SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Boys Noize at Mezzanine 7/24 (FRI)

Boys Noize Record 10 Year Written by Nik Crossman //

Boys Noize with SALVA, Spank Rock, SCNTST, Cities Aviv, PILO, Escor Krist //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
July 24th, 2015 //

German producer Alex Rhida, aka Boys Noize, has made a name for himself as one of the most illustrious DJs today. Merging various styles of electronic music, Rhida’s innovative sound has earned him acclaimed awards, such as “Top 10 DJs Who Rule the Earth” by Rolling Stone and “Best Electronic Artist” by Beatport.

In 2005, Rhida launched his independent record label Boysnoize Records (BNR) to bring his own music to the world without forfeiting creative control.

“I don’t compromise when it comes to music,” the 32-year-old Rhida says. “I do what I think is cool and what I like and not what the market wants or people may expect. Maintaining artistic freedom has always been the most important thing to me — for my own music and for anyone on my label!”

A decade later, BNR remains independent and celebrates 10 years of supporting more than a dozen artists across 100 releases.

On Friday, Boysnoize Records continues the #BNR10YR celebration in SF at Mezzanine with SALVA, Spank Rock, SCNTST, Cities Aviv, PILO and Escor Krist all hitting the decks before Rhida takes the stage.

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Bomba Estéreo: Monday, July 20 at The New Parish
Federico Aubele: Thursday, July 23 at Leo’s Music Club
Summer Soul Roller Disco feat. Sake1: Thursday, July 23 at Mezzanine
Heems: Friday, July 24 at The New Parish
J Stalin: Friday, July 24 at Slim’s
Social Studies: Friday, July 24 at Great American Music Hall
The Motels: Friday, July 24 at The Chapel


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WIN TICKETS: Social Studies at the New Parish 2/27


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Social Studies with Aan, Farallons, Max and The Moon //
The New Parish — Oakland
February 27, 2014 (Thursday) //

An opener at last year’s Noise Pop Fest, San Francisco-based Social Studies have taken it up another notch by claiming headliner status at the New parish Thursday. This progression makes sense for a band that’s been on the rise the past year — Social Studies landed on the Outside Lands bill last year, headlined the Independent and nailed a Monday residency at Brick & Mortar Music Hall recently. If indie rock with a shoe-gaze jolt from talented, in-the-moment musicians sounds like a fun time, plan on being in Oakland Thursday. And of course, be sure to get their early for Aan, Farallons & Max and The Moon.

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Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 predictions


Treasure Island Music Festival‘s 2013 lineup will be unleashed Tuesday (May 28th), so it got us thinking: Who will perform at the festival on the bay October 19th-20th? This scenic festival usually offers about 25 acts over two days and is conflict-free — no sets overlap.

Our predictions are based on simple research; we take a look at artists that fit into Treasure Island Music Festival’s curation history who also happen to be touring in or around October. Be warned — this is pure speculation. The confirmed lineup will be released Tuesday morning after Memorial Day weekend.

UPDATE: The lineup was announced May 28th, and it’s a good one. We got a handful of artist predictions correct, and remember to snatch up those early-bird tickets when they go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke and his band of merry players are the first and most glaring treat that is likely to headline Saturday’s traditionally dance, hip-hop and electronic-friendly bill. Their particular tour route puts them right in the Bay Area after a pair of instant sellout shows in Southern California. It appears Thom will will bring the group of Flea, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker to stay consistent with this project’s past. Rich rhythmic arrangements and lush synths are certain to keep patrons dancing well into a, hopefully, warm Indian Summer night with the cityscape as one of the best backgrounds a fan can ask for. Their 2010 Fox Theater shows were well received and at capacity, so tickets for Treasure Island this year could go quickly. AMOK received high praises a few months back, and now with a deeper bag of songs to pull from, one can only be thrilled at this lauded fall tour finishing in the Bay.

The Cure
It was rather surprising that this name didn’t appear on the Outside Lands lineup, but what better veteran rock act is there to close out Sunday evening? Though Robert Smith won’t be touring a new record, he will likely have a few tricks up his sleeve after a multi-year tour hiatus, except for a handful of European festivals in 2012. The Cure will be active in October, performing at Austin City Limits, and it’s been nearly a decade since they played the City proper, so what better time than October?

Queens of the Stone Age
Giddy up! Josh Homme and his crew of stony musicians are back for more after a hiatus from touring with his most-famous project to date. With their forthcoming release …Like Clockwork arriving in June, it’s sure to be a busy second half of 2013 for QOTSA as the California band books festival after festival, getting these new tracks into the ears of anxious listeners. One other aspect that we have to look forward to is the inclusion of John Theodore (ex-Mars Volta) as QOTSA’s new drummer, sure to propel the pummeling drive of the Hommes’ quintessential stoner hard rock.

Animal Collective
The psychedelic, seizure-inducing LSD flashback of a freakout known as Animal Collective would be a fine fit in TIMF’s scope of artists, and they could possibly headline at this point. They have been touring with Dan Deacon and were forced to cancel a block of dates in March due to Avey Tare’s mondo case of strep throat. Many of these shows have been rescheduled for October, and there is a noticeable gap on their tour docket from October 18th-23rd. AC will also be performing at other music festivals like Austin City Limits and Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, making a TI performance even more logical.

Kendrick Lamar
California native Kendrick Lamar has only set foot in San Francisco/Oakland once since releasing his instant classic LP Good Kid, Mad City, and TIMF has provided at least one marquee hip-hop name on the lineup the past three years with Public Enemy, Dizzee Rascal & Die Antwoord (zef-hop?). Let’s hope this continues with a victory lap performance from the Dr. Dre protégé, which seems logical. Lamar will continue a hectic tour schedule through the summer, then he’s on board to perform at Austin City Limits the two weekends prior to Treasure Island.

James Blake
Much like Atoms, James Blake has some shows scheduled in the southern region of the state, and one can only make the educated leap that Blake will be featured at Treasure Island this year. With a constantly rising stock, Blake continues feverishly touring his latest release Overgrown, and it’s his year to bring his unique post-dubstep take on soulful balladry to a wider audience. His sunset slot time at FYF in LA last fall was superb, and one can only imagine the beauty of Blake’s set on the tiny rock in the San Francisco Bay. His crossover style makes it difficult to decipher which day he will be featured, but then again that’s one of the best aspects of music today — genre lines are being blurred more and more each year, and Treasure Island Music Fest embraces this quality so well.

Death Grips
From San Francisco house parties to mid-tier festival act in a short amount of time places this highly-buzzed band square in the crossfires of Treasure Island. An extensive summer tour leaves Northern California off the itinerary, and therefore the Bay Area is likely to get some love come fall. Their brutal stage show has been turning heads, along with their shock-tastic media attention, whether it’s pissing off their label or putting out pornographic album art. Plus, they hail from Sacramento, so it would be a proper nod the region.

Treasure Island has always prided themselves on booking forward thinking, up-and-coming acts, so it would make sense to snatch up the UK two-step/house amalgam that is Disclosure. Having not returned to the Bay Area since the young lads’ banner SF premier last fall leads me to believe this would be an ideal spot to showcase the producer/brother pair. Furthermore, it would be their first under-21 show in the region and would be a perfect warm-up to Atoms for Peace on Saturday.

Dan Deacon
Dinosaur Jr
John Talabot
Palma Violets
The Shouting Matches
Paper Diamond
Autre Ne Veut
Mikal Cronin
White Arrows
Social Studies

Noise Pop Wednesday: Ramona Falls, Social Studies, Harriet, Mahgeetah

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Noise Pop offered excellent mid-week options Wednesday, and while Rickshaw stop welcomed a post-hardcore bill headlined by Ceremony and Bottom of the Hill hosted local faves The Fresh & Onlys, the place to be Wednesday was at Brick & Mortar Music Hall, where the capacity crowd dug into indie rock with a tinge of electronica.

The Wednesday night Noise-Pop show glimmered with hopes and high expectations, as Ramona Falls & Social Studies showed off their road-perfected sets, Harriet got back in the live music game, and Mahgeetah showed that it’s bit foolish to arrive late during Noise Pop week.


Ramona Falls have a smiley stage presence and friendly vibe in a live setting that doesn’t prepare you for their hyper-charged, synth-serious sound aesthetic. Portland based Brent Knopf is the leading creative force behind Ramona Falls, and he expanded the project for his 2012 LP Prophet to include a full band in the recording process. Knopf’s warm voice and lyrical delivery is pleasantly reminiscent of Ben Gibbard (The Postal Service & Death Cab for Cutie) and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats).

And it’s a live treat that Ramona Falls is touring with violinist Lauren Jacobson. Her strings added an extra emotional layer that isn’t present on Prophet. Much of the school night crowd thinned out early, and they missed a stellar set.


Social Studies is a local SF group led by Natalia Rogovin, and her sultry vocals combined with her stunning, classic beauty will surely continue to elevate the group. They sound like slightly faster Beach house with an electronic jolt. Rogovin exhibits in-the-moment stage presence similar to Ruth Radelet from Chroamatics, and she is adept enough to guide auditory pleasure seekers into a hypnotic trance. Unfortunately, the drunk chick toward the front who continued to loudly proclaim “you’re killing it” and “keep going” at quiet moments did not allow herself to drift away with the chill waves.

The penultimate performers this night have been touring with Ramona Falls, and Rogovin made sure it was clear that they were happy to be home for Noise Pop. And since Social Studies are hometown heroes, it makes sense that they drew a denser audience than the headliners. Holler & swaller!


Contrasting Ramona Falls & Social Study’s endless touring, Harriet came to Noise Pop from LA with a fistful of new material never performed to a live audience. Based on this performance, Harriet is a band to keep both eyes on. Alex Casnoff’s stage banter is delightfully devious; he introduced a song by saying it is “about strippers you feel connected to after a lap dance.”

Casnoff promised an album to be released later this year, and it should be a good one.

Local SF group Mahgeetah were on fire when I walked in, but it was their last song of the night. They were thrashing away at a raging jam, finishing with a fuzzy wall of sound that was impressive. Instantly upon walking into Brick and Mortar I regretted leaving the house a bit late.

And to a certain degree, the opening acts are what Noise Pop week is all about. Most Noise Pop shows have two or three openers, and the supporting acts are almost exclusively from the best coast. If you can swing it, get to the venue early and discover an up-and-coming act.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) tickest are somehow still available for Thursday night. Get ’em while you can. Don’t count on walking up to Great American Music Hall to buy tickets at the door.

Free Energy will be performing Thursday at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Wednesday night’s B&M show sold out, so buy tickets while you can.