Noise Pop 2012: Laura Veirs, Foxtails Brigade, Carlos Forster, Tyler Lyle @ Swedish American Hall, 2/25/12

The Saturday Noise Pop evening show at the Swedish American Hall featuring Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames made me wish I'd also seen the kids' matinee earlier in the day. As Laura described during the band's evening set, many classic "children's songs" have some inherently darker and more mature themes, making them accessible by all ages. Thankfully, Laura & the Hall of Flames chose to perform a couple of the kids' tunes from earlier in the day among the Laura Veirs originals, inspiring a healthy dose of nostalgia among the evening audience and demonstrating her unique fortitude as [...]

Noise Pop 2012: Saturday/Sunday Preview

Date: Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th Number of Noise Pop Shows: 10 shows, 38 bands Already Sold-Out: Hopefully you already got tickets if you wanted to see Surfer Blood's hooky fuzz-pop, and, given that the band's next album is on a major, they might never play an Independent-sized venue again. Meanwhile, Atlas Sound's touring behind the excellent Parallax, joining SF's Seventeen Evergreen and others at Bimbo's. Atlas Sound – “Te Amo” Check These Shows Out: The Dodos always deliver great live shows, and Sunday night, they'll be closing Noise Pop atop a very strong bill. They're well-paired with [...]

The Bay Bridged Presents: Three Days at the Swedish American Hall!

We're excited to partner with the 2012 Noise Pop Music Festival to present three great days of shows at the Swedish American Hall, with a variety of terrific performers in a wonderful historic space. Get your tickets now! Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, Portastatic, and Merge Records comes to the Swedish for a rare solo performance on Thursday, February 23rd (7pm, $15-17, 21+, Buy Tickets). He'll be joined by Portland's Sun Foot, as well as That Dog/The Rentals' Rachel Haden and The Essex Green's Sasha Bell. Superchunk - "Rope Light (acoustic live on WXDU)" Soggy Moggy by Sun Foot Former San [...]

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 [...]

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