Noise Pop: Ted Leo, A B & The Sea, Kevin Seconds

I always get a little nervous at the prospect of seeing a favorite artist play without the comfort of a backing band. On some level, I think, a solo performance is inherently a struggle, with one individual responsible for keeping the crowd entertained, or, at the least, preventing its attention from getting distracted elsewhere. I've seen more solo sets than I care to admit fade behind audience conversations and noise from the bar, or drag in uncomfortable between-song silences. Given the king's welcome Ted Leo received when he climbed on stage at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday night, it [...]

First batch of Noise Pop 2011 performers announced: Yo La Tengo, Ted Leo, How To Dress Well, Best Coast, Wavves and more

How To Dress Well ‒ "Ready for the World" Telekinesis – “Car Crash” Best Coast & Wavves – "Got Something For You" Early bird badges are now on sale for Noise Pop 2011, and the festival has announced the nineteenth annual fest's first performers: Best Coast Dan Deacon Ensemble Daniel Martin Moore How To Dress Well Max Bemis Ted Leo (Solo) Telekinesis The Concretes The Stone Foxes Versus Voxhaul Broadcast Wavves Yo La Tengo Consider us excited. Two additional pieces of the initial announcement also have us intrigued. One is the Noise Pop Culture Club, a two-day daytime art/film/street fair/show [...]

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