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San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival gears up

By Sarah Quelland

NOW IN ITS 10th year, San Francisco's annual NOISE POP FESTIVAL is taking shape. The celebration of indie music runs Feb. 26-March 3 and offers at least 20 shows at various San Francisco venues, six film-festival screenings and more. With a tentative schedule available online at www.noisepop.com, some notable lineups at this year's event include DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, the DISMEMBERMENT PLAN and AVEO (Feb. 26 at BIMBO'S); a collaboration between JOHN DOE and NEKO CASE plus COURT AND SPARK, VIRGIL SHAW and PAULA FRAZER (March 1 at the GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL); MODEST MOUSE and the AISLER'S SET (March 1 at Bimbo's); and the DONNAS, the PATTERN and VUE (March 2 at Bimbo's). Other bands confirmed for the festival include ORANGER, TRACKSTAR, the GLANDS, FOR STARS, PEDRO THE LION and I AM SPOONBENDER.

In their seventh annual outing, sister music festivals the SNO-CORE rock tour and the ICICLE BALL (fondly dubbed the Hippie-Hop) swing through the Bay Area. The Icicle Ball boasts two stops in the Bay Area with KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE, BLACKALICIOUS and SAUL WILLIAMS playing the SANTA CRUZ CIVIC AUDITORIUM on Feb. 17 and taking over the WARFIELD for two nights March 1-2. MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD are the special guests in Santa Cruz, while OZOMATLI joins the lineup at the Warfield. Sno-Core hits the Santa Cruz Civic on March 25 with headliners ALIEN ANT FARM plus FENIX TX, GLASSJAW and others.

ALL THE NEWS: Last Thursday (Jan. 10), standing-room only services were held for late local musician ROB LUMBRE--who died at age 24 in a car crash--at the CHAPEL OF THE HILLS in Los Gatos. The official memorial and benefit show for Lumbre's family will be held Feb. 2 at the CACTUS CLUB. Lumbre's former bands OSMIUM, SEVERED SAVIOR and PSYPHERIA will perform, along with DEEDS OF THE FLESH, LORDS OF THE MANOR, SPIRITUAL ECLIPSE, IMPALED, RAGWEED and others. The show is all ages, tickets are $10 and doors open at 6pm. ... Thanks to a generous outpouring from the community, the GASLIGHTER THEATER in Campbell remains open for business. ... LIMP BIZKIT didn't make it to Concord after all. The Bay Area stop of its PUT YOUR GUITAR WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS talent search has been rescheduled for Feb. 10, but the venue has yet to be announced. Keep checking the band's site (www.limpbizkit.com) for updates. ... DREDG is starting to tour. No shows are lined up in the South Bay, but the band plays the BRICKWORKS in Chico on Jan. 24 with 7TH STANDARD, KEY TO ARSON and TENFOLD and the CREST THEATRE in Sacramento on Jan. 25 with Tenfold, REVOLUTION SMILE, DIE TRYING and RANDOM. At the end of the month, the band jumps the pond to tour countries overseas with Alien Ant Farm and the COLOR RED. ... AGENDA LOUNGE celebrates its six-year anniversary this Friday (Jan. 18) with a performance by the ANTON SCHWARTZ QUARTET followed by DJ RATED R. Enjoy plenty of complimentary hors d'oeuvres plus an open bar from 5:30pm to 7pm and Skyy vodka martinis from 7pm to 8pm. Stop by the club to pick up free invitations.

PLAN AHEAD: WORN THIN, STONECUTTERS and POINT THREE, Jan. 17 at the Cactus; LUCKY STIFFS and TEENAGE HARLOTS, Jan. 17 at the LIDO; ALLETTE BROOKS, Jan. 17 at ROSE STREET HOUSE OF MUSIC in Berkeley; SIFT, BREACH, TECHNOCRACY, KARATE HIGH SCHOOL and DOPESICK, Jan. 18 at the Cactus; CHRIS MURRAY and VIC RUGGIERO (of the SLACKERS), Jan. 18 at the COFFEE FACTORY in Santa Clara; OUTTALINE, 5606, SCREAMING SILENCE, KARAOKE OUTFIT and A BURNING WATER, Jan. 19 at the SANTA CLARA BASEMENT; BAD RELIGION, Jan. 23 at the BOTTOM OF THE HILL in San Francisco; BRATMOBILE, Jan. 24 at Bottom of the Hill; CONCRETE BLONDE, Jan. 24 at the Great American Music Hall; the FACTION, CLAY WHEELS and OUTTALINE, Jan. 25 at the USUAL; SUM 41, Jan. 26 at the Warfield; L.A. GUNS and LOS BASTARDOS DE AMOR, Jan. 30 at the ICON NIGHTCLUB; STATIC-X, SOULFLY and SOIL, Jan. 31 at the Warfield; NIKKA COSTA and KOFY BROWN, Jan. 31 at the Usual; RX BANDITS, RUFIO, the EXIT, Feb. 1 at the Santa Clara Basement; AMON AMARTH, Feb. 5 at the POUND in San Francisco; DOKKEN, Feb. 6 at the Icon; SLAVES ON DOPE, Feb. 7 at the Cactus; FASTER PUSSYCAT, Feb. 27 at the Icon; MACHINE HEAD, DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM and 3RD STRIKE, March 2 at the FILLMORE in San Francisco; GORILLAZ, March 7 at the Warfield.

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From the January 17-23, 2002 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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