Most of us can’t spend the dough, leave our job, and just travel to Coachella like Bonnie & Clyde and why should we (here! here!): we’ve got Fauxchella! Us Bay Area folk can enjoy our mid 50-70 degree weather with a light touch of fog and
eat up watch all the bands we “missed” at Coachella (beside Tupac’s hologram). So for those Fauxchella goers, today’s offers are for you:
Gotye @ The Bill Graham Civic Center: the Australian that is bigger than The Independent’s bridges, recently sized up by the Bill Graham Civic Center is kinda popular. Do I even need to introduce his hit “Somebody That I Used To Know?” which has an astounding 164,696,063 page views on Youtube (but by the time you read this its gone up a million).
Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Great American Music Hall: I really can’t say too much about this cult band. They hardly ever let photographers shoot them. They wear cloaks on stage. Their last album came out ten years ago. After a seven year hiatus, they toured some of 2010-11, before recently returning to the scene. Now the post-rock band of the late 90s has sold out the Great American Music Hall four nights in a row. Oh wait–that says quite a bit.
WU LYF @ The New Parish: Is like a band of friends jamming because that’s what’s fun. The UK post-punk gone pop group took the UK by storm last year with their debut album, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain. Then they took the world by storm, selling out show after show in the US. Last year they were named “Best New Act” at the annual Q Awards. (The group is one of those best kept European secrets.) Their show is not for the faint of heart–expect to let loose.
But festivals (even quasi ones) aren’t for everyone, and if that’s you…well then you’ll certainly enjoy the 90’s star combination of Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik at Yoshi’s. Before you can hear “Barely Breathing,” you’ll be tapping your feet to “Do do dit, doo doo dit doo.” (I bet if you get that reference that song is already stuck in your head.) For a quicker beat, consider checking out soul-jazz performer Eddie Roberts with members of Ozomatli and Jazz Mafia, while lounging in the Thrillcall booth with a drink on us at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. Not bad right?