Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is the leading independent music festival in the Bay Area. Noise Pop has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim.
In 2006 Noise Pop began expanding the scope and presence of its established brand into year-round events in the Bay Area and beyond that celebrate all forms of independent culture, music, film, art and merchandise to an ever expanding community.
See the full schedule here: http://schedule.noisepop.com
VINCE STAPLES - TY SEGALL - DEAFHEAVEN - MSTRKRFT - GRANDADDY - BADBADNOTGOOD - DAWES - RADICAL FACE - CLOUD NOTHINGS - CREEPER LAGOON - THE RADIO DEPT. - LOS CAMPESINOS! - ROGUE WAVE - CLIPPING. - ELECTRIC GUEST - THE JOY FORMIDABLE - THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - HANNI EL KHATIB - JULIA HOLTER - TENNIS - TASH SULTANA - KEVIN ABSTRACT - SHANNON AND THE CLAMS - CROCODILES - MOON DUO - THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE - TACOCAT - PWR BTTM - WHITE FENCE - TEEN DAZE - MATT POND PA - JAPANESE BREAKFAST - THE MOTHER HIPS - THE GARDEN - TENNYSON - KILO KISH - MOTHERS - HAZEL ENGLISH - DIET CIG - WEYES BLOOD - THE FRIGHTS - BLACK MARBLE - ADIA VICTORIA - THE PALMS - UNIFORM - MOZART'S SISTER - THE BILINDA BUTCHERS - HOOPS - CRYING - QRION - BEARFACE - THE BUTTERTONES - HALF WAIF - DEAP VALLEY - EMMA RUTH RUNDLE - AJ DÃ¡VILA - FROTH - MIDDLE KIDS - MIYA FOLICK - DADDY ISSUES - HOT FLASH - HEAT WAVE - BEFORE THE BRAVE - ELSA Y ELMAR - YOUNG MOON - TRAVIS HAYES - THE NEW UP - MADELINE KENNEY - THE MOLOCHS - PLUSH - DANTE ELEPHANTE - FAKE YOUR OWN DEATH - JULIA LEWIS - MPHD - THE Y AXES - PEGGY HONEYWELL - DINOSAURS - JJUUJJUU - HIDEOUT - TANUKICHAN - CHAOS CHAOS - THE REGRETTES - OWL PAWS - GREAT AMERICAN CANYON BAND - NRVS LVRS - NO VACATION - THE WILD KINDNESS - SCARY LITTLE FRIENDS - TWO SHEDS - 20 MINUTE LOOP - CAVE CLOVE - BASECK - LISA PRANK - STARFARI - FIELD MEDIC - THE TOTAL BETTYS - MAGGIE Y/O - AMANDA ROSE - JOSH CASHMAN - MALL WALK - BLANK SQUARE - JAY STONE - MIDNIGHT SISTER - ITASCA - HUGO - AHSA-TI NU - THE YOUNG WILD - CRUSH - LUKE SWEENEY - NVO - CALLIE - DONCAT - AXIS:SOVA - GERMANS - SOAR - VALLEY GIRLS - FLYING CIRCLES - JOYRIDE! - THE BYE BYE BLACKBIRDS - BOY SCOUTS - SHUTUPS - HOBO JOHNSON - INNOVATIVE LEISURE DJS
Thu, Feb 16th – Opening Night
Hired Gun (Local filmmaker)
West Coast Premiere
DIR: Fran Strine. USA 2016. 90 min. / Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Fran Strine and special musical guests.
Hired Gun introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Whitesnake, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? In “Hired Gun,” viewers learn the first hand stories, detailing the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required to make dreams a reality.
Fri, Feb 17th
The Art of Listening (Local filmmaker)
Bay Area Premiere
DIR: Michael Coleman and Emmanuel Moran. USA 2016. 75 min / Filmmakers in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
"The Art of Listening" is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.
L7: Pretend We’re Dead
Northern California Premiere
DIR: Sarah Price. USA 2016. 93 min / Filmmaker and members of L7 expected in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
Grab your backstage pass and take a visceral immersion into the 1990s with one of its seminal grunge punk bands, L7. Assembling never-before-seen home video footage, candid interviews and raucous performances, director Sarah Price explores the influential band.
Sat, Feb 18th
My Buddha is Punk
DIR: Andreas Hartmann. Burma 2016. 68 min.
Kyaw Kyaw, a 25-year-old Burmese punk, pursues the dream of seeing the punk scene take off in Myanmar. Along with the members of his punk band, he tries to raise the awareness of his people about the persistent violation of human rights. By way of his music and the demonstrations in the streets, he criticizes the ongoing civil war and the persecutions of ethnic minorities; traveling across the country to promote his philosophy among the young generations.
The Boombox Collection: Zion I (Local filmmaker and musician)
2pm – Plays with My Buddha is Punk
DIR: Malcom Pullinger. USA 2016. 10 min.
In this intimate portrait and performance piece, Zumbi, the frontman of the prolific underground hip-hop duo Zion I, reflects on his legacy and the question of artistic integrity vs. mainstream success.
The Resurrection of Victor Jara (Local filmmaker)
West Coast Premiere
DIR: John Travers. Chile/France/USA 2016. 88 min. / Filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
This feature documentary presents the heroic yet tragic story of Victor Jara: from his rise to prominence as a noted theater director, to his years as a folk-inspired troubadour, finally to his horrific execution in 1973 at the hands of a fascist military regime. Weaving together powerful interviews, archival materials and a generous helping of Jara songs, the film reveals why Jara's values and music transcend time.
Also included: interviews and performances by such legendary Chilean music groups as Quilapayun, Illapu, and Inti-illimani, plus many younger musicians, among them Luis LeBert of Chile and Leon Gieco of neighboring Argentina. The Resurrection of Victor Jara chronicles a tragedy of the past that still echoes ominously today.
The Boombox Collection: Boots Riley (Local filmmaker and musician)
West Coast Premiere
4pm – plays with The Resurrection of Victor Jara
DIR: Malcom Pullinger. USA 2016. 10 min. / Filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
Boots Riley, frontman of the politically-radical hip-hop group, “The Coup”, takes us on a poetic drive through East Oakland and reflects on his career, his future, and explains his relentless war against capitalism.
The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale (Local filmmaker)
Bay Area Premiere
DIR: Bob Hannam and Ryan Sutherby. USA 2016. 125 min / Filmmakers in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
The Colossus Of Destiny: A Melvins Tale is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting. Band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover lead us through the triumphs and toils, loves and hates, and slows and fasts of the band. Hear what countless peers, collaborators, understudies, admirers, even haters, have to say about The Melvins, through interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow, and others.
Sun, Feb 19th
Stronger Than Bullets (Local filmmaker)
West Coast Premiere
DIR: Matthew Millan. Libya 2016. 88 min. / Filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening Q&A
When filmmaker Matthew Millan was recruited by his friend, a Libyan refugee living for decades in LA, to go with him to Benghazi and document the revolution, he was terrified. Once there, what Milan found amidst the bloody revolution to overthrow a 40-year-old dictatorship, was a high octane, defiant music scene and a unified human spirit that was as electrifying as it was inspiring. Hip-hop, heavy metal, rock, and blues take center stage in Stronger Than Bullets, as the musicians become the leading voices and heroes of the revolution.
Gary Numan: Android in La La Land
Bay Area Premiere
DIR: Steve Read and Rob Alexander. USA/UK 2016. 85 min.
Android In La La Land is a celebration of a British music-making pioneer and the love story that helped him turn his life around. At a time when the public knew little about Asperger’s syndrome, the press labeled Gary Numan a freak, one paper suggested his parents should have been doctored for giving birth to him. Depression, near bankruptcy and a period in the wilderness followed. Then Numan fell in love with his biggest fan, and married her.
Ticket to Write (Local connections)
San Francisco Premiere
DIR: Raul Sandelin. USA 2016. 85 min. - Post-screening Q&A with guest musical writers
Get ready to explore the “golden age” of music print journalism in Ticket to Write. “We were rock stars!” explains former Creem editor Jaan Uhelszki. From 1966-81, music magazines gave counter culture its literary wit—and the writers were as flamboyant as the rock stars. Music critics like Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, Ben Fong-Torres, Gene Sculatti, Sandy Pearlman, Susan Whitall, Bill Holdship, and Sylvie Simmons developed followings of thousands of music listeners who loyally read their writing. However, when MTV emerged, the rules of the game changed. Follow the rise and fall of the rock n’ roll magazine!
Mon, Feb 20th
LANCE BANGS: Immortal Volume II
Alamo Drafthouse / 7pm
DIR: Lance Bangs. USA various. 120 min. - LANCE BANGS IN PERSON!
What do Jackass, Pavement, Earl Sweatshirt and Elliot Smith have in common? That would be Portland, Oregon-based Lance Bangs, a filmmaker who has a hand in everything cool from the last 25 years, basically. He’s returning to Noise Pop to show hand-select rarely screened music videos, shorts films, concert footage and collaborations ranging from iconic bursts of pop culture to rarer unreleased pieces about Sleater-Kinney, Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Cat Power, Earl Sweatshirt, Ghostface Killah, Guided By Voices, LCD Soundsystem, Neutral Milk Hotel. Nirvana.