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Noise Pop 2011

Noise Pop 2011 Photos & Review: Telekinesis and Love Language @ Cafe Du Nord

It was a Merge Records love fest at last night's sold out Cafe Du Nord show, showcasing two of the label's hardest working up-and-coming acts and an old favorite, dredged up from the glory days of 90s alt rock.

Noise Pop 2011 Photos & Review: Admiral Radley @ The Bottom of The Hill

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.

NOISE POP 2011: Harderships & Hot Fog at Bender's

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.

NOISE POP 2011 Photos: Dan Deacon (Solo), Ed Schraders Music Beat, Oona, Altar

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.

Noise Pop 2011 Ticket Giveaway!

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.

Our Top Picks for Noise Pop 2011

Trust us: with the amount of activity going on all around the city next week, you won't have time to be bored. Here are our picks for the best sights to see and the best noise to hear:

Nobunny's Pantsless Performance Comes to the Knockout

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).

More Local Bands + Ben Gibbard Slated for Noise Pop

Noise Pop's people have filled in the blanks in their previously-tepid lineup, and added a Lower Haight pop-up shop debuting in February to keep the party going all month long.

Thoughts on the Noise Pop 2011 Lineup

Seen the Noise Pop 2001 lineup yet? Taking place from February 22-27, there's still a while before the city's finest music fest appears on stage. I'm going to think of this as a kind of "rough draft" because there are more artists yet to be announced.

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