A Procrastinator's Guide to Noise Pop

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While the festival officially began last night with the previously discussed Deerhoof and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band performance at The Fox Theater, today marks the start of the conflict-ridden portion of Noise Pop, where you have seemingly infinite number of solid shows to choose from each night. But for better or for worse, the promoters made things a bit easier for those of us who slept on the initial on-sales, and didn't shell out the $150 for a all-inclusive badge this year -- a good chunk of the festival's premier events have long been sold out! But no need to worry, as there are still plenty of great options out there for you procrastinators.

Tonight (2/24)

The bad news is that both the buzz-band packed Gorilla Vs. Bear party at Cafe Du Nord and the Bottom of the Hill show with Rogue Wave and fantastic local upstarts Man/Miracle are very sold out. There are still tickets to be had, however, to what should be a great Foreign Born/The Fresh & Onlys co-headlining show at Rickshaw Stop. If you have yet to catch The Fresh & Onlys, tonight is definitely the night to do so -- the oh-so-San Francisco psychedelic-tinged garage-rock act (we have a lot of these right now) are set to embark on a two month stint with King Khan & The Shrines in March, and are likely to make a serious name for themselves in the national scene in the process. This might just be your last chance to catch them when they are still a decidedly local act.

Remaining Noise Pop options:
Foreign Born, The Fresh & Onlys, Free Energy, The Splinters @ Rickshaw Stop $12
The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger @ Independent $20
Social Studies, The Old Fashioned Way, Shark Toys @ Benders (Free)

Thursday (2/25)

While we certainly wouldn't blame you for checking out the Dodos/Magik*Magik Orchestra collaborative performance at The Palace of Fine Arts, our Thursday pick is Sacramento legends Far at Bottom of the Hill with Stomacher, Picture Atlantic and The Trophy Fire. While this might not be their first "reunion show" -- the quartet actually played a one-off San Francisco date early last year -- this is still a rare chance to catch one of the more influential of the many emo-tinged hardcore acts to come of the 90s. For a full breakdown of the show head over to the locally focused music blog Katarokkar, who are sponsoring the event.

Remaining Noise Pop options:
Far, Stomacher, Picture Atlantic, The Trophy Fire @ Bottom of the Hill $14
Dodos, Magik*Magik Orchestra (collaborative performance) @ Palace of Fine Arts $25
Citay, Scout Niblett, Greg Ashley, Tape Deck Mountain @ Cafe Du Nord $12

Friday (2/26)

Friday is a real heart breaker -- both the would-be amazing Four Tet show at The Independent and the Pitchfork-geek fantasy Atlas Sound show at Great American Music Hall have long been sold out. You still, however, have quite a few excellent shows to choose from.

First up are the free Noise Pop happy hours -- Benders has the downright awesome Jesus and Mary Chain inspired shoegaze trio Weekend with the always entertaining Hunx and His Punx, and Project One has the Terrorbird/XLR8R sponsored party with electronic luddite Ghosts on Tape.

In our opinion, your best evening option is a local showcase of sorts with the previously profiled Wallpaper, electro wizards The Limousines, dance favorites Butterfly Bones and perennial weirdos Battlehooch at Slims. For $14, you really can't go wrong with this stacked lineup. There are actually a handful of great options Friday night, however, so be sure to consult the full Noise Pop showlist below.

Remaining Noise Pop options:
Shlohmo, Ghosts on Tape @ Project One (Free)
Hunx and his Punx, Spencey Dude and the Doodles, Weekend @ Benders (Free)
Wallpaper, The Limousines, Butterfly Bones, Battlehooch @ Slims $14
John Vanderslice, Nurses, Honeycomb @ Swedish American Hall $15
The Mumlers, The Growlers, Sonny and the Sunsets, The Ferocious Few @ Cafe Du Nord $12
Scissors For Lefty, Judgement Day, Ghost and the City, Glaciers @ Bottom of the Hill $12

Saturday (2/27)

When Noise Pop announced the lineup a couple months back, we were particularly stoked to see stay-at-home Dad turned uber-hyped one-man-band Memory Tapes on the bill (be sure to check back for our interview with him Friday). Apparently we were not alone in our excitement, as the show quickly sold out. But again, Noise Pop has the procrastinators covered, with a handful of shows to choose from.

Benders has a Brooklyn Vegan curated happy hour show to start out your night, this time with fantastic folk-inspired garage-rock acts The Baths and Odawas. With no cover and Bender's always stellar beer selection, we can't think of a better way to spend your early evening. If you are still standing, our night show pick is the previously covered blowout dance party with !!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold and My First Earthquake at Mezzanine. And if you act fast, you might just win a pair of tickets to the show! Again, there are quite a few remaining shows to choose from Saturday, so be sure to check the list below.

Remaining Noise Pop options:
!!!, Maus Haus, Sugar & Gold, My First Earthquake @ Mezzanine $20
Odawas, The Baths, That Ghost @ Benders (Free)
We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Lonely Forest, Bear Hands, Tempo No Tempo @ Slims $16
Magnetic Fields, Mark Eitzel @ Fox Theater $26
Black Prairie, Trainwreck Riders, Billy & Dolly, Birds Fled From Me @ Rickshaw Stop $14
The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Nico Vega @ Independent $15
P.E.E., True Widow, Ovens, Grass Widow @ Cafe Du Nord $12
Mark Kozelek, Laura Gibson, Paula Frazer, Fences @ Great American Music Hall $26