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Noise Pop 2003

Noise Pop 2002, which includes films and panels, runs Feb. 25-March 2. Venues include Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight, S.F. (415) 831-1200; Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus, S.F. (415) 474-0365; Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F. (415) 621-4455; Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market, S.F. (415) 861-5016; Fillmore, 1805 Geary, S.F. (415) 346-6000; Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, S.F. (415) 885-0750; Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F. (415) 647-2888; Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F. (415) 503-0393; and Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F. (415) 255-0333. All-festival badges are $145. For more information go to www.noisepop.com.

Bring this noise.
A guide to Noise Pop 2003

Feb. 25

Har Mar Superstar Roly-poly Ron Jeremy doppelgänger Har Mar Superstar, a.k.a. Sean Tillman, gets the Noise Pop party started with white-boy R&B about gettin' up and gettin' it up. If you haven't heard his sex-on-a-stick shtick yet, then heads up: his humpty dance is your chance to do the hump. DJ Aaron Axelson also plays. 5 p.m., Thee Parkside. Free (open only to badge holders). (Jimmy Draper)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Indie rock icon Stephen Malkmus may have made his name penning overly clever verse-chorus-verses in Pavement, but on his upcoming solo album, Pig Lib, he largely ditches the self-satisfying smirk and comes up with his best work yet. Isn't it ironic? S.F. indie poppers Track Star, plus Velvet Teen and Western, also play. 7 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club. $15 (advance tickets sold out; limited tickets available night of show). (Draper)

Feb. 26

Crooked Fingers Crooked Fingers' blues-bruised Eric Bachmann plays a solo set. Cat Power (see "Free Kitten," page 31), Film School, and Joanna Newsom also perform. 7 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club. $15 (advance tickets are sold out; limited tickets available night of show). (Also after-show party, midnight, Thee Parkside. Free.) (Draper)

Dead Moon About 16 years in, Dead Moon, longtime Northwest music-scene fixtures and Noise Pop regulars, are likely to outlast us all. East Bay rock movers and shakers the Pattern team with fellow punk pop combo the Librarians and promise to kick start the party. The Rattlesnakes also play. 8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill. $10. (Kimberly Chun)

Donnas MTV's MVPs of pop metal, the Donnas come home to rawk our brains out and dish the dirt on Jimmy Fallon, whom they hung out with at their Saturday Night Live after-party last month. More Wacko Jacko jokes please, Donna F.! The just-OK OK Go and Rooney also perform. 7 p.m., Fillmore. $16.50. (Draper)

Trans Am Electro rockin' geek-foxes Trans Am put forth their proggy notions at a show with local experimento-groove beatheads Tussle. Math rock majors Minus the Bear and Bay Area indie rock trio Replicator also perform. 7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall. $10. (Chun)

Feb. 27

Alaska! So-called supergroups tend to suck serious shit, but with the melodic, melancholic rock of alaska!, members of Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and Red Aunts spin some sweet little agonies. Natural ones Folk Implosion (see Sonic Reducer, page 39), plus Mia Doi Todd and Citizens Here and Abroad, also play. 8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill. $15. (Draper)

Ball Point Birds Mother Hips side project duo Ballpoint Birds join Nick Tangborn's Jackpine Social Club for some offbeat roots song stylings. Thee Parkside. 5 p.m. Free. (Chun)

Camper Van Beethoven Don't assume David Lowery was pepper-sprayed at a recent gig because people thought his reunited five-piece suck. Simply consider it proof, a decade-plus after CVB disbanded, that there still are drunken, unappreciative idiots who attend rock shows. Noise Pop's best-named band, Hockey Night, and Built like Alaska and the Stratford 4 also play. 7 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club. $25. (Draper)

Dirtbombs Never too late to clamber aboard the garage rock bandwagon. Take the conversion rites, become a card-carrying member of the gearhead brigade and finally see the Dirtbombs. While you're at it, check in with Detroit garage punk power brokers the Von Bondies, shades-sporting Cali primates the Sermon, and Bay Area girly rockers Kirby Grips. Then you're allowed to roll over, go back to sleep, and ignore the racket going on in the basement. 7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall. $15. (Chun)

M. Ward Former Future Farmer and current Merge artist M. Ward comes from Portland, Ore., bearing songs from his highly touted upcoming second full-length, Transfiguration of Vincent. Globetrotting Thrasher shooter Nik Freitas tosses his low-key tunes in the mix, along with S.F. indie rock heroes the Court and Spark, who have been busy recording their third album. Kelly Stoltz also plays. 8 p.m., Cafe du Nord. $8. (Chun)

On the Speakers The new project from ex-Creeper Lagooner Ian Sefchik makes its S.F. debut at this DIW Magazine Issue Toast. The event includes free mags and more free music from Meeting Places. Make-Out Room. 6 p.m. Free. (Draper)

Feb. 28

Hot Rod Circuit Hot Rod Circuit, a Vagrant-veined pop punk outfit (à la Saves the Day, the Get Up Kids, and all of those other stoopidly named bands), has the kids whipped into an emo-fueled frenzy. Time Spent Driving, Tsunami Bomb, and Eleventeen provide additional emo ammo. 8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill. $11. (Also March 1, 8:30 p.m., with Tsunami Bomb and Downway, Bottom of the Hill. $11.) (Draper)

Imperial Teen And the beat goes On: with drummer Lynn Perko on leave, Patty Schemel has stepped up to keep Imperial Teen in line. Now if only she'd convince these pop 'n' alt rock refugees to dust off that Belinda Carlisle cover. Near death-defying Creeper Lagoon, plus Whysall Lane and Junior Panthers, also perform. 7:30 p.m., Slim's. $12. (Draper)

Scott Kannberg You can almost pretend you're at a Pavement reunion show, as Stephen Malkmus and old bandmate and current Preston School of Industry king bee Scott Kannberg turn in sets – and in Kannberg's case, turn it down with a solo acoustic show – at this year's festival. Thee Parkside. 5 p.m. Free. (Chun)

The Pleased The Pleased sure sound stoked about the Strokes, which may explain why they're winning over the British press. Not that it's undeserved: at their best, this San Francisco five-piece could give Julian Casablancas and co. a run for their parents' money. Ready-steady garage rockers the Go, plus the Cuts and Communique, also play. 8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, S.F. $8. (Draper)

(smog) How intimate can Bill Callahan's dongs of sevotion be? Check out his Burning Kingdom EP: "Mother is smoking pot in the bathroom / I can hear her butt squeaking on the tub." It is, like the stark entirety of (smog)'s repertoire, the sound of too much information. 6 p.m., Amoeba Music. Free. (Also March 1, 7 p.m., with Fields of Gaffney and Hudson Bell, and 10:30 p.m., with the Moore Bros. and Peggy Honeywell, Cafe du Nord. Both shows $10.) (Draper)

John Vanderslice Bill Gates prankster, Tiny Telephone operator, and American Fourtracker John Vanderslice's seriously smart guitar pop and storytelling are the best reasons to check him out. Midnight, Thee Parkside. Free. (Also March 2, 2:30 p.m., with the Mountain Goats, Ill Lit, and Ceramic Isles (plus all-you-can-eat barbecue), Bottom of the Hill. $10.) (Draper)

March 1

Blood Brothers Spastic and spazz-tastic, Seattle's Blood Brothers wanna sex you up all hardcore – that is, unless their aggro à go-go makes your brain hemorrhage first. Kleenex girl wonders Erase Errata and Locust, Milemarker, and Fast Forward also play. 7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall. $10. (Draper)

Fojimoto Dunno why these Cali poppers aren't alt-country critics' darlings and fan faves yet, but their sickly catchy take on jangly Americana would do the Byrds and Gram Parsons proud. Desert-night noir duo Calexico, plus Nicolai Dunger and Firecracker, also perform. 7 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club. $17. (Draper)

No Knife This San Diego gang of four's glorious rock racket cuts like a knife, to borrow the astute words of Bryan Adams. But it feels so right. Better Looking labelmates Jealous Sound, plus Under a Dying Sun and Truxton, also play. 1 p.m., Bottom of the Hill. $8. (Draper)

March 2

Starflyer 59 Not to be confused with Star 69, these dream poppers from the Tooth and Nail label offer the perfect opportunity to shoegaze the last night of Noise Pop away. Onelinedrawing and Rum Diary also play. 6:30 p.m., Cafe du Nord. $7. (Draper)

Tortoise The Windy City's post-rock royalty get abstract with their avant-something-or-other sound. Hella hot Crime in Choir, plus Swords Project, DJ Tommy Guerrero, and Roots of Orchis, also perform. 7 p.m., Bimbo's 365 Club. $18-$20. (Draper)