Miss last week’s Weekly, where we went off about every single act playing this weekend’s Coachella fest, picking and panning (and sometimes flat-out insulting) till our ears went numb and our typing fingers got arthritic? Your loss—literally, since you’re the one who’ll be wandering around the Empire Polo Field wondering if Brazilian Girls or Teddybears are worth the long Bataan Death March-like trek across the hot grass for. (Free answer—yes, they are.) But thanks to www.ieweekly.com, you can always print out a copy of the ish (the one with the Chili Peppers on the cover) and take it to Indio with you, so you won’t feel nearly as overwhelmed in your sonic decision-making. We did all the advance planning for you!
And if you won’t be seeing them at Coachella on Sunday (where they’re part of a slew of band reunions that include Happy Mondays, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Rage Against the Machine), you owe it to yourself to at least catch the fantabulous Crowded House Friday at their Glass House warm-up show. Largely the brainchild of onetime Split Enzer Neil Finn, the band stood out among the mélange of synthesized/heavy-metalized swill that made up most of the mid-‘80s, starting from the moment they released their glorious self-titled 1986 debut. Just about all their songs were perfect ear-candy pop, and the hit records they had—“Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “Something So Strong,” “Weather With You”—were instantly, Beatle-y unforgettable (I hadn’t spun the debut in years, but a reading of the track listing instantly conjured up every chorus—only the greatest bands can do that). But Finn’s lyrics were often anything but bright and fluffy—he was perfectly adept at sticking biting social criticism in his songs, as in “Chocolate Cake,” a paean to conspicuous consumption that blasted the gluttonous habits of a certain superpower: “Now the excess of fat on your American bones/Will cushion the impact as you sink like a stone.” Funny how some things never change—and how wonderful it is to have a pair of Crowded House gigs in the IE this weekend. (Rich Kane)
Crowded House with 16 Frames at the Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802. Fri., 7 p.m. $25. Sold out, so hit up scalpers or hang around outside the venue the night of the show.
Coachella at the Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, (714) 740-2000; www.ticketmaster.com. Fri.-Sun., noon-midnight. $85 for single day passes, $249 for three-day passes. Sold out, but keep checking www.coachella.com in case tickets are released at the last minute.