NYE Happening: Noise Pop presents Con Brio at Swedish American Hall

(photo: Jon Bauer)Psychedelic funk and soul was pioneered here in the Bay Area with bands like Sly and the Family Stone, but it's Con Brio who keep that pulse alive these days. After their performance at Austin City Limits a few years ago, PopMatters called the band “the best new live band in America.” Noise Pop will be presenting the band for two nights, including New Year's Eve, at the Swedish American Music Hall. Con Brio has had a whirlwind few years as their popularity beyond San Francisco has soared. They've been featured at nearly every major festival (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, [...]

By |December 29, 2017|Tags: , |

A conflict guide For Noise Pop’s massive 2017 lineup

OK Noise Pop, we see you. The Bay Area’s premier indie music festival went off this year, their 25th Anniversary, releasing a seemingly endless number of lineup announcements, all packed to the brim with the most sparkling talents to release music in the last year, or that will this year. But despite continuing to expand their assortment, the organizers still have to fit all their offerings into an a certain number of days — which inevitably means conflicts, the bane of every festival-goer's existence. Because the quality is so uniformly high this year, this might be the single most gut-wrenching [...]

By |February 6, 2017|Tags: |

Support The Bay Bridged and you could win tickets to Outside Lands and Noise Pop!

Through our work, The Bay Bridged has taken a leading role in supporting local musicians and the Bay Area music community, but we can't do it alone! Your support of our 2016 Fundraiser is critical to ensuring that we can showcase the best of San Francisco Bay Area music in 2017. There are a ton of great rewards for donors at different levels, but every donor of at least $10 will also be entered into a drawing to win one of our amazing grand prizes. Those prizes include one pair of General Admission tickets to the 2017 Outside Lands Music [...]

Noise Pop announces first 2017 names: Vince Staples, Adia Victoria and more

Well, we have at least one thing to look forward to in 2017: Noise Pop has release the first wave of names scheduled to play their 2017 festival. Included are names like Ty Segall, Vince Staples, Tacocat, Adia Victoria, MSTRKRFT, BadBadNotGood, and lots more. 2017's Noise Pop festival will take place, as always, in various venues across the Bay Area for two weeks in February, this year spanning the 17th to the 27th. Early bird and Super Fan badges are already on sale at Noise Pop's website, offering packages for $145 and $375, respectively. 2017 marks Noise Pop's 25th anniversary, [...]

By |November 14, 2016|Tags: , |

Noise Pop announces ’25 To 25′ series

In celebration of its 25th year, Noise Pop is throwing a series of events leading up to its 2017 season announce in November. Series performances that are currently scheduled include TOPS, Owen, Sheer Mag, Juan MacLean, and Lemaitre. But that's not all of it — local musicians and artists can also apply to appear at coming events in the series. Music applications can be found here, and film projects pitched here. Single tickets and Super Fan badges (all shows in the series, plus other sweet perks) go on sale tomorrow at noon. Shows take place in both San Francisco and [...]

By |July 14, 2016|Tags: |

Noise Pop: Carly Rae Jepsen and audience as the art

Attending a concert isn’t an isolated experience — it’s an extension of a relationship an individual listener builds with an artist. Watching a live performance is only one of a number of ways in which we engage with musicians these days. Prior to Carly Rae Jepsen’s Noise Pop set at The Warfield on Saturday night, I’ve studied her lyrics as if they were holy text, read endless interviews and think pieces, seen every music video and used individual frames as my phone wallpaper, and, of course, have had her music on constant rotation. E•MO•TION, Carly Rae Jepsen’s masterwork in dance-pop, [...]

Ticket Giveaway: The Soft White Sixties at The Chapel

San Francisco's own The Soft White Sixties are descendants of the type of rock and roll that aims for the heart by taking a shortcut through the hips. Lead singer Octavio Genera is a student of Jagger, with a swaggering stage presence emphasizing the grit and glamour the rest of the band raises around him, musically echoing the likes of The Black Keys at their catchiest and Alabama Shakes at their most soulful. Not a minute is wasted on the band’s 2013 debut Get Right., which offers a high hook-per-minute ratio without any diminishing marginal returns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pfeICEeVpI I've had the [...]

Playlist: Julien Baker shares the songs of her past ahead of Noise Pop performance

Some songs impact me not because I identify with the emotions myself, but because I know that someone I care about does. The first time I heard Julien Baker’s “Something,” off of her 2015 debut Sprained Ankle, the depiction of sleepless desolation over the end of an unhealthy relationship, one that masked personal problems now uncomfortably revealed, gently wrecked me as it reminded me of how someone I loved had been devastated the same. “I know I mean nothing, nothing to you/But I thought I mean something, something, something/But I just said nothing, said nothing, said nothing,” Baker wails with [...]

By |February 19, 2016|Tags: , |

To Die Clean and Pretty: Mitski’s Growing Legacy

Bury Me At Makeout Creek, Brooklyn musician Mitski's 2014 debut for Double Double Whammy, is a cohesive statement of an album. But it's not one of authoritative deliverance, nor is it one of unwavering confidence. It's a record of honesty, but one that doesn't downplay the fear inherent in seeing yourself openly — existing in the gaps between intimacy and dependency; freedom and idealism; loving and being loved. Mitski Miyawaki was born in Japan, yet spent most of her developing years in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has lived in Turkey, Taiwan, China, and a number of other countries, but [...]

By |February 18, 2016|Tags: , |

The Noise Populist: Carly Rae Jepsen’s underground universalism

What do you call pop music that doesn’t reach the mainstream? As today’s Top 40 continues to be gentrified by esoteric personalities squeezing out populist idealism, chart success seems to be determined less by aiming for the bleachers than it does by defining yourself in the margins. But if a pop record spins in a forest and no one is around to hear it, doesn’t mean it wasn’t the best album of the year. While classics in modern times are being christened to the likes of insular iconoclasts a la Kanye West, aspiring for the universal is still a vital [...]

By |February 17, 2016|Tags: , |
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