In the great tradition of intelligent, competitive entertainment (such as the shining beacon of light that is Pants-Off Dance-Off, or American Idol, or any other number of quality programs on the telly) I am enlisting the help of you, the reader, to help me decide what shows to see at the upcoming Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco (Feb 27-March 4). There are so many excellent offerings that I am a bit stumped.
On the superb show Pants-Off Dance-Off (that I was unfortunately exposed to one time, and summarily blinded for a week) all the people that you never wanted to see in various states of undress do just that for you. You get the nymphomaniac Ukrainian girl who thinks she is a lot hotter than she is, the nerdy computer programmer geek who thinks he’s hilarious in his undies, or the sassy large lady who wants to broaden your horizons of beauty (and pretty much fails). The viewers vote and America Decides who they want to see take it all off on the website.
There should not be much pants-off dancing in San Francisco for me but the democratic model of you guys voting to help to decide my itinerary suits me well, since I’ll be reporting back on the whole shebang for your enjoyment. Some shows I know for sure that I won’t miss, but there are a few nights (mostly Thursday and Friday) where I could go either way, and that’s where you come in. Please help me navigate the waters of grade-A indie rock — have you seen any of these bands? As George Thorogood wonders, Who do you love?
Incidentally, if you live in the Bay Area (or need a junket), this is also a list of recommendations of where you should consider being in a few weeks’ time — tickets are on sale and a few shows are already close to selling out.
SATURDAY Mar 3 (pretty set)
* The Art Of Noise Pop [Exhibit & Expo]
1pm to 6pm @ Swedish-American Hall
* Afternoon panel with Indie Night School
3:30-5:30pm @ Swedish-American Hall
My head is spinning.