March 7th, 2012, 9:02 pm · · posted by BEN WENER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Some of us will be seeing Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros next week at the Observatory, a small- scale tour warm-up that sold out in a heartbeat.
Many more of us, however, will see Alex Ebert & Co. when they make their headlining debut at the Greek Theatre on May 4, $30, just weeks before the release of the L.A. group’s second album, Here, on May 29.
And still more of us may journey to Santa Barbara the next night, May 5, to see the Magnetic Zeros at Santa Barbara Bowl, $30-$35.
Tickets for both shows go on sale Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. (for the Greek) and noon (for the Bowl).
Also at the Greek and on sale that morning: jam band the String Cheese Incident, July 13, $49.95.
Meanwhile, Tenacious D, aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass, will prep for their Sasquatch appearance over Memorial Day weekend with a May 23 appearance at the Bowl, $34-$44, on sale Saturday at 11 a.m.
One last sting from Scorpions: Klaus Meine and the long-running German hard rockers will give their “final L.A. performance ever” on June 22 at the biggest Southern California venue they’ve played in many years, Staples Center. Tesla will open. Tickets, $49.50-$99.50, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Also: Mexican rock band Màna is extending its record-setting stand at the arena with a third date, April 25, $59-$160, on sale Friday at noon. And across the L.A. Live plaza at Nokia Theatre, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon appears June 23, $25-$200, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Ice Cube and Cypress Hill (fresh from their own Smokeout festival last weekend) will co-headline KDAY Krush Groove 2012, April 28 at Gibson Amphitheatre. Mystikal, L.A. mainstay the Pharcyde and Ras Kas, among others, help fill out the lineup. Tickets, $45-$85, are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
In addition to its two circa-Coachella gigs — Neon Indian, April 16 in the Constellation Room, and Yuck, April 18 in that same space, not on the main stage — the Observatory has added a May 24 Constellation show from Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, $12 … plus two in the main room: CSS on March 24, $18, on sale now … and rapper Curren$y, whose Jet Life Tour (also featuring the Jets, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Money and more) touches down May 2, $25, on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
That last package is also slated for May 1 at the Music Box in Hollywood, $23.50, also on sale at that time. And there are two other new shows for the former Fonda Theatre: Super Mash Bros with special guests, April 7, $22.50 … and Washed Out, May 5, $20.
Of course, even though more shows are going on sale for there, the place still isn’t in operation. Latest relocation: the Joy Formidable‘s gig next Wednesday, March 14, has been moved to the Mayan, $22.50.
Best Coast, the L.A. duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, is due to drop their second album, The Only Place, in May — and they’ll usher it in with a headlining show at the Wiltern on May 18. Jeff the Brotherhood and Abe Vigoda open. Tickets, $17.50-$22.50, are on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Chevelle, the Illinois trio touring behind their sixth album, Hats Off to the Bull, will play April 25 at Club Nokia, with Dead Sara and New Medicine opening, $29.75-$35, on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Also at the venue: Prom for Hope, April 5, $38.50-$99.50, on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. … and two performances (2 and 5 p.m.) of Imagination Movers Live! on Oct. 7, $20-$49.50, on sale now.
Howard Jones, ’80s synth-pop favorite remembered for hits like “What Is Love?” and “No One Is to Blame,” will perform his first two albums, Human’s Lib (1984) and Dream into Action (1985), in their entirety on July 15 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. Tickets, $30, go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.
Also returning to the South County club are two Southern veterans: the Marshall Tucker Band, May 31, $35 … and David Allan Coe, Aug. 31, $25.
Finally, four noteworthy new ones at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre were added this week: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, May 19, $22 … the Wombats, May 8, $22 … Cass McCombs, June 2, $18 … and Justin Townes Earle, June 28, $20-$24. Clap Your Hands goes on sale Thursday at 10 a.m., the rest become available Saturday at 10 a.m.
Photo, from KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas last December, by Ana P. Gutierrez, for the Register.
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