The Noise Pop pre-party kick off event was last night at the Academy of Science. Were you there?
This year I am covering Noise Pop with a press pass. (LEGIT) The Pre-Party was my first event, and they had a special entrance for the press. (TOO COOL) There was no line and we got to cross a fancy, softly lit people bridge behind The Academy of Science … this was pretty cool!
My favorite part of Noise Pop are the Happy Hour Events. They’re free, open to everybody, and a great place to discover new bands. Not to be biased … but I am … and I must erge you not to miss Thursday’s happy hour, hosted by my project Balanced Breakfast and featuring some of my amazing friends band’s: The Damn Fanatics, Friends w/o Benefits & Bear Lincoln. The Happy Hours are hosted by such groups as San Franpsycho, Do415, Different Fur and The Bay Bridged, and you will see me at all of them. So before you head out to an official Noise Pop show, come join us at Bender’s.
It started with Waters opening for Weezer and it happened again the other night when BATTLEHOOCH opened for of Montreal.
I started listening to of Montreal in 2000. I thought they were a pretty big deal then and I still consider them to be one of my more favorite bands today! Thus when I discovered that BATTLEHOOCH was playing a show with them … I knew I had to be there. My BATTLEHOOCH friends were the icing on an already good cake, and I wasn’t about to miss my piece! It’s an amazing feeling when a young band filled with your friends is suddenly playing with a huge world famous bands. It’s like your little boys are growing up.
Maybe you’ve noticed this … but I feel like a lot of the bands I started falling in 2009 have recently come in to their own. Suddenly the bands that I used to see on a monthly basis at some small venue in The Bay are touring places farther & farther from home. In addition many of them are opening for a huge acts instead of headlining for smaller acts. It’s a super interesting food chain … you’re the biggest animal in your city … then you become the smallest beast in a large world circuit.
Jason Kick was running the sound last night at Amnesia, he asked Bridgette Moody, the lead singer of Haunted Summer if she was ready. Her response was simple, “where is my beer?” She looks around, sees it on the piano next to me. “Can you hand me that?” I did. “Now I’m ready.” She took her gum out of her mouth and stuck it to the top of her Korg, then with the help of her band proceeded to give the stage and the rest of Amnesia all hell.
Last month I got to talk to Sondre Lerche on the Phone about his tour and his show in San Francisco. IT WAS AWESOME!
article and photo by: Stefan – SF Intercom The best part about overnight festivals is that you don’t have to go home for 3 days … and everybody wants their photo taken. OH YEAH! And there is music … here are some of the DJ’s with music I heard & liked at NNMFestival. If you heard something you liked, […]
I’ve done concerts & I’ve done camping … but on the way to Northern Nights Music Festival 2014 I realized I’ve never done an overnight festival.
I almost didn’t make it to NNMF 2014 … but as I was giving up Tucker Gumber messaged me and said “You’re coming with me!”
article and photo by: Stefan Aronsen ULUV comes on to the SF music scene with a “Boom!!! Shake-shake-shake the room!!! Tic-tic-tic-tic boom!!!” On Saturday ULUV hosted hundreds of musicians on approximately 20 stages across SF. Many of my friends were playing and I had intended to see them all … but I fell in love with what […]
I’m researching playlists to see who has the best one.
I’m looking around at playlists to see who has the best embeddable player. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know which service it is. Any suggestions greatly appreciated … this will be a great way to get the exact player you have always wanted. OR ALMOST! HA!
I recently got hired as the Art Director at DeliRadio. DeliRadio makes playlists based on the bands that are coming in to town. Attached is a quick playlist of a few of the bands I “heart” from SF and the Bay. Check out my playlist, and check out DeliRadio. If you’re a band you’ll love […]
I’m doing a radio show every Sunday from 6-8PM This Sunday from 6pm – 8pm I will be DJing at Mutiny Radio. Listen in to hear music from tons of local sf and bay area bands. Listen Live from 6pm – 8pm: http://126.96.36.199:8450/live.m3u You can call in your requests: 415-550-0511 Also if you’re local, come hang […]
I get bored super easy! So when I saw that Before The Brave was finally going on tour I told them “I want in!”
I’m not going to Lie … I may have begged a bit. It’s possible I may have been telling Jason Perry Stevens for months, “the second you go on tour … I want in!” I told him I would be his back up dancer, pr pro, merch babe, pack mule, anything the band needed.
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom Noise Pop starts this week … I hope to see you out at a show!!! There are five free happy hour shows. I am going to see them all, however I know some of you aren’t willing to commit that much of your week to music. Thus you will likely […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom Helping you get the ladies since the 80s! Helping me since the 80’s? I guess I should say thank you? HA! I was contacted recently by Playboy School from Sacremento, “Stefan! You’re so going to love this band… AND… we’re playing shows in SF soon!” I listened to them… and […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom The band is called Yalls, but he’s a band of one?! From the other side of Rock Make I speed walked past all the vendors to see what band was creating such an amazing collage of sounds. Upon arrival I realized the sounds I had been enjoying were coming from […]
Were you at Rock Make today? I was! There was an amazing line-up of bands… and the event has gotten bigger!!! It now includes bouncing blow up houses for the kids, a beer garden for adults and food for all. Not to mention the number amazing venders including but not limited to my friends at […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom I don’t know where “Boom Town” is but I wish it was somewhere near SF. This last week I was in Portland for pleasure. No agenda… but to my delight I discovered it was Music Fest NW and Widmer was having their Oktober Fest a month early. (Likely very unrelated) […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom I know this isn’t a normal post for me!!! However… a couple days ago I was contacted by the PR agency of America’s Got Talent. They asked… “Stefan, do you know any bands that you think would be appropriate for America’s Got Talent?” My first thought was, “HELLS YEAH!” (I […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom Noise Pop is quickly approaching… and as per usual there are tons of shows to choose from. So I’ve made a list of shows I would attend if I went to a show every day! (I’ve excluded sold out shows… cus why tease you?!) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Academy of […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom In 14 days we visited 7.5 states played 11 shows and showered approximately 5 times. When you’re on tour you suddenly realize how much you value sleeping in a bed, eating food at home… and having the ability to take a shower every day if you so choose. I quickly discovered the […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom In 14 days I got to see a lot of flat lands, deserts and highways.. a lot that I had already been on in previous days. While seeing 7 states in 14 days was fun. I couldn’t help but think to myself (and sometimes out loud) that the routing was […]
Article by: Stefan – SF Intercom In 14 days we visited 7.5 states and played 11 shows. Which as you can imagine means we spent a lot of time in the van. Our tour started in San Francisco at Bottom of The Hill, the next day we were in Portland at Branx followed by shows in […]