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Three hot tickets for the Noise Pop festival’s 25th year.


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Hazel English.

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Rogue Wave.

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Noise Pop celebrates its 25th anniversary this month with another explosion of indie sets from across the country playing venues across the Bay (Feb. 17–27). This year it’s headlined by Vince Staples and local hero Ty Segall, but also keep your eyes on a pair of other Bay Area favorites—and one up-and-comer.

Rising Star
Check out Australian-born, Oakland-based songstress Hazel English as she headlines her first U.S. tour. The 26-year-old recently put out her first EP, Never Going Home, a collection of dreamy numbers about searching and belonging. (Look on YouTube for the mesmerizing dance-montage video for “Make It Better.”) It won’t be the last you hear from her. Feb. 21, Rickshaw Stop 

Heaven Sent
The Mission district’s metal masters Deafheaven follow up on their monster Sunbather and New Bermuda albums, the latter of which focuses on the lure of false promises and broken dreams, with a well-earned home date. Join George Clarke, Kerry McCoy, and their bandmates for an evening of rocking discord. Feb. 23, the Independent

New “Wave”
Oakland’s favorite mid-aught rockers, Rogue Wave, are touring behind their latest album, Cover Me, an homage to ’80s pop hits. The album features Zach Rogue and company rocking Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door,” Genesis’s “That’s All,” and Cyndi Lauper’s still-appropriate “Money Changes Everything.” Feb. 24, Rickshaw Stop


Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco  

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