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.
Visiting a new city for the first time can be overwhelming. With so much to see, a walking tour can be an effective way to see a city’s landmarks and learn a thing or two. These U.S. cities offer a variety of walking tours, whether you want to see popular attractions or hidden gems.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Martinique’s artisanal rum scene has been making waves in recent years, with the tiny island nation earning a reputation for producing the best rhum agricole in the Caribbean. The next time you’re in town, be sure to swing by these stops on the Route de Rhums.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.