After somewhat quick and early success, these Glasgow-by-way-of-Edinburgh youngsters hopped on tour with (now labelmates) Frightened Rabbit last fall. Adam Thompson (singer/guitarist), Sean Smith (bass), Michael Palmer (guitar), and drummer Darren Lackie, all 22, gained fast fame across the world for a three-song demo, so when These Four Walls was finally released on FatCat Records, it was obviously met with critical acclaim.
Last night The Dodos and Magik*Magik took to the stage in a pysch folk, orchestral sandwich. The allegedly sold-out show began with a series of experimental Magik*Magik musicians tweaking the cello, manipulating percussion, mastering the marimba and closing with a melancholy ditty including special guest John Vanderslice. After a short break, The Dodos appeased an eager (and vocal) crowd with a long set of flawlessly performed hits. The always earnest Meric looked out to the audience early on and said, "Wow. This is a really busy place to play," as if the band hadn't just a few weeks ago entranced a packed audience of art enthusiasts for SFMOMA's anniversary weekend.
In true Noise Pop fashion, the first couple nights are always a bit hectic, and you never know what you're going to get. Unfortunately, due to communication problems, we were forced to enjoy our two favorite openers (Two Sheds and Man/Miracle) from the cold cement outside. Capacity issues aside, we were front and center for Princeton, the up-and-coming LA indie group that most recently has supported the likes of Ra Ra Riot, Vampire Weekend, and now Rogue Wave. Definitely not a bad resume.
The 18th annual Noise Pop Festival has officially begun, and we already got you covered on all the must-see marquee acts playing throughout the jam packed week. We thought we would take a moment, however, to introduce you to some of Noise Pop's more overlooked local treasures -- those opening this year, headlining next year acts that you will wish you caught before they blew up. While Noise Pop is always a week of extremely difficult choices, below are five rising local artists we highly recommend checking out. Don't worry, you can thank us next year.
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.
We understand; you've got a list a mile long to check off, so you can't be dillying and dallying over every booth at every holiday craft fair. Instead, head to the Noise Pop Holiday Shop this Thursday at The Verdi Club from 5 to 10PM, and make a beeline to the vendors below. You'll be like a well-oiled, gift-giving machine, side-stepping possible time sucks (do you really need another witty t-shirt?) and emerging like Santa with your sack full of gifts.
Dust off the Chuck Taylors, the 18th annual Noise Pop Festival returns to our neighborhood venues February 23rd-March 1st. The west coast's reigning hipster-pop extravaganza announced early confirmations including Magnetic Fields, Mark Kozelek, Atlas Sound, and Four Tet. And, of course, there's always a local smorgasbord of talent and 2010 is no different with Rogue Wave, John Vanderslice, and Wallpaper set to play. For the music-tech inclined, the festival includes a mini-conference at the Swedish American Music Hall on Feb 27th.
Summer festival season is well underway, and luckily for us, most of the big names are stopping by the Bay Area before taking to the big stages. If you can’t make it to Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Rothbury or our very own Outside Lands this summer, check out some of this summer’s must-see artists this week:
John Vanderslice, Rickshaw Stop, 5/19: Making the second stop on his tour for his new album Romanian Names (his first album under Dead Oceans record label) John Vanderslice’s album release party at the Rickshaw Stop featuring special guests, The Morning Benders will be a Bay Area-native filled delight.