by Brad Roberts
This is the week between Coachellas and many artists are fleeing the desert to spend time in our fair city and play for us before pressing repeat and heading back out to do it all over again. So much for spontaneity, but there are some spectacular images coming out of the event. At any rate, Bryan Ferry, Broken Bells, Neko Case, Dum Dum Girls, Blood Orange, Kate Nash, Mogwai, MGMT, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Toy Dolls and Netsky are but a few of the names playing venues from El Rey to The Mayan in Los Angeles this week, many of them on Thursday night. Though some of photographs make it look more and more like a Spring Break binge party as opposed to a music festival as the years go by, it does appears to require gladiatorial strength to withstand it. Even though there doesn't look to be any of the geriatric rockers that are usually featured, I would have been more than happy to go see Arcade Fire among the headliners. This year Coachella figures so prominently in our week that I can't avoid mentioning it in every night's recommendations. Sorry, but that's the way it is.
This wasn't on the regularly scheduled programming I had set out for this week. But I lucked out last Thursday when I heard that VIP tickets were once again available for Tuesday night's Broken Bells concert at The Fonda Theatre. On a whim, I went on line and, surprise, standard floor tickets were also available through the regular AXS ticket seller. After a month of trying to get tickets, which said "unavailable to fill your request" from the get-go, I had all but given up on seeing this show. I was so disappointed I didn't even want to hear the new album. Well, I stopped at Amoeba on my way east to see De Lux on Thursday night and picked it up. Now I'm glad I went ahead blindly and got that ticket. It should be a great show.
Haunted Summer are back in town, just off one tour, and about to embark on a new one with yOya, but on Monday they'll be joining Lawrence Rothman on his residency bill at Bootleg Bar. The enchanting Miranda Lee Richards is going to be at Harvard & Stone as well on Monday.
And we have our own counter-Coachella programming beginning with BROKECHELLA in downtown Los Angeles all evening Saturday after doors open at 3 PM with four stages for music selected for everyone's tastes. And at a cost of $10. advance/$20. day of...it's a substantial bargain. And a good way to inaugurate our summer season of local music festivals that's just about to commence.