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The Noise Pop Podcast

By Noise Pop

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The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing important, noteworthy new releases from the independent and underground music scene. The Noise Pop podcast is unique because it simply serves as a forum for new music discovery. Host Dawson Ludwig handpicks the music each month and delivers his knowledgeable perspective on the artists and their song that withholds critique. The podcast also features musical tastemakers and musicians to discuss recent music discoveries, larger topics about the state of independent music, and the process of writing and recording music. Noise Pop ( sprang to life in 1993. It was originally a single night in a small club showcasing the best of the burgeoning underground San Francisco music scene. It has since developed into one of the country's leading independent music festivals. The event has achieved grassroots and critical success, as well as international recognition. Many of the most important artists of our time -- including The White Stripes, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Bright Eyes, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco have played on the Noise Pop stages. Over the course of five days, Noise Pop presents dozens of unique and important music shows in the city's best-loved venues. It has grown to include a film festival, an educational series, and art openings. It is a music-lover's celebration and a celebration of San Francisco -- the shows sell out, people have fun, and every year the event grows in size and scope. Noise Pop also co-produces the Treasure Island Music Festival in October. The two-day festival has featured some of the most exciting burgeoning and established indie artists of our time. Much like the Noise Pop Music Festival, Treasure Island is a love letter to San Francisco and its one-of-a-kind independent culture.

Customer Reviews

Indie Staple

This is one of my staples for finding new music I love. It's 10% funny banter, 10% helpful info, and 80% awesome independent music. It features a lot of great local (SF Bay Area) artists as well as national ones, and gives a good variety of genres within the indie scope. Noise Pop has been a mainstay in the local independent music scene for almost 20 years, and an early supporter of bands like Modest Mouse and The White Stripes. I can't think of a more trusted source for sharing great artists before they get big. Definitely worth a listen. Highly recommended!

the authority on bay area indie music

that's right folks, i said it. sure you have pitchfork and kcrw and woxy and whomever. and you know, i love them for what they give me. but being a san franciscan, i love the local flavor of this podcast. and really, the fact that it's not just local acts that are played, but at least they're featured. i've discovered great stuff on here, like delorean and others. and come on, who else is making indie music waves, or at least monitoring them, like noisepop? check it out, y''re hella gonna like it.

ear on the pulse

great round up of indy music in the Bay Area, I'm hooked