Noise Pop 2013 Preview

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Nosaj Thing
When: Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences

After a three-year hiatus, Jason Chung, the LA-based producer behind Nosaj Thing, has just released his sublime new album Home. Frustrated by the current state of electronic music, Chung produces gorgeously intimate, stripped-down bass, heavily influenced by the late ’90s sounds of Aphex Twin, Dr. Dre and DJ Shadow.

Meadhbh McGrath

STRFKR
When: Mar. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: California Academy of Sciences

Fresh off their release of Miracle Mile, one of the leading ensembles in indie synth-pop is ready to put on a show (and they always know how). Abandon any predispositions about their brand of music or the swarm of hipster scum you might anticipate — they will get you partying regardless.

Ephraim Lee

Toro Y Moi
When: Mar. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Independent

If groovy synths and treble-level vocals get you in the mood for dancing, then Toro Y Moi will fulfill your smooth move desires. Originally from South Carolina, the electronic artist has recently moved to Berkeley to blast his chillwave vibes throughout the Bay.

Ian Birnam

XXYYXX
When: Feb. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: DNA Lounge

XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, Fla.’s 17-year-old bedroom producer, Marcel Everett. Following the success of his self-titled debut album in 2012, Everett has been labeled as everything from “contemporary blogwave” to “post-Internet.” He himself describes his enchanting, sensual music pretty accurately as “doing drugs on a freeway underwater.”

Meadhbh McGrath

‘Enthusiastic Person’
When: Through Mar. 3
Where: Fecal Face Dot Gallery

Wondering who designed the giant skulled figure with eyeballs drooping from its front teeth on Noise Pop’s website? Jay Howell is your man. Howell’s lovable monsters are endearing with their citrus colors, spindly limbs and toothy half-grimace-half-smiles.

A.J. Kiyoizumi

Sir Sly
When: Feb. 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Rickshaw Stop

After one listen to Ghost, there’s no surprise that Neon Gold (the label that exposed Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding) kicked off the year with Sir Sly’s debut EP. Their inimitable blend of synth, riffs and heart-thumping percussion fused with haunting vocals create a cathartic experience. They are a band to watch, both critically and commercially.

Ephraim Lee

Amon Tobin
When: Mar. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Public Works

Brazilian electronic artist Amon Tobin produces concerts that are as much art installations as they are musical performances. The shape-shifting structures he uses to project naturalistic images serve as the backdrop to his dense music, evoking a surreal dream. If you want an out-of-this-world musical and visual experience, Amon Tobin is your go-to man.

Addy Bhasin

Rogue Wave
When: Mar. 1, 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bottom of the Hill

It’s been a year and a half since indie rockers Rogue Wave have played, but with their reformation last June, the Oakland band will be playing the iconic Bottom of the Hill venue in San Francisco this Friday. Though their show is sold out, keep them on your radar if you dig soothing guitar lines and vocal harmonies.

Ian Birnam

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
When: Mar. 1, 8 p.m.
Where: Bottom of the Hill

On guitar, Thao Nguyen makes complex, incredibly fast guitar riffs look like child’s play. Mixing infectiously catchy bluegrass-esque tunes with intricate yet light-hearted guitar riffs, Thao and her band are bound to bring the energy to Noise Pop.

Art Siriwatt

‘Bad Brains: A Band in DC’
When: Mar. 1, 9 p.m.
Where: Artists’ Television Access

A 30-year-old American band the Bad Brains have caught our attention with an innovative style that blends punk and reggae. Some argue they have never gotten the recognition they deserve. Go see them for yourself and check out what all the fuss is about.

Braulio Ramirez

Lil Tuffy Poster Show
When: Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Where: The Knockout

It seems as though the only thing that the White Stripes, Wu-Tang Clan and Pretty Lights agree on is the skill of Lil Tuffy, the San Franciscan master of band posters. He now curates the Noise Pop Poster Series, and his show demonstrates his minimalist but effective take on hundreds of bands and festivals since 2002.

A.J. Kiyoizumi

Fuzz
When: Through Mar. 3
Where: Bender’s Bar

Fuzz, the new collaboration between Ty Segall and guitarist Charlie Moothart, is nothing short of some good old raw, sloppy fun. Segall and Moothart will be making their San Francisco debut, co-headlining The Knockout with Austin’s OBN III’s on Feb. 28. Be prepared to throw an elbow or two, as this is sure to be the wildest show of the week.

Samuel Avishay

‘See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould’
When: Feb. 27, 9 p.m.
Where: Roxie Theatre

Last November, director Justin Mitchell captured in high-quality video a concert that gathered some of the most influential musicians working today to perform songs from Bob Mould’s historic catalog. What better way to celebrate the work of an artist than by watching other artists pay him homage?

Braulio Ramirez

Jason Lytle
When: Feb. 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Brick and Mortar Music Hall

If you missed Grandaddy’s reunion tour at Outside Lands, now is the perfect time to catch the band’s frontman at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall. Master of synth-heavy atmospheric rock, Lytle should enthrall audiences with songs off his newest album Dept. of Disappearance with some classic Grandaddy songs thrown in as well.

Art Siriwatt