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Top 10 Things To Do At Noise Pop Festival 2011

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02/7/2011

Concerts, Music, Noise Pop Festival 2011

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As Noise Pop Festival approaches, we are getting more and more excited for what they have in store. Whether it’s Ben Gibbard rocking out the Great American Music Hall or Dan Deacon unleashing epic party jams on the Rickshaw and Independent dance floors, Noise Pop Festival proves yet again that they are aware of modern indie rock culture. But there are plenty of hidden jems to be found during this unique festival. You have the Pop-Up Shop in the Lower Haight, The Noise Pop Culture Club at Public Works, and not to mention the various music films they will be screening. Noise Pop seems to have something for everyone but here’s what we’re looking forward to the most.

10. Ears of the Beholder Happy Hour Party

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Peter Arko aka Ears of the Beholder, our favorite tastemaker here in the Bay Area is hosting a little Happy Hour Party with Space Ghost, Skeletal System, Kites Sail High and Yalls (Debut) at Fifty24SF Gallery (218 Fillmore St). The party will go from 6-10pm on Wednesday Feb. 9th with visuals by my Chris Martz and free beer courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Purchase your $5 tickets in advance and RSVP on Facebook.

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Skeletal System – Static Eyes from Small Talk / Static Eyes (2010)

9. The Family Jams (Film)

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As a fan of Bay Area based freak-folk and of the band Vetiver, seeing a film about three of the very legends of 21st century folk music in an almost minimalistic setting makes for an interesting film. The movie follows director Kevin Barker on a 2004 tour that includes Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver as they experience the trails of  extended travel and share the experiences one would have if you were to join such a lovely group of human beings.

The film will be screened at Viz Cinema on Thursday, February 24th at 9PM followed by a Q&A with director Kevin Barker and members of Vetiver after the screening.

Tickets are $10.

8. Admiral Radley at the Bottom of the Hill

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Members of the respectable bands Grandaddy and Earlimart will join together to create the wonderfully humorous Admiral Radley on the 23rd of February at the Bottom of the Hill. The band’s debut album, I Heart California (The Ship, 2010), utilizes the best of both band’s songwriting abilities and lyrical wittiness that is all wrapped up into one big tongue-in-cheek tribute to the Golden State. Plus our favorite Bay Area indie-pop rockers Social Studies will be opening up the show. Just an all around genuine event if you ask me.

The Vapor Room Presents:
Admiral Radley
Typhoon, Social Studies, Fake Your Own Death
Wed, February 23, 2011
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco, CA
$12.00

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Admiral Radley – Ghosts of Syllables from I Heart California (2010)

7. Tamaryn and The Soft Moon at Cafe Du Nord

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You won’t have many more chances to catch Tamaryn in such an intimate environment as Cafe Du Nord much longer. With all the buzz that has been following her recent debut album The Waves, you can expect this Bay Area based atmospheric crooner to launch into indie rock stardom quite soon. Joining her will be the single man goth-dance workings of The Soft Moon. We’ve been trying to catch a show of this guy for a while now and this may be our chance. Creepy synth-pop never sounded this much fun.

Tamaryn
The Black Ryder, The Soft Moon, Wax Idols
Fri, February 25, 2011
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Café du Nord
San Francisco, CA
$13.00

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Tamaryn – Love Fade from The Waves (2010)

6. Kid Koala’s Music to Draw To

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This has to be one of the coolest events of the festival. Join famed sampler/DJ Kid Koala for 4 hour ‘Music To Draw To…‘ session, meant to inspire one’s creativity with the background music of one of the more premier DJ’s around. Attendees are encouraged to bring whatever art materials they feel fit, from canvas’ to mobile animation studios (I think they’re called laptops) and just go to town while Kid Koala spins a variety of mellow tunes. Included with admission is a free cup of hot chocolate, a pencil and various baked goods provided by Kid Koala’s wife, Corinne.

Saturday, February 26, 2011
Kid Koala’s Music to Draw To
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Public Works Upstairs Stage
$10 in advance / $15 at door

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Kid Koala – Skanky Panky from Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003)

5. Way Behind the Music

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If you attended this year’s SF Sketchfest, hopefully one of those shows was the famed Celebrity Autobiography. A show that features some of sketch comedy’s best performers (Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Laraine Newman, etc) as they read from memoirs ranging from Stallone to the Jonas Brothers. What Noise Pop has done is very similar except with the literary efforts of Justin Bieber, Jewel, Gene Simmons, George Jones, Marilyn Manson, Tori Amos, Vince Neil, Denise McLean (mother of Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean), and many more all read by the likes of by Mark Eitzel, Thao Nguyen, Beth Lisick, Linda Robertson, Michelle Tea, Jesse Michaels, Paul Myers, Tom Heyman, and our friend Bucky Sinister.

Litquake Presents:
Way Behind the Music
Thu, February 24, 2011
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
Make-Out Room
San Francisco, CA
$10.00

4. Battlehooch & Nobunny

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Yeah yeah I know, it’s the same day as Tamaryn, Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson, and Alexi Murdoch. But if you really want all-out entertaining and raw energy at a show, this is the one you need to go to. You’ve got Battlehooch’s rampant instrumentation, Nobunny’s utter garage rock fight fest, and the delightful Exray’s, one of the number one buzz bands of 2011 . $12 isn’t enough to bring to this kind of a show. You’ll need to bring your willingness to rock the fuck out. Don’t miss out.

Battlehooch
Nobunny, Exray’s, and The Downer Party
Fri, February 25, 2011
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco, CA
$12

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Battlehooch – Take The L-Train from Piecechow (2009)

3. Covers: A Dinner of Culinary and Musical Tribute

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I just thought this was such a genius idea when I spotted it. Our friends at Turntable Kitchen (a music website that pairs the latest music with amazing recipes) as well as graffEats and FoxconSox Consulting will be presenting a dinner of covers on February 17th and 18th.

Noise Pop’s website describes the event like so:

A six course meal, prepared by graffEats chef, Blair Washerman, will feature “covers” of signature dishes from some of today’s culinary luminaries. Such dishes will include Grant Archatz’s “Hot Potato, Cold Potato” and Daniel Humm’s Pave of Suckling Pig (full menu below). Turntable Kitchen’s Matthew Hickey will be providing Musical Pairings for each course (covers, of course! Think, Michel Bras’s Black Olive Oil Poached Monkfish paired with Françoise Hardy’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne”). The BYOB event will have two seatings each night (6:00pm & 9:00) for $65 a person. Seats will be very limited.

In fact, the 6PM seating for Thursday is already sold out. So you best get yourself a spot before it’s too late.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
graffEats, Turntable Kitchen & FoxconSox Consulting present
Covers: A Dinner of Culinary and Musical Tribute
First seating at 6:00 PM; Second seating at 9:00 PM, $65

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2. Ted Leo, AB & The Sea, and Kevin Seconds

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Ted Leo (SOLO)
AB & The Sea, Kevin Seconds, Angel Island
Thu, February 24, 2011
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco, CA
$12.00

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A B & The Sea – Bone Dry from Bone Dry / Single (2010)

1. SNOB THEATER at The Pop-Up Shop!

noise pop posterDamn straight I’m going to put my show as #1! It’s my goddamn website and I can do what I want with it! But seriously, I couldn’t be more excited. I picked four of my favorite comedy acts in the Bay Area as well as my friends from Phantom Kicks to perform acoustically and the poppy but jazzy sounds of the lovely Ash Reiter to close the show at The Pop-Up Shop at the Fifty24SF Gallery (218 Fillmore St). With comedy by Coree Spencer, Donny Divanian, and music comedy by DJ Real (a Snob Theater favorite) and Rainbow Chair (who recently released their first EP). Did I mention we’re going to have free beer?

So buy your tickets now and I’ll see you Friday!

Kata Rokkar presents
Snob Theater
Doors 6:00 PM; Show 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM, $10
RSVP on Facebook!

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Rainbow Chair – Come Sit in the Rainbow Chair from Magenta Placenta EP (2011)

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Ash Reiter – Blue Eyes from Daytrotter Session (2010)

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DJ REAL – Moustache from Personal Growth (2009)

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Phantom Kicks – Coming Home from Phantom Kicks Demo (2010)

HAPPY NOISE POP MONTH!