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Noise Pop 2013: Starfucker and Blackbird Blackbird

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Ed. note: Friend of Treeswingers Jonathan Hall gives us a first-person account of what it’s like to get caught up in a haze of pandas, teeny boppers and Starfucker. 

It’s the loaded Friday night of Noise Pop and I am going to a Starfucker show for the first time. Words and phrases like “insane,” “cross-dressed” and “floor-bouncing” buzz in my ear.

I arrive early and do my best to blend in with the adolescent crowd leftover from Blackbird Blackbird. Eventually I settle in, upfront and early, only to realize I’m the only one in the front row old enough to drink the whiskey and ice that’s in my hand. As I down my plastic cup of booze and wait for the teenage dance carnage to begin, a brief flashlight guides the four lanky members of a group now known as the more radio-friendly STRFKR into position.

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Korallreven at The Independent 3/18/12

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Photo: Ryan Mac

If you went to the bathroom, you could have missed half the set. If you had bad Indian food… well. Making their United States debut, Sweden’s  Korallreven arrived in a haze of shadows, but were gone in a flash–clocking in 35 minutes or music at The Independent in San Francisco before dashing out the door.

Before the Swedish cameo, opener Giraffage set the stage nicely for Korallreven with some slick DJ work involving beats and melodies usually too delicate for the average laptop button smasher. With an on-stage presence akin to Nosaj Thing but a audio style that recalls the work of Baths, San Francisco’s Charlie Yin foot tapped and head bobbbed for a crowd composed of friends and curious onlookers. Not soon after closing he joined the crowd to take in the main attraction.

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Noise Pop 2012: Surfer Blood at The Independent 2/25/12

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Photo: Ryan Mac

It was a night of sharing for Surfer Blood. The band from West Palm Beach, Florida shared the stage with three–yes, three–openers. They shared their instruments with audience members. And the crowd shared some insights of their own (one observant woman yelled out, “Your fly’s open!” to which lead singer JP Pitts did a quick XYZ fix.)

On Saturday night, arguably the most mellow of a packed 2012 Noise Pop, Surfer Blood was the main attraction, pulling in both Fake ID holders and 40-somethings to a sold-out show at The Independent. In its 20th year of existence, the San Francisco February fixture had already hosted the likes of The Flaming Lips and Bob Mould. Day Five was left to a band from a younger generation, with plenty of dressings before the main course.

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