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Noise Pop's Must-Sees

We're excited to announce, although you savvy folk are most likely already aware, that Noise Pop is finally upon us! Chaos will enrapture the City next week when nearly a dozen venues fill to capacity with indie bands, rare film screenings, and irresistible happy hours. Get ready SF, here's our must-sees.

2/18 Noise Pop Pre-Party with Brookhaven + The Frail + DJ Sleazemore + Disco Shawn @ The California Academy of Sciences: Because really, it's already cool enough that you can booze with the penguins, but now you can do it in Noise Pop-approved style. Tickets sell out fast, so we highly suggest braving the lines around 5pm.

Crossover Love: Remembering Joe Cuba And Living In The Here And Now With Mavis Staples

Grooves from down south -- and way down south, with roots in Puerto Rico -- are in store this week at the Elbo Room and Yoshi’s.

Joe Cuba CD Release Party

Two Brit Bands To Watch For: Editors And Wild Beasts

Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf -- or synthesizers? Two UK bands playing this week in San Francisco -- Editors (Monday, Feb. 8, at the Warfield) and Wild Beasts (Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Independent) -- find swathes of fresh intrigue in those patches and plug-ins, all while baring their breasts and revealing busily percolating emotional lives.

The 8 pm Valentine's Day Flash Mob: Pucker Up

We all had so much fun at our last restaurantd-driven Friday Flash Mob that not doing a Valentine's Day camera opp would be heartless of us. Show us (and the rest of San Francisco) what you're doing on Valentine's/Single's Awareness Day. But we have one directive: The photo has to include a kiss! So pucker up for your lover, your cat, your spouse or your booty call and get your iPhone out.

Editors Take On The Warfield

Showing off their brand new album In This Light And On This Evening, Editors have made a stealthy comeback with a whole new sound to match. What they're calling "dystopian, apocalyptic, mechanical ambience," translates to heavy synths, way more soaring guitars and lyrics dedicated to London, their "adopted home town." What's not to love? Like we said in Hot Tickets, try to be ahead of the bell curve, and see these guys at The Warfield on 2/8. We predict heavy US domination for Editors in the next few years. Interested in sampling the new album?

February's Classical Music Offerings

Quarteto Vivace Brasil: Young hipsters of the male persuasion tend to refer to Brazil as "that place with the hot girls" - with an occasional reference to tango (where there are also hot girls). But in addition to the women and the rainforests, Brazil also has some stunning classical music, namely, Quarteto Vivace Brasil. The quartet features some of Brazil's best musicians - two guitarists, a percussionist, and a flautist - who play with an energy that makes Brazilian sambas and Argentinian tangos pop. Their premiere U.S. tour will also feature selections by Handel, Bizet, and American ragtime. No word on how hot the musicians are, but once they start to play, you'll probably stop caring.

Trash And Burn: NOMO Tear It Up at Bottom Of The Hill

Space-age bachelor-pad theremins and fuzzed-out riffage meet going-places-fast brass and West African twang? You get that and ‘mo when it comes to NOMO, performing Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Bottom of the Hill.

Rockin’ The Isle: Local Independents Come Out For Haiti

Hafta love a band that pens tunes on compelling subjects ala “Graveyard Drug Party” and “Adult Acid.” And so it goes with Thee Oh Sees. They like to keep things interesting. The group headline the Stand with Haiti benefit at Cafe du Nord Tuesday, Feb. 2 -- surely the most critic- and hipster-friendly concert yet to gather funds for the very excellent cause of getting relief to the earthquake-ravaged country.

Love Is A Mixtape: SF Mixtape Society at Make-Out Room

Valentine’s Day is approaching all too quickly, spewing red roses and boxes of chocolates in its wake, and what better way to show you care than to put together a mixtape for your nearest and dearest?

Spend an afternoon perusing the music collection, trying out different tracks, making it flow, working in secret in-jokes, and finding the joy in turning the sweetheart onto a new band. Then you just might be ready to try your hand at making mixtapes for like-minded strangers devoted to the art and exchange of the mix. Meet ‘em at the new free mixtape-exchange event series, launching Sunday, Jan. 31, and organized by the San Francisco Mixtape Society at the Make-Out Room.

Hot Tickets: Shows to See in February

Time flies when you're having fun, and we sure must have been having a lot of it because January came and went with a blink of an eye. However, February in San Francisco is an exciting time for music lovers. Not only does it signify the beginning of festival season (Noise Pop's pre-party is on 2/18 and they're pumping music nearly every night straight through 3/1), it's also the start of big artists' West Coast legs of their tour. Yay for us! Noise Pop coverage to come, but to warm you up  here's this month's hot list.

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