Noise Pop 2012: Thursday Preview

Date: Thursday, February 22nd Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 32 bands Already Sold-Out: Oh boy, several shows on Thursday have already reached their maximum. And frankly, we're not surprised. Here's the full list of sold out shows, in case you plan to try and beg, borrow, or steal your way in: The Bottom of the Hill local showcase featuring Thao and John Vanderslice as co-headliners, with Garrett Pierce and Bird By Snow opening, presented by SF Sketchfest. Budos Band with Allah-Las, Pickwick, and Big Tree at the Independent. Built to Spill with Sister Crayon at the Fillmore. Sleigh [...]

Mixtape: Twenty Bands at Noise Pop 20 (Podcast #271)

Mixtape: Twenty Bands at Noise Pop 20 (Podcast #271) Noise Pop 20 is just weeks away. From February 21st through the 26th, over one hundred bands will take over SF's venues for six days celebrating independent music. True to form, this year's Noise Pop Festival includes an eclectic mix of veterans and emerging artists, and you'd be wise to buy your tickets soon, because many shows are starting to sell out. To get familiar with many of the bands performing at Noise Pop this year, here's the first of two mixtapes showcasing music from performing artists. To find out when [...]

Photographer Peter Ellenby Debuts New Exhibition at Noise Pop 2012: 15 Years of Death Cab for Cutie and John Vanderslice, in Photos

Photographer Peter Ellenby has been taking portraits of Death Cab for Cutie and John Vanderslice for over 15 years. Now as part of Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary, Ellenby's photo exhibit DC/VJ will be on display, featuring portraits depicting the progression of the musicians' celebrated careers as well as Ellenby's own stylistic progression. DC/JV will be housed at sponsor San Franpsycho's offices located at 1314 Grant (between Vallejo and Green). The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 2nd from 5–9pm with an additional festival reception Thursday, February 23rd from 5–7pm. While discussing the exhibit and the festival, which he has photographed the [...]

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269)

Mixtape: Twenty Years of Noise Pop (Podcast #269) In February, the Noise Pop Music Festival turns twenty by gathering over one hundred local and touring bands from across the indie spectrum for a week of exciting concerts all over the City. Two decades of championing independent music is an accomplishment worth celebrating, and this mixtape collects twenty bands that have performed at Noise Pop events in years past. As you'll hear, a whole bunch of big names graced Noise Pop bills before achieving fame, as past festivals hosted early performances by bands like Spoon, Death Cab for Cutie and Mates [...]

Video: John Vanderslice – “Convict Lake” / “D.I.A.L.O”

Sound on the Sound recently featured John Vanderslice in The Doe Bay Sessions - video sessions that "capture some of the Northwest's most talented emerging and established bands going acoustic in a quintessentially Cascadian setting." Previous sessions include the likes of the Head and the Heart and Damien Jurado. John Vanderslice was included in this series due to his recent participation in the Doe Bay Fest. For his early-morning Doe Bay Session, JV performed "Convict Lake" and "D.I.A.L.O." as the sun came up, joined by friend Dianna Potter on vocals. As a reminder, John Vanderslice will be at the Dark [...]

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Snob Theater this Friday, 11/18/11: Rin Tin Tiger and Sea of Bees

Everyone's favorite local music-and-comedy spectacle, Snob Theater, returns this Friday to the Dark Room in the Mission (put together by Kata Rokkar, as always). This month's show features Rin Tin Tiger and Sea of Bees, as well as comedians Lydia Popovich, Imran G-i, Joey Devine, and Matt Morales. If you haven't yet experienced a rendition of Snob Theater, you're in for a treat. The event is light-hearted and engaging, providing easy entertainment for both your ears and your funny bone. If you can't make it out this Friday, consider the fact that the Definite Articles and John Vanderslice will be [...]

Chuck Prophet, John Vanderslice and more contribute to Tucson Benefit Compilation

A record label out of Tucson, Arizona, is releasing a benefit compilation for victims of the January 8th shooting with tons of great indie rock contributors! You can read more about the compilation on the Music Against Violence site, or here, from Fort Lowell Records: The record will be released on Oct. 18, during the international Week Without Violence. It will be available in two formats, a 37-track digital album and a special limited-edition 12-song vinyl release, with exclusively Tucson bands. San Francisco Bay Area musicians John Vanderslice, Mark Growden and Chuck Prophet (Los Depravos) stand in support of the [...]

Photos: Scenes from the Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival

First off, thank you. Thank you to everyone who came to Phono del Sol on Saturday, and thank you again to everyone who generously donated to help us fund the event. Thank you to Tiny Telephone and John Vanderslice. Thank you to Aesop Rock, Mirah, Man/Miracle, Magik*Magik Orchestra, Religious Girls, Appetite, Beth Lisick, and the Mutiny Radio DJs. Thank you to all of our volunteers, Jacob and the sound team, the video team, security, and everyone else who helped the event come out great. Thank you to all of the food trucks. Thank you to our sponsors and partners. [...]

Photos & Video: Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest 2011

Monday's Sixth Annual El Rio Big Time Freedom Fest was a really, really good time, and Low Red Land's final performance ever was appropriately heartfelt and nostalgia-inducing. Perhaps a little more surprisingly, considering how long it's been since the trio last played together, they sounded as tight and powerful as ever, and we briefly considered rushing the stage to beg them to reconsider the many new endeavors that necessitate the band's dissolution. Instead, Low Red Land's set served as a fitting end to a day that also included great performances from John Vanderslice, Tartufi, Walking in Sunlight, Finn Riggins, and [...]

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