Noise Pop to re-open The Swedish American Hall in 2015

Noise Pop Industries announced today that it would be reopening the Swedish American Hall in 2015, first as "Noise Pop Headquarters" during the 2015 installment of the annual music and arts festival, and then on an ongoing basis as a "dinner theater-inspired" venue. As Noise Pop HQ, the Swedish American Hall will host a variety of performances, happy hours, and other events. And going forward, Noise Pop will be curating a series of shows in the space, during which you'll be able to sip cocktails by The Bon Vivants (the people behind Trick Dog) and chow down on "culinary experiences" [...]

By |December 17, 2014|Tags: |

Noise Pop Festival announces first bands for 2015, badges and tickets on sale this week

Our friends at Noise Pop announced the first batch of bands playing the 2015 edition of their iconic San Francisco indie music festival, and they're off to a great start. The lineup so far features a host of local Bay Bridged favorites (Giraffage, Cathedrals, Six Organs of Admittance, Tony Molina) as well as artists from far-and-wide (Caribou, Dan Deacon, Slow Magic, Surfer Blood). Early Bird festival badges are $125 and go on sale for TODAY at 11am PST – once those are gone, Regular Badges will go on sale for $150. Badges give you access to all general admission shows. [...]

20th Street Block Party: Noise Pop’s Dawson Ludwig talks the local indie scene and this weekend’s festival

Rogue Wave plays 20th Street Block Party (Photo: Terri Loewenthal) Noise Pop isn’t fucking around. The stalwart music organization has been around for over two decades and has gradually been expanding their reach. They’ve taken their efforts far beyond their namesake festival to Do415, an event listing publication, the indomitable Treasure Island Music Fest, which seems to only augment its billing every year, and the 20th Street Block Party, a music and food conviviality taking place right around their own headquarters in the Mission this weekend. Noise Pop’s General Manager Dawson Ludwig has a lot to say about the Block [...]

Boing Boing and Noise Pop team up for vinyl event on Friday

Vinyl enthusiasts, listen up! Boing Boing and Noise Pop have teamed up to host "Talk, Play, and Sip: The Art and Allure of the Record Album" at the Oakland Museum of California tomorrow (Friday), July 18th: Decades after records were declared dead media by the mainstream, the vinyl revival has broken through to popular consciousness. But for many musicians, visual artists, designers, and fans, vinyl's visceral power has never disappeared. In this energetic panel discussion, presented in collaboration with Boing Boing and Noise Pop, Boing Boing editor David Pescovitz and a panel of legends from the worlds of art, design, [...]

Real Estate stage intimate second Noise Pop show at the Indy

Photos by Tanner Pikop For the second performance of their two-night stint at The Independent, Real Estate maintained the vibrations at a cool medium between casual and intimate. The venue was packed to capacity, and while they kept the audience interaction to friendly, nonchalant banter, they reportedly had a lot of family in the house. They greeted their mothers multiple times and highlighted the fact that it was the birthday of their good friend Grant, who also happened to hold some responsibility for the display behind the band--a three-by-five collection of white square that amplified the incandescent color being projected [...]

Bleached and Terry Malts tear up Rickshaw Stop at Noise Pop

Photos by Debra Zeller On Friday night of Noise Pop, Bleached and Terry Malts took over Rickshaw Stop and virtually brought the house down. Early on, fans were treated to a strong opening by San Diego's Tropical Popsicle. In spite of their sunny name, and though on record they’re a little more major-key, live and in-person Tropical Popsicle are a slightly shoegaze-y throwback to echoing, ‘80s dance drone. And oh, did they dance: it was nice to see a crowd really and truly dance for once, not just bob around with their arms firmly folded over their chests. Mystic Braves [...]

Noise Pop Films: ‘BAYOU MAHARAJAH: the tragic genius of James Booker’

James Booker was a far out motherfucker.  He had his first hit at age 12 and died alone in the waiting room of New Orleans Charity Hospital at age 43.  He wore an eye patch over his left eye, and everyone it seems was told a different story of the damaged eye – was it pulled out by drug dealers or Ringo Starr? They called him the Piano Prince, the Black Liberace, and even the Bayou Maharajah.  He played with everyone from Dr. John to Jerry Garcia, the aforementioned Ringo, and the Doobie Brothers).  Like so many great American artists, he [...]

By |March 2, 2014|Tags: , |

Bonus Mixtape: Nineteen More Bands at Noise Pop 2011

Bonus Mixtape: Nineteen More Bands at Noise Pop 2011 So the podcast earlier this week really just scratched the surface of the many bands playing at next week's Noise Pop Festival. To rectify that, here's a bonus mixtape featuring nineteen more Noise Pop bands! We'll have a ton more Noise Pop coverage coming up in the days leading up to the fest, with reviews and photos to follow thereafter. Tracklisting: 1. The Black Ryder - "Gone Without Feeling" 2. Melted Toys - "Come On" 3. Telekinesis - "Car Crash" 4. Jake Mann & the Upper Hand - "Days Are Long" [...]

By |February 17, 2011|Tags: |

Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson collaborate on new music, show at Noise Pop (win tickets!)

It's important to be able to admit when you're wrong, I think, so I'll own up to some initial head-scratching about next week's Noise Pop show billed as "A Night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson." Aesop and Kimya, both are great, but what do they have in common? Well, as it turns out, a lot. As the K Records Tumblr pointed out last week, Kimya Dawson's got a solo album called Thunder Thighs out later this year, and the first leaked track, "Miami Advice," featuring Aesop Rock and the Olympia Free Choir, doesn't just sound good. It actually sounds [...]

Recommended, 2/14-2/20: Chloe Makes Music, Dum Dum Girls, Winter’s Fall and Pre-Noise Pop events

Every Monday, we'll be offering you early picks for some of the week's best concerts. Do you think we omitted something worthwhile? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to visit our Local Concert Calendar for an expanded set of daily listings. Chloe Makes Music celebrates release of said music On Monday, SF's Chloe Roth is holding an album release show for her first full length as Chloe Makes Music. The Puppeteer was produced by Chris Chu of The Morning Benders, and its nine tracks display a lush folk-pop sound. Monday's show is at Cafe Du Nord (8pm, $10), [...]

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