Sad that you weren’t in Indio, California last week? Bands and songsters like the Jesus and Mary Chain, Tilly and the Wall, Bjork, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor plus many more “I’d-pay-anything-to-see-that-band” types played the Coachella Festival last weekend.
Dont worry Your Heart Outs! Many fun—even BIG—names are visiting our happy state this month to play for you.
If you’re in the mood for wishful, heart-wrenching, dreamy music, turn to Irish crooner Damien Rice. A blend of strings, piano and breathtaking vocals give him his wistful sound. Although performing at the McKay Events Center, I have a feeling Rice will still create an intimate atmosphere. One drawback: the stunning back-up vocals by Lisa Hannigan will be missing as she no longer sings with Rice. But, afterall, it’s Damien whose vocals leave you longing for more. Listen here. Suggested track: “The Animals Were Gone.”
Who’s the legendary artist behind titles like “America Is Not the World,” “Don’t Make Fun of Daddy’s Voice,” “Glamorous Glue,” and “You’re the One For Me Fatty?” It’s the Smiths’ former front man, Morrissey, of course. He’ll be playing at the E Center on Tuesday, May 8. Who wouldn’t want to see “one of the most influential figures in alternative rock” play live? It’s a no-brainer. Tickets are still available. Listen here. Suggested track: “In the Future When…”
Country/folk group Nickel Creek will play at Abravanel Hall on Saturday, May 12. Besides the symphony, seeing a band play this venue will be well-worth the ticket price. Plus, Nickel Creek is so easy to fall for. Their sound is made up of a variety of “honky tonk” instruments including the fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bouzouki (similar to a mandolin, not a rocket launcher), but most of their songs are slow and reflective. Country/folk queen Alison Krauss even helped produce their first album. Listen here. Suggested track: A cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic.”
Also playing with Nickel Creek? Producer extraordinaire Jon Brion. Brion has created soundtracks for great films like I Heart Huckabees, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and (my personal favorite), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He has also produced albums for Fiona Apple, Aimee Main—even Kanye West. This guy knows his music.
Other bands worthy of a live viewing: DJ Shadow, The Fratellis (who you might have heard on a recent iTunes commercial, lucky ducks), Cursive, Hot Hot Heat, The Shaky Hands, Animal Collective, Minus the Bear and the Killers.
Lots to see and hear in May. But, you can take full advantage of your Tivo and capture live performances by Tori Amos (tonight!), Wilco (May 15) and Rufus Wainwright (May 17) on David Letterman. And don’t miss Feist next Tuesday on Jay Leno. More info here.
Who needs Coachella when you can have all of this? At least thats what we can keep telling ourselves.
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