Friday, February 23, 2007

Staying the Course PT. 4 -- Fucking the Art Fucks at Noise Pop

Fri, Feb 23, 2007 at 5:05 PM

NOISEPOP PICKS Here's the deal. Noisepop is going down in history as your most ultimate six-day weekend in human existence. The big downer is that your buzz will undoubtedly be killed by the plethora of snooty attitudes thanks be to the local population abound of whom are commonly referred to as the Pretentious Art Fucks. South Park wasn't lying, San Francisco does have the highest smug levels in the nation, and it's not just hybrid car owners. So make the best of your time. You won't go two seconds without being surrounded by kids dressed like Russian spies, so you might as well bang your head as hard you can. Right, player?

Wednesday 2/28 Don't act like you didn't tape every episode of 120 Minutes back in the day, watching while crossing your fingers for anything dealing with Lou Barlow. Sebadoh is going to rock, and you know it. Besides, tickets for Rage Against the Machine at Coachella are all sold out, and you have to relive the 90s at least once this year. 8 PM at Great American Music Hall, $18, $20. All ages.

Thursday 3/1 Life will be sparse with beats and rhymes at this year's Noisepop, so get your fix from the Bay Area's own Lyrics Born, performing with The Coup. It's been nearly two years since his last offering, but odds are LB will still win you over with funky-soul beats and gravely vocals that never felt so smooth. Not to mention Boots and The Coup seem to be recovering quite nicely from their recent accident, and should get you sufficiently wet for Lyrics Born. 8 PM at the Fillmore, $25. All ages.

Friday, 3/2 Sorry, TV on the Radio, The Arcade Fire or Interpol couldn't be here. But hey, go check out Autolux. They're definitely on the junior varsity indie rock team, but that means they're getting better. Don't end up like the time you gave up on Blonde Redhead before Misery is a Butterfly. Keep hope alive! 9 PM at the Independent, $12, $14. 21+

Saturday, 3/3 You'd gladly trade in this entire festival for a few good hours with Radiohead. Do the next best thing and check out one of their favorite bands, Clinic. Smoke a bowl beforehand, then bug out and wonder if Ade Blackburn got his jaw wired shut like Kanye. 9 PM at the Independent, $17. 21+.

Sunday, 3/4 If you want some thorough entertainment, see if The Dwarves pull some old school crazy shit, or just go laugh at jokes rife with puppy cunnilingus, gay retards, and an awkward white girl impersonating Alicia Keys. The Comedians of Comedy could quite possibly be the high point of your Noisepop experience. The indie elitists can't be jerks at a comedy show, can they? 2 shows, 6 PM and 9 PM at the Independent, $24. 21+. --Oscar Pascual

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