The San Francisco lovefest known as the Noise Pop Music Festival is off to a fantastic start with the announcement of its 2011 festival dates. It will go down on Feb. 22 - 27 at places like The Bottom Of The Hill, Bimbo's, and Great American Music Hall. Check out more information at the festival overview.
If you've got a band, and you're sufficiently noisy (or pop, better yet both) you can still try to land a gig at Noise Pop. Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 7 from bands that qualify as Alternative, Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop, Punk, Rock, and Singer/Songwriter. Dig it.
If you want in on the Noise Pop Film Festival, you must fit into one of two categories (better yet, both): Music Documentary or "Use of Music in a Film." Get the tribe together with a digital camera (better yet, three) and shoot your best take on the world.
And of course there's the requisite Indie Night School sessions, Noise Pop poster show, art shows, and more to be announced. The festival is in its 19th year.
Noise Pop started in 1993 as a one night deal with 5 bands in a small club, but has grown over time to include multiple days, multiple locations, film screenings, panels, and art. It's played host the Flaming Lips doing a boombox experiment, Frank Black and the Catholics doing Pixies songs, Death Cab For Cutie, 16 Deluxe, and more. They even tried to spawn a sister Noise Pop in Chicago in 2000.
Check out the Spacelab Festival Guide for more information on Noise Pop 2011, as well as video coverage from the last festival and many others.