Jordan Kurland, the music exec who produces the Noise Pop festival and guides the careers of Death Cab for Cutie and Bob Mould, has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor assault charges relating to an incident with an ex-girlfriend.
The 41-year San Francisco resident has been sentenced to three years of probation and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, according to multiple reports. A misdemeanor battery charge originally filed against Kurland was dropped.
Kurland was arrested last September after a “heated” altercation in which he allegedly pushed his then-girlfriend to the ground and kicked her in the side. The argument blew up after he asked her to move out. Police reported that the woman – who has not been named – has admitted to provoking him, and Kurland said she had pushed him. The victim refused to go to the hospital, according to police reports, and Kurland went with officers without further incident.
Kurland is owner and founder of Zeitgeist Artist Management, which curently represents the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, the Postal Service, Rogue Wave, Bob Mould, She & Him and the New Pornographers. He has also produced Noise Pop -- once hailed by SPIN as "the music festival that launched a thousand (or more) indie bands” -- and the Treasure Island Music Festival. Noise Pop celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012; the next event takes place Feb. 25-March 2, 2014.
In a statement, Kurland wrote that the alleged assault was “all very unfortunate" and that he felt “terrible and ashamed." His attorney told the "San Francisco Chronicle" that his client did not admit to committing physical violence since misdemeanor assault is defined as an “unlawful attempt” to injure someone.