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 >>
Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack
Noise Pop isn't like other music festivals, which usually announce their entire lineup at once. Instead, the bills for San Francisco's premiere indie music gathering are announced over months, giving fans continuous excitement -- and perhaps a little anxie ... More >>
South African rap group Die Antwoord is playing Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary.
Next year is the 20th Anniversary of Noise Pop, San Francisco's premier club-based indie music festival, and today, we get our first peek at the lineup for 2012. Big names include Die Antwoord, Craig Finn, Archers o ... More >>
SF Weekly music editor Ian Port is in Austin this week covering the sun-glazed sound orgy that is South By Southwest. He will try to keep his reports free from from unnecessary personal details, talk of tacos, the phrase "killed it," and the eliciting of excessive jealousy. Please feel free to comme ... More >>
Moncrief SpeaksMuni Party: Ride Muni for free on New Year's EveTicket prices for New Year's Eve events are notoriously jacked up. Save yourself the worry and the cash, and check out our list of cheap, way-cooler options. Here are 10 things to do this weekend in San Francisco for less than the mor ... More >>
Japandroids at the FillmoreAh, twenty-ten. Two thousand and ten. Two years before our state warps and crackles and slides into a boiling sinkhole that used to be the Pacific Ocean. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. There was a pretty good Sage Francis song called "The Best of T ... More >>
French MiamiHere we go with a little something to get the blood flowing: "Older," a jaunty track from the Brooklyn/S.F. trio French Miami's upcoming album Motor Skills, which drops November 16. Imagine Surfer Blood on a musical journey with King Sunny Ade and you're probably hearing this in your ... More >>
Christopher VictorioBroken Social Scene's Kevin Drew crowd-surfs at the end of his set.Treasure Island Music Festival, Day TwoOctober 17, 2010Better than: Listening to '90s alt-rock on your Walkman during a damp walk to school.Well, it rained. But other than that wet little nod from Mother N ... More >>
It's been a rough summer for whales in the Bay Area. A humpback died near the Farallon Islands in July, a cargo ship killed a minke whale near the Port of Oakland last week, and yesterday a dead 35-footer washed up on Ocean Beach between Kirkham and Lawton.
Leviathan, we hardly knew ye! Let's o ... More >>
Nice nails.So Google's new Instant Search function has the web-literate world all atwitter over why, exactly, we need Google's new Instant Search function. Self-involved music scribes that we are, we got to wondering how this technology could benefit us directly, and after many hours of fitful br ... More >>
Christopher VictorioJack White with the Raconteurs at Treasure Island 2008The lineup for the 2010 Treasure Island Music Festival was unveiled earlier today, and it's every bit as drool-worthy as we had hoped. First: the rumors were right, and Belle & Sebastian is headlining the second day's s ... More >>
We're sure you missed out on most of these events, since you were in church all weekend praying and stuff, so it's a good thing we kept a detailed record for you.Gretchen RobinetteNeither rain nor sleet nor fear of God's wrath could stop the annual Hunky Jesus Contest from happening, so when the ... More >>
Surfer BloodSurfer Blood, Turbo Fruits, GangliansApril 2, 2010Bottom of the HillBetter than: Most bands that have been together for only 11 months.Being in a brand-new, mega-buzz-band like Surfer Blood seems like a tough blessing. Sure, the group's shows, like Friday's at Bottom of the Hill, ... More >>
One of the fun games to play while you're in Austin for SXSW is trying to figure out who's going to be the breakout act of the festival. Some years it's obvious--I remember seeing Peaches and At the Drive In in tiny rooms where word spread so fast it was almost like those acts got famous by the time ... More >>
More goodies from Austin's major music marathon. Above, Surfer Blood discusses A&R men who love Sparks and eavesdropping for Twitter fodder.
And below, behold the emergence of "crabcore", the genre tag that has "nothing to do with the music." Attack Attack! explains...
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At an hour when most folks were still sleeping off last night's music benders, indie rock fans started lining up around the block at La Zona Rosa, where the whole Village Voice operation was hunkered down for our afternoon of acts both on the rise (Surfer Blood, The xx, Pains of Being Pure at Heart) ... More >>