by Brad Roberts
Coachella comes to L.A. packing our concert halls and local clubs between the two weekends. The photo at right is one of this year's art installations called "Tower of Twelve Stories" by Taiwanese/Canadian artist Jimenez Lai. Just look what's on the docket from Monday thru Thursday. Monday starts things off offering The Kills at The Mayan, DMA's at The Echo and Rhye, Ibeyi at The Fonda Theatre, The 1975 at Shrine Expo Hall (and tomorrow), and Savages and Algiers at El Rey. Tuesday brings you James Bay at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Hudson Mohawke at Echoplex, Rancid at The Roxy, The Arcs at The Fonda, and AlunaGeorge at El Rey.
Wednesday continues the run with HÆLOS at The Echo, Bat For Lashes at The Cathedral Sanctuary at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, The Last Shadow Puppets at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, The Heavy at The Roxy, Miike Snow at The Fonda, and Christine and the Queens at El Rey, while Girlpool steps up at The Smell. And finally Thursday brings you Ex Hex at The Echo, The Damned at The Roxy, Grimes, Christine and the Queens and Tei Shi at Shrine Expo Hall, St. Germain at The Fonda, Låpsley at El Rey, and Nosaj Thing at The Regent. Come Friday they all up and vanish, back into the desert.
As for me I would like to catch Omar Velasco, Willoughby and Grand Canyon at The Hi Hat on Wednesday and Derde Verde at Old Towne Pub on Thursday. Friday presents a dilemma as Haunted Summer and Brendan Eder Ensemble are at The Hi Hat, The Pretty Flowers play Fourth Fridays at Pehrspace, Vetiver has a show at The Troubadour and Honey Child, plays an Earth Day Celebration at HM157.
Sunday I have a ticket to attend Celebrating Jefferson Airplane: A Conversation with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. Grace Slick was originally scheduled to participate but had to bow out, but I still can't wait to hear tales of my favorite all-time rock band from these two superb musicians.