"The Noise Pop Festival isn't just surviving. It's thriving.
The very term 'Noise Pop' has become its own institution."

~ SF Weekly

Noise Pop 2003
Noise Pop, an institution in the independent music world, has unveiled headliners for its 11th annual installment of the festival. This year's event, which runs from February 25th through March 2nd, will once again feature a collection of critic's darlings and about-to-be sensations including Stephen Malkmus, The Donnas, Tortoise, Cat Power, Calexico, Hot Rod Circuit, Trans Am, Dead Moon, The Pattern, Folk Implosion, The Dirtbombs, The Go, No Knife, (smog), and a very rare appearance by a reunited Camper Van Beethoven. [complete fest schedule]

Founded in 1993 by uber-music fan Kevin Arnold, Noise Pop has evolved from a one-night stand into a week long marathon of musical mayhem and introspection. The festival - which has been dubbed "the little festival that could" by SOMA Magazine - offers up six days of intimate and exciting shows, music themed films, and panel discussions via the Noise Pop Educational Series. Attended by thousands of avid music fans each and every year, it has been a stop for many a future internationally renowned artist, including the White Stripes in 2001, Jimmy Eat World in both 1999 and 2001, and Modest Mouse in 1998. The festival has also been graced with performances by some of the most seminal figures in independent music history including Bob Mould, X, Flaming Lips, Big Star and Frank Black.

Camper Van Beethoven
Camper Van Beethoven | photo by Danny Clinch
In 2000 the festival stepped outside of rock clubs and added both the Noise Pop Film Festival and the Noise Pop Educational Series. Last year's film fest featured Radiohead's Reflections of Kid A as well as the Bay Area debut of the Nick Drake documentary A Skin Too Few and the Clash's Westways To The World. The Noise Pop Educational Series is aimed at independent musicians with topics ranging from "Black, White, & Cred All Over: A Look into the Mysterious Science of Credibility" to more pragmatic discussions such as the ins and outs of life on the road. Past participants include musicians Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Scott Kannberg of Pavement, John Doe of X, and celebrated authors/journalists Greil Marcus, Ann Powers, and Gina Arnold.

For 2003 Noise Pop is excited to announce a partnership with Experience Music Project. Located in Seattle, EMP is an interactive music museum dedicated to celebrating and teaching about American popular music. Noise Pop is working hand-in-hand with EMP in continuing to present the best and brightest in underground music while also expanding the educational and community outreach components of the festival. Stay tuned for more announcements in the near future!

"We couldn't dream up a better partner than EMP," says Noise Pop co-producer Jordan Kurland. "We are very fortunate to be working with an organization that truly is only about the music. Having their support and input has allowed us to step up our operations as well as to develop some new aspects of the festival."

Visit the Noise Pop Festival website for a complete fest schedule! All-festival badges are on sale now exclusively at at, and most individual show tickets are on sale through each club's respective ticket outlets.

[Published on: 2/19/03]

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