SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Mac Sabbath at Slim’s 1/27 (FRI)

Mac SabbathWritten by Brett Ruffenach //

Mac Sabbath with ArnoCorps //
Slim’s – San Francisco
January 27th, 2017 //

Mac Sabbath are, well, exactly what you think they are.

Remember when Macaulay Culkin did that gauche project called “The Pizza Underground” where, just three short months after the passing of Lou Reed, he made a Velvet Underground cover band singing pizza-themed parodies?

This is like that, only instead of The Velvet Underground, it’s Black Sabbath. And instead of pizza, it’s McDonalds.

Armed with cheeseburger headpieces, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player and hilarious fast-food lyrics, Mac Sabbath are certainly one of the most unique live acts coming to SF this weekend.

This Friday, Mac Sabbath will storm the stage at Slim’s after ArnoCorps’ opening set, and this is NOT a show you want to miss. I mean, c’mon … they’ve got clown heads with freakin’ laser beams coming out of their eyes! Tickets are available for $20, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

The She’s: January 26th (THU) @ The Independent
The Beatnuts: January 27th (FRI) @ The New Parish
Shy Girls: January 27th (FRI) @ The Independent
Heron Oblivion: January 27th (FRI) @ The Chapel
Lydia Loveless: January 28th (SAT) @ The Independent
The Donkeys: January 28th (SAT) @ The Chapel
Safetysuit: January 29th (SUN) @ The Chapel


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to DMX at Mezzanine 6/18 (SAT)

DMXWritten by Molly Kish //

DMX with Big Von, Legends Live Forever //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
June 18th, 2016 //

Hip-hop legend, actor and Ruff Ryder for life, DMX (born Earl Simmons) has persevered through several challenges in both his personal life and professional career over the past decade. Amidst it all, he has continued to maintain an ever-growing body of work through music and acting, as well as found a higher calling as a transitional deacon in the Christian Church since 2012.

Still impacting the shape and sound of contemporary hip-hop, DMX has been perceived as a stylistic innovator and groundbreaking artist even 25 years after he got into the rap game. He has directly influenced some of the biggest names in the industry with his signature style and impassioned performances and moreover, is currently in the middle of putting the finishing touches on his eighth studio album, which is rumored to feature Kanye West and Dr. Dre.

Bringing his intense flows and catalog of aggressive hip-hop (aka “X gon’ bring it”) to SF this Saturday, DMX will be supported at Mezzanine by Big Von and Legends Live Forever on what is a dream bill of hip-hop nostalgia.

So, are you going to be there to catch the pit bull alpha and Ruff Ryder patriarch in all of his snarling glory? Tickets are available for $40 (GA) and $60 (VIP), or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Friday at 3 p.m.


Follow Showbams on Twitter for more contest giveaways throughout the week. Be the first to respond to our contest tweets to GO4FREE to these shows:

The Donkeys: June 16th (THUR) @ The Independent
Wolfgang Gartner: June 17th (FRI) @ 1015 Folsom
Céu: June 17th (FRI) @ Great American Music Hall
Frederico Aubele: June 17th (FRI) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Idlehands: June 19th (SUN) @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall


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SF Show of the Week // GO4FREE to Penguin Prison at Mezzanine 2/10 (WED)

Penguin PrisonWritten by Nik Crossman //

Penguin Prison with Manics //
Mezzanine – San Francisco
February 10th, 2016 //

Growing up in New York City’s Upper East Side, Chris Glover (aka Penguin Prison) embarked on his musical journey early in life. From joining his school’s gospel choir at the age of 10 to fronting a punk band in high school and forming a boy band in college, Glover has never been shy of the spotlight. In 2009, he made a name for himself under the moniker Penguin Prison with his Animal Animal/A Funny Thing EP.

Released in 2015, Penguin Prison’s latest album Lost in New York refers to “a journey that someone is going on who’s trying to find his way, trying to just grow up, become an adult,” and borrows the title from the 1992 comedy film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”. The last time Penguin Prison came to SF, the one-man pop machine was accompanied by a full band and took a sold-out Independent by storm, proving why he deserves to be in the spotlight.

This Wednesday, Penguin Prison returns to SF to headline Mezzanine after Bay Area nu-disco act Manic opens the show. Tickets are available for $20, or you could win a pair of tickets by submitting your full name and email below.

Contest ends this Wednesday at 3 p.m.


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Built to Spill: Feb 9th (TUE) at Slim’s
Jukebox the Ghost: Feb 10th (WED) at Great American Music Hall
Kiefer Sutherland: Feb 11th (THUR) at Great American Music Hall
Waters: Feb 12th (FRI) at Slim’s
Con Brio: Feb 12th (FRI) at The Independent
The Donkeys: Feb 12th (FRI) at The Chapel
Hepcat: Feb 13th (SAT) at Slim’s
Sophie B. Hawkins: Feb 14th (SUN) at The Chapel


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PHOTOS: The Donkeys, Extra Classic at The Chapel 1/21

The Donkeys - The Chapel 1/21By Diana Cordero //

The Donkeys with Extra Classic, And And And //
The Chapel – San Francisco
January 21st, 2015 //

The Donkeys returned to The Chapel after a few months of promoting their fourth and most recent LP Ride the Black Wave, which came out last year in June. The San Diego indie band played in front of a pretty decent-sized crowd, with SF act Extra Classic as well as Portland’s And And And serving as the openers for the show.

SF Shows of the Week // GO4FREE to The Coup or WATERS

The Coup & WATERSWritten by Molly Kish //

Win a pair of free tickets to one of our SF Shows of the Week by entering your name and email below.

The Coup: January 23rd (FRI) @ The Independent
WATERS: January 24th (SAT) @ The Independent




The Coup: January 23rd (FRI) @ The Independent // BUY TICKETS
Celebrating their critically-acclaimed full length Sorry to Bother You and the release of their 2014 EP La Grande Boutique, The Coup kick off the U.S. leg of their tour this Friday night at The Independent. The six-member Oakland collective, fronted by the enigmatic Boots Riley, has been rocking stages worldwide with their revolutionary shows and politically-charged, funk-infused punk, disco and hip-hop for nearly 15 years. This artistic tour de force has released six full-length albums, two EPs, several compilations and numerous music videos directed by some of the most progressive talent within the Bay Area film industry. The band’s latest album, featuring collaborations with Killer Mike, Das Racist, Japanther, Anti-Flag and Vernon Reid amongst others, has marked some of its most innovative and combustible material to date. Don’t miss your chance to check out the explosive opening night of The Coup’s 2015 world tour.

Contest ends Friday, January 23rd at Noon.




WATERS: January 24th (SAT) @ The Independent // BUY TICKETS
Originally formed in Norway by frontman Van Pierszalowski, WATERS’ critical success is one based in bi-continental configurations and audible wanderlust. With only one full-length album and an EP released on Vagrant Records this past year, Pierszalowski has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his contagious brand of thrash pop and exciting live shows. After releasing their debut album in 2011 and their follow-up EP It Might All Be Okay (produced by Grouplove’s Ryan Radin) in 2014, WATERS skyrocketed into becoming a buzz-worthy name on the indie-rock circuit. Landing a feature in Nylon, being named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know” and touring in support of some of the largest names in the industry, the five-piece have continued their rise to fame with no signs of slowing down. WATERS will be kicking off the West Coast leg of their 2015 winter tour this Saturday night at The Independent.

Contest ends Friday, January 23rd at Noon.


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The Donkeys: January 21st (WED) @ The Chapel
Mad Caddies: January 23rd (FRI) @ Slim’s
Shannon and the Clams: January 23rd (FRI) @ The Chapel
Eyes on the Shore: January 24th (SAT) @ Slim’s
La Gente: January 24th (SAT) @ Great American Music Hall


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WIN TICKETS: The Donkeys at The Chapel 8/16 (SAT)

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The Donkeys with Extra Classic and The Hot Toddies //
The Chapel – San Francisco
August 16, 2014 (Saturday) //

San Diego’s The Donkeys will offer up their easy-listening brand of indie rock, surely performing many of the tracks off of their recent release Ride the Black Wave. San Francisco’s Extra Classic, fresh off the heals of releasing their new album Showcase, will put their crafty dub stylings on display. Opening up the evening will be Oakland’s The Hot Toddies. The trio’s surf-infused doo-wop pop has been winning over the hearts of punks and hipsters alike since 2005. If you’re looking for the right show to put a cap on your summer in SF, this very well may be the concert to attend. ~Andrew Pohl

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Festival Review: Noise Pop 2014

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Noise Pop 2014 has come and gone, and what a jam-packed week of music and merriment it was. This week-long festival event is spread out amongst the 22 finest venues in the Bay Area, making for one of the best extended independent music showcases around.

The Bam Team was on the scene throughout, capturing the many memorable moments — take a look at our show recaps and photos below!


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Photo by Kory Thibeault //

Digital Mystikz with DJ Rashad //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
February 27th, 2014 //

This night of progressive dance and bass music was a long time in the making, and the results were not disappointing as those faithful to underground music were treated to this Teklife/DMZ doubleheader. DJ Rashad brought his own style to the stage, presenting the hyped crowd with his own unique brand of dance music that goes by ‘footwork,’ a variant offshoot of juke and ghetto house. The highly rhythmic tracks were a delight to those wanting to show off their fancy dance moves before the “bass bath” that is Digital Mystikz. Though Rashad was killing it, he seemed reluctant to hand over the decks to the duo of Mala and Coki. 

Dubstep and bass music fans in San Francisco finally got to experience the heaviness that is South London’s Digital Mystikz after years of waiting (and canned dates). They were rewarded with a straight vinyl set that had the two switching off dubplates every so often. The speakers flexed and breathed as an array of frequencies poured out, showcasing a slower tempo than Rashad. Mala played heavy on roots tracks while Coki spun his characteristic style of aggressive bass. Coki seems to be taking his musical career more seriously as he debuted a handful of bangers that are sure to make their way onto wax and various mix sets. “Anti-War Dub”, a legendary track, demonstrated their agenda as bass music with a message. “Gangster for Life” was a highlight for the amped crowd as many put their hands in the air and sand along to Movado’s vocal sample before dropping into some seriously filthy rhythms and sub-bass. Mala’s “Miracles” was featured towards the end of the set as the faithful were disappointed to see DMZ’s late start not be rewarded on the back end with an extra 10 minutes. -Kevin Quandt


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Photo by Tom Dellinger //

The Soft White Sixties, NO (LA), The SHE’S, Cannons and Clouds //
The Chapel – San Francisco
February 28th, 2014 //

After their set of about an hour and a half, it was confirmed that this was one of those performances that will be well remembered. Surely, The Soft White Sixties are destined to launch onto larger stages and broader success as a band. Ready and poised, all the ingredients are there. —Tom Dellinger

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The Fresh & Onlys with Cool Ghouls, Sandy’s, Luke Sweeney //
Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco
February 26th, 2014 //

The Fresh & Only’s lead singer, Tim Cohen, who is strangely reminiscent of Danny McBride in his humor, cracked jokes between songs. The locally beloved band declared, “We are San Francisco, or we were San Francisco, or San Francisco was us.” The crowd seemed to eat up the commentary on the general culture shift happening around them in the City. -Katy Meacham

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Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys, EDJ //
The Chapel – San Francisco
February 26th, 2014 //

San Francisco’s Papercuts finished the night with a slightly more subdued set, especially when compared to Vetiver and the Donkeys, and the crowd had thinned a bit as the ‘school night curse’ fell over the headliner. -Kevin Quandt

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Com Truise with Phantoms, Kauf, DJ Dials //
Mezzanine — San Francisco
February 27th, 2014 //

The 80’s haven’t sounded this good since…well, ever. Com Truise intertwines reworked 80’s synth samples with modern sensibilities and the result induces random outbreaks of dancing in crowds. Buoyed by a new lighting rig that dominated the stage, Truise’s downtempo productions come across as more powerful and engaging than the recordings. Though the west coast leg of his tour is finished, having just released the first part of a planned series albums, hopefully he’ll pop back up sooner than later. -Steve Wandrey


El Ten Eleven with Mattson 2, Pale Blue Dot //
The New Parish – Oakland, CA
February 28th, 2014 //

The self-proclaimed “power duo” from Los Angeles created an immense sound with the aid of a looper and heavily modulated effects. Wielding a doubleneck guitar/bass combo, El Ten Eleven’s experimental sound was polished and fresh, never drifting into monotony, which looper pedals can sometimes do. -Kevin Raos

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Photo by Sterling Munksgard //

Real Estate with The Shilohs & Dream Boys //
The Independent – San Francisco
February 28th, 2014 //

Real Estate played to a solemn, respectfully immersed Independent Friday for their first full show of their North American tour. Sure the indie-rockers played their yet-to-be released record Atlas in its entirety near their home turf in New York Thursday, but they chose Noise Pop Fest to debut their very square stage setup. -Mike Frash

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Cold Cave with Painted Palms, Dirty Ghosts and Happy Fangs //
Slim’s – San Francisco
February 28th, 2014 //

An extensive bill of varied rock flavor, Saturday night’s line up at Slim’s had a little bit of something for everyone. Kicking off the evening, local duo Happy Fangs got the crowd amped with their juxtapositional noise-laden synth pop. Rebecca Gone Bad’s vocals penetrated through the brick walls of the venue, audible to the crowd lined up outside amidst the evenings’ partial showers. Next up to the stage, Dirty Ghosts shredded their way through a set of new material and crowd favorites, calling for their guitar levels to be raised so they can properly “rock the fuck out” of the weekend crowd. Painted Palms, brought a different type of temperament to the line-up, focusing their set around the band’s less dance driven tracks, epically stretching out their material into extended jams driven by cousins Reese Donohue and Chris Prudhomme, backed by a full band. Cold Cave closed out the evening with his brooding set of dark-wave synth pop, debuting new material off of his 2014 album Sunflower and utilizing the show as a warm up for his upcoming summer tour with NIN. -Molly Kish


No Age with Cheatahs, GRMLN, Straight Crimes //
Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco
March 1st, 2014 //

One of the more hyped, international artists on the Noise Pop bill was the rising stars that are Cheatahs. Though the band was marred by poor sound early in the set, they rallied to crush the second half of their set as the crowd began to open up to their sound. Charging out of LA for nearly a decade, No Age two weave the post-punk sentiment of Fugazi with a wall of sound volume that shakes you to your core. The “adult” crowd got a rare treat as No Age generally play all ages shows that quickly turn into frenetic chaos. -Kevin Quandt

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Dr. Dog with Saint Rich, Moses Sumney //
The Warfield – San Francisco
March 1st, 2014 //

Saturday night was a much anticipated one as the City descended upon the Warfield to get their dose of Dr. Dog. “Live in the Tenderloin” read a sign on stage, a nod to the neighborhood and a proclamation that they knew more about San Francisco than one would expect. And that is certainly how the night felt — Dr. Dog knew its audience and exactly what they wanted to hear. -Kory Thibeault

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Mark Kozelek (of Sun Kil Moon & Red House Painters) //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
March 1st, 2014 //

“I don’t give a fuck about Noise Pop,” said surly 47-year-old control freak Mark Kozelek at Great American Music Hall Satuday, one of the first piercing, dry stage banter remarks he made. Always honest and amusing in an odd way, much like his music, Kozelek turned between-song breaks into hilarious and awkward moments as a matter of routine. -Mike Frash

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Rogue Wave with Trails and Ways, Wymond Miles //
The Chapel – San Francisco
March 2nd, 2014 //

A perfect end to an epic festival, Rogue Wave delivered as a closing act, demonstrating excellent showmanship & exciting crowd interaction, fluidly transitioning out of the daytime hours into what the band had promised to deliver from the start — a performance that “felt like a night show” all along. -Molly Kish

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NOISE POP 2014: Papercuts, Vetiver, the Donkeys & EDJ at the Chapel 2/26

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By Kevin Quandt //

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Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys, EDJ //
The Chapel — San Francisco
Wednesday, February 26 //

Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys & EDJ performed an unofficial Easy Sound Recording Co. showcase for Noise Pop Fest last week at the Chapel.

Eric D. Johnson played his first show under the moniker of EDJ, a solo effort featuring a man and his guitar. However, on this night it was Eric’s vocals that were front and center as his booming range filled the Chapel early in the eve. This set was the perfect transition into a night that would feature a variety of acts displaying various shade of underground pop-rock. 

After EDJ wrapped up his set for those fans drying off from the rain outside, San Diego’s own, The Donkeys, prepped the stage for a banner set that had the now-packed venue eating out of their hands from beginning to end. The Donkeys represent a cornucopia of the California sound; from the origins of the laid-back style of CSNY to the contemporary style of Pavement. This quartet brings stellar member interplay while shifting styles multiple times, at times guitar solos hail supreme before shifting into a soul-rock revival section which led to hands in the air from front to back. However, with the format that is Noise Pop, the set was cut short as these evenings cram as much music into one given night as possible.

Vetiver was next up, and the constantly rotating lineup featured EDJ on keys while Andy Cabic handled the frontman position in casual form, as he usually does. The addition of a 12-string guitar player gave the band a more worldly sound early in a set that played heavily on fan favorites over the years such as “Hard to Break”. “Strictly Rule” featured extended guitar solos which nodded to their propensity to jam things out every once in awhile. One of the strengths of Vetiver is their range of sound as a calmer mid-set led to a Smiths-inspired rocker that had hips shaking in the packed venue. These guys are true musicians whom love their job, and it shows.

San Francisco’s Papercuts finished the night with a slightly more subdued set, especially when compared to Vetiver and the Donkeys, and the crowd had thinned a bit as the ‘school night curse’ fell over the headliner. Their sound fell a little flat, especially in the vocal department, as elements of shoegaze rock felt out of place on this generally upbeat bill of acts. Jason Quever’s craft is precise, but may appeal to a smaller fanbase than previous acts.


 

12 reasons to grab a Noise Pop festival badge

NP-cover-postWritten by Mike Frash, Molly Kish, Kevin Quandt & Kevin Raos //

Noise Pop //
Bay Area venues – San Francisco & Oakland
February 25th-March 2nd, 2014 //

This time of year can often be a bit slow for live music, but not during Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco. This week-long event spread out amongst the 22 finest venues in the City by the Bay makes for the best extended independent music showcase on the west coast. Noise Pop Fest shows offer in-depth evenings — the best thing to do is to show up early and catch emerging artists before they graduate to headliner status.

One great way to get the most value out of the week is with by springing for a badge. The purchase of a General or Super Fan badge gets you into all general admission shows, films, happy hours, NPHQ and more, along with a screen-printed festival poster. There’s also a Noise Pop Fest app to help keep you connected.

The lineup is as good as ever this year — our list doesn’t include top-notch artists Com Truise, Rogue Wave, Throwing Muses, Beardyman, Ladytron, No Age, Shabazz Palaces, Mikal Cronin, Bleached, Trails and Ways, The Fresh & Onlys, The Limousines, The Soft White Sixties, amongst others. Presented here are 12 compelling reasons to consider a badge upgrade, in day-to-day order.

Click artist names to buy individual tickets below, or simply buy a General or Super Fan badge.

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Noise Pop HeadQuarters (NPHQ @ The NWBLK) //
All week //

New this year in Noise Pop’s 22nd incarnation, Noise Pop Headquarters at The NWBLK is now the centerpiece of Noise Pop Festival. Festivalgoers can swing by the stunning gallery-turned-multimedia-space to grab a drink, watch a film, get some food, do some shopping, and experience a pivotal part of this year’s festival with friends and artists before heading out for the night’s events. Purchase tickets or RSVP to all free shows, which will grant you priority entry once capacity has been reached. Yet another reason to go big with a badge.


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Lord Huron, Superhumanoids //
The Fillmore – San Francisco
Tuesday, February 25 //
SOLD OUT // BUY A BADGE

A coupled bill of indie folk, rich with thick vocal harmonies and dense soulful compositions, Lord Huron and Superhumanoids pair perfectly to cover the modern state of rhythm and blues. Americana based, the Lord Huron dabble in psychedelic and experimental pop elements, which also can be heard in their counterparts Superhumanoids. The Los Angeles-based trio features genre bending soundscapes, delivering a groove-driven journey through layers of pop, soul and electronic musical arrangements. Each band, although unique in their melodious executions, cover a vast array of roots-rock influences while updating the archetypal sounds in their own innovative manners. This sold out show highlights a great pair of bands to kick off the festival and is one worth splurging a bit extra on a badge to guarantee entry. -MK


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Matthew Dear Presents Audion Live: Subverticul //
The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco
Wednesday, February 26th //

The latest project from Ghostly International co-founder and experimental artist Matthew Dear, Audion Live: Subverticul is an all-encompassing multi-media experience. Teaming up with the innovative crew from LA-based design studio Vita Motus, Subverticul features a live set debuting new material from Matthew Dear. Audion Live promises to be a unique show, fashioned to resemble a moving audio visual sculpture. Composed of multi-layered experimental EDM and dazzling abstract art installations, Subverticul is an impressive feat in both live music entertainment and creative enterprises. Making its Bay Area debut in celebration of the Noise Pop 2014 and playing unreleased tracks off of his upcoming album, Matthew Dear’s Audion Live: Subverticul will undoubtedly be a highlight performance of this year’s festival. -MK


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Mistaken for Strangers (Film) //
Roxie Theater – San Francisco
Wednesday, February 26th //

Let’s not forget that live concerts aren’t the only offering from the citywide Noise Pop Festival as the film series has some gems being screened, including Mistaken for Strangers. This documentary follows budding horror filmmaker, Tom Berninger, embarking on a massive national tour with his brother’s little band that some may know as the National. The ensuing months shows the younger Berninger brother tossed into the indie touring machine as a functioning crew member while keeping focus on his ambitions as a creator himself. -KQ


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Papercuts, Vetiver, The Donkeys, EDJ, Vinyl DJ Selections by Britt Govea //
The Chapel – San Francisco
Wednesday, February 26th //

Artists under brand new label Easy Sound Recording Co. plan on presenting the future of folk at The Chapel during Noise Pop week. Jason Quever’s SF-based Papercuts have a new album Life Among the Savages in the works. The group’s sixth LP is set to release in May, so plan on seeing the group preview new tracks from their forthcoming album. They just released the albums’s lead single “Still Knocking at the Door”, and it’s promising. Vetiver is on the roster, another local group led by Andy Cabic. Their 2011 record The Errant Charm is oh so mellow and excellent, and we expect good things coming soon. The Donkeys are an emerging psyche-garage rock formation from San Diego, blending surf rock and jam sentiments into a bouncy, enjoyable time. -MF


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“Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” Film Screening and Live Show //
The NWBLK (NPHQ) – San Francisco
Wednesday, February 26th (6:30 pm) //

Gain access to rare concert footage, backstage documentation, home videos and intimate portrayals of some of the most influential hip hop artists of our time in this cutting edge documentary brought to you by the iconic Stone Throw Records posse. Featuring appearances by Snoop Dogg, Mike D, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Tyler the Creator and more, this feature length delves into the inner circle of the groundbreaking label to bring you a fresh perspective on the evolution and current state of modern day hip hop. Followed by a Q&A with director Jeff Broadway and Stones Throw Records founder Peanut Butter Wolf, tickets are still available with an additional option to upgrade to a “Film and Live Show Ticket”, granting access to a live performance after party with Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, JonWayne and Knxledge. Happening at the Noise Pop 2014 headquarters NWBLK, this event is a great way to get into celebratory spirit and check out the brand new festival facility. — MK


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Bob Mould: 25 Years of Workbook, Zach Rogue, Jon Ginoli //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
Thursday, February 27th //
SOLD OUT // BUY A BADGE

Celebrating the groundbreaking icon’s diversion from his scene-defining hardcore act Husker Du, Bob Mould revisits his first album as a solo artist, Workbook, with help from fellow artists and friends. Mould pushed the boundaries of the independent rock scene with this record whilst mapping out an era of alternative music that influenced generations of artists for years to come. Mould will be joined on stage by longtime bassist Jason Narducy, along with Rogue Wave’s Zach Rogue and Jon Gignoli of San Francisco’s own Pansy Division. Gearing up for the deluxe double-album edition of this seminal record to be released February 25, this show will be the first live revisiting of the material in full since its 1989 debut. One of the first shows of the festival to have sold out, a badge is necessary for entry and in this case is well worth the cost of this once in a lifetime experience. — MK


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Digital Mystikz, DJ Rashad //
1015 Folsom – San Francisco
Thursday, February 27th //

Sure, Digital Mystikz may be one of the higher listed names you have never heard of, but producers, Mala and Coki, nearly single-handedly built the UK bass-culture scene which eventually was termed, dubstep. This South London duo has been working together since teenagers, while also maintaining solo careers, eventually starting the progressive label, and club night, that goes by DMZ. After a few failed attempts to perform on the West Coast as a duo, it appears the day is almost here for Digital Mystizk to make their big San Francisco debut at 1015 Folsom with DJ Rashad and a slew of local warriors to back ‘em all up. —KQ


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Cold Cave, Painted Palms, Dirty Ghosts, Happy Fangs //
Slim’s – San Francisco
Friday, February 28th //

Truly one of the more stacked bills this year will feature LA darkwave mastermind Wesley Eisold, popularly known as Cold Cave. With a release slated for 2014, expect new material that Eisold describes as a “mix between some of the bigger sounds on Cherish and more minimal stuff I’m interested in now.” Local psych-pop duo, Painted Palms are also featured on this bill after the release of a recent album on Polyvinyl. Expect a breezier affair before the headliner with these San Francisco rising stars. Local trio Dirty Ghosts will also be on hand to lend support via their female-fronted take on psych-pop with a tinge of world influence. —KQ


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Real Estate, The Shilohs, Dream Boys, Dominant Legs //
The Independent – San Francisco
Friday & Saturday, February 28th & 29th //
SOLD OUT // BUY A BADGE

It wasn’t too long ago that fans of breezy surf-rock were enjoying Real Estate at Treasure Island, but this time we get a pair of more intimate shows over the busy Noise Pop weekend. The recently expanded 5-piece band is prepping their third studio album set for release the first week of March and will go by the title, Atlas. Expect new songs peppered with old favorites for these sold out shows, which will be supported by Vancouver songsters The Shilohs, along with Dominant Legs on Friday and Dream Boys on Saturday. —KQ


Mark-Kozelek

An Evening with Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon) //
Great American Music Hall – San Francisco
Saturday, March 1st //

While Mark Kozelek’s music comes in the form of many groups and collaborations, his new record Benji with Sun Kil Moon will likely solidify this group as his legacy. The lyrics are heartbreaking, the control of his cadence immaculate, and the words often relate to Bay Area locales, a place he calls home — there’s the Night Stalkers’ final victim who lived in San Mateo, barbecues in San Rafael, his Tenderloin summer (when he likely made the album), and going seeing the Postal Service perform at the Greek Theater only to rush to a hot tub-refuge in Tahoe. Billed as an evening with Mark Kozelek, an incredible live artist with throngs of records under his belt with Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon and by his lonesome, expect a varied setlist with a heavy doses of cuts from Benji stealing the show. — MF


Dr-Dog

Dr. Dog, Saint Rich, Moses Sumney //
The Warfield – San Francisco
Saturday, March 1 //

Dr. Dog make their Noise Pop debut as headliners atop a talented lineup of performers. Road warriors and prolific song writers, these indie rockers from Pennsylvania make the west coast swing in support of their latest album, 2013’s B-Room. Dr. Dog has been making a name for themselves for 15 years, building a loyal fan base and graduating to larger venues along the way. Supported by Saint Rich and Moses Sumney, Saturday March 1st at the Warfield will showcase some of the finest indie rock around. Floor seats may be sold out, but you can still make your way to the dance floor with a Noise Pop badge. Don’t sleep on this show. -KR

Noise Pop 2014