For its 24th edition, Noise Pop 2016 brought in over 150 acts to the Bay Area over the course of a week. Check out our recap of the six shows we attended at this year’s festival.
“I think my eyes are going to fall out of my face.”
That was a text I sent to James (aka @spoopycreppy if you follow our Instagram account) on Friday night as I watched Parquet Courts shake up the crowd at The New Parish. It was my fourth Noise Pop show of the week on top of a full 40-hour work week, and I was struggling but determined to stick it out.
I made it out to six Noise Pop shows in a row last week. I started off at Brick and Mortar for Dick Stusso and Hazel English. The following day, I satisfied my aching desire to see La Sera, which was made that much better with sets by Rudy de Anda and Surf Curse. I was already feeling tired by Thursday, but was instantly revived by four killer sets for my second time at Brick and Mortar—Party Baby, Cruel Summer, So Pitted and The Thermals all killed it.
I hit a wall (mentally, not literally) Friday night before heading to the New Parish, and still somehow managed to get there early for The World. Saturday night, I weighed my options: do I sleep? keep it mellow at The Knockout? or try to see Carly Rae Jepson at the Warfield? Well, you might’ve guessed it. I didn’t make it to CRJ, nor did I sleep. Deep down, I knew I’d make my way down to the Knockout to catch Dinosaurs, Dirty Dishes and Wax Idols. And these bands worked surprisingly well together, especially for how different they all are. I finally ended this marathon at The Independent on Sunday night for DIIV‘s second sold-out performance of the week to see Fine Points and Dirty Ghosts.
See photos below broken down by each night.
2/23—Dick Stusso and Hazel English @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
2/24—La Sera with Rudy de Anda and Surf Curse @ Rickshaw Stop
2/25—The Thermals with So Pitted, Cruel Summer and Party Baby @ Brick and Mortar Music Hall
2/26—Parquet Courts and The World @ The New Parish
2/27—Wax Idols with Dirty Dishes and Dinosaurs
2/28—Fine Points with DIIV and Dirty Ghosts
All images copyright © Julie Juarez