Emily Savage

Which Noise Pop show is right for you?

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It’s all about choice, people. Noise Pop is a well-oiled festival machine at this point — now in its 21st year — cranking out dozens of concerts, nightlife happenings, film screenings, culture club events, photography showings, and all that good stuff we’ve come to expect from the homegrown indie fest. But given all those choices for the week of Feb. 26 through March 3, restless souls such as myself always tend to feel a bit well, overwhelmed. Read more »

Music Listings

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Since club life is unpredictable, it's a good idea to call ahead or check the venue's website to confirm bookings and hours. Prices are listed when provided to us. Visit www.sfbg.com/venue-guide for venue information. Submit items for the listings at listings@sfbg.com. For further information on how to submit items for the listings, see Picks.

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On the Rise: The Seshen

Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, and Beach House meet-cute and make jazzy, passionate pop music together

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If Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, and Beach House, met-cute and made jazzy, passionate pop music together, the resulting mix might sound something like a song by the Seshen (as those are its main influences). The seven-piece Oakland band is known for its blend of sounds and regions, with robust musicianship by bassist Aki Ehara, drummer Chris Thalmann, percussionist Mirza Kopelman, Kumar Butler on samples, and Mahesh Rao on keys, filled out by fierce vocalists Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr. Though mostly, at this point, it's known for a little track called "Oblivion."Read more »

On the Rise: Space Ghost

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Space Ghost's textured, sample-based electronic compositions might sound like fat rain drops dribbling over tight beats, as is the case with "SD", or like the remnants of a soulful club hit stretched over hollow wooden percussion in newly uploaded tracks like one-minute-long "King City."Read more »

On the Rise: Wax Idols

"Let's turn down the static world/listen to the sound of a void."

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If anything threatened to overshadow the attention around Wax Idols' epic new album and front person Hether Fortune's stage presence, it might have been Fortune's social media-documented quickie Reno wedding to rocker Tim Gick of TV Ghost earlier this month. But from another angle, it just adds to her appeal. The dominatrix/singer seems full of passion, lust, and complicated relationships, and they bleed out of her any way she lets them, be it through her robust Twitter flow, her personal relations, or her beautiful, darkly maturing music.Read more »

On the Rise: Kowloon Walled City

Just because it's heavy, doesn't make it metal

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The line to get in to Kowloon Walled City's album release show with Golden Void at the Hemlock in early January snaked around the building and into the alleyway. It was undeniably packed, and entirely sold out, with hordes of black-hoodied fans still waiting outside in the rain. A relatively uncommon sight for a night with a few local acts at the divey Tendernob venue.Read more »

On the Rise: The She's

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I had a seemingly innocuous query for all-teenage, all-girl sunny rock'n'roll quartet, the She's: what've you got in store for 2013? The band's answer sums up its appeal: "New EP in the works, inspired by our secrets, other people's secrets, The Great Gatsby, heartache, etc. Musically inspired by bands...such as La Sera, Wild Nothing, Tame Impala, and Dum Dum Girls. Graduating (from high school), touring, recording, making friends." Just perfect, right?Read more »

On the Rise: A-1

"It can get heady at times but I try to keep it light."

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A-1's slaps are full of sparkling, one-way conversation. The born-and-raised Mission resident's flow is verbose, packed in nicely and precisely, but often with a humorous edge and a cutting wink. There's the most obvious peek at his wit, with After School Special, a '90s TV show themed mixtape he dropped in 2010.Read more »

On the Rise: Warm Soda

Sugary and syrupy, with fizzy pop hooks and pump-up drum hits

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The people were itching to be pumped for whatever Warm Soda was going to be. After producer-musician Matthew Melton's beloved garage pop outfit Bare Wires dismantled ceremoniously early last year, he announced the name Warm Soda, and we collectively gripped our seats. Thankfully, there was no cause for disappointment.Read more »

On the Rise: Trails and Ways

"You say bossa nova dream pop, I say Brazilian shoegaze."

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This is the year we'll finally get to spend some QT with Trilingual, which will technically be Trails and Ways' debut LP. Though there's still no release date or label, it will be coming out in 2013. It seems like we've been hearing about this much-anticipated release for ages, given all the buzzy blog love thrust on the Oakland indie-pop quartet.Read more »