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Noise Pop Festival

San Francisco's Premier Independent Music and Arts Festival

As one of the contemporary alt-rock torchbearers of the last 20 years, San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival can and should consider itself on par with New York’s CMJ Festival and Austin’s SXSW Festival. Like most things in San Francisco, however, Noise Pop is neither a wild and terrifying ride through every region of southern NYC (CMJ) or an all-week BBQ n’ schmooze-fest (SXSW). Rather than trying to be either of these things, Noise Pop lovingly places a handful of well-seasoned and up-and-coming musicians in a variety of Bay Area venues, which is neither too overwhelming nor too overrated.

This year’s festival invites a number of fascinating and talented artists into SF’s venues. The headliners include the following talents: !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Avi Buffalo, Bear Hands, Deerhoof, The Dodos & Magik Magik in a collaborative performance, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Harlem, The Splinters, Princeton, Nurses, The Magnetic Fields (!), Mirah, Rogue Wave, Scissors for Lefty, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Sugar & Gold, Tempo No Tempo, The Watson Twins, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, and Sean Lennon) and many more. Wow!! Awesome!

Not bad, eh? Instead of crunching the above bands onto one stage and forcing audiences to camp out on the grass (I’m looking at you, Coachella), Noise Pop is spread out over the course of one week, which roughly equals about five to seven shows a night. The festival’s focus includes promising indie pop, along with a few notable rock docs, boozy happy hours and industry conferences. Noise Pop’s film festival will even include the much-anticipated screening of Strange Powers, a film documenting the prolific career of Magnetic Fields’ singer Steven Merritt.

The Noise Pop Festival will be ongoing from February 23-March 1. Although festival badges are currently sold out, we recommend purchasing tickets to individual shows while they’re still available. See http://www.noisepop.com/2010/ for more details!