Thursday, February 22, 2007

Noise Pop!

It's that wonderful time of year again when a host of dope-ass bands descend upon San Francisco, making the citizens of this fair city even more spoiled than they already are.

Here are a few recommendations:

Tapes N' Tapes, Har Mar Superstar, and Extra Action Marching Band at Mezzanine 2/27.

Ok so I only like Tapes N' Tapes but this show is free and looks like a good time (I plan on getting there way early in order to get in). It's the opening night party so it'll probably be all crazy and super-hipstered out. There will also be art from Shepard Fairey and a video installation from Dubbo at this show. Tapes N' Tapes are pretty good; they were kind of over-hyped by the music press so they received a harsh backlash but I really like their latest album, The Loon. It's well crafted indie rock that stays fresh with each listen.

Lyrics Born and The Coup at The Fillmore 3/1.

These groups have two of the best live shows in contemporary hip-hop today. If you like classic, funk-influenced hip-hop then I urge you to check this show out... you won't be disappointed.

Annuals at Cafe Du Nord 3/2.

Annuals play indie pop songs that have a distinct experimental bent to them. They aren't afraid to throw in electronics and I hear that the talented sextet put on a great live show. Don't miss this.

To see a full schedule of Noise Pop events, check out the website.

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