Noise Pop Festival Announces Kilowatt Reopening Concerts, Plus Daily Happy Hours, Cal Academy Pre-Party & More Added to 30th Anniversary Lineup






Historic Multi-Venue Music & Arts Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary 

With Return to SF Bay Area on February 20-26

Festival Badges & Concert Tickets On Sale Now at NoisePopFest.com 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 8, 2023) - Local organizers behind Noise Pop Festival, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier independent music and arts festival, have just shared their alternative programming schedule for this year’s 30th anniversary celebration taking place on February 20-26. Weekend badges are on sale now, along with tickets to individual concerts, film screenings, and other events via www.noisepopfest.com.

Hosting one of the most diverse, genre-defying lineups this year, festival attendees can look forward to a wide range of incredible performances from iconic indie-rock darlings, up-and-coming acts, West Coast legends  and dozens of Bay Area musicians. Highly anticipated sets by Yo La Tengo, STRFKR, Boy Harsher, Duster, and FIDLAR are set to rock the Bay Area alongside fan favorites Junglepussy, Spellling, No Vacation, Tommy Guerrero, and Bob Mould to name a few.

As a surprise last-minute music lineup addition, festival organizers have also partnered with the fellow Mission District-neighbor and iconic local venue Kilowatt to invite female-led garage-rock trio L.A. Witch to perform on back-to-back nights as the independently-owned dive bar and music venue reopens under new management. These incredibly rare festival performances on February 24 and again on February 25 will help to usher in a return of live music to Kilowatt following a fifteen year hiatus as the space had become a hotbed for the local music scene in the 1990s and early 2000s. 

Plus, festival stalwart Phil Elverum will bring his Mount Eerie project back to Noise Pop Festival once again, having last played last year’s fest as part of The Microphones. Mount Eerie takes over Great American Music Hall with Oakland’s own Parallel opening on Tuesday, February 21 with tickets for all Noise Pop Festival concerts on sale now at www.noisepopfest.com.

In addition to the 100+ talented music artists participating in this coveted week of independent Bay Area culture, Noise Pop Festival has curated a full week of local arts and nightlife for fans to explore. Exciting features are to be uncovered throughout the city including an official pre-party at Cal Academy, daily happy hours at Bender’s, film screening premieres, and so much more.

Before the festival officially kicks off on February 20, the team has also organized several pre-fest events including the grand opening of the Noise Pop Gallery at the new Noise Pop offices in the Mission District featuring iconic concert photographs taken by the festival photographer team on February 9 with a second gallery party to be held on the 17th; as well as two back-to-back admission-free afternoon concerts presented by Sierra Nevada at Zeitgeist on both Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.

Noise Pop’s Official Festival Pre-Party also returns to Cal Academy NightLife from 6:00 to 10:00 on Thursday, February 16. Fans won’t want to miss the adults-only party, featuring unforgettable DJ sets from the likes of Noise Pop Festival alumni and Texas-born electro-popstar Neon Indian, plus DJ Brown Amy and Paige P.

The beloved local tradition of kicking off each festival day with Happy Hours at Bender’s Bar & Grill will return to offer free music performances and discounted drink specials beginning Tuesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 25. Presented by Fernet-Branca, each evening event will feature a different co-host including BFF.fm, DoTheBay, San Franpsycho, Talent Moat, Trixie Rasputin, Twin Peak Sessions, and Bender’s. Entry is free for fans (21+ only) with RSVPs available via schedule.noisepopfest.com.

Noise Pop’s famed film program will also return for the 2023 festival and is set to include a variety of music-based screenings and special guests from across the world. The schedule begins Wednesday, with festival headliner Boy Harsher debuting its short film “The Runner”. Fans can then spend Thursday night watching the comedy mockumentary “CB4” with Director Tamra Davis; while Friday includes the West Coast premiere of psychedelic rock revival film “The Elephant 6 Recording Co.” along with the 50th-anniversary of documentary “Wattstax”. Saturday wraps up with “The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Concert: Live in Oklahoma 2021” as well as “Free Tibet”, commemorating one of the largest benefit concerts of all time first held in San Francisco in 1996. 

Bringing the busy week to a close, on Sunday afternoon Bottom of the Hill will host a celebration of the life and art of Noise Pop’s first official photographer, Peter Ellenby, with a classic lineup chock full of reunited old friends including Overwhelming Colorfast, Sgt. Major 6, Kingdom First, and Oranger. 

The current schedule of alternative programming and concerts during Noise Pop Festival 2023 is listed below and available online at schedule.noisepopfest.com. Festival badges are on sale now, along with tickets to each individual concert and film screening via www.noisepopfest.com. All badges grant access to all general admission (non-reserved seating) music concerts, happy hours, after-hours, and film screening events throughout the weeklong festival, although fans are encouraged to act fast as limited quantities remain.

“As we get ready to cross the thirty-year mark, it feels like Noise Pop’s independent spirit remains stronger than ever – as evidenced by the incredibly talented, creative and diverse slate of artists performing at the fest this February. It’s been a trip to watch Noise Pop evolve over the past three decades and I’m ever more grateful to those who have helped us not only survive but thrive in recent years as we’ve expanded and explored new opportunities beyond our namesake festival. I can’t wait to see where the next thirty years takes us,” said Noise Pop Founder Kevin Arnold.

Serving as a cultural arbiter and community advocate within the local arts scene for three decades while promoting thousands of concerts and creating unique festival properties across Northern California, Noise Pop looks forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of the team’s flagship festival brand - Noise Pop Festival - in just a few short weeks.

Over the course of a full week this coming February, Noise Pop Festival will once again transform the entire SF Bay Area each night into sprawling festival grounds with music concerts, art shows, film screenings, happy hours, and more taking place all across the city. Participating venues next February will once again include a number of historic concert halls and landmark venues like Great American Music Hall, Bottom of the Hill, The Chapel, Rickshaw Stop, The Regency Ballroom, August Hall, The New Parish, The Ivy Room, Public Works, and 1015 Folsom, among others.

This year's festival's artwork was designed by none other than Shepard Fairey, considered one of today’s most accomplished and sought-after contemporary artists. Learn more about his incredible artwork by visiting his company Obey Giant at www.obeygiant.com.

Noise Pop Festival would also like to thank its many sponsors involved with supporting this year’s event including Sierra Nevada, Grey Goose, Patrón, JuneShine, Fernet-Branca, Fort Point Cider, and BMI.

Stay tuned for more festival announcements through the official festival website at www.noisepopfest.com. Learn more about Noise Pop by visiting NoisePop.com, and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for future news and events.


Noise Pop Industries is the oldest home-grown independent music and arts event promoter in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1993, Noise Pop’s namesake festival has pioneered the multi-venue festival landscape and focused on showcasing early-career performances by then-emerging artists such as The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Joanna Newsom, The Flaming Lips, Courtney Barnett, Death Cab for Cutie, Grimes, and many more. 

Today, Noise Pop produces hundreds of concerts and unique events annually throughout the Bay Area and Northern California at more than two dozen of our favorite venues throughout the region.  NPI also partners with local organizations and institutions like the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, Fort Mason, and the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce to produce and promote cultural events via its NPI WHTLBL services brand. Additionally, NPI operates the Bay Area’s leading local nightlife and entertainment guide DoTheBay, helping hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents find out what to do in the Bay.

Please visit NoisePop.com for more information.

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Noise Pop Gallery Opening 

Featuring: Acoustic set from Austin Wasielewski

Where: Noise Pop Gallery (849 Valencia)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Free Entry


Noise Pop 30 Official Pre-Party 

Featuring: Neon Indian (DJ Set), DJ Brown Amy, and Paige P

Where: California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr)

When: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm


Noise Pop: “Alive and Kicking”, Noise Pop Photography Show

Featuring: Club Beef DJ Takeover

Where: Noise Pop Gallery (849 Valencia)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free Entry


Sierra Nevada Presents: Eternal Drag, The Manzanita, Byron Mayhew & more!

Where: Zeitgeist (199 Valencia St.)

When: 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Free, 21+ Entry


Sierra Nevada Presents: Thank You Come Again, Mild Universe, Chammeili, Josiah Flores 

Where: Zeitgeist (199 Valencia St.)

When: 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Free, 21+ Entry


Noise Pop Opening Night Party

Where: Kilowatt Bar (3160 16th Street)

When: 4:00pm - 8:00pm+

Free, 21+ Entry


Fernet-Branca Presents: DoTheBay & San Franpsycho Happy Hour

Featuring: Zair Williams, Sarah Coolidge, Outer Sunset

Where: Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S Van Ness Ave)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Free, 21+ Entry


Fernet-Branca Presents: Trixie Rasputin Happy Hour

Featuring: Rose Haze, Cardboard People, Enon

Where: Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S Van Ness Ave)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Free, 21+ Entry

“The Runner” (2022) / “Der Fan” (1982)

Where: Alamo Drafthouse New Mission (2550 Mission St)

When: 9:30 p.m.

Notes: Theatrical premiere of the Director’s Cut of Boy Harsher’s new short film “The Runner” followed by a 40th-anniversary screening of the German horror cult classic “Der Fan”


Fernet-Branca Presents: BFF.fm & Twin Peaks Sessions Happy Hour For Your Pleasure

Featuring: Startle & Wicked Pricks

Where: Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S Van Ness Ave)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Free, 21+ Entry

“CB4” (1993)

Featuring: Director Tamra Davis

Where:  Alamo Drafthouse New Mission (2550 Mission St)

When: 7:00 p.m.

Notes: 30th-anniversary screening of the comedy mockumentary that served as one of the breakout roles for standup legend-turned-actor Chris Rock


Fernet-Branca Presents: Talent Moat Happy Hour

Featuring: WARP, Shame Waves + Special Guest

Where: Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S Van Ness Ave)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Free, 21+ Entry

“Wattstax” (1973)

Where: Alamo Drafthouse New Mission (2550 Mission St)

When: 11:30 a.m.

Notes: 50th-anniversary screening of the documentary that covers a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival

“The Elephant 6 Recording Co.” (2022)

Featuring: Producer Rob Hatch-Miller

Where: The Cut Outdoor Cinema (250 Main St)

When: 6:30 p.m.

Notes: West Coast premiere of the new film that shares the unique inside story of the collective creative evolution behind the sounds of 1990s psychedelic rock revival bands Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Apples in Stereo


Fernet-Branca Presents: Bender’s Happy Hour 

Featuring: Highwinds, Disasteroid, Drunk Dom & The Roaches

Where: Bender’s Bar & Grill (806 S Van Ness Ave)

When: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Free, 21+ Entry

“The Flaming Lips Space Bubble Concert: Live in Oklahoma 2021” (2022)

Where: The Cut Outdoor Cinema (250 Main St)

When: 6:30 p.m.

Notes: New concert film offers a first-hand look at the Flaming Lips socially-distanced live performance which took place in 2021 in Oklahoma City where both performers and attendees were placed inside individually inflatable balls throughout the show


NOISE POP LEGENDS: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Peter Ellenby “OVERWHELMING COLORFAST”

Featuring: Sgt. Major 6, Kingdom First, Oranger

Where: Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St)

When: 1:30 pm

“Free Tibet” (1998)

Featuring: Deyden Tethong of Milarepa Fund and co-producer of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, Stacy Horne

Where: The Cut Outdoor Cinema (250 Main St)

When: 6:30 p.m.

Notes: 25th-anniversary screening of the documentary that chronicles the 1996 San Francisco Tibetan Freedom Concert, the largest benefit concert since Live Aid, that featured performances from A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk and more

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A Certain Ratio Shares New Track & Video "SAMO"



credit: Paul Husband

Today A Certain Ratio have shared new track “SAMO”, the latest offering from their forthcoming studio album, 1982, that is due for release on March 31st, 2023 via Mute. Across the slick and punchy funk grooves of “SAMO”, named after the graffiti tag of groundbreaking neo-expressionist NYC artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jez Kerr references a string of figures from New York’s ‘80s art scene, an environment which has held massive sway over the band since their time recording there in the ‘80s. He explains, “The song is all about Basquiat and the birth of Hip Hop. We were lucky enough to be in NY around that time, and some of the lyrics in the song are the unique phrases SAMO sprayed around the city.”

Watch the lyric video that pays homage to SAMO’s graffiti and the work of Basquiat here: https://mute.ffm.to/acrsamo

“SAMO”, alongside recent singles “Afro Dizzy” and “Waiting on a Train”, all feature one of Manchester’s fastest-rising neo-soul musicians Ellen Beth Abdi. Though a newcomer to A Certain Ratio, she’s already as central to the process as the members who’ve been there since the ‘70s , which highlights the band’s progressive instincts and willingness to keep A Certain Ratio deft.

Even by the band’s high standards and gleeful disregard for boundaries of style and genre, their latest studio album 1982 proves absorbingly multidimensional. Recorded by the core ACR line up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson alongside Tony Quigley, Matthew Steele and Ellen Beth Abdi (and a cameo from Mancunian rapper Chunky), it shoots off in every direction, whether it be searing Afrobeat, mind-melting jazz breakdowns or moody electronic experiments.

And the album title? Although 1982 might conjure memories of the year that saw ACR put out both the acclaimed Sextet and the cult favorite I’d Like To See You Again, it’s more of a playful red herring than an invitation to nostalgia.

Looking backwards and forwards all at once, drawing on influences from across every spectrum, 1982 is an unpredictable record that will reward a dedicated listener dozens of times over.

To celebrate the release of the album, A Certain Ratio will be embarking on a UK tour throughout April. Full Dates are listed below. 


4/20/2023 – Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms
4/21/2023 – Huddersfield, The Parish
4/22/2023 – Manchester, New Century Hall
4/23/2023 – Leeds, Brudenell
4/25/2023 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
4/26/2023 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
4/27/2023 – Bristol, The Exchange
4/29/2023 – London, The Garage

Before that, the band will be hosting a number of special Q&A / signing events in partnership with independent record shops in Manchester, Nottingham and London.

3/31/2023 – Manchester, Piccadilly Records – Q&A / signing
4/1/2023 – London, Rough Trade East - Q&A / signing
4/2/2023 – Nottingham, Rough Trade - Q&A / signing



Track listing:

1. Samo
2. Waiting on a Train
3. 1982
4. A Trip in Hulme
5. Constant Curve
6. Afro Dizzy
7. Holy Smoke
8. Tier 3
9. Ballad of ACR
10. Constant Curve

Pre-order 1982https://mute.ffm.to/acr-1982

Watch the animated video for “Afro Dizzy”: https://youtu.be/I1v0Bnr1J-Y
 Watch the video for “Waiting on a Train” feat. Mancunian rapper Chunky and Ellen Beth Abdi: https://youtu.be/XinZui6T1Cc



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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith shares Johan Lenox remix from Let's Turn It Into Sound Remixes

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith shares "You Already Know - Pivot Signal Rework (Feat. Johan Lenox)"
Let's Turn It Into Sound Remixes is out February 24
Global Tour in 2023

Let's Turn It Into Sound Remixes
Let's Turn It Into Sound (2022) Highlights:

"Her most joyous music yet." - MOJO Magazine, #7 Best Electronica Album of The Year

"It's a leap into the unknown, and her excitement is infectious." - Pitchfork (7.6)

"Glistening arpeggios and heavenly vocals." - The Guardian, Contemporary Album of The Month

"An impressive and surprising display of musical dexterity." - Bandcamp, Album of The Day

"Armed with homemade vocal processing and a new ear for bright, mischievous sounds, the synth wizard presents her weirdest, most vibrant work yet."
Resident Advisor

"There are flashes of gold here, there, and everywhere. Compositions that other artists might latch on to and stretch out for an entire career vanish in the blink of an eye." - The Quietus

"The ever-productive electronic musician never ceases to amaze." - Clash Magazine
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith just wrapped a US tour, check out the Spin Magazine Tour diary for highlights, following a banner 2022 with two albums (one with Grammy/Oscar-nominated Emile Mosseri) and a Spotify Singles series entry. Smith's Let's Turn It Into Sound Remixes project continues; after sharing remixes from Hrishikesh Hirway and Brijean, today she reveals the final installment, from hip-hop producer and singer Johan Lenox (whose credits include Travis Scott, Brockhampton, and Teyana Taylor). 

"Pivot Signal," one of Let's Turn It Into Sound's most adventurous stretches of symphonic sound design, serves as the foundation for an entirely new vocal composition. Lenox's soulful verses bounce along the bright instrumentation, confirming Smith’s sense for orchestral production can flourish in more conventional pop frameworks as well.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "You Already Know - Pivot Signal Rework (Feat. Johan Lenox)"

Let's Turn It Into Sound Remixes is out as a digital EP on February 24, 2023.

01. Have You Felt Lately (Brijean Remix)
02. You Already Know - Pivot Signal Rework (Feat. Johan Lenox)
03. Check Your Translation (Hrishikesh Hirway Remix)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith 2023 Live Dates

04.13 Norway, EU Munch
04.15 London, UK Kings Place – 2 shows
04.16 Colchester, UK Arts Centre
04.17 Bristol, UK Fleece
04.19 Leeds, UK Belgrave Music Hall
04.20 Manchester, UK Canvas
04.21 Norwich, UK Arts Centre
04.23 Brighton, UK CHALK
04.25 Leuven, BE STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound
04.28 Paris, FR Petit Bain
04.29 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
05.01 Leipzig, DE UT Connevitz
05.02 Berlin, DE Silent Green / Kuppelhalle
05.04 Cologne, DE Kölner Philharmonie ACHT BRÜCKEN
05.05 Hamburg, DE Elphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal for Internationalen Musikfest Hamburg

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a classically-trained American composer, performer, and producer from the Pacific Northwest. Her music is a form of auditory interpretation, powered by curiosity and her toolkit of modular, analogue, and rare synthesizers (including her signature Buchla), orchestral textures, and voice. Since her first self-releases in 2012, she has explored the endless possibilities of electronic instruments and the relationship between sound, shape, color, body movement, and expression. Spanning releases on Western Vinyl, RVNG Intl., Ghostly International, and her own multidisciplinary project, Touchtheplants, her work has drawn acclaim from all reaches of the experimental music world, including NPR, The New York Times, The Wire, and Rolling Stone. The latter named Smith's 2017 LP The Kid their avant-garde album of the year. Her collaborations include projects with Danny Elfman, Emile Mosseri, Suzanne Ciani, and commissions for Apple, BBC Orchestra, Epcot Center, Google, and others. With Let's Turn It Into Sound, her latest album on Ghostly, Smith moves through vibrant avant-pop and neoclassical songcraft, expressing a feeling that words alone cannot.

Artist Site

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