Noise Pop 2016 initial lineup announced: Vince Staples, The Mountain Goats, Parquet Courts, and more

It's that time of the year, folks - a time when we're gearing up for Thanksgiving, the holidays, New Year's Eve, and then in the new year, the next iteration of Noise Pop. The preliminary lineup for the 2016 festival (the 24th year) was announced today! Initial lineup: Astronauts, Etc. Beacon Cayucas Escort Film School Heartwatch Kamasi Washington Natasha Kmeto Palehound Parquet Courts The Cave Singers The Mountain Goats The Thermals Vince Staples Wild Ones With more to come! Early bird badges will go on sale ($145) starting this Friday at 11:00am. There will only be a limited number available, [...]

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Noise Pop 2015: Check out all of our festival coverage!

Jessica Pratt at The Chapel (Photo Credit: Jon Ching)   Got any plans for the weekend? If you're like us, you're still recovering from the week that was Noise Pop 2015, and you're not quite ready to wrap your brain another show-filled weekend. Well, if you'd rather stay in this weekend, wear your pajamas around the clock (don't forget Daylight Savings Time starts Saturday night), drink some herbal tea, and go on a Netflix binge, we don't blame you. But, at the very least, you can relive some of the best moments from Noise Pop with this wrap-up of all [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Dan Deacon brings energy and crowd participation to The Chapel

Photos by Jon Ching Dan Deacon – Baltimore's hero of the experimental underground – delivered a classic, highly interactive performance on Saturday night at the Chapel. Using a full light rig to its maximum synchronized potential, Deacon gave the Noise Pop audience exactly what it wanted: dancing, lights, pulsing maniac bass lines, organized dance parties, crowd-surfing, and a heavy dose of his trademark cat-in-a-bag falsetto vocals. I would argue that there isn't a lot of differentiation between songs during Deacon's set — they all sound almost exactly the same. I also think Deacon knows this, and it's why he peppers his [...]

Noise Pop 2015: New Pornographers headline an evening of pop at the Fox Theatre

Photos by Paige Parsons During last night's near-perfectly curated Noise Pop show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, surrounded by lots of eager New Pornographers fans, I couldn't stop thinking about Fleetwood Mac. This was because at one point, during a particularly desolate and emotional performance of "Words I Don't Remember" by Tom Krell of How To Dress Well, there was a brief moment where I thought to myself that the vocal stylings and androgynous tone of the singer reminded me of Lindsey Buckingham just as much as they did R. Kelly. With that circulating my brain for the rest of the evening, I [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Owen Pallett played solo at Orchid Tapes Showcase

Photos by John Hartsfield Owen Pallett, a multi-instrumentalist looping maestro stole the stage at the Orchid Tapes Showcase on Saturday night. Wedged between R.L. Kelly and Foxes In Fiction (fronted by Warren Hildebrand who also runs Orchid Tapes), the most thunderous applause was reserved for Pallett on-stage alone. In the newly renovated Swedish American Hall, if you looked down at the crowd from one of the balcony's thrones (yes, they preserved the thrones), you'd notice no one mindlessly scrolling or texting. Instead, each building loop from Pallett's violin and pedals made the solo act feel like many, many people were on-stage supporting. [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Teenaged Cherry Glazerr rocks as hard as the big kids

Photos by Joey Pangilinan Review by Erin Browner Cherry Glazerr is what a teenage girl band should be — small but wild 18-year-old Clementine on lead vocals and guitar, her older boyfriend Sean Redman (resembling teen wolf) plays bass, and fellow senior high school Hannah Uribe on drums (they graduate in May). The band formed shortly after Clementine released a few bedroom pop recordings under the name Clembutt when she was 15. Burger Records approached her, she formed Cherry Glazerr, and now the band has a huge following of all ages singing along to songs about pizza monsters and crushes [...]

Noise Pop 2015: Cosmonauts, Mondo Drag bring heady psych to Brick & Mortar

Photos by Jon Ching Cosmonauts were the headliners on Friday night, but I left the Brick & Mortar Music Hall most impressed by Oakland's Mondo Drag, a five-piece band that delivered a heavy set of doom-laced psych jams. The group just released a new self-titled album in January, and its songwriting demonstrated a commendable restraint, allowing long instrumental passages to breathe and build. That's not to say I didn't enjoy John Gamino's vocals -- I did, quite a bit -- but the winding grooves led by his Hammond organ were entrancing. Seeing the band behind colorful visual projections lent a [...]

Noise Pop 2015: The Bay Bridged Happy Hour with Couches, Stalls, and Never Young

You know it's gonna be a good show when the sound guy tells you to take it down a notch three minutes into your set. Yeah, that's how loud Never Young was to open The Bay Bridged-hosted Noise Pop Happy Hour event at Benders Friday night. Things didn't get any more mellow after the band's set of blistering noise rock either, nor did I wish it to. I mean, something had to take my mind off the passing of Leonard Nimoy, and what better way to cope with superficial pop culture icon mourning than an evening full of garbled vocals, [...]

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