Noise Pop Festival Continues

Photo by Peter Ellenby; coutesy of Jetpack, where you'll find more cool photos from Noise Pop.

One of the coolest regional rock 'n' roll festivals began

night before last 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. Last, none other than Seattle's Fastbacks rocked the house at the

Bottom of the Hill along with East Bay rockers Bracket, Calgary punkers

Chixdiggit and the Bay Area's own Action Slacks. (ATN expects to include a

report on that show tomorrow if our correspondent lived to tell us about

it.)

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. Today Jetpack features a small selection of photos taken at the first

show.

The action continues in the afternoon today 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

http://www.mediacast.com/

Tonight

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.

The 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 have

reports on some of the shows in the days to

come.