Noise Pop 2014 is over. Long live Noise Pop.
The dizzying, thrilling, sprawling Bay Area cultural institution is impossible to comprehensively summarize, but here’s what we learned from this year’s seven-day celebration of music, art and film:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Bay Area underground music junkies. Noise Pop, San Francisco’s pared-down version of SXSW, returns for its 22nd installment with its most ambitious program of under-to-slightly-over the radar bands to date. The list of next-best-thing bands and multimedia options is expansive and increasingly intriguing each year.
Before we get in the mood for the heaven-sent Noise Pop Festival next week (more to come tomorrow), let’s get in another mood. A weirder mood, perhaps. Like this:
Are you like me? Do you feel guilty all the time (ok, some of the time) about all the free music artists begrudgingly bestow upon the masses, for which we pay little to nothing? Well — infomercial-y-sounding sentence alert! — now there’s a way to make yourself feel better and give your favorite artists their due!
From the You’re Really Old files this week: Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” is now TWENTY years old. Which, of course, means you are old. Like, very old.
In honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, let’s remember one of his greatest lines from one of cinema’s finest studies on the music business, Almost Famous: “The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.” (h/t to Slate for the reminder).
Grammys have you pumped for some live music? After seeing Kendrick Lamar go HAM with Imagine Dragons, we’re thirsty for more moments of artistic brilliance. Let's just watch that one more time.
Have you guys seen Google’s interactive graphic charting how music has stood the test of time, showing how artists and genres have risen and fallen in popularity? It’s maddeningly intriguing.
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