So Coachella is over and we can all take a deep breath and relax before the big summer tours kick-off, right? NOPE! This week is full of up-and-comers that you will want to make to catch so you can say you “saw them when…”
As A People @ El Rio April 22nd, 8pm ($5) Inspired by their diverse taste (Pixies, Queen, Grateful Dead, Busta Rhymes)the band set out to create a mutant variety of rock ‘n roll. Get a taste as the band promotes their new album Carpet Bomb Ballet.
Yo La Tengo @ Fillmore April 22nd – 24th, 9pm ($29.50)Yes the venerable rock band is taking the stage for three nights in a row at the Fillmore. What makes any one of these evenings worth attending is the stellar line-up of openers, many of whom are more accustomed to top billing. Thursday night Camera Obscura takes the stage, alt-punk greats Thee Oh Sees are on Friday, while the local but internationally adored Sic Alps start things on Saturday. The odds are good that each evening will be filled with more than just Yo La Tengo’s always stellar performance.
Japandroids with Avi Buffalo @ The Independent April 23rd, 9pm ($13 adv, $15 door) Japandroids (aka JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This ‘band’ started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intended to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ‘lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal.
Geographer @ Cafe Du Nord April 23rd, 9:30pm ($12) After a packed album release party at San Francisco’s landmark Cafe du Nord that included members of Bright Eyes, and the privilege of being voted one of three “Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now” by SPIN magazine, Geographer is poised on the brink of becoming one of the most exciting newcomers in Indie music.