Noise Pop 2019: Here are the shows you can’t miss

Noise Pop 2019Written by Molly Kish //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 25th-March 3rd, 2019 //

Noise Pop returns this year for its 27th installment with a lineup that features more than 130 acts spanning 18 Bay Area venues. In addition to the debut of the “Ear Up Global Showcase” this Saturday, March 2nd, NP2019 boasts a brand-new venue located in SF’s Mission District that’s known as the Brava Theater Center.

Attendees can still look forward to plenty of happy hours at Bender’s Bar & Grill as well as special showcases curated by DoTheBay, San Franpsycho, BFF.fm, Sea Witch Productions and Text Me Records. Plus, you can also view the “Noise Pop Festival Photo Retrospective” this Tuesday, February 26th at The Royale to relive some of the best moments in Noise Pop history through the lenses of the Bay Area’s top photographic talent.

Brava Theater Center


Brava Theater Center

The festival’s art this year highlights the Bay Area’s very own Kristin Farr, whose work can be seen on public murals, office building interiors and festival stages in SF and beyond and was even included in the Emmy Award-winning KQED Art School series.

Noise Pop badges and individual tickets to shows are still available and can be purchased here. To help you sort it all out, we have broken down the 2019 lineup and offered our top performances that you won’t want to miss below.


Noise Pop 2019 - Bob Mould

TUESDAY 2/26

  • Men I Trust @ Great American Music Hall

WEDNESDAY 2/27

  • Noise Pop Happy Hour with Coke
  • Baths @ Great American Music Hall
  • The Marías @ The New Parish

THURSDAY 2/28

  • Vetiver and Fruit Bats @ The Chapel
  • DJ Boring & Jacques Greene @ 1015 Folsom

FRIDAY 3/1

  • Saul Williams @ Brava Theater Center
  • Tourist @ Gray Area
  • Vagabond @ Swedish American Hall

SATURDAY 3/2

  • Beirut @ Fox Theater Oakland
  • Bob Mould @ The Fillmore
  • Princess Nokia @ UC Theater
  • VHS Collection @ The Independent

SUNDAY 3/3

  • Partner & Dude York @ Cafe du Nord
  • Daughters @ The Independent

Check out the monthly Noise Pop Podcast series to discover more new music and create your own customized Noise Pop schedule here.

Noise Pop 2019 - Phase 3 lineup

SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to MSTRKRFT at Mezzanine 8/26 (WED)

MSTRKRFTWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

MSTRKRFT //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
August 26th, 2015 //

Born out of the raw, fist-clenching dance-punk coming from Toronto duo Death from Above 1979, MSTRKRFT (pronounced “Master-craft”) are a gritty, electronic side project composed of DFA 1979 bassist/keyboardist Jesse F. Keeler and producer Al-P (Alex Puodziukas). Formed in 2005, MSTRKFT bring the grit of DFA 1979 as well as the uplifting rhythms and synth melodies of artists like Daft Punk and Ratatat to the stage.

After gaining prominence in 2009 from the release of their sophomore album Fist of God, MSTRKRFT are headed back to SF and are bringing their thumping beats to Mezzanine this Wednesday. With their massive sonic range and the venue’s booming Funktion-One sound system, this surely is not a show you want to miss.

You can buy tickets for $25, or you could win a pair of tickets by registering your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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Jenny Hval: August 25th (TUE) at The Chapel
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Booka Shade: August 28th (FRI) at Mezzanine
Failure: August 31st (MON) at Great American Music Hall


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High Sierra celebrates 25 years in grand fashion

2015 High Sierra Music FestivalBy Benjamin Wallen //

High Sierra Music Festival //
Quincy, CA
June 30th-July 3rd, 2015 //

High Sierra is an intimate music festival nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. Held every year around the Fourth of July in Quincy, Calif., people come from all over to get down in the sun and have some fun.

Celebrating the festival’s 25th year brought the return of jam-band giants The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee, both of which are no strangers to High Sierra. Tearing the roof off of festivals and causing the earth to shake from fans dancing is what String Cheese and Umphrey’s do best, after all.

2015 High Sierra Music Festival – The String Cheese Incident


The String Cheese Incident

San Francisco locals The Sam Chase & The Untraditional were another highlight at the festival. The Wood Brothers, meanwhile, brought their special sound to Quincy and had lots of new fans talking about them afterward. The Word, a mash-up of amazing musical talents from John Medeski to Robert Randolph, impressed by surprisingly only playing instrumental gospel tunes.

Pennsylvania bluegrass band Cabinet also left a heavy mark at High Sierra, as did T Sisters, who seemed to be everywhere. Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO), Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, The Brothers Comatose, Steve Poltz and Surprise Me Mr. Davis shared the stage for a memorable, mid-day set of California-inspired tunes in the indoor, air-conditioned music hall. On the final day of High Sierra, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed things out on the main stage with two full, vibrant sets.

On the whole, this year’s festival was very well-handled and maintained. High Sierra is a special event, made special by all of those who make it what it is. The festival never feels too crowded or overpopulated — it’s just right between the music, the people and the area amid everything else. It’s exactly what many want in a festival and so much more.

PHOTOS: Yonder Mountain String Band at Fox Theater Oakland 4/5

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Photos by Steve Roby // Written by Kevin Quandt //

Yonder Mountain String Band with The Brothers Comatose //
Fox Theater Oakland — Oakland, CA
Saturday April 5th, 2014 //

Yonder Mountain String Band’s annual West Coast Spring tour has become highly anticipated by those who live on the left-side of the country. Moving from the more-intimate Fillmore to the grandiosity of the Fox Theater in Oakaland saw the 4-piece playing a more in-depth and technical set. With the venue not quite filled to capacity, it allowed the well-lubed crowd to expand their fancy bluegrass dance-moves while the expanded songs were plucked onstage. Highlights included a massive KOG/Oklahoma/Casualty sandwich to close out the first set, and a “Piece of Mind” that included Talking Head’s classic “Girlfriend Is Better” and Yonder stalwart “Riverside”. Though the days of Yonder at the tiny Connecticut Yankee are long gone, the band still finds a way to create intimacy, even in the Bay’s biggest rooms.

Set 1: Troubled Mind > 20 Eyes > Troubled Mind, Southbound,What You’re Selling, Easy As Pie, Pockets, Ripcord Blues,Keep on Going > If You’re Ever In Oklahoma > Casualty > If You’re Ever In Oklahoma > Keep on Going
Set 2: Going Where They Do Not Know My Name, Romance Blues, Landfall, Althea, Ain’t No Way of Knowing, Black Sheep,Crying Holy Unto My Lord, Hey Bulldog, Peace Of Mind >Girlfriend Is Better > Follow Me Down To The Riverside > Peace Of Mind
Encore: Good Hearted Woman