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For music fans who can't wait for Coachella, Outside Lands and the numerous other music festivals coming up this year, San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival is back this week with a lineup featuring exciting emerging artists and veteran indie acts at venues throughout the city. Highlights this year include upstart producer Porter Robinson, Houston rockers Young Mammals and electro-pop darling Grimes, among many others. Be sure to check out our Guide for Food and Drink Options near festival venues. Away from Noise Pop festivities, the party starts early today with a Mardi Gras Parade that finishes at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. DJ Krush celebrates 20 years in the business with a showcase at Mezzanine and 52 Man Pick Up brings steamy storytelling about "sex and the city that never sleeps...with the same person twice." Stay nourished with Oyster and Wine Night at Dottie's and purify yourself in the crisp waters of the San Francisco Bay at the Polar Plunge benefit.

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at Regency Ballroom

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at DNA Lounge
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at Rickshaw Stop

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at Rickshaw Stop
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at Cal Academy of Sciences

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
at Brick & Mortar Music Hall (10pm)

Starts at Octavia & Hayes (Place Pigalle), With second line feat. Jazz Mafia, Monophonics, Members of Extra Action Marching Band...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

Marty Anderson thinks it would almost be best if people didn't know who he was-at least when it comes to those listening to his albums. "I always try to take the music for what it is," says the California native in his home in Fremont...
at Amoeba Music (7pm)

Join Cursive for the release of I Am Gemini (releases on the day of the in-store!). The band's seventh LP is the surreal and powerful musical tale of Cassius and Pollock, twin brothers separated at birth. One good and one evil...
at 111 Minna (6pm)

Discover great art from your local museum that's not hanging on the walls. Sketch Tuesdays: The Museum Edition is featuring artists hiding out as museum preparators, registrars, curators, marketers, educators, and more...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

If 'slacker' means 'purveyor of angst-ridden badass psychedelic rock,' then the Young Prisms qualify. Five such slackers comprise this band: Jason Hendardy, Jordan Silbert, Matt Allen, Stef Hodapp, and Gio Betteo. Silbert is the old man, at twenty-four, and all five recently dropped out of various...
at Bottom of the Hill (8pm)

"The Fresh & Onlys are set apart by an endearingly fussy devotion to songcraft and an understated and unfakeable weirdness...their possibly unhealthy familiarity with garage-rock arcana is balanced out by a keen songwriter's eye..."
Thursday, February 23, 2012
at Dottie's True Blue Cafe (7pm)

Come learn about oysters and wines from the oyster team at Waterbar and the Secret Wine Shop, with special guests the Lunny Family of Drakes Bay Oyster Company and two of the local winemakers...
at Hemlock Tavern (9pm)

Rob Cantrell tours the world making people laugh, most recently at the "BONNAROO" music festival, "SXSW" music/arts festival and the "HIGH TIMES" Magazine's "Cannabis Cup" in Amsterdam. Cantrell has performed on several TV networks...
Friday, February 24, 2012
at Public Works (8pm)

Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He's had remixes commissioned by...
at Fox Theater (7:30pm)

This 19-year-old talent has been touted by his peers (read Tiesto, Skrillex and Deadmau5) as one of the nu-breed saviours of electronic music, and having only experienced the limelight for just a few months, his achievements paint the picture of a super bright future...
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

On her fourth studio album, Jolie Holland embraces the live-studio rock approach of the 60's and 70's, and transforms it with her unmistakable touch. Loosely inspired by Neil Young's Zuma, with nods to The Velvet Underground, the Stones, and Bowie...
at DNA Lounge (10pm)

While the name Plastic Plates may be new alias of deejay/producer of Felix Bloxsom, he's by no means a novice to the music world, as studio drummer and session musician he's played and recorded with Empire of the Sun, The Presets, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros...
at Brava Theater Center (8pm)

Masterfully mixing lush language, bold presence, razor wit and epic perspective, Desiree Burch presents a salacious evening of storytelling about "sex and the city that never sleeps...with the same person twice."
Saturday, February 25, 2012
at Crissy Field (11:45am)

Hundreds of brave souls with warm hearts will once again take the plunge in chilly waters to raise much needed funds for Special Olympics Northern California! The Polar PlungeŽ is NOT a swim! It's a party! Dress up in a crazy costume...
at JCCSF Koret Center (8pm)

The idiosyncratic writer, filmmaker and performance artist is best known for her quirky films Me and You and Everyone We Know and most recently The Future. In her interactive performance piece "The Auction," July draws on her latest book...
at Mezzanine (9pm)

He's heralded as one of the most successful hip-hop producers outside of the US and has evolved his sound over a series of flawless albums since his eponymous debut in 1994...
at Amnesia (9pm)

As always we feature live music; vaudeville, belly dance and burlesque, and have you stomping the floorboards loose with our rotating DJ's playing the best gypsy punk beats in town. Don't miss Baxtalo Drom!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
at Jewish Community Center (11am - 6:30pm)

This year Bookfest is bigger and better than ever, giving you more chances to rub elbows with today's hottest, most hilarious and revered authors, artists and entertainers.
at California Historical Society (2:30pm)

On this day in 1933, San Franciscans celebrated the ground breaking for the Bridge, a symbol of hope in a devastated economy. Experience the story of the Bridge through our ambitious exhibition featuring rarely seen works of art, personal letters, photographs, and artifacts that bring to life the history of the...
at Great American Music Hall (8pm)

The drums hit you in the chest first, spraying your speakers like swift gunshots. But then Meric Long's finger-picked chords kick in, cascading across Logan Kroeber's brass knuckle beats like only the best Dodos songs can...
Monday, February 27, 2012
at Hemlock Tavern (6:30pm)

Storytellers add their names to a sign-up sheet and then have five minutes to spiel on the monthly theme. The evening's top storyteller, as chosen by a random audience member, receives $50 in cold, hard, United States greenbacks. Spend it at the bar, or on a bag of the Hemlock's award-winning hot nuts.
at Cafe du Nord (8pm)

Free for industry workers! Featuring DJs Carnita and Brown Amy (Hard French, Dial Up, etc), DJ Bus Station John (Tubesteak Connection, Bootie, etc.)...
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