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  • 5 Bay Area Bands You Need to Know
  • “San Francisco [is] transformed into a music-themed wonderland during Noise Pop, the 19-year-old festival that rocks the city with hundreds of concerts, art shows, happy-hour parties, and rock documentaries.”
  • Spin
  • This Is Noise Pop: What Not to Miss at S.F.’s Signature Indie Music Fest
  • “To review the festival's past lineups is to kick yourself for not being keen (or old) enough to catch some of the most significant acts in indie music's last decade before they hit their peak.”
  • SF Weekly
  • Bring the Noise Pop
  • “Noise Pop has…grown into a sprawling, six-day, multi-city, multidisciplinary event that's not only one of the Bay Area’s most beloved cultural traditions, but a bona fide destination festival, drawing folks from all over California and the country.”
  • East Bay Express
  • Noise Pop 2011's Film Series Rawks
  • “…as curatorial batting averages go, our very own wee Noise Pop Film Festival is stupefyingly good. Seriously, there isn’t even a slightly disappointing movie in the bunch.”
  • SF360
  • Ben Gibbard Solo Set, Yo La Tengo to Highlight Noise Pop 2011
  • “Noise Pop is a spiraling six-day celebration of indie artists, music and culture that takes place throughout various San Francisco music venues, cinema houses and boutiques every February.”
  • Spinner
  • Steeped in Colorful Tradition, Noise Pop 2011 Continues Celebration of Independent Culture
  • “From its humble beginnings as a one-night event to the spectacle that it is now, Noise Pop has established itself in its celebration of the arts.”
  • Daily Cal
  • Noise Pop’s Culture Club should happen all the time
  • “We think Noise Pop should host Culture Club more often! What better way to recover from a show than seeing your favorite artists up close talking about their work? Allan’s first Culture Club suggestion was a panel of all those new bands with ‘surfer’ in their name, or who use surfing and hanging at the beach in their music and imagery. Are they really all surfers? Do they listen to Dick Dale and the Del-Tones? We want to know!

    So, Noise Pop, can you guys make this happen? Invite every cool band that plays in town to hang out the next day and talk about their process or their extracurricular activities or whatever? Hey readers, what do you guys want to see and hear?”
  • Mission Mission
  • Our Top Picks for Noise Pop 2011
  • “Trust us: with the amount of activity going on all around the city [during Noise Pop], you won't have time to be bored.”
  • 7x7
  • Noise Pop 2011 highlights
  • “The 2011 edition of Noise Pop finds the festival stretching the definition of noise pop ever further outward in order to swallow excellent sounds…This year, the fest taps into the recent, more sharp-edged shoegaze revival and the current California garage rock zeitgeist, while also making room for hip-hop, freak folk, and deep funk.”
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Noise Pop Festival menu to include more than music
  • “There’s no other festival quite like it.”
  • SF Chronicle
  • CoS Giveaway: Win badges to Noise Pop 2011
  • “Each year, the City by the Bay plays host to some 20,000 fans and countless bands as the city’s venues become the musical playground for the most truly discerning music fans.”
  • Consequence of Sound

Noise Pop 2010 Press

  • Music Festivals Are Siblings, Invisibly Bonded
  • “The current Noise Pop Festival lineup has featured international bands, like We Were Promised Jetpacks from Scotland; household names, including Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band; and Bay Area up-and-comers like Deerhoof, Thao Nguyen and Glaciers.”
  • New York Times Online
  • Pop Quiz: Yoko Ono
  • Interview with Yoko Ono.
  • SF Gate
  • 10 Best Live Pics of the Week
  • Featured photos from Noise Pop 2010.
  • Spin
  • Noise Pop: A last-minute slacker's guide
  • “An exhausting week of show after show has arrived, and it’s hard to say no to such a thick lineup of interesting indie. That is, if you had a choice. If you’ve already got your tickets, my mother would be proud. If you are among the league of last-minute fools, be forewarned — you are officially SOL…Lots of shows are sold out, including almost everything I had my eye on…”
  • SF Bay Guardian
  • Yoko Ono tops Noise Pop
  • “Like SXSW, Noise Pop…features a film component and a commitment to championing music for music's sake. Now in its 18th year, the fest has taken credit for giving early exposure to bands like the White Stripes, Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips, and it continues to be a vital — if relatively unheralded — part of the music circuit.”
  • Variety
  • Noise Pop's Must-Sees
  • “We’re excited to announce, although you savvy folk are most likely already aware, that Noise Pop is finally upon us! Chaos will enrapture the City next week when nearly a dozen venues fill to capacity with indie bands, rare film screenings, and irresistible happy hours.”
  • 7x7
  • Noise Pop 2010 brings Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Four Tet, Magnetic Fields to the Bay Area
  • “After eighteen years of introducing now infamous indie rock entities like the White Stripes, Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie to the big stage, Noise Pop revs up once more with an impressive line up of over one hundred bands from all over the country, including rare appearances by big name acts like Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Four Tet, and The Magnetic Fields.”
  • Examiner
  • Noise Pop | 02.23-02.28 | San Francisco
  • “Celebrating its 18th year, Noise Pop 2010 hosted some impressive acts like The Dodos, Yoko Ono, John Vanderslice, Four Tet, Magnetic Fields and Memory Tapes playing between February 23 and March 1 at some of the city’s best music venues.”
  • Jambase
  • 15 Minutes With Yoko Ono
  • Interview with Yoko Ono.
  • Mother Jones
  • Noise Pop 2010
  • Culture Blog coverage.
  • SF Gate
  • Noise Pop Q&A: Best Coast
  • Interview with Best Coast.
  • SF Weekly
  • Miles’ NOISE POP Recap
  • “Noise Pop is an annual Bay Area indie music festival that usually lasts a week. Past years have featured LIVE 105 artists like Death Cab For Cutie, The White Stripes, Silversun Pickups, Wolfmother and Modest Mouse. I had a lot of fun this week, seeing several Noise Pop shows and DJing at their opening night party.”
  • Live 105
  • NoisePop MetaRecap: Lennon, Ono, And Dog Debate
  • “The festival really gets in to full swing once you have to start making decisions about which show you really want to see. While the headlining acts might be a great draw for more casual concert-goers, the hardcore pass holders will make it to no less than three venues and that doesn't even include the Happy Hour events.”
  • SF Appeal
  • Noise Pop 2010, Part 2: Bradford Cox gets comfortable while Mirah and Thao Nguyen knock the pop out of Noise Pop
  • Show review.
  • Venus Zine
  • Noise Pop Show Review: !!! at The Mezzanine, 2/27/10
  • Show review.
  • Spinning Platters