1. “The Art of Noise” exhibition at Project One, Feb. 19-28
This multifaceted exhibition features a grab bag of creative types musing on music and art's influence on each other. Along with Lionel Deluy's video art and Russell Young's silkscreened musician mugshots, the exhibit will explore physical works and pesky performance art in the cozy Potrero Hill gallery. The opening on Friday, Feb. 19, will include DJ Duserock on deck and live art installation “Drums and Roses” by Ted Riederer and Danny Luehring of Tiny Television.
2. Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at the Fox Theater, Tuesday, Feb. 23
Elusive avant-garde artist Ono is performing only a handful of shows this year, and Noise Pop's is one of them. For these concerts, she made the sharp decision to include as collaborators experimental Japanese pop star Cornelius and her very gifted son, Sean Lennon. An important caveat: Lennon's more intimate show at the Independent the following night with his band, Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger, is also not to be missed.
3. Dodos with Magik*Magik Orchestra at Palace of Fine Arts, Thursday, Feb. 25
The independent, female-run, 28-piece orchestra will be filling out songs by popular local indie-pop outfit the Dodos, with the band rocking out in front.
4. We Were Promised Jet Packs at Slim's, Saturday, Feb. 27
The Glasgow-based indie act has played San Francisco before, as the opener for labelmates Frightened Rabbit last year. But it's returning as newly buzzworthy headliners, thanks in part to its increasingly popular record These Four Walls, and its reputation for sensational live shows.
5. All My Friends Are Funeral Singers film screening at ATA Gallery, Sunday, Feb. 28
What's a musician to do when he wants to tell a fantastical story that exceeds the bounds of traditional song? He breaks out the camera and enlists the help of his bandmates to play plum roles in his first feature film. Director and Califone singer Tim Rutili's movie focuses on a fortune teller living with a ragtag crew of esoteric ghosts, including a noisy spirit band played by — who else? — Califone. The group also provides the film's soundtrack. Rutili will be on hand for a Q & A after the screening.