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Chris Trenchard

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

To the poor souls who missed out on Noise Pop 2014 last week, fear not. Salvation is nigh.

Your Ultimate Guide to Noise Pop 2014

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.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

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:

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

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!

Best Live Music Options in Bay Area Music This Week

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.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

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).

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

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.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

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.

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

Colin Meloy

YOU GUYS. Christine McVie has re-joined Fleetwood Mac. I ... I can't even. It's gonna be a good week. We're playing with house money at this point, so might as well go your own way to the following shows:  

Best Bets This Week in Live Bay Area Music

We’ll just assume that your New Year’s Resolution was to go to as many shows as possible in 2014. That’s ours every year, so we’ll show you the ropes. Let's start you off with these:

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