The story is internet-famous by now: Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo crashed out on his NYC stoop in a tequila haze and woke to find his laptop—loaded up with almost two years worth of recordings for the follow-up to his critically beloved album, Era Extraña—gone, baby, gone. Palomo, who appears at Noise Pop this month, went back to the drawing board. The result, VEGA INTL. Night School, was named to Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2015.
I asked Thao Nguyen point blank, ‘Why is Valerie Bolden sentenced to life without parole?’ I didn’t expect that she’d give the reason, but wanted to ask partly out of curiosity, and also as an exercise in asking difficult questions. But her answer tapped into the type of person she is; one that promised herself as a sociology major that she would use her music to draw attention to things she considers important.
The folks behind Noise Pop and Finger on the Pulse (the Brooklyn duo known for making parties out of good eats and tunes) are heating up the south side of the city with a block party that will get every San Franciscan going. Eight hot young chefs, seven indie bands and DJs, local brews from Speakeasy, and Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous root beer floats are the name of the game at Noisette's Saturday (8/4) afternoon affair. Here's the lowdown on what the expect.
Sing it with me: ”It’s the most / wonderful time / of the year…” Yes, Noise Pop is here to rescue San Francisco music fans from their winter hibernation (well, semi-hibernation). There are way too many shows to list here, and many are sold out, so we tried to focus on the shows that somehow haven’t sold out yet. For all of you who don’t have tickets to Flaming Lips, Sleigh Bells, Bob Mould, Wye Oak, Budos Band, et al, try appeasing your FOMO with these Noise Poppers:
Craig Finn, Tuesday, 7 pm, Bottom of the Hill
At least now we know we'll get to see some great shows before the world ends in 2012, right? The venerable Noise Pop just announced their 20th festival lineup slated for next February. While there are still some names to be added, the list of confirmed performers definitely isn't a blinged-out roster of earth-shattering indie artists, it'll definitely be six days worthy of the big 2-0.
You know you're supposed to get elbow deep in that new bbq recipe at some point over the next few days. It is Labor Day weekend, afterall. But sometimes life isn't giving you pork butt and spices, it's giving you pop-ups. Since these underground dinners and impromptu "restaurants" are coming out almost as fast as food trucks these days, perhaps this weekend is a good time to avoid the grill all together and check out an outside-the-restaurant-box meal event. We picked our some of our favorite upcoming pop-up events to take you into this weekend, and the coming month too.
Who doesn't love a good cover song? Heck, sometimes covers are way better than the originals they're meant to pay homage to. Recognizing that, the folks from Noise Pop and graffEats have created an exclusive dinner party called Covers: A Culinary Tribute, held at a top-secret city locale with six courses that salute the world's best chefs and musical minds.
People clamoured so hard to get a seat at the first dinner on May 26th that it sold out–so organizers ended up adding a second dinner on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm. Here's how it works: the courses, prepared by graffEats chef Blair Warsham, are takes on signature dishes by the likes of Thomas Keller, Quince's Michael Tusk, Sursur Lee and more. Then, using the folks from Noise Pop's savvy, they'll pair songs (think Syd Barret's "Octopus", accompanying Keller's Grilled Octopus Tentacles with chorizo and green almonds) with dishes for a full sensory takeover. Clever, right?
A fashion-minded addition to Noise Pop, Sunday’s Pop ‘n Shop at Public Works is likely to be music to many stylish locals’ ears. Over 30 vendors will be selling handcrafted apparel, accessories and giftables during the event, which is part of the music festival’s Culture Club line-up of arts-minded workshops, talks and D.I.Y.-driven events.
Here are five reasons to go (other than the free admission, of course):