Review Roundup: Noise Pop 2011

The Bay Bridged

About halfway through the second band at the Rickshaw the other night, I was beginning to realize that the night’s lineup was designed as a “punk rock” bill more than anything (mind you, Spin was presenting). Admittedly, I’ve always been slightly uneasy with the connotations of “punk”. To me, it’s become as vague or ironic a descriptor as “indie” or “folk.” [Read the rest of the review…]


One of the most captivating performances of the entire Noise Pop melee was one that almost no one witnessed — Chelsea Wolfe at Cafe Du Nord. The doom and glorious gloom of the black-veiled goth chanteuse set the bar high for the entire night of the show, headlined by How To Dress Well. [Read the rest of the review…]

East Bay Express

Depending on who you ask, Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino is either a) the latest, greatest girl genius of lo-fi California pop or b) a criminally undeserving beneficiary of the buzz machine who has, inexplicably, managed to spin an entire career out of facile three-chord pop songs that are almost exclusively about smoking weed and missing boys. [Read the rest of the review…]

The Stanford Daily

At its core, Noise Pop is simple: transform a city space into a communal area where the people can celebrate music, art and film over a week-long period. Give the people the choice on whether they want to see Dan Deacon or Alexei Murdoch. Let the masses out if they want to spend the night in the Mission or in Oakland. [Read the rest of the review…]

SF Weekly

Ted Leo is a punk. He might be an untattooed, 40-year-old, skinny dude whose live singing voice sounds straight out of an expensive studio recording, but the singer, guitarist, and songwriter kept it loud and real and punk at Bottom of the Hill last night. [Read the rest of the review…]

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