From February 26 to March 2, 2008, San Francisco’s “best-loved” venues will once again play host to the 16th annual Noise Pop Festival, featuring gigs by “indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists” such as Magnetic Fields, Mountain Goats, Gutter Twins (Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan), Cursive, Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall, Capgun Coup, and Blitzen Trapper. Festival-goers will also have the chance to take in “gallery art shows, a music-themed film festival, educational panel discussions with musicians and music industry professions, an indie designer trunk sale and a number of planned as well as spontaneous shin-digs.”

The full Noise Pop 16 press release is below.

NOISE POP 16 : 2008 NOISE POP FESTIVAL DATES & LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
February 26 – March 2, 2008 – San Francisco, CA

Magnetic Fields, Mountain Goats, Gutter Twins (Greg Dulli & Mark
Lanegan) & Cursive And Just Added… Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The Wall,
Capgun Coup, & Blitzen Trapper

The Noise Pop Festival returns in 2008 from February 26 to March 2.
Over six nights, Noise Pop 16 will take over the best-loved venues in
San Francisco, to host unforgettable performances by Magnetic Fields,
The Mountain Goats, The Gutter Twins and dozens of other important
indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists,
transforming the city into an almost week-long celebration of the
finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer,
nationally and locally.

2007 marked Noise Pop’s 15th year as San Francisco’s premier
celebration of independent music, art, film and culture and 2008 is the
festival’s sweet 16 party. Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise
Pop started as a one-night event featuring the best underground rock
bands that the Bay Area could dish up. Flash forward to 2007 and the
Noise Pop Festival is another beast entirely. With live music as it’s
focal point, Noise Pop has developed into full-scale cultural
happening, adding gallery art shows, a music-themed film festival,
educational panel discussions with musicians and music industry
professions, an indie designer trunk sale and a number of planned as
well as spontaneous shin-digs.

Stephin Merritt’s Magnetic Fields will headline two shows at the
beautiful Herbst Theatre as part of Noise Pop in support of their
long-awaited new album, “Distortions.”

Lo-fi legends The Mountain Goats will also perform three shows at three
different venues during Noise Pop.

Another exciting addition to Noise Pop 2008 is The Gutter Twins, the
anticipated collaboration between Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli and Mark
Lanegan. Dulli and Lanegan have been working together periodically
since 2000. In July 2007, Pitchforkmedia.com announced that “two of the
alt-rock era’s greatest frontmen,” had signed to Seattle label Sub Pop.
The Gutter Twins will perform for Noise Pop in support of their debut
album “Saturnalia,” currently set for an early 2008 release.

Omaha NE’s Cursive will also play Noise Pop 2008. The band is currently
readying the release of “Bad Sects” the second single from the band’s
acclaimed 2006 album, “Happy Hollow” which includes a user-submitted
remix of the song and a string arrangement by Olafur Arnolds.

Other artists confirmed for Noise Pop include Kelly Stoltz, Tilly & The
Wall, Capgun Coup, Blitzen Trapper, Fleet Foxes, Fu Manchu and Saviours
with more being added to a festival roster that will include over 100
bands. More Noise Pop performers will be announced in the weeks to
come. As usual for the festival, nationally-known artists will share
the stage with the best new bay area talent from opening night on
February 26 through March 2 at legendary San Francisco venues such as
Great American Music Hall, Bimbo’s, Café Du Nord and The Bottom Of The
Hill, The Independent, Mezzanine, Rickshaw Stop, 12 Galaxies and
others.

Events such as South by Southwest and CMJ cater to bands shopping
themselves to the music industry. Noise Pop differentiates itself by
maintaining a commitment to fans, while remaining industry-friendly is
different. The idea is to bridge the gap between fan and artist by
producing shows featuring the best of what’s out there in an intimate
setting with affordable ticket prices. Noise Pop is the space where
tomorrow’s favorite new music mingles with today’s tried and true
greats. It’s a true indie music-lover’s celebration.

Some of the finest bands in America – and now some of the biggest -
have played Noise Pop including Modest Mouse, the White Stripes, Death
Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, The Shins, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming
Lips, The Decemberists, The Faint, Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Hot Hot
Heat, Devendra Banhart, Frank Black (The Pixies), Grandaddy, Neko Case,
Cibo Matto, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Stephen Malkmus & Jicks, Bob
Mould (Hüsker Dü), The New Pornographers, Polyphonic Spree, Rilo Kiley,
Feist, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), and Spoon..

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