Noise Pop Presents
Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som and Hand Habits
Join Noise Pop for Japanese Breakfast & Jay Som with Hand Habits in the Grand Theater!
According to Pitchfork Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner addresses life on Earth. Her voice shines over melancholic arrangements, evoking Pacific Northwest indie rock as much as shoegaze.
Oakland's Jay Som weaves evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk and L.A.'s Hand Habits brings her expansive, atmospheric and melodic arrangements.
All Ages. Doors at 7:00pm.
Michelle Zauner wrote the debut Japanese Breakfast album in the weeks after her mother died of cancer, thinking she would quit music entirely once it was done. That wasn’t the case. When Psychopomp was released to acclaim in 2016, she was forced to confront her grief. Zauner would find find herself reliving traumatic memories multiple times a day during interviews, trying to remain composed while discussing the most painful experience of her life. Her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, is a transmutation of mourning, a reflection that turns back on the cosmos in search of healing. It builds space where there is none, and suggests that in the face of tragedy, we find ways to keep on living.
On her first proper album as Jay Som, Melina Duterte, 22, solidifies her rep as a self-made force of sonic splendor and emotional might. If last year's aptly named Turn Into compilation showcased a fuzz-loving artist in flux, chronicling her mission to master bedroom recording, then the rising Oakland star's latest, Everybody Works, is the LP equivalent of mission accomplished. Duterte is as DIY as ever writing, recording, playing, and producing every sound beyond a few backing vocals, but she takes us places we never could have imagined, wedding lo-fi rock to hi-fi home orchestration, and weaving evocative autobiographical poetry into energetic punk, electrified folk, and dreamy alt-funk.
Meg Duffy hasn’t stopped moving, working, or growing since she left her quiet childhood home in upstate New York. You can find her in the back of the van reading a book, quietly warming up backstage with some guitar workouts, or waiting tables at a neighborhood pizzeria. Though Meg didn’t pick up the instrument until she was seventeen years old, her intuitive, naturalistic musicality and commitment to the craft of guitar playing have made an in demand collaborator and guitarist for countless indie acts (Kevin Morby, Mega Bog, Weyes Blood) and kept her between the road and the studio for almost three straight years. Like much of the richest art, Meg’s LP debut Wildy Idle (Humble Before the Void) (Woodsist 2017) is many things at once. The record is a collection of songs written amidst the constant motion of touring, recording, and working part-time jobs; recorded at home in North East LA between other commitments, around the sounds of roommates cooking breakfast, and dogs pattering though an old craftsman house. This record is indoor music at its finest: listen in the morning, in bed with your partner, in the kitchen while you make coffee, at night when you read on the porch.
Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is the one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 24 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim, including The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, and Yoko Ono. Noise Pop also co-produces the celebrated Treasure Island Music Festival. The outdoor festival, which celebrates its 10th Anniversary in October, takes place in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Hosting 18,000 attendees per day, Treasure Island has featured some of the best and brightest in the independent and dance community, including Outkast, Beck, Atoms for Peace, LCD Soundsystem, deadmau5, Public Enemy, and The National. Noise Pop is also the year-round talent buyer for the venerable San Francisco venue the Swedish American Hall as well as producer of the free celebration of musical and culinary delights, the 20th Street Block Party. Additionally Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SF MOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences. Visit www.noisepop.com for more information.