After last week's announcement of the first batch of artists for the 2013 festival, Noise Pop is back already with more additions. New acts include Starfucker, the Thermals, and Califone, plus a few locals you might've heard of.
Whether you preferred the dancefloor at Mighty, the plush environs of Bimbo's 365 Club, or the dewy late-night fields of Outside Lands, there were plenty of great concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012. We reviewed many of them, from "secret" shows at semi-legal clubs to sprawling, three ... More >>
Since events that mix cool music with fancy things to put in your body (like food or booze) are increasingly going to become the norm in S.F. -- this being a trend we're somewhat conflicted about -- we at least hope they'll be really good. Good like new music fest the Bay Brewed (put on by the folks ... More >>
Name: Polyvinyl Records
Headquarters: Champaign, Illinois, and San Francisco, Calif.
Founder(s): Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight founded Polyvinyl together. For our profile of the imprint, we spoke with Seth Hubbard, the label manager who spearheaded Polyvinyl's expansion to San Fra ... More >>
Released in 2010, the In a Cloud: New Sounds of San Francisco compilation captured a particularly strong moment for some the city's best indie artists, including Sonny & the Sunsets, the Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall, Kelley Stoltz, and more.
Now, Secret Seven Records is planning to put out a follow-up ... More >>
To illustrate this week's package of stories about the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, SF Weekly photographed some of the local artists headlining shows this year's festival. The music of Thao Nguyen, John Vanderslice, Sonny Smith (of Sonny & the Sunsets), Bare Wires, Papercuts, Young Prisms, and Dir ... More >>
Jan. 14, 2012
The Lost Church
Better than: That paranoid monologue that finally convinces the man to lock you up forever.
Between issuing unadorned pop-rock with his band, Sonny & the Sunsets, assigning himself sprawling art projects, and putting out low-key comic books, ... More >>
The final More additions to the lineup for Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary festival were released moments ago, and they were worth the wait: Topping the 2012 bill are the Flaming Lips -- who also played Noise Pop in '98, just before finding a second run of success with The Soft Bulletin, the album the ... More >>
It often seems that San Francisco's Sonny Smith is on a quest to leave his creative mark on as many different mediums as possible. Best known as the leader of Fat Possum-signed rock band Sonny and the Sunsets, Smith is also a writer, visual artist, and sometime creator of comic books. Two years ago, ... More >>
Sonny & the Sunsets
Carletta Sue Kay
Oct. 9, 2011
Great American Music Hall
Better than: The worn-out Roy Orbison tapes in your parents' attic.
Subtract the voice of singer-songwriter Christopher Owens, and many of the songs on the latest album from San Francisco's Girls sound like they coul ... More >>
Gojogo playing at Chasing the Moon
Chasing the Moon is a monthly video/podcast series put out by producer and engineer Scott McDowell that features local musicians. Always beautifully filmed and recorded (at Hyde Street Studios), the acts chosen vary widely -- past episodes have included indi ... More >>
Outside Lands: Now without (hopefully) the painful decision-making!
The schedule for this year's Outside Lands festival hit the web earlier today. But you can stop gritting your teeth and clutching the edge of that desk: Although many festival schedules are an exercise in painful decision-mak ... More >>
Sonny and the Sunsets: It's an immaculate summer day, and we are interrupting Sonny Smith. He's sitting under an umbrella at Dolores Park Cafe, eating a cup of yogurt he'd been carrying in his pocket, trying to answer a question about whether being signed to the respected indie label Fat Poss ... More >>