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,, 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


  • Men I Trust @ Great American Music Hall


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


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


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


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


  • 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 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.

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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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Bay Area talent shines at Phono del Sol in 2016

2016 Phono del Sol Music Festival - Born Ruffians

Born Ruffians

By Norm de Veyra //

Phono del Sol Music Festival //
Potrero del Sol Park – San Francisco
July 9th, 2016 //

It was all chill vibes and good tunes last Saturday as The Bay Bridged held their sixth annual Phono del Sol Music Festival in SF.

Brooklyn synthpop duo Chairlift headlined the event with an energetic, golden-hour set that produced a synchronized-swaying dance party from the crowd. Equally as impressive were Canadian indie rockers Alvvays, who may have provided far fewer dance moves with their tunes but still delivered an engaging show.

Yet, the real notables from the fest were the more homegrown acts like Dick Stusso, Adam Vida, Hot Flash Heat Wave, The Seshen and The She’s. Highlighting up-and-coming local talent has always been part of the Phono del Sol mission statement from the start, and last weekend proved yet again you don’t have to venture far to find great music in the Bay Area.

Rainbow Girls headline first all-female show at The Fillmore

Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls

By Pedro Paredes //

Rainbow Girls with The Hot Toddies, The She’s, Kendra McKinley //
The Fillmore – San Francisco
January 31st, 2015 //

For the first time in its rich history, The Fillmore hosted an all-female show last Saturday with the five gals from Rainbow Girls leading the way. Accompanying the Santa Barbara/Sebastopol band was a large contingency of female musicians who currently call the Bay Area home, including Oakland’s The Hot Toddies, SF’s The She’s and Kendra McKinley.

And when The Fillmore said that this would be an all-female night, the venue certainly meant it. Even the people working the venue’s soundboard were women. Better yet, the keyboardist from The Hot Toddies, who was the only male to perform on stage all night, wore a dress and a wig. But despite all the bands being mostly female, their musical styles were quite different from one another.

Kendra McKinley

Kendra McKinley

SF singer-songwriter Kendra McKinley got the night off to a mellow start, plucking her guitar gently as violins, cello and a couple of backup singers played alongside her. Yet, McKinley’s set was in stark contrast to what would come next from The She’s and The Hot Toddies.

The She's

The She’s

The She’s would be the most “punk rock” band of the night, as they won over the crowd with their high energy and exciting stage presence. Knowing nothing about them before the show, they were the surprise of the night for me.

The Hot Toddies

The Hot Toddies

The Hot Toddies, on the other hand, offered a sound reminiscent of the first-generation “riot grrrl” band Bratmobile. These four girls from Oakland were in a particularly good mood during their set, as they were celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band. To rightfully celebrate the moment, they asked the audience to get them whiskies from the bar so they could make a toast — and the small, but passionate crowd quickly obliged in getting them those libations.

Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls

Far from any of the bands that preceded them at The Fillmore, Rainbow Girls brought an entirely different sound to the table, offering their unique brand of gypsy folk. Making up for a lack of people in attendance, the band did their best to engage with the crowd, asking it at one point to make the room feel like it was at maximum capacity. And even though I didn’t feel quite as connected to their music as some of the other bands, their energy was contagious. On a number of occasions, I found myself moving my feet and dancing to their songs. But just watching the group’s accordion player, who appeared to be in a trance while she played, was enjoyable enough for this spectator, even if I was only one of the few non-females in the building on this historic night for The Fillmore.

We’re all just Fucked Up, after all

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Photos by Pedro Paredes // Written by Kevin Quandt //

Fucked Up with Tijuana Panthers, The She’s //
The Independent – San Francisco
August 19th, 2014 //

Just the other day I was having a discussion with a buddy who was explaining his overwhelmingly preference for live band concerts, as compared to a live producer. He went on to discuss his love for a good frontman, or woman, and I fully agreed with this observation. Alas, he did not make it to Fucked Up at The Independent this past Tuesday to witness one of the most authentic frontmen in the business.

The masses came early to The Independent on this evening as a variety of rock bands were holding court — The She’s took the opening slot while Long Beach natives Tijuana Panthers handled the second slot. Tijuana Panthers brought an enjoyable amalgam of scuzzed-out surf punk that seemed to be received well. But folks were here to see the six-headed art-core beast that many have come to cherish as Fucked Up. By the time each member was ready to launch into the opening song, “Paper the House”, it was hard to ignore that legendary Fucked Up singer, Damian Abraham, looked like half the man he used to be. Abraham later explained he had lost 120 pounds over the past year or so, which received a blast of applause. Yet, this was not the only characteristic of the band that has changed as they, and we all, get a little older.

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2009 was a great year for Fucked Up as all their hard work in the early years was paying off in dividends as their banner release, The Chemistry of Common Life, garnered universal praise, eventually leading them to winning the Polaris Music Prize. Now, five years later, they have released a few more well-received albums, most recently Glass Boy, which relies heavily on themes of aging in the punk scene. How does one grow old while holding onto their youthful ideals of rebellion? Well, for this band of punks, they keep on blasting brutal music into the ears, and eyes, of devote fans who keep on returning as they too grow a little more grey and develop just a few wrinkles.

But enough of that sappy shit, as Fucked Up brought their pummeling sound on this evening. Within only a few minutes the three-guitarist band launched into fan favorite “Queen of Hearts” as Abraham paced around on stage reciting phrases of lyrics with blistering intensity. It’s this characteristic that keeps one foot well-rooted into hardcore punk, while the band has recently floated towards a slightly less-hardcore sound, overall. Luckily those who were early fans were treated to some of the older, more raw songs like “Police” — chants of “I can’t stand the police” were included.

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Now, it’s hard to not say that Abraham is the show here. Not only because he is a musical madman who would rather be in the pit with his fans than on the stage with his longtime band, but also because frankly, the rest of the band seemed aloof at times. Sure, all but one help in the vocal department, but trying to compete for attention with Abraham would be a futile effort. The frontman, now shirtless (which is tradition), was cruising all over The Indy like a whirlwind. First, he was up in the seats on house right, and the next thing you know, he is having a full-blown mock-luchadore wrestling match with a fan in front of the stage. I kid you not.

“I Hate Summer” and “The Other Shoe” were highlights of the set. Each song seemed punctuated by Abraham’s off-the-cuff banter where he remarked on everything from the lack of pot smoking in the club to his newfound love for Olive Garden. And, it’s with this spontaneity that keep fans returning, tour after tour, even if we are just a bunch of aging punks.

WIN TICKETS: Doe Eye at Great American 5/29 (THUR)


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DOE EYE with DRMS, The She’s //
Great American Music Hall — San Francisco
May 29th, 2014 (Thursday) //

Performer Magazine presents Maryam Qudus, a.k.a Doe Eye, a San Francisco-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose debut album, T E L E V I S I O N, was released in April. Doe Eye has been on the scene since 2011, when she dropped out of the Berklee College of Music to fully pursue a solo career. She performed on the BFD local stage last year, and has opened for artists such as Chromatics and Glass Candy. Her music is an indie rock blend, made unique by her songwriting ability and alluring voice. Doe Eye performs this Thursday at Great American Music Hall with support from DRMS and The She’s. -Krystal Beasley

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Noise Pop explodes with The Soft White Sixties at The Chapel


By Tom Dellinger //

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

Noise Pop was in full swing Friday night at several venues throughout San Francisco and at The Chapel, on Valencia, the venue was serving up a deep sampling of four bands, featuring local sensations The Soft White Sixties as the headliner.

From the start, the music was strong as things kicked off with Cannons and Clouds, who were followed by the gentler style of The SHE’S. Things again picked up as the LA based band NO took the stage and delivered an excellent, polished set which was then followed by the much anticipated performance from The Soft White Sixties, who exploded onto the stage and gave a flawless, high energy performance to a loud and appreciative sold out house.


There were some sound problems early in the night, but the audio continued to improve as the evening went on and by the time NO hit, it was sounding on point. Good thing too, because this band offers some sensational songs with dense instrumentation. They have a very engaging stage presence as lead singer, Bradley Hanan Carter, intensely works the stage and sings with passion. Backed with a large, multi-layered sound from the band and rich backing vocals, it quickly became evident that this is a band with depth, leaving an intrinsic desire to see and hear them again when they return to SF. They proved to be an excellent lead-in to headliner, The Soft White Sixties.


As TSWS was about to hit, the house became noticeably packed, and the crowd hummed excited with anticipation. Before it started, this evening had the feeling it was going to be one of those more memorable performances. With a SXSW run on the very-near-horizon, this band has serious potential to explode on the music scene, and that feeling was confirmed as soon as they hit their opening note.

Dressed well for the occasion, the band was on fire from the start. Lead vocalist, Octavio Genera was instantly wooing the crowd as he effortlessly danced and sang up and down the length of the stage with explosive dance moves. He has a voice that is both smooth and soulful with an edge of grit and growl. These are vocals that are well suited to their songs, which are reminiscent of some of the best rock and soul from the past.

This band excels at hard-driving rock, which they delivered in a big way many times throughout the night with well-placed lighter songs to bring things back to earth once in a while. In essence, The Soft White Sixties curate a well-paced show. 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, TSWS are destined to launch onto larger stages and broader success as a band. Ready and poised, all the ingredients are there.