Dude, Where’s Your Ticket?
By Arrissia Owen
For those that didn’t quite get past the Coachella queue page, here’s your guide to the best shows around town
Who needs the hippy dippy raw food, the star spotting, the dusty tent camping and the sweaty sets by the best bands in the biz? Coachella Schmoschella, we say. Unless you have an extra ticket, then call us!
But for those on the less fortunate musical weekend track, we have an alternative.
The Moon Block Party Desert Daze Festival at Dillon Roadhouse in Palm Springs kicks off Thursday, April 12, and continues through April 22. Bands featured include Dengue Fever, The Soft Pack, Bleached Audacity, Moving Units, Dante vs. Zombies, Allah Las, The Henry Clay People, The Fresh & Onlys, Crystal Antlers, Breakestra, Free the Robots, Electric Flower Group, Dead Meadow, Spindrift, Akron/Family, Here We Go Magic and much more.
Or check out these bands also playing locally throughout Coachella dates:
Our favorite self-proclaimed “socialist, fag-loving, PC scumbags” got the band back together. Refused, the seminal Swedish hardcore punk band that called it quits nearly 15 years after releasing their greatest album, The Shape of Punk to Come, are finally going to play the songs in all their glory. The Glass House, April 12.
M83 albums have a way of making a girl (or boy!) feel like Molly Ringwald about to kiss a brat packer. Anthony Gonzalez’s dreamy, lush songs deliver puppy love paeans in epic, dark fashion. Fox Theater, April 12.
Bon Iver, Kanye’s favorite folkster, brings his quiet harmonics and lush, layered instrumentation to hushed audiences, transporting us all to a dreamy, isolated cabin in the woods. Bon Iver bridges the gap for hipsters and those apt to tune in to KOST FM for drive time. Fox Theater, April 12.
The last time we heard from the stylish Swedes was 2007’s The Black and White Album, and we’re itching for more of the Hive’s bombastic, brash assault on garage rock. With Lex Hives slated for June, we expect nothing short of this show working us into a hissy fit for more. Glass House April 16.
Straigth outta Harlem, Rakim Meyers, a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, secured a Coachella slot without a debut album dropped. Thanks to 2011’s mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, A$AP Rocky already toured with Drake and signed a two-record $3 million deal with Sony, the first of which is set to see the light in July. The Glass House, April 17.
Explosions in the Sky; We Were Promised Jetpacks
What do you get when you combine cathartic mini-symphonies and quiet little voices? An indie instrumental band from Texas and a Scottish quartet whipping up meteoric melodies. The Glass House, April 18.
Porter Robinson; Madeon
Skrillex supported Porter Robinson not only recently graduated high school, he’s headed to Coachella on the tail of his first single “Say My Name” hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Dance chart. Plus, he’s taking over Fox Theater with remix master Madeon. Fox Theater, April 18.
Oh, Jarvis. The cad who famously shook his moneymaker in disruptive protest while Michael Jackson performed at the Brit Awards, winning himself a night in jail, is back with the old band. With Pulp’s most beloved tracks in tow, “Babies,” “Common People,” “Space” and more, we expect big things from the bastion of Britpop. Fox Theater, April 19.
tUnE-yArDs; St. Vincent
The best ukulele soul music, hands down. tUnE-yArDs doesn’t care for proper case placement, and frontwoman Merrill Garbus doesn’t compromise when it comes to her patchwork epiphanies either. In support, mixing chamber, cabaret with indie sensibilities, St. Vincent brings her unorthodox musical stylings to the party. Expect an effed-up fashion fallout. The Glass House, April 19
Fresh off the frenzy of 2011’s Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Girls continues to steep itself in tradition, rehashing vintage melodies and making them their own. The band is perfectly paired with Yuck’s propensity for ’90s post-punk, monolithic guitar riffs. Pappy & Harriet’s, April 19.