February, a month typically associated with frigid temperatures and hot Valentine’s Day dates, is much sweeter than a box of chocolates for San Francisco residents. For ten beautiful days (Feb 20-Mar 1) the good people at Noise Pop will sprinkle unique music, art, and film events across the city for the 23rd annual Noise Pop Festival. With previous line-ups including The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Shins, Noise Pop Festival has proved to be ahead of the curve when curating their musical selections – and 2015 is no different. From The New Pornographers to Caribou to James Vincent McMorrow, this festival caters to a varied and elevated palate. It is not just a festival, but also a celebration of music, culture, and the city it exists in.
This year, some of the most buzz-worthy artists on the bill will be gracing the Mezzanine stage. On Thursday, February 26, Noise Pop will be offering up a dreamy electro-pop double feature with Mystery Skulls & Blackbird Blackbird. Blackbird Blackbird, an SF local and electronic mastermind. Mikey Maramag, the man behind the bird, is all about the layers. With equal parts electronic, pop, and ambience, Blackbird Blackbird is forging his own unique path and is ready to take flight in 2015.
Following Blackbird Blackbird is another electrifying act, a project from Luis Dubuc, under the moniker Mystery Skulls. While Mystery Skulls is a relatively new venture, Dubuc is no stranger to the stage. His previous act, The Secret Handshake, was most famous for the hit song “Summer of ’98” but his latest productions have definitely evolved from his earlier sound. Mystery Skulls is a modern disco-pop fantasy, with bright vocals, smooth baselines and funky beats. He’s even catching the ear of the legendary Nile Rogers, whom he collaborated with on his debut album “Forever”. With recent hit tracks such as “Ghost” and “Magic,” it is only a matter of time until Mystery Skulls takes the world by storm.
Mezzanine will also host longhaired extraordinaire, Kindness. The British singer/producer, otherwise known as Adam Bainbridge, has sought to create a new definition of pop music, and the people have caught on. His sound at times features upbeat funk riffs, or a mellow, spatial vocal drones, even sometimes meshing the two to create a more realized version of pop music today. Come experience the melting pot of pop at Mezzanine on Saturday February 28th, presented by Goldenvoice.