Noise Pop 2010: Sunday Preview

After the cavalcade of Noise Pop offerings on Saturday night, Sunday's got just two shows and handful of films. Bottom of the Hill features an afternoon show with locals Dizzy Balloon. They'll be joined by a trio of indie rock bands from around the US: Michigan's The Hounds Below, Seattle's Visqueen, and Wisconsin's Laarks. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Noise Pop closing show at Bimbo's sold out super quickly, but looks like there are some tickets available on Craigslist if you're willing to pay a steep price. If you are going, be sure to arrive early for locals AB [...]

Ticket Giveaway Wednesday: Dizzy Balloon, The Cribs

Saturday, January 23rd - Dizzy Balloon, Forrest Day, Ghost and the City, A B & the Sea @ Slim's A B & the Sea - "Suzie" To enter send an E-mail to with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Dizzy Balloon!" in the subject line. The FOURTH person to enter will win a pair of tickets to the show. 6+, $15, 8pm. Purchase advance tickets here. Wednesday, January 27th - The Cribs plus Jemina Pearl @ Bimbos 365 Jemina Pearl - "After Hours" To enter send an E-mail to with [...]

Ticket Giveaway Monday: Dizzy Balloon, Japandroids

An abbreviated week means pushing Ticket Giveaway Wednesday up a few days. Follow the rules below to win tix to these post-Thanksgiving weekend shows. Saturday, November 28th - Dizzy Balloon's Thanksgiving Extravanganza II: Second Helpings, with The Jakes, Luke Franks or the Federalists (CD release), Scene of Action @ Rickshaw Stop Dizzy Balloon on Live 105 To enter, send an E-mail to with your full name and the phrase "I want to see Dizzy Balloon" in the subject. The THIRD entry will win a pair of tickets to the show. The show starts at 8pm, is $10 and All [...]

Episode 154: Dizzy Balloon

[podcast][/podcast] This week's podcast features rock-pop quintet Dizzy Balloon, a group who established a name for themselves at a quick pace when their three song demo began receiving substantial radio airplay a few years ago. Back then, the band was known as Panda and its members were still high school students in Piedmont, but their penchant for catchy, engaging melodies was already undeniable. Now out of high school and taking time off from college to give the band a serious run, the guys have continued to gain momentum with a self-titled debut album under their new name late last year. [...]

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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 [...]

Episode 148: January 2009 Monthly Mix

[podcast][/podcast] Our latest Monthly Mix episode of the weekly podcast features eight great Bay Area bands, including a lot of good stuff from new and recent releases. Before getting into the episode's contents, we hope to see you at our third birthday bash at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, February 5th (more info here)! About all of the bands: Burbank International ("Chicken Shoals") initially started as a humorous side project for local musician H.A. Eugene, but it's blossomed into something serious with the release of City of Burbank, the group's debut album. The band doesn't have any dates lined up [...]

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