Noise Pop & The Roxie Present Brian Eno Film
Noise Pop is proud to partner with Roxie Theater in presenting an excellent new documentary about the God-Man Brian Eno. BRIAN ENO: 1971 - 77: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. This show will coincide closely with Brian Eno’s Birthday, so this will be an opportunity to celebrate Mr. Eno’s B-Day with other fans and a witness a fantastic documentary. For more information go here.
Posted Apr 14, 2011 1:28 pm

Noise Pop Podcast / Now on Stitcher!
The Aprill 2011 episode of podcast has been released. Listen to it here on We’re asking the listeners of the podcast to hep us name a new segment that will fall at the tail end of each episode. Listen to the new episode and chime on the comment section of the Noise Pop page on

In other exciting podcast news, you can now find us on the oh-so-convenient iPhone and Droid streaming app Stitcher. Now you can stream the Noise Pop Podcast right from your phone!

Also, be sure to subscribe to the ‘cast on iTunes.
Posted Apr 13, 2011 4:06 pm

Noise Pop 2011 Merch Now Available!

If you missed your chance to purchase merchandise while you were at a Noise Pop show, good news! All of the 2011 merch has been added to our online store. You can choose from t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags and posters. This is your chance to show off you favorite music-loving pigeon to your friends.
Posted Mar 24, 2011 1:12 pm

High Praise for Noise Pop Documentary from Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone has dubbed “This is Noise Pop” one of the 7 best new music documentaries of the year. We’re not suprised (it's a damn good film), but we are awfully delighted to get this sort of attention. Check out the article here.
Posted Mar 23, 2011 3:25 pm

Isotope Comics & Noise Pop Present Noise Pop 2011 In Comics
Noise Pop and Isotope Comics are thrilled to be collaborating on the unique documentation of Noise Pop 2011 in comic book form! Throughout the week of live concerts and Noise Pop Culture Club, our team of Sequential Reporters invaded the festival’s shows, events, and backstage to creatively capture their personal experiences in a thoroughly original manner that has never before been attempted. What could be a better fit than live music and comics?! Enjoy.

Featuring an amazing selection of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best cartoonists including: Jamaica Dyer, Greg Hinkle, Katie Longua, Beth Dean, Roman Muradov, Susie Cagle, Justin Hall, Donna Almendrala and more.

Stay tuned for the upcoming footage of the astonishing debut of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin performed live with This Can’t End Well and comic book superstar Ben Templesmith’s live creation of Fell with music by DJ Samsupa. Also look out for the gallery of Vinyl Dreams 12" Album Cover Art created live at Noise Pop Culture Club coming soon.
Posted Mar 15, 2011 12:49 pm

And the Fernet Bike Winner is...
We know we’ve kept you on your seats with anticipation in finding out who won that minty green Fernet-Branca bike hanging on the wall at Benders.

Noise Pop and Fernet-Branca can’t keep it secret any longer.

CONGRATULATIONS: Julie Rieger who pedaled away from Benders with perhaps the hippest bike we’ve seen thus far. Thanks again Benders and Fernet-Branca for supporting Noise Pop and keeping the happy hours especially happy!
Posted Mar 10, 2011 3:28 pm

Noise Pop Makes Front Page of YouTube with Best Coast, Dan Deacon & Geographer Performances
Right now the home page of YouTube is featuring three highlight performances from Noise Pop this year: Dan Deacon at The Independent and Best Coast at The Regency, filmed by the talented folks at Dubbo, and Geographer at the Independent, filmed by Bamm TV. This is your chance to (re)live three of the most talked about performances at Noise Pop this year. If you were at these shows you know what we’re talking about; if you weren’t, consider this your opportunity to play catch up.

And in case you haven’t checked out our Noise Pop YouTube channel, head over there afterward. It has several past Noise Pop performances, and is a great way to waste away hours falling down the YouTube rabbit hole.
Posted Mar 8, 2011 4:58 pm

The Sway Machinery CD Release Show with Khaira Arby
We've got the post-festival blues, however there are some fantastic shows coming up soon to cure us. Check out Sway Machinery's CD release party at Great American Music Hall on March 9th.

The Sway Machinery's new album, THE HOUSE OF FRIENDLY GHOSTS, VOL1, features soaring vocals from Khaira Arby, straight from Timbuktu. In January 2010, The Sway Machinery traveled to one of the most remote music festivals in the world, the Festival in the Desert, in Mali. Their new album documents their remarkable journey and collaborations with masters of Malian music.

This Brooklyn-based all-star collective performs music inspired by ancient Jewish Cantorial music, blues, afro-beat and rock. Check out their recent showcase on NPR 'All Things Considered'. Available now at a special pre-order discount.

The Sway Machinery CD Release Show with Khaira Arby
Great American Music Hall
859 O’Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94109
8PM / $16 General Admission
Tickets here

Facebook RSVP here
Posted Mar 2, 2011 1:04 pm

Badges, Culture Club & Ticket Update
Hey everyone—hope you are having a great Noise Pop thus far! A few things we wanted to share—

• Saturday Culture Club tickets are now just $10 at the door, and Public Works is generously providing a free drink from 12–1:30pm for all, so get your tickets and get there early!

• Ticket sales for non-sold out shows go off sale at noon on day of show. So be sure to get the club early if you want to purchase tickets that evening.

• Badges are onsale through Friday at noon. Badges get you in to all of the sold out shows, so buy one and be free!
Posted Feb 23, 2011 1:29 pm

Sold Out Shows Update
Noise Pop 2011 is here! That means that tickets are going quick, and a bunch of shows have recently sold out. Don't get yourself down though; you can still buy a badge and get into all these and more...
Alexi Murdoch
Ben Gibbard
Ted Leo
Max Bemis
How To Dress Well
Dan Deacon @ Rickshaw
Aesop Rock

Posted Feb 17, 2011 2:53 pm

Noise Pop SXSW Party
Remember when Biggie and Tupac started an East Coast West Coast rivalry back in the mid-90's? Well, Noise Pop and Tiger Mountain have rekindled the beef. We are proud to announce our SXSW party: Brooklyn vs. The Bay.

Two Stages:
On the Brooklyn stage: O'Death, The Spinto Band, Delicate Steve, and much more.
On the Bay Area stage: Dodos, John Vanderslice, Mark Eitzel, and more
March 16th, Noon-6pm
Free with RSVP, email
Red Eyed Fly, 715 Red River
Austin TX
See you at the fight!

Posted Feb 15, 2011 10:05 am

Noise Pop Culture Club
Noise Pop's Culture Club will open at Public Works on the weekend of Feb. 26-27, bringing together creative individuals from the community and beyond to participate in a series of exciting presentations and workshops on independent culture in its many forms. Pop 'n' Shop, a local designer fair, will also be a part of this very special weekend.

Featured workshops will include:

-Kid Koala playing an extended set of music - the audience is encouraged to bring their sketchbook or crafts to create onsite
-Cinemasports will teach people how to make and edit a music video - bring any footage or concepts you have!
-Live creation and remixing of a song with DJ Nickodemus - send in tracks you are workig on to be included!
-Acclaimed artist Monica Canilao will create an onsite installation
-Oakland breakdance sensation Turf Feinz will dance and Yak Films will show their mind-blowing videos
-No Age talks about how important art is to their band
-Design studio Rebar discusses Urban Transformation
-Discuss San Francisco Food Truck Culture (and Food Trucks onsite)

For more information, check out the Culture Club page on the Noise Pop website.
Posted Feb 10, 2011 2:57 pm

Noise Pop 2011 iPhone App
Come Tuesday the 22nd, life's going to be pretty hectic. In order to keep track of all festival happenings, including music, film, art, happy hours and more, check out the brand new Noise Pop 2011 iPhone app, designed by Greencopper. The app has info on all the artists, venues and events, and is your tool to keeping your festival experience as organized and hassle-free as possible. Download it for free here.
Posted Feb 8, 2011 5:18 pm

Noise Pop Playlist
Noise Pop is about discovering new music and, well, that can be time consuming (believe us, we know). So... consider this a leg up. The 2011 Noise Pop playlist is here, courtesy of 8tracks. Scroll halfway down our festival homepage and click away for an ever-expanding mix of artists performing at the 2011 Noise Pop Music Festival. Now you can bone up on all the artists before you head out to see them perform in 2 weeks.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 4:15 pm

Young Prisms added to the lineup
We are very excited for this show. Young Prisms will be headlining The Independent as a part of Noise Pop Festival on Friday February 25th. Tickets here.
Posted Feb 4, 2011 1:05 pm

Sold Out Shows
OK folks, it's already starting. Here is the list of sold out shows so far: Ben Gibbard, Alexi Murdoch, and now Dan Deacon's show at the Rickshaw Stop. Not to worry though, Dan Deacon has another show at the Independent on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd.

And of course, if you're a badge holder, pay no attention to these "sold out" announcements; badges get into any Noise Pop show. Just make sure to get your badge before those sell out as well.
Posted Feb 1, 2011 1:32 pm

The Rumble returns to Milk Wednesday Feb. 9th
This one will be the official Noise Pop Warm Up Party and features a fantastic lineup: Blackbird Blackbird / Phantom Kicks / Letting Up Despite Great Faults and DJ Bagel Ted As usual, it is a free event if you RSVP here, otherwise it would be $5 at the door.
Posted Jan 26, 2011 3:22 pm

Noise Pop Fills Out Film Lineup
Noise Pop is proud to announce the details of this year’s film component of the festival lineup co-curated by ‘SCORED celebrating sound and music in film’. This year’s essential selections in Noise Pop’s nineteenth year include:

Miroir Noir (Feb. 27th) – A documentary about the making of Arcade Fire’s lauded second album Neon Bible and the band’s subsequent tour. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Vincent Morisset, and shot by La Blogotheque’s Vincent Moon.

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José González (Feb. 23rd) – The USA premiere of a documentary revolving around the life and mind of world renowned singer/songwriter José González and exploring the creative process of one of Sweden's finest - and most secretive - musicians.

Look at What The Light Did Now (Feb. 24th) – A documentary chronicling the journey behind Feist’s Grammy-nominated sophomore album, The Reminder. This screening will also include a Q&A/installation reception with SF artist Simone Rubi, who designed all of The Reminder’s artwork and live music by Feist collaborator Little Wing.

This Is Noise Pop (Feb. 23rd) – A “making of” documentary exploring the genesis of Indie Rock through the trials and tribulations of bands captured during and after their Noise Pop Festival performances from years past. Features Sebadoh, Stephen Malkmus, Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Guided BY Voices, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Grandaddy and many more. This screening will feature a Q&A with the director, Adam Werbach, and editor Tony Saxe, in addition to members of Noise Pop post-screening.

The Family Jams (Feb 24th) – San Francisco premiere of a documentary featuring the 2004 tour of Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver, and detailing their tour from the inside out. Q&A with Kevin Barker and members of Vetiver.

Ivory Tower (Feb. 27th) – a film starring Chilly Gonzalez, Peaches, Tiga and Feist with music by Chilly Gonzalez and Boys Noize, Ivory Tower is the story of two brothers and their rivalry over both the chessboard and a woman.

Pool Party (Feb. 25th) – a documentary detailing the history and subsequent revamping of Williamsburg’s McCarren Pool from community pool to incredible music venue and back to pool again. Features music/performances by The Beastie Boys, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady and more. This screening will feature a Q&A with director Beth Aala after the screening.

Tom Zé: Astronauta Libertado (Feb. 25th) – the SF premiere of the award-winning documentary on dynamic pioneering Brazilian musician Tom Zé.
Posted Jan 25, 2011 5:29 pm

On January 20th we will be hosting a special night of Treasure Island Festival photography at Mini Bar.

This show will feature Treasure Island Festival photos from the past four years of what has become one of the most popular festivals in the Bay Area. Participating photographers include—Peter Ellenby, Charlie Homo, Jeanne Ellenby, Paige Parsons, Tom Tomkinson, Josh Sanseri and Josh Withers.

Noise Pop & Mini Bar present
Treasure Island Music Festival
Photography 2007-2010

January 20 - March 1, 2011
Opening Thursday, January 20, 2011
837 Divisadero Street, San Francisco
5-9pm, Free

Posted Jan 17, 2011 5:57 pm

New Lineup additions
First things first: Music! Our lineup is shaping up quite well. With the likes of Yo La Tengo’s spin the wheel show (The entire set list will be dictated by a spinning wheel!) and the puppy love collaboration between Best Coast and Wavves, it’s turning out to be a fantastic lineup. But we just can’t leave well enough alone, here are a few more additions to our ever-expanding lineup:

    Ben Gibbard
  • Ben Gibbard. Death Cab For Cutie’s front man blesses us with an incredible closing night party - Sunday, February 27th at Great American Music Hall.
  • A night with Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson (also featuring Rob Sonic, DJ Big Wiz, and Guest DJ TBA)
  • Geographer @ The Independent, Wednesday February 23rd. Our burgeoning hometown heroes!
  • Kid Koala’s Loud Party/Quiet Work show @ Public Works. This is awesome! On Friday night Kid Koala plays a raucous get-down set at Mighty and then Saturday at the Noise Pop Culture Club he returns for a quieter set which you can work to. Bring a notepad, clay, whatever you want - just chill out and be productive. Oh, and his wife will be serving homemade baked goods. Awwww!
  • Admiral Radley with Typhoon, Social Studies, and Fake Your Own Death @ Bottom of the Hill, Wednesday February 23rd. Jason Lytle people! JASON. LYTLE.
  • Battlehooch and co-headliners Nobunny with Exray’s, and The Downer Party @ Bottom of the Hill, Friday February 25th—tickets are available here. A stellar lineup of local talent.
  • Film School with Apex Manor, Gregory & the Hawk and Melted Toys @ Cafe Du Nord, Thursday, February 24th. SF Shoegaze staples playing Cafe Du Nord?! It’s going to be deliciously loud.
  • Alexi Murdoch, February 25th at the Swedish American Hall. This one sold out fast, but if you buy a badge you can still catch the show.

All shows and tickets can be found here.

Posted Jan 13, 2011 11:31 am

Admiral Radley, Geographer, Peanut Butter Wolf & Dam Funk Confirmed
Welcome back from your vacation. If you're sad that the season of giving is over, cheer up! We've got some gifts for you. Our 2011 lineup keeps growing: Admiral Radley @ Bottom of the HillGeographer @ The IndependentPeanut Butter Wolf and Dam Funk @ Public Works (spinning 45's all night long!). And we'll have some big annoucnements soon regarding our Pop Up Shop at FIFTY24SF and Culture Club, our weekend long DIY/workshop event at Public Works. So, stay tuned! There's even more coming around the corner.
Posted Jan 5, 2011 1:57 pm

Badges and Tickets On Sale + Lineup Additions
And…we're off! Badges and individual show tickets are now on sale. Check out our show page to see all that we have to offer. While you're on that page, you may notice a few additions to our lineup: No Age, Tamaryn, Admiral Radley.
Posted Dec 9, 2010 11:14 am

Badge Information
Early "Bird" Badges are onsale now for $125 (comes with a free festival t-shirt). Regular badges go onsale Thursday December 9th at 10am for $160. Noise Pop badges grant access to all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, Culture Club and other events during the festival. To purchase badges go here.
Posted Dec 3, 2010 7:20 pm

More Information
All of this is just scratching the surface of what Noise Pop Festival will be offering in 2011. Tons of bands will be added to the lineup over the next month, and more information about our Culture Club, Film Festival and Pop Up store will be coming out soon.

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Posted Dec 3, 2010 7:20 pm