Ceremony killed it at Rickshaw Stop on Wednesday, March 27th and the crowd went crazy for them. Bailey Greenwood captured all the moshing and action during this wild show. 

Check out our interview with Noise Pop 2013 performer XXYYXX!

Video by Merlin Jackson

XXYYXX headlined for Noise Pop’s all electronic line-up on February 28th at DNA Lounge. Enjoy photos Thursday night photos of XXYYXX, Nanosaur, and DJ Dials courtesy of James Pawlish. 

Kim Gordon helped open up Noise Pop 21 at Rickshaw Tuesday, February 26th with her post-Sonic Youth project Body/Head with Bill Nanace. Our Do415 photographer, Bailey Greenwood was there to catch Body/Head’s first San Francisco performance along with Horsebladder, and Burmese.

Word of Mouth: Christopher Appelgren (The Bold Italic)

Christopher Appelgren is Marketing Lead for the SF-oriented online publication, The Bold Italic. Before becoming a part of the team, Christopher was the marketing director for Noise Pop Industries, producer of the Noise Pop and Treasure Island Music Festivals, and also operated the seminal independent label, Lookout Records, where he worked with artists including Ted Leo, Green Day, The Donnas, Pretty Girls Make Graves and others.

What is (what would be) your twitter bio? 

It would probably be a line of lyrics from a favorite song, undoubtedly kind of depressing and confusing. 

What is your favorite event space (gallery, venue, etc..) in the Bay Area?

I love the Great American Music Hall, Bar 355, the Hemlock, Gilman Street, 1-2-3-4 Go Records, and lots of random warehouse spaces and backyards. I’m also into the newly opened Night Light, in Oakland. It’s a bar with a live venue space upstairs that’s about to revealed.

 What is your favorite neighborhood in the Bay Area? Why?

The Dogpatch is great for being a gem hidden in plain site. There is so much happening there, but requires you open your eyes and look to see it. I also really dig Clement in the Inner Richmond for such a great mix of cultures, businesses, delicious food, and unexpected treats. 

If you could reunite any band, who would it be?

Nobody actually. I find band reunions kind of a bummer. There are lots of bands I would have loved to see when they were together originally though - most notably The Byrds, Void, Spacemen 3, Television, Orange Juice, The Band. 

If you had to order the same drink at a bar for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I feel like I am already living under that rule, with occasional time off for good behavior. My drink is almost always a gin and tonic.

Emily Wells Tonight!!

It’s late notice, sure, but it’s worth a dropping of plans to get yourself out to the Swedish American Hall tonight and breathe in the fresh air radiated by Emily Wells. With ability that stretches incredible lengths, she builds songs from the ground up, looping and layering across a variety of genres while the wide array of instruments she wields pile up. Her voice is a captivating straight line to emotion, a nice change of pace in an increasingly emotionless music world. She’s touring in support of new album, Mama, and will be joined by the Portland Cello Project. It’s all ages, $15 and worth it just to watch someone reach their full potential before your eyes.

Tastemaker Spotlight: Jon April

This week, we asked Tastemaker Jon April to answer a few questions about himself and all the fun happenings in San Francisco. Originally hailing from a small town outside of Washington, DC, Jon is now a San Francisco resident who writes for the electronic music blog “Vacay Vitamins”. Find out more about Jon in his questionnaire!

- What upcoming event are you most excited about? 

I’m extremely excited for Outside Lands this summer and Treasure Island in the fall.  I moved here last August and just missed last year’s Outside Lands and wasn’t able to make it to Treasure Island.  I’ve heard nothing but great things about both and they seem pretty unique in their settings and artist line-ups.

- What is your favorite neighborhood in the Bay Area? Why?

My favorite neighborhood has to be Lower Haight although I’m pretty biased seeing as I live there.  I stayed in North Beach and Russian Hill when I first got out here and both areas were extremely nice but didn’t seem to have as much going on as the southern part of the city.

Lower Haight is great because we can walk to the Mission for awesome food and bars, Upper Haight to find cool clothes and music, Hayes Valley for more awesome food and we have Alamo Square and Golden Gate park fairly close.  

- Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a town called Potomac, Maryland that’s a suburb of DC.  It’s a cool little town that feels bigger than it is mostly because of it’s proximity to DC.  A lot of the people in the town work for the government or are ambassadors of some sort so you find a lot of interesting people from all over the world.

- What is the Bay Area missing?

Good wings.  I don’t know if it’s just a East Coast vs. West Coast thing but so far I haven’t found many places in the city with good wings.  The one place so far that has some decent ones is Wing Wings in the Lower Haight but I suspect their wings are good because the people running it are from Maryland.  Make sure to get Old Bay Seasoning on everything.

- Who/what is the next big thing in your field?

I love electronic music and I think this year is the year of disco.  You’ve got guys like Lenno, Chromeo, the Knocks, Treasure Fingers, the Magician all putting out awesome stuff.  And especially in the Bay area where we’ve got guys like Poolside, Viceroy and White Noize playing shows all over the place.

I really think a lot of people that didn’t listen to a lot of disco are gonna start getting in to it this year.

- What superpower would you rather have: fly or be invisible?

I would definitely choose fly.  One thing I want to do a lot more of is travel around the world and being that it’s pretty expensive/time consuming, the ability to fly would make it a lot easier.  Also I’m not sure how much I would use the invisibility thing, I like hanging out with people.

Word of Mouth

Word of Mouth is a new series on our blog that asks the tastemakers of Do415 to share their thoughts on upcoming shows, musicians, books and general get-to-know-you questions. To kick things off we asked Gregory Hill of Professional Fans and Temple SF to dish on his favorite shows, his favorite drink, what events he’s looking forward, and more.. 

1. What has been your favorite event of 2012 so far?

Thats tough with both SXSW and Noise Pop this year. I would have to say Born Gold, oOoOO and Grimes at the Rickshaw stop was the best show I’ve seen so far this year. Grimes really blew me away with her charisma and attention to detail in her music. I think she may be one of the most artistic artists creating music right now. 


2. What is your favorite book from when you were a kid?

I don’t know if this counts but in high school I was addicted to the Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald has a way with words, details and story structure.


3. If you could reunite any band, who would it be?

 I’d bring back Bradley Nowell from the dead and reunite Sublime, But I’d be happy with MF DOOM and Madlib teaming up for another Madvillan tour/album. 

4. If you had to order the same drink for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Whisky Sour for sure.

5. What are 3 bands do you wish would tour together?

Justice, The XX, MF DOOM

6. What upcoming event are you most excited for?

 Besides Coachella obviously, SF has some amazing shows coming up. Cults 4/5 at Slims, Paper Diamond 4/9 at the Independent, Youth Lagoon 4/13 at the Independent, Justice 4/17 At the Fox, Miike Snow 4/12 At the Fox, White Arrows 4/15 at Slims, St Vincent and tUnE YaRdS 4/24 at the Fox, Tennis 4/30 the Independent, Curren$y 5/4 the Regency and Portugal. The Man 5/6 at the Independent.