Meet the founder of Noisepop

After growing up mostly in San Antonio, Texas, Kevin came to Berkeley for college and never left. In 1993, he moved to San Francisco and decided not to be an architect. This decision was very beneficial to the Bay Area music scene. It seems that Kevin got involved instead with booking bands and tour managing. In 1993, he staged the first Noise Pop at The Kennel Club with five bands. Nine years later, Noise Pop music festival, with over 100 bands and 22 venues, has evolved into a series of individual shows of the best in independent music, performed at the most fun venues in the city. The shows for Noise Pop 2012 start on Feb. 16 and continue through Feb. 26. There are 10 shows at 10 different clubs on Thursday, Feb. 23; 10 shows on Friday, Feb. 24; and eight more on Saturday, Feb. 25. Every venue is a comfortable size, the most fun way to see a great band. This year, The Flaming Lips will appear at Bimbo’s on Tuesday, Feb. 21. For $200, you can purchase a Noise Pop general badge that allows you entrance to all the shows, including the Flaming Lips; or for $150, you can see all the shows except the Flaming Lips. This is probably one of the best ticket values you’ll see all year. Tickets for individual shows can also be purchased, running approximately $10-$25. Other bands and artists at the festival include Imperial Teen, Archers of Loaf, Die Antwoord, Cursive, Andrew Bird, Veronica Falls, and Jolie Holland. You can purchase tickets online from Ticketfly at (Remember them from an earlier blog posting?)

In 2003, Mr. Arnold , a champion of the independent artist, also founded the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, which provides various distribution, marketing, publishing and administrative services to selected independent record labels, physical distributors, video companies, recording artists, filmmakers, print media publishers and independent authors. Services include license negotiations, media encoding and metadata management, royalty payment administration and reporting, and marketing and promotional support. This is the route used by some of the best independent artists to get into digital stores like iTunes. My own recordings are in all the digital stores through IODA, and I truly appreciate this distribution service.

I look forward to seeing you in the audience of one of these shows.

Matthew King Kaufman