Noise Pop 21 Free Energy, Warm Soda, In The Valley Below, Miner

Thu. 02/28 | 8:00PM (Doors) - Fri. 03/01 | 1:00AM @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall (map)

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Let us take a quick journey back a few decades. A time where the war on drugs was just beginning and Reaganomics were but a blossoming idea. We had our MTV, “money for nothing and our chicks for free,” and The Cars and Cheap Trick filled the airwaves. Now back to reality. MTV sucks, Reaganomics has ruined the economy, the war on drugs failed, and the radio is.... well, we will just leave it there. The guys in Free Energy may have missed the ‘80s by a few decades, but musically speaking would have been in great company seeing as how their tunes evoke the spirits of all of the aforementioned groups. 

Hailing from Philadelphia (after initially being founded in Minneapolis), the five- piece pop rock group made up of brothers Scott and Evan Wells, with Paul Sprangers, and Nicholas Shuminsky,.have been making waves and taking names, having already showcased their talents on the Late Show with David Letterman, and being named one of the best bands of 2010 by Rolling Stone magazine. Touring with the likes of Mates of State, Titus Andronicus, and The Postelles lead up to a support slot on Weezer’s “Memories” tour as well as the Weezer Cruise, both in 2012. Having connected with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to work production on their debut album, “Stuck On Nothing,” (Murphy’s label DFA Records released the album) the band’s penchant for hook-driven power-pop has built quite the buzz leading up to their sophomore release, “Love Sign,” which the band opted to self-release through their label Free Energy Records. Free Energy has got a full agenda already planned out for 2013 including a heavy touring schedule and several festival appearances. ANDREW POHL

“If the Strokes were from Oakland, they’d sound like this,” says probably every first time review of Warm Soda. But it’s true, he lo-fi sound and energetic 20-something angst shines bright like a diamond from songwriter Matthew Melton, who also brought you the now defunct Bare Wires. O. It’s accessible, reasonable and catchy, and some vocal harmonies find their way into the recording. Their album, “Someone for You,” is out now on Castle Face Records. NICOLAS GRIZZLE

One of the wonderful things about a city like Los Angeles is the magnetism it has to talented people from all over the world. In The Valley Below began when Jeffrey Jacobs (from Tennessee) and Angela Gail (from Michigan) met at a show through mutual friends, and bonded over a shared love of Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. Taking what initially started as a studio-only project to the live stage has yielded very positive praise for the duo, with an EP from quartet soon to come. ANDREW POHL
In a sea of neo-folk/trust-a-farian/pod-band, Los Angeles band MINER are finding their way through the breakers via their modus operandi of “lovers and friends singing West Coast hymns.” Aptly likened to their contemporaries Edward Sharpe and The Lumineers, MINER is utilizing every tool at their disposal. A family affair, singer Justin Miner is joined by his wife Kate, brother Jeremy, cousin Amanda Koosed, and friends Justin Krook and Dave Schechtman. Their latest single “Hey Love” has been lighting up the blogosphere and finding many positive reviews. ANDREW POHL


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