Noise Pop 2011
Admiral Radley headlined Bottom of the Hill on Wednesday ready to rock all night. The first thing out of Aaron Espinoza's mouth: "You guys are f***ed. We're gonna play every song we know." That was at 11. All hyped up on cheap beer, the band proceeded to do just that. The quartet (two members from Grandaddy and two from Earlimart) belted out the usual suspects: "I Heart California," "Ghosts of Syllables," "Sunburn Kids," and "I'm All F***ed on Beer," but Ariana Murray's quiet solo for "Thread" stole the show. She's a real class act.
Indie rock got dirt kicked in its face at Noise Pop's very first show at Bender's yesterday afternoon. As cold, cheap beer flowed through the veins of black leather-clad, headbanging audience members, local psych rock quartet Harderships took the small stage as soon as the clock struck 5 o'clock. Oh, and Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson were there.
Dan Deacon is a tease. From his sound check to the music itself, the Baltimore-based analog wizard's first Noise Pop set was a glitchy glimpse into the restless mind of one of the best indie showmen travelling the country right now. Set up on the floor of the Independent, engulfed by eager fans' faces plastered with Cheshire Cat grins and testing his Vocoder and noodling on his equipment under the light of a glowing green skull, Deacon cracked jokes about Simon & Garfunkel tunes and braced the crowd (and himself) for his second show since Halloween.
Your prayers have been answered: we're giving away 8 Noise Pop tickets! We've got 4 spots at Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson's shakedown at Great American Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 25th, 2 spots to one of the hottest bills of the festival, Best Coast and Wavves co-headlining (plus two of our favorite local acts Royal Baths and Hunx & His Punx!) at the Regency Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 26th, and 2 spots to the Noise Pop Culture Club, an awesome new DIY extravaganza, indie culture forum, and a chance to meet some of the festival's coolest artists.
If you're a slave to the grind, you likely look high and low in all corners of this city for a way to cure those nefarious hump day blues. Justin Champlin, better known as the masked, pantsless marauder Nobunny, is the perfect nightcap on your neverending Wednesday, when he'll grace the floor of the Knockout (he doesn't like to stick to stages).