NOISE POP 2016: Top Picks from the Nest

February 15. 2016 | By Staff

Noise Pop Music Fest 2016

It’s that time of year again. Time to make your list, plan your week — and hope that the music gods are on your side as you zig zag through the streets of San Francisco during Noise Pop Music Festival. With so many bands to choose from, we asked some of our editors to list off some of their top picks this year to help narrow the field of must-see bands during the most hectic week of music to hit the City by the Bay.

Leslie Hampton – Photography Boss Lady
Gardens & Villa @ The California Academy of Sciences, Thursday February 18th
Metric + Joywave @ The Masonic, Tuesday February 23rd
Wild Ones + Palehound @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall, Wednesday February 24th
Painted Palms @ Rickshaw Stop, Friday February 26th
American Football + Her Space Holiday @ Regency Ballroom, Saturday February 27th

Wayne Jessup – Curator of Hidden Gems
February 24th is now known as the “Evening of Weeping, Wailing, and Gnashing of Teeth,” as we attempt to find the most badass Uber driver ever and careen between the venues, with no less than four of our favorites playing on the very same trainwreck of a night.

Mitski @ Swedish American Hall, Wednesday February 24th
Maybe the most compelling outsider poet since Morrissey, but the trick is, she’s her own Johnny Marr as well, and absolutely riveting live.

Palehound @ Brick and Mortar, Wednesday February 24th
Two words: Ellen Kempner.

La Sera @ Rickshaw Stop, Wednesday February 24th
New LP Music For Listening to Music to = new live jams. 

Ringo Deathstarr @ Bottom of the Hill, Wednesday February 24th
Putting the noise in Noise Pop and bringing the warm and fuzzies to any lover of shoegaze.

Thermals @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall, Thursday February 25th
The no-brainer.

Sean Morris – Master of Social Media
Antwon @ New Parish, Thursday February 25th
Imagine if Death Grips were coherent and raunchy…

Cayucas @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall, Friday February 26th
Perpetual SUMMATIME!

Drive Like Jehu @ The Independent, Friday February 26th
Sometimes there just aren’t enough flame emojis.

DIIV @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall, Saturday February 27th
You ever see people try to mosh to dream pop?

Wax Idols @ The Knockout, Saturday February 27th
Two words: Severely Yours.

Check out the full schedule for all of Noise Pop’s festivities here.

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