San Francisco's biggest indie bender just announced a couple shows you won't get elsewhere, a smart move forward for the local music institution.
Just added to the Noise Pop bill: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band at the Fox on Feb. 23. That group comprises Ono, Cornelius, Yuka Honda, and Ono's son Sean Lennon, in what should be a very interesting, unusual performance. Two nights later, the promoters are hosting The Dodos in collaboration with Magik*Magik Orchestra. The latter played in a 30-member strong incarnation with John Vanderslice last year, if you'll remember.
These special gigs, along with a rare appearance by The Magnetic Fields at Herbst and the Fox, are the sort of unique booking coups you'd hope to come from such an established and respected entity as Noise Pop. We're not even to the end of the festival's 2010 announcements, but this year feels like a positive shift forward for the organization.