March 5th, 2012, 3:22 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Still haven’t figured out how to score tickets to either sold-out weekend of Coachella next month? Depending on who it is you most want to see in Indio, there might be better ways of spending your cash now that organizer Goldenvoice had added nearly three dozen related shows before, between and after the two festivals.
We’re not talking about last-rung no-names, by the way — several top tier acts have added small-venue gigs, including Bon Iver, Pulp, M83, the Refused reunion and the resurfacing of Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum.
Justin Vernon (center) and his touring Bon Iver ensemble, who already added an April 22 show at Santa Barbara Bowl, also will play the Monday after the first fest, April 16, at the Fox Theater in Pomona, with All Tiny Creatures opening, $37.50, on sale Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m.
Three days later, on April 19, Jarvis Cocker (left) and the rest of Pulp will play a full-length set at the Fox, $50-$60, on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, Anthony Gonzalez’s group M83 will headline that revived venue two nights before the first Coachella weekend, on April 12, $25, with Big Black Delta opening, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Refused, the Swedish hardcore punk band back together for the first time since the late ’90s, also play April 12 in Pomona, but at the Glass House, around the corner from the Fox. The on-sale date for that show, with Death Grips opening, has yet to be announced. Nor is there a date and time to buy tickets for Mangum’s April 23 performance at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown L.A. Stay tuned.
There are lots more Brits in this mix of Coachella previews and in-betweeners. Madness also appears April 16 at Club Nokia, $28.50-$42.50, while James plays April 12 at El Rey Theatre, $28.50. Both of those go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
And Kasabian has tacked on an April 17 gig at the Music Box (so it’ll be reopened by then?), with the Dear Hunter opening, $25, while Band of Skulls will turn up April 16 at El Rey, with the Sheepdogs and We Are Augustines supporting, $17. Those latter two go on sale March 16, as does an April 11 gig from Alex Turner (right) and Arctic Monkeys, with the Soft Pack opening, $35.
O.C. hasn’t been left out of the mad rush: the Observatory has scored two more bands who’d otherwise be idle mid-month, with Neon Indian playing the venue’s Constellation Room on April 16, $18, and Yuck turning up on the main stage April 18, $18.
More on April 16: the Hives with the Rapture and Housse de Racket at the Glass House, $22.50 … Manchester Orchestra with Fanfarlo at the Music Box, $18-$21 … and Atari Teenage Riot at the Echoplex, $12-$15. All of those go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Also on April 17: A$AP Rocky at the Glass House, $20 … We Were Promised Jetpacks at the Echo, price unavailable … Neon Indian with Housse de Racket at the Echoplex, $20-$24 … Madeon at the Roxy, price unavailable … and Spector at the Satellite, price unavailable. Jetpacks and Spector are on sale Friday at 10 a.m. The rest go on sale March 16.
Miike Snow has added two gigs at El Rey, April 17-18, $34.50, with the Big Pink also appearing the first night and Wolf Gang supporting the second. (The Big Pink plays on its own April 19 at the Echo, $16.
More on April 18: the Horrors with the Black Angels and Moon Duo at the Music Box, $22.50 … Explosions in the Sky with We Were Promised Jetpacks and Zoomato at the Glass House, $23 … DJ sets from Justice and the Rapture at Club Nokia, $50 … Wild Beasts with Superhumanoids at the Echo, $17 … and Porter Robinson with Madeon at the Fox, $26. Wild Beasts goes on sale Friday, Justice on March 23, the rest on March 16.
What’s left on April 19? Sub Focus at the Music Box, price unavailable … Wild Flag with First Aid Kit and EMA at El Rey, $25 … tUnE-yArDs with St. Vincent (nice!) at the Glass House, $22.50 … Nero and Zedd at Club Nokia, $32-$50 … and Girls with Yuck at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, $15. The first two are on sale March 16. The rest are on sale Friday, apart from Nero and Zedd, which is on sale March 23.
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