The music festival gods look kindly upon San Francisco year-round, but the summer schedule overflows with outdoor music celebrations. The list below is by no means comprehensive — these are the heavy-hitters — and it’s still another reminder that Bay Area live music junkies are likely the most spoiled lot in the world.
Summer is coming — ok, it's basically here — and you'll need chill-out music recommendations. I GOT YOU. Put these albums on your radar now: Real Estate’s Atlas, Woods’ With Light and With Love, Chad VanGaalen’s Infiniheart, and Mac Demarco’s Salad Days. Trust us. Chill with us.
Apropos of nothing, we give you this absolutely surreal 1983 video of Prince & The Revolution performing various signature tracks before Prince had shown up on national radars. That's gotta be near the top of the Internet treasure trove list. OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming:
Fauxchella. Nochella. Norchella. Shrapnella. Call it whatever. The point is, we benefit.
Skipping Coachella this year, but dreading the idea of missing all your favorite bands congregating for the biggest, raddest party known to California? Fear not, for Fauxchella has arrived again to save your FOMOing souls.
Making summer festival plans? Yes, Coachella is right around the bend, but remember there's so much more to be had around the country: Governor's Ball in NYC (June 6-8), Jazz Fest in New Orleans (April 25-May 4), Lollapalooza in Chicago (August 1-3) and, of course, Bonnaroo in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee (June 12-15). Time to rack up those miles.
Tip of the day for music fans: if you're not on Reddit's music discussion board, you're missing out. We recommend tuning in on Fridays when Redditors post provocative discussion topics and questions. Bookmark it and set your calendar reminders and let the world know why your opinion matters more than anyone else's.
Can you feel the post-SXSW, pre-Coachella concert window heating up? Can you feel your nightly show-going obligations starting to ramp up? Can you feel your disposable income depleting with each concert announcement?
Good. That’s how it should feel.
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:
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