Noise Pop Returns to the Bay Area

by Akhil Kalepu

Feb 2, 2016

Niteppl at Noise Pop, San Francisco, California © Carl Nenzen Loven | Flickr

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Held across the San Francisco Bay Area, Noise Pop is a 10-day festival called the premier event for indie music in America. The 24-year-old event is known for exposing local talent and unknown artists, as well hosting favorites like The Flaming Lips, Bob Mould and The Black Keys.


Noise Pop is also partnering with SF Indiefest for a series of presentations and screenings highlighting music in film. Six presentations are scheduled for the Roxie Theater Feb. 19–21, one of which is Dead Hands Dig Deep, a rock documentary on Edwin Borsheim, the troubled founder of shock rock band Kettle Cadaver. Hustlers Convention is another anticipated screening about its namesake album by Lightnin’ Rod aka Jalal Nuriddin, founding member of The Last Poets and considered by many the “Godfather of Hip-Hop.”


As for the music, Noise Pop has gotten more and more eclectic over the years. While it’s still heavy on guitar music, there are now splashes of hip-hop, electronic and pop mixed in there. Some of this year’s headliners include Parquet Courts, Neon Indian, Ringo Deathstarr and much more. The festival has also launched a new podcast after six months off the air. Adrian Spinelli (Paste, Pigeons & Planes) and Ashleyanne Krigbaum (KALW) host the bi-monthly show.


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