Saturday, March 5, 2016

Coachella in the Bay!

It's March and next month is April, which means the Festival Season is officially about to begin and soon!

Coachella kicks things off as chickadees flock to stages and tents sprawled across the Polo Fields in the desert of Indio California to see their top picks over three days on two separate weekends in April. A lot of the bands on the hella big Coachella line-up usually stay on the Festival circuit, that's why I deem this fest the the first of the season.

Every band on the Coachella bill agrees to and signs a radius clause when they are booked to play, which means they can not play a show in or around the greater Los Angeles area 3 months before or after Coachella. Of course there are some loop-holes to this clause, like if a band plays a venue or event prior the fest or between weekends that's owned or operated by the promoter, Goldenvoice/AEG. These shows and/or appearances are known in SoCal as Localchella.
Bands who don't (want to) jump through that loop-hole head up North and play shows in the Bay Area instead. I call this phenomena Bay-chella but its more commonly known ads Fauxchella. As Fauxchella approaches, more and more bands playing this year's Coachella keep springing up with shows of their own around the Bay Area.

Coachella spans the weekends of April 15th - 17th and April 22nd - 24th this year and while some people consider Fauxchella to go as long as May, but I label Fauxchella as the week leading up to the fest, the weeks during the fest and the week after it.
If you can't make it to Indio or would rather see bands in a smaller capacity, here are some of the Coachella acts heading our way next month! 

Ellie Goulding @ The SAP Center in San Jose April 6th
One week before her performance at weekend #1 at Coachella 2016, indie-pop sweetheart Ellie Goulding returns to the Bay on April 6th. Reeling with the success of 2015's Delirium, her 3rd album, the stunning English singer/song-writer/multi-instrumentalist is bringing her world tour of the same name to the SAP Center in San Jose before heading to Indio. 
This will be Ellie's 3rd time performing at Coachella!

Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Fox Theater 5/4/2012
Photo by Marc Fong 
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at The Independent in San Francisco April 11th 
After the game changing and heart breaking departure of longtime co-vocalist Jade Castrinos in 2014  Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros have not only released their first album since then but they're also are touring in support of it! What better way to be welcomed back then by gracing one of the 6 stages at Coachella two weekends in a row and playing an intimate show to their loyal and lucky SF fanbase at The Independent on April 11th in between?!

Miike Snow at The Independent in San Francisco April 13th & 14th 
It's been four years since we last heard from the party animals of Miike Snow and fans are excited to welcome them back! With the release of iii, their third studio album on March 4th it's no wonder the popular Swedish indietronica band sold-out two nights at The Independent! Their shows in SF go down just a couple days before Miike Snow takes the dance party to the third day of Coachella. This will be the band's first time back at Coachella since 2012, too!

Anthony Gonzolez of M83
M83 at The Fox Theater in Oakland April 17th
After M83's critically acclaimed, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming in 2011 frontman Anthony Gonzolez turned his musically creative visions on scoring movie soundtracks. But, now the ambient synth-pop, shoe-gaze artist is back with his band and is bringing us Junk on April 8th plus a nation wide tour! Tour dates include Coachella on April 15th and April 22nd as well as headlining shows at The Fox Theater in Oakland on April 17th and The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz on April 23rd! 

CHVRCHES with Wolf Alice  at The Fox Theater in Oakland April 18th & 19th

 They may be playing on different days at Coachella: CHVRCHES is on Saturday April 16th and 23rd and Wolf Alice is on Sunday April 17th and 24th but they're joining forces for two sold-out shows at The Fox Theater in between weekends! This will be CHVRCHES 2nd Coachella appearance and Wolf Alice's 1st!

CHVRCHES at Treasure Island Music Fest 2015
Photo by Marc Fong 

Grimes at The Fox Theater in Oakland April 20th  
The wickedly charming Grimes played two shows at SF's historic Fillmore over Halloween weekend last year and she's coming back to the Bay for Fauxchella on 4/20! 

April 18th - Deerhunter at The Fillmore in San Francisco 
April 19th Savages at The Fillmoren in San Francisco 
April 21st - Crystal Fighters at The Independent in San Francisco
April 22nd - The 1975 at The Greek Theater in Berkeley 

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