Pop-Up Magazine + The California Sunday Magazine + Noise Pop Live at the Greek Theatre!

On September 30, our fascinating cast of storytellers and musicians will gather onstage at Berkeley’s magical Greek Theatre to share new, original stories and songs about what California and the West sound like today. We thought you’d like to learn more about some of the people you’ll see onstage with us at this first-of-its-kind music and storytelling event.

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Shamir’s 2015 debut album was “one of the year’s most striking collections, full of energy and optimism” (NPR). The 21-year-old has also been called “a thoroughly modern pop star” who “writes futuristic, candy-coloured love songs, refuses to be defined by gender and just wants to bring everyone together” (The Guardian).

Lil B

Berkeley-raised Lil B has been called “the most important rapper of the decade so far” (LA Weekly). He’s collaborated with Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, and Frank Ocean, among others, as well as given motivational lectures at MIT and NYU.

Mark Kozelek, aka Sun Kil Moon

Pitchfork named Sun Kil Moon’s Benji one of the 10 best albums of this decade, writing, “How could a record that sounds so simple and states things so plainly be this moving?”

Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

NPR named “Astonished Man,” the first single off San Francisco-based musician Thao Nguyen’s new album, one of the 100 best songs of 2016. Thao and her band have worked with Andrew Bird, Joanna Newsom, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs (more on that here), and toured the U.S. with WNYC’s Radiolab. She has also done extensive volunteer work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, which inspired the band’s album We the Common.

Janna Levin

Janna Levin is a theoretical cosmologist and Guggenheim Fellow. Her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, has been called “astonishing” (Wall Street Journal) and “exquisite” (The New York Times). According to Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, one of Levin’s personal stories about her improbable relationship with her husband was “in my book, the greatest story ever told on The Moth.”

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast

Best Coast’s unique duo has been described as “a lo-fi ’60s garage rock and surfing band fronted by a girl group singer” (The Guardian). Lead singer Bethany Cosentino takes inspiration from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Loretta Lynn, Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline, the Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac.

Jason Chung, aka Nosaj Thing

Jason Chung has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, and Chance the Rapper, and even remixed Philip Glass. He got his start at Low End Theory, the now-famous weekly experimental music show in Los Angeles. He has an “ear for odd, left-field sounds and makes gorgeously haunted, glitchy hip-hop” (The California Sunday Magazine).

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Naomi Zeichner

Naomi Zeichner started as an intern at The FADER and is now the acclaimed magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. Recode has called The FADER “music’s most important magazine.”

Al Letson and Reveal

Al Letson is the host of Reveal, a radio show from the Center for Investigative Reporting “committed to shining a bright light on injustice and protecting the most vulnerable in our society.” Letson also created State of the Re:Union, an award-winning podcast that aired from 2010 to 2015, highlighting one American city or town in each episode. Harvard’s Nieman Foundation named the State of the Re:Union episode “The Hospital Always Wins” among the best narrative journalism stories of 2013.

Georgia Anne Muldrow

Georgia Anne Muldrow has been described as “one of the most daring and important (albeit underappreciated) artists of her time” (AllMusic). “She’s incredible,” artist and actor Mos Def told The New York Times. “She’s like Flack, Nina Simone, Ella, she’s something else. She’s like religion. It’s heavy, vibrational music. I’ve never heard a human being sing like this. Her voice is wildly, finely expressive. It’s so singular.”

Mark “Frosty” McNeill

“Dublab constantly proves that there’s always something new and beautiful to listen to, and no one works harder to bring new and inspiring sounds to the L.A. community and beyond.” — Lainna Fader to the Los Angeles Times

Mark “Frosty” McNeill co-founded dublab, a Los Angeles–based nonprofit web radio station that was one of the first 24-hour stations to broadcast on the internet. Its early DJ roster included many of the biggest names in L.A.’s hip-hop and electronic music scenes: DNTEL, Carlos Niño, and Low-End Theory co-founder Nobody. Since then, dublab has helped avant-garde composer Julia Holter, beat collagist Matthewdavid, and experimental producer Daedelus get their starts.

Jace Clayton, aka DJ/rupture

Jace Clayton’s newest book, Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture, has been featured on All Things Considered and in the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian, among others. Clayton, aka DJ/rupture, “inspires a special tenor of admiration from music critics because, in addition to crafting literate, reference-rich, and conversational music, he often writes about it just as adeptly. It’s not a stretch, if we’re honest, to say that he writes about music more skillfully and illuminatingly than the majority of us who have ever done it full-time” (Pitchfork).

Laurel Braitman

Laurel Braitman is a science historian and writer. Her debut book, Animal Madness, was a New York Times bestseller. She’s a TED Fellow, a Writer-in-Residence at the Stanford School of Medicine, and an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

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Jon Mooallem

Jon Mooallem is a Pop-Up Magazine regular. You may have heard his This American Life story about a drunk moose in Alaska, or the one about a contentious elementary school play about gentrification in San Francisco (a version of which debuted at Pop-Up). He recently wrote about The Cloud Appreciation Society for The New York Times Magazine, where he is a contributing writer, and his California Sunday Magazine feature about an effort to “redesign death” is one of the most popular stories our magazine has ever published. His debut book, Wild Ones, was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2013.

Tim Hussin

Tim Hussin is a filmmaker and photographer who helped launch The San Francisco Chronicle’s popular video series The Regulars. (Above: one of his favorite episodes, about a speakeasy in a signal tower atop Yerba Buena Island.) Tim also co-directed (with Erin Brethauer) Last Men Standing, about men who “had the remarkable luck to survive AIDS, and the brutal misfortune to live on.”

Jaeah Lee

Jaeah Lee is a freelance journalist living in San Francisco. She was most recently a reporter at Mother Jones, where she led the newsroom’s coverage on policing after Ferguson and wrote about criminal justice, income inequality, and race, among other subjects. Lee has won awards from the Online News Association and The Society of Professional Journalists.

Josh Kun

Josh Kun just won a 2016 MacArthur “Genius Grant.” He is a Professor of Communication at USC who studies the arts and the politics of cultural connection, spanning topics such as popular music, globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles, and Jewish-American musical history. He also works as a journalist, an essayist, and a curator, and is currently a commissioned artist in the SFMOMA “Public Knowledge” series.

Whitney Jones, Alex Kapelman, Afi Yellow-Duke

Whitney Jones, Alex Kapelman, and Afi Yellow-Duke produce Pitch, a critically acclaimed podcast about music. New York called it the one music podcast you should start with, writing that Pitch “tackles less-explored music-related topics, such as corporate placement with music and the notion of selling out, or how a trans man’s vocals changed when he took testosterone.” The Atlantic named their episode, “Take a Little Ride With Coors Light,” one of the 50 best podcast episodes of 2015.

AshleyAnne Krigbaum & Adrian Spinelli

Adrian Spinelli, from music magazine Paste, San Francisco Chronicle, and festival blog Fest300, and producer Ashleyanne Krigbaum, of KALW, are the hosts of the Noise Pop Podcast.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir was founded in 1986 as an outgrowth of a gospel music workshop. It has toured globally, produced multiple CDs, and appeared in films and on television (and on MC Hammer’s “2 Legit 2 Quit”!). In 2015, Oakland Magazine’s “Best of Oakland and the East Bay” named it Best Arts Organization.

Los Jornaleros Del Norte

Los Jornaleros del Norte (Laborers of the North) is a band comprised of day laborers. It is affiliated with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). The band has performed at numerous protests and marches, including the fight for $15 minimum wage at Los Angeles City Hall.

Magik*Magik Orchestra

Magik*Magik Orchestra is a made-to-order orchestra, the size of which has ranged from a single violinist to an 80-piece symphony and choir. The M*MO has worked with more than 150 artists and institutions since its 2008 debut, including Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Death Cab for Cutie, the Dodos, and Sting. Magik*Magik is releasing a new album on October 14. You can listen to its music on Spotify and pre-order here.

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