Artwork by Clare Rojas

Yoko Ono, The Dodos & Magik*Magik Orchestra Added to Noise Pop Lineup

Also: Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson, !!!, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, Scout Niblett, Mirah

Jan 08, 2010
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After an initial announcement, the list of bands set to play the 18th annual Noise Pop Festival is growing real long. The San Francisco fest goes down February 23rd-March 1st, and here are a few new notable inclusions:

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (with Cornelius, Yuka Honda, Sean Lennon), The Dodos & Magik Magik Orchestra collaborative performance, !!!, Harlem, Deerhoof, Memory Tapes, The Fresh & Onlys, Scout Niblett, Far (Reunion Show), The Mumlers, P.E.E (reunion show), Mirah, Laura Gibson, Nico Vega, Japanese Motors, Princeton, Free Energy, The Growlers, Nurses, Magic Wands, The Lonely Forest, The Hot Toddies, Tempo No Tempo, and Judgement Day. More concerts will be announced in the coming weeks, along with art exhibits, film screenings, and more.

On Tuesday, February 23rd, Yoko Ono will perform her first Bay Area concert of the 21st century at Oakland's Fox Theater. Her rejiggered Plastic Ono Band will  be performing songs from her latest album, 2009's Between My Head and the Sky (Chimera Records), and some classic tracks from the 76-year-old musician's storied career. San Francisco's Deerhoof will open the bill.

The next big announcement is very special. Much like John Vanderslice did last year, San Francisco's The Dodos are collaborating with The Magik*Magik Orchestra. Magik*Magik will be composing 10 arrangements of Dodos cuts all featuring the band and various members of the orchestra.  The orchestra is a 26-piece group that includes a small women's choir, strings, brass, winds, and percussion. That show takes place Thursday, February 25th at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Lastly, music mini-conference Industry Noise will take place on Saturday, February 27th at the Swedish American Hall, featuring original Magnetic Fields member, Claudia Gonson, as a keynote speaker. Gonson met Stephin Merritt in high school in the early 80's and has worked as his manager and backing musician since the beginning. Looks like Noise Pop wins again. (They always do.) Tickets and badges for most of these concerts are on sale now. The Yoko Ono/Deerhoof and the Dodos/Magik*Magik Orchestra shows go on sale Sunday, January 10th. Here's the full schedule.

(www.noisepop.com)



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