Happy Hour @ Bender’s and Stephen Malkmus at Great American Music Hall

If you're smart, you'll find yourself down at Bender's for the Noise Pop Happy Hours.  With $3 West Coast IPAs and specials on Fernet, this is the place to loosen up before the evening's shows. Bender's got a bit of a facelift for the festival thanks to the guys at Knight Visions Production and Design who are providing stage lighting for all the festival happy hours.   They also added some nice ambient lighting to the origami cranes hanging from the ceiling. On Day 2 of the festival I caught the Aimless Never Miss.  Frontman Jonny Latimer apparently was suffering from [...]

Noise Pop: Wednesday Night Preview!

Noise Pop's second evening steadies the pace with memorable solo performances at SF's Music Halls-- Stephen Malkmus at the Great American and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats) at the Swedish American  -- but there’s plenty of other great pickings. Sights and Sounds helps contribute to the longwinded philosophical debate of what it truly means to be an artist. Park Life gallery will display the fine art of those we know as musicians, namely Mark Mothersbaugh (Wes Anderson’s go-to composer, and of Devo), Bianca Casady (the Coco, her sister is the Rosie) and our neighborhood pal John Vanderslice, among others. A notable [...]

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