San Francisco’s annual indie art, film, and music festival, Noise Pop, kicked off its twenty-first anniversary with a slew of gigs in venues all across the city last night!

Read our review of the night’s music lineup below to find out which musical acts stood out among the rest!

Top billed acts for the festival’s opening night included Jason Lytle of ’90s indie rock band Granddaddy, and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon who performed with Bill Nace in their new experimental rock side project, Body/Head.

But, as anyone who has been to Noise Pop in the past knows, the best part about attending the week-long festival is getting the chance to discover new bands through the indie festival’s diverse lineup of musicians.

This year, Hypable hit up two of the three music events scheduled for Night One of the festival: Noise Pop Happy Hour at Bender’s Bar and the Noise Pop 21 Opening Night Party.

Noise Pop’s first happy hour of the week played host to a variety of acts ranging from alternative rock with a classic ’70s vibe to garage band punk. The festival’s official opening night party, however, was comprised of musical acts which ranged from death metal to experimental rock.

Here are our picks for stand-out acts of the night that we think deserve a listen!


Stand-out acts of the night:


The Spyrals


Hailing from San Francisco, Calif., The Spyrals took to the stage last night at Bender’s Bar in the city’s Mission District and delivered a high energy rock and roll performance that left those in attendance pumped up and ready for more.

Heavy guitar riffs and prominent bass lines along with pleasant gritty reverb-heavy vocals give this band’s overall sound a vibe that is very reminiscent of ’70s rock and roll.

The retro vibe to The Spyrals’ sound can probably be accredited to the long list of classic rock legends they list as their influences which includes The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground.

Keep up with the band by following them on Twitter @TheSpyrals or liking them on Facebook!

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Burmese


To kick off Noise Pop’s 21st Opening Night party, death metal band Burmese rocked the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District with a sound that was heavy with bass lines and fueled by roaring guitar riffs.

Lead by a female lead, Burmese puts on an amazing performance that any fan of scream-o will undoubtedly be pleased with.

Though its sound will undoubtedly cater more towards fans of death metal and grindcore, it has to be said that even if you’re not into the scene, you’ll be hard pressed NOT to be impressed by the way the lead singer’s vocals add to the band’s musicality.

Most impressively, Burmese’s front-woman effortlessly manipulates her voice through the band’s repertoire from a shy-girl sing-song voice to guttural, almost animalistic shrieks.

With such a talented lead female singer fronting a genre where bands are predominantly fronted by male leads, it’s clear to us that Burmese is one to watch!

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Don’t forget, we’ll be bringing you coverage of Noise Pop 2013 in San Francisco all week long!

What do you think of The Spyrals and Burmese? Are you heading out to any Noise Pop shows this year?
Let us know in the comments below!

This post was written by Hypable staffers Pamela Gocobachi and Natasha Artavia.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!