By Max Jacobs | February 22nd, 2011
Finally, my type of music festival comes around again: Noise Pop! The type of festival that’s not even really a music festival as we would normally think of it, but a series of small shows clustered over a few short days. And I know what you’re going say about the large music festivals. Sure, sure, Coachella is an amazing desert oasis with a killer lineup, Bonnaroo will inspire an amazing cross country roadtrip, and Sasquatch is the best place to eat mushrooms in the forest while listening to the Decemberists.
But I just can’t do it. The crowds, the noise, the dirt, the sudden irresistible desire to find a hacky sack — it’s just not for me. Noise Pop is different! It understands me. I don’t want to wake up at 4 AM to set out my tarp in front of the stage only for some drunk d-bag to push their way to the front five minutes before my desired band goes on. I want to bike from small venue to small venue, have a cheap beer, and see a more personal and intimate show.
It’s impossible to attend all the good shows, (though I will be doing a couple two-show nights, which should involve a lot of frantic cycling around), but here’s a few I think are worth checking out.