 2018 series, we asked members of the local music community to weigh in on what the year in local music meant to them. Today, two Noise Pop staffers honor some of their favorite releases of the past year. Niki Bodemann: Small Crush’s Blush EP is Indie Pop Heaven Oakland-based indie pop group Small Crush have been one of my favorite discoveries from this year. Their first EP as a full band,​ ​Blush​, was released in January — a five-song collection that notably portrays the complexities of being young. The band’s members, including vocalist, bassist, and primary [...]

Review: Joyce Manor at the Phoenix Theater

Joyce Manor (photo: Derek Nielsen) Droves of eager post-emo and punk kids filed into the Phoenix Theater on a chilly May evening, where jackets quickly peeled off, giving way to the seductive pull of a mosh pit. Under the vibrant haunt of red and green lights, Brown Bags exploded onto the Phoenix’s practiced stage, guiding the crowd closer, as if letting them in on a precious secret. The youthful mass (and their somewhat older counterparts) leaned into the lure of Brown Bags’ airtight melodies and impassioned singing, hanging on to every chord with an appreciative bob of the head. Brown [...]

Get ready to headbang May 3 – Brown Bags is opening for Joyce Manor

Indie rock will collide with pop-punk in the raddest of ways when Brown Bags and awakebutstillinbed open for Joyce Manor at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater on Thursday, May 3. Brown Bags hails from Santa Rosa, California, and is no stranger to the graffiti-splashed walls of the Phoenix, where hoodie-swaddled concert goers wear nostalgia and love for the seasoned venue like a badge of the highest honor. This past January, Brown Bags released their second album, Twenty-Something Mutant Nobodies via Side With Us Records. Impassioned songs like “Walnuts” and “No Matter” dig under your skin and remain there, feeling somehow familiar and [...]

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