One of the coolest regional rock 'n' roll festivals began
last night at the Kilowatt in San Francisco with performances by Colorfast,
Stuntman American Sensei, No Knife and Sparkle. The festival, co-presented by
Addicted To Noise (we make no money from it, we just get to tell you about it
and be listed on a cool Frank Kozik poster), runs four days this year and
includes six shows at four of the hippest underground clubs in the city.
Tonight, none other than Seattle's Fastbacks headline a show at the Bottom of
the Hill that also includes East Bay rockers Bracket, Calgary punkers
Chixdiggit and the Bay Area's own Action Slacks.
Begun in 1993 as a
"micro-music festival" showcasing "local bands writing songs rich with guitars,
melody and noise," the festival now draws cool bands from, as the organizers
put it, "the west coast, and beyond."
There is, naturally, a Noise Pop web
site, courtesy of the folks at Jetpack (which used to be called Buzznet). Head
over to http://www.jetpack.com/noisepop for detailed info and, as the festival
unfolds, photos, reports and other related info.
The action starts in the
afternoon Saturday with a 3 PM show at the Bottom of the Hill that includes
Tilt, Groovie Ghoolies and Maxiwagon. The enterprising netcast company,
MediaCast will be posting audio/video material from the show on the MediaCast
site located at www.mediacast.com/
Saturday night the Bottom of the Hill
rocks with Meices (lot of buzz on this band, which has a Gil Norton produced
album due out on London Records soon), Red 5, Skiploader and Carlos.
festival wraps up on Sunday with two shows. The first, the "Matinee Waffle
Brunch," takes place at the Chameleon with six bands: Hugh, Trackstar, Magic
Paper, Creeper Lagoon and Farflung. The second, at the Trocadero, is headlined
by the international acclaimed Supersuckers, with sets by Tenderloin, Clarke
Nova, Alcohol Funnycar and Peppercorn.
ATN will be at some of the shows and
we'll have reports in the days to