Three Hot Acts to See at Noise Pop

Gary Moskowitz | February 27, 2014 | Lifestyle Story Culture

Find the indie rocker who makes you feel all sorts of funny inside. The independent music spectauclar is back, jam-packed with up-and-coming acts on their way to becoming the next Black Keys. Here are three worth pining for.

Moses Sumney
Genre: Soul-folk
Listen if: You love male falsetto and loop pedal shenanigans.
First album he purchased: Acoustic Soul by India Arie
Extra Perk: He's a shy guy in real life, which means he's talented and modest. Sigh.
Money Quote: “I wanted to do music from an early age, but my family discouraged it. I would write songs but never sing for anyone. Then, about two years ago, I just forced myself to do it and started recording the weird stuff I was hearing in my head.”
Performs: March 1, 8 p.m., at the Warfield

The Soft White Sixties
Genre: Anthemic rock
Listen if: You crave a generous endowment of guitar fuzz and hair-whipping.
Where the name came from: “It’s after the lightbulb—a name that was evocative while leaving room for interpretation.”
Extra perk: They’re local, making them easily stalkable post-festival.
Money quote: “If you’re not excited, you can’t expect other people to be. We start with just being stoked that we have a show, then add some tequila to the mix.”
Perform: February 28, 7 p.m., at the Chapel

GRMLN
Genre: Surf pop
Listen if: Reverb-heavy beach bands make your heart flutter.
Musical inspiration: California’s beaches and coastal forests
Extra perk: The singer-guitarist has the coolest first name ever: Yoodoo. Plus, he was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan.
Money quote: “I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m definitely not getting girls with just this!’ I thought music would help.”
Performs: March 1, 8 p.m., at Brick and Mortar

Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco

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