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Music festivals are a fantastic way to revel in your favorite bands and stumble upon some brand new ones. There are even those huge outdoor ones that fill an entire three days with live music. It’s an exhilarating experience for sure, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you’re on your feet practically all day, sometimes in scorching temperatures (Coachella, eh?). And on the music side of the coin, some bands’ live shows just work better in an intimate indoor venue rather than in outdoor settings that could drown out the sound.

These festivals surely get more publicity in the long run, but if you’re looking for a different festival experience right here in the Bay Area, check out the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco! In its 21st year, the festival — happening from February 26th to March 6th — presents a plethora of shows in the city at a variety of different venues. You can attend as few or as many as you wish and with the festival pass you can score some sweet deals if you choose to milk the festival for what it’s worth. There are also some film, art and culture events as well! Here is a playlist highlighting some of the best of this eclectic shindig:

  1. Ramona Falls, “Fingerhold
  2. !!!, “Must Be the Moon”
  3. White Arrows“Get Gone”
  4. Toro y Moi, “New Beat” read more »

Enjoy the music discovery of Pandora and the playlist creation capabilities of Spotify or 8-tracks, but want something new to spice up your music life, especially now that we’re in the hectic heyday of school life once again? Here’s this little gem: Songza. It will quickly become your best friend.

At its core, it’s a gigantic collection of playlists curated by all sorts of companies, important music people, users and of course, the self-proclaimed ‘music-experts’ of the Songza team. But the way they are indexed is just the niftiest thing. It’ll likely put all your other music-streaming sites to shame.

First, you can skim through the popular playlists of the year to see what everyone else has been enjoying. You can also skim through playlist indexed by genre, decade (well, that’s typical), and even by activities (driving in the left lane, breaking up, etc) and moods! But here’s the real kicker. The music concierge option takes all these options to the next level: they’re catered to you. Let’s take a look:

Right now it’s Tuesday evening. Songza thinks that, based on the day of the week and time of the day, we’re most likely be doing one of these activities.

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You’re right Songza! We are working. You smart little thing, you. Since we’re writing, we’d prefer no lyrics.

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2012 was without a doubt a great year in music from breakout debuts to soaring sophomore releases and everything beyond. Before we dive headfirst into the 2013 music world, let’s reminisce on some of the best releases of the past year (in no particular order) …

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12 Jan 2012 - Songs

  1. Tame Impala, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards,” Lonerism
  2. Best Coast, “The Only Place,” The Only Place
  3. Saint Motel, “Puzzle Pieces,” Voyeur
  4. Patrick Wolf, “Overture,” Sundark and Riverlight
  5. Delta Spirit, “California,” Delta Spirit
  6. First Aid Kit, “The Lion’s Roar,” The Lion’s Roar
  7. Divine Fits, My Love is Real,” A Thing Called Divine Fits
  8. Alt-J, “Tesselate,” An Awesome Wave
  9. The Vaccines, “Teenage Icon,” Come of Age
  10. The xx, “Angels,” Coexist
  11. Sufjan Stevens, “Christmas Unicorn,” Silver and Gold
  12. John Mulaney, “Terrible Driver,” New In Town (not music, but a hilarious comedy album from the SNL writer who brought us Stefon!)

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Check out the whole playlist on Spotify, and be sure to share with us your favorites of 2012 below!

Image source: S John Davey, under Creative Commons