Friday brings the first Popfest to Old Ironsides in downtown Sacramento. Founder Jim Rivas has a deep love for the all the sounds found in this brand of "pop," just don't expect Top 40 hits.
Rivas shared a few standout bands playing this show with Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner.
A high energy trio that calls to mind elements of The Pretenders, Joy Division and Patti Smith.
Slowness (San Francisco)
Laid back music that feels like a heatwave. Perfect for fans of early career Smashing Pumpkins, Luna and My Bloody Valentine.
The Very Most (Boise)
Fun with harmonies and light breezy (smart) pop music.