One of the best indie festivals in the world is just around the corner, ready to invade the San Francisco Bay Area with well over a week’s worth of drool-worthy events. Luckily for us up here in Sac, gas is cheap right now. Can you say, road trip time?! To the uninitiated, Noise Pop—now in it’s 24th year—is a city-wide explosion of concerts, film screenings, performances, pre-parties, after-parties, dance parties, highly-sought-after-sold-out parties and basically all things rad. Trust us, you’ll want to check the full lineup and schedule at A few shows we highly recommend are Metric with Joywave at The Masonic on Feb. 23; Kneedelus on Feb. 24 at SF Jazz Center; The Thermals with So Pitted and Cruel Summer at Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Feb. 25; Neon Indian at Mezzanine on Feb. 27; American Football at The Regency Ballroom on Feb. 27; and DIIV on Feb. 28 at The Independent. Snag yourself a badge and you can even get into sold-out shows to see artists like Kamasi Washington, Drive Like Jehu, Bill Callahan, Vince Staples and Parquet Courts! Don’t sleep on the film series, either. Noise Pop has lined up 20-plus screenings, highlighting music in film, featuring Q&As, special events and even a few live scores. More at


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