Another year of Noise Pop ended Sunday night at the Great American Music Hall with more of a polite indie rock bow than the requisite bang, as members of Death Cab For Cutie, Rogue Wave, Husker Du and The Album Leaf all took the stage at various times to play to a dedicated, capacity crowd.
It’s hard to describe what went down at Rickshaw Stop with Dan Deacon last night. After setting up his motherboard and some extra speakers that sounded destroyed by the end of the set, he turned the club into a frantic dance-party sweatbox — and the crowd clearly loved it.
For the un-Noise Pop-initiated, last night’s Admiral Radley show at Bottom of the Hill was an awesome introduction to the festival. The crowd was totally pumped to be there, and the club was filled with folks who love music enough to head out on a weeknight.
Head to Bottom of the Hill tonight for a headlining set by indie super group Admiral Radley — two parts LA-based ethereal indie poppers Earlimart (singer/guitarist Aaron Espinoza and singer/bassist/keyboardist Ariana Murray), plus two parts Modesto-based indie rockers Grandaddy (singer/guitarist Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch).
Dan Deacon has reached a turning point in 2011. He has just written and conducted his first symphony performed by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada, and he will soon complete a film score for Francis Ford Coppola’s newest movie, Twixt Now.
(Editor’s Note: In anticipation of Noise Pop 2011, Feb. 22-27, we’re interviewing several local bands on the lineup.)
San Francisco’s own Birds & Batteries are playing the Noise Pop Festival on February 25th at the Rickshaw Stop with The Concretes, Psychic Friend, and Magic Bullets. I caught up with main squeeze Mike Sempert (vox/guitar/synth) and had the opportunity to further explore the band’s signature little bit country, little bit rock ’n’ roll sound, and delved deep into the secrets of how exactly they maintain their fierce facial hair.
There’s something welcoming about a no-frills rock band. On their new album, Parallel South, local trio Jake Mann + The Upper Hand bring a mix of melodic pop and the best of 90s guitar bands, with singer-songwriter Mann’s layer of grainy, sometimes Dylan-esque vocals landing on top of the pot.
Darlings of the Noise Pop festival last year, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger returns to San Francisco for a show at Cafe du Nord tonight. The group is the offspring of Sean Lennon (himself, the offspring of John Lennon and Yoko Ono) and his model girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl.