Noise Pop 2011 Dating Guide

February 15. 2011 | By Tatyahna

Noise Pop Festival is just around the corner. My personal favorite time of the year, Noise Pop transforms our already amazing city into a magical, creative, bustling outlet of music, film, and art. Lasting a week, this is the perfect opportunity to impress or nab a new date. That is exactly what The Owl Mag is going to help you with. This is your Noise Pop 2011 dating guide.

To start off, be sure to utilize all the happy hour shows at Benders as well as the films each night. Catch a film about the very festival you’re attending and see This is Noise Pop at the Roxie Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd, or see an outrageously odd set by Shannon and the Clams at Benders Friday, Feb. 25th. For the photog buffs, head to the Treasure Island Music Festival photo show at Minibar Tuesday, Feb. 22nd, showcasing the other way San Francisco celebrates great music. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner’s 1,001 Images, also opens on Friday, Feb. 25th at the Public Works Gallery running through March 13th.

For a budding romance, check out some of the shows that fall within those lines. Taking somebody out to the Best Coast & Wavves show at The Regency on Saturday, Feb. 26th gives a cute “Crazy For You” vibe for the night while still being light, and not so serious. You can also choose to let Geographer‘s tank top clad Mike Deni serenade that special somebody, and Butterfly Bones provides the funky dance beats at The Independent on Wednesday, Feb. 23rd. For a more vintage flashback type date, head over The Independent again, Thursday, Feb. 24 with your very own stone cold fox and see The Stone Foxes with The Soft White Sixties. Also be sure to catch Telekinesis at Cafe du Nord on Feb. 23rd, who’s traveled quirky pop will definitely provide a soundtrack for swoonage. Keep emphasis on the laid back cool, and you’ll have a fun, easy night with no pressure.

For the already attached, add an air of romance to the relationship with some of the more whimsical shows the festival has to offer. Start the week off right with the nostalgia of Yo La Tengo and The Urinals at The Fox Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd. Towards the end of the week, catch local up-and-comers, Tamaryn‘s maudlin set at San Francisco’s most romantic venues, Cafe du Nord on Friday, Feb. 25th.

San Francisco’s got a pretty salacious attitude, so there’s obviously going to be some nights where you just want to have a few drinks (or more) and just have a slurry sweaty dance sesh with a stranger. Accommodate this need shame-free at Public Works on Saturday, Feb. 26th for DJ sets that will surely get you sweat drenched from Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam-Funk. Also, catch Kid Koala and DJ Swayzee the night before at Mighty. Brush up on your one-liners, and you’ll be in a dark corner in no time.

Who needs a date when you can ride solo? Take a hint from the men of the festival, and have a solo mission. Rolling alone is a great way to meet people and at the same time makes for a no fuss night. You can focus on Max Bemis‘ clever songwriting at Bottom of the Hill on Saturday, Feb. 26th or Ben Gibbard‘s and Zach Rogue‘s legendary solo sets at the Great American on Sunday, Feb. 27th without needing to appease to anybody else.

There you have it, the Noise Pop dating guide, but above all else, whether or not you get any action, remember its about the MUSIC, not your libido!

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