Music Picks: Coachella, Girls in Trouble, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Paul Simon 

Also, Mary Anne Hobbs, Yoni Wolf, Emmylou Harris and others

Thursday, Apr 14 2011

fri 4/15

Coachella Day 1

!!!, The Aquabats, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, the Black Keys, Brandon Flowers, Caifanes, Cee Lo Green, Chemical Brothers, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, the Drums, Flogging Molly, Gayngs, Glasser, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Marina and the Diamonds, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nosaj Thing, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Ozomatli, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Robyn, Sasha, Scala & Kolacny, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, Warpaint, YACHT, etc. [Also see Music feature.]

click to enlarge Girls in Trouble: See Sunday.
  • Girls in Trouble: See Sunday.

Location Info




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Janet Jackson


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Charlie Wilson, Babyface


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The Meatmen


Like it or not, Tesco Vee has long been one of the leading musical pranksters and guiding lights of the Midwestern punk scene. His rudely influential fan zine Touch & Go documented bands like Negative Approach and the Necros long before pundits on either coast had a clue, and he carried the cultural subversion even further with his confrontational band the Meatmen. While many early punks were merely sarcastic, the Meatmen were vicious, with Vee taking potshots at SoCal legends ("T.S.O.L. Are Sissies"), the death of John Lennon ("One Down, Three to Go") and snobby Europeans ("French People Suck"). The verb "suck" summarizes Vee's feelings toward the human race in general, especially on the band's occasionally hilarious faux live album, 1983's We're the Meatmen and You Suck. —Falling James

Also playing Friday:

MASERATI, KENSETH THIBIDEAU at the Satellite; BOBBY LONG at McCabe's; EMBERS at Blvd. Café; EVANGENITALS at Pappy & Harriet's; SWEATER GIRLS at the Smell; THE DAMSELLES at the Echo.


sat 4/16

Coachella Day 2

Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dynamite, Bomba Estereo, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Daedelus, Delta Spirit, Elbow, Empire of the Sun, Erykah Badu, the Felice Brothers, Foals, Gogol Bordello, the Henry Clay People, Jenny and Johnny, the Kills, Lil' B the Based God, the London Suede, Mariachi El Bronx, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mumford & Sons, the New Pornographers, Paul van Dyk, Phosphorescent, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Scissor Sisters, Steve Angello, the Swell Season, Wire, Yelle, etc. [Also see Music feature.]

Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart


Some people have criticized the apparently marketing-driven choice to pair these two survivors of megaselling '70s pop. After all, Rod seems adamant in squandering his substantial claims to credibility (the early Mod sides, the early solo albums on Mercury, the early Faces pub sing-alongs) with, well, MOR schlock and Costco stocking stuffers. But the divine Ms. Nicks abides: still glorious, still weird and still Pied Pipering generation after generation of young women down the road of crystal-clear heartache and California decadence. Stevie turned out to be our very own Marianne Faithfull, and she should always be treasured as such. Go pay your respects. Also Sun. —Gustavo Turner


Janet Jackson

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Also playing Saturday:

EVANGENITALS at Pappy & Harriet's; MATTHEW DEAR at Avalon; AGESANDAGES, LAKE, BORIS SMILE at Bootleg Theater.


sun 4/17

Coachella Day 3

Best Coast, Chromeo, CSS, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Duran Duran, Ellie Goulding, HEALTH, Kanye West, Jimmy Eat World, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, MEN, Nas & Damian Marley, the National, Neon Trees, OFF!, PJ Harvey, Ratatat, Rye Rye, She Wants Revenge, the Strokes, Tinie Tempah, Tokimonsta, Wiz Khalifa, etc. [Also see Music feature.]

Girls in Trouble, Daylong Valleys of the Nile


With her art-pop project Girls in Trouble, Alicia Jo Rabins answers the musical question, "What if the girls in the Bible started an indie rock band?" Drawing upon her extensive knowledge of the Kabbalah and Torah, the Brooklyn singer and Golem violinist has penned a fanciful song cycle that spans two albums and places tragic characters from the Old Testament in a new context. Backed by her husband, Old Time Relijun bassist Aaron Hartman, Rabins crafts enchanting tunes that range from the throbbing folk rhythms of "I Was a Desert" to the intimately spare interlude "I Fell Off My Camel," stitching it all together with lilting violin melodies. Even listeners who aren't familiar with the Bible's arcane twists and turns might enjoy airily orchestrated tracks like "Secrets/You're Always Watching." —Falling James

Also playing Sunday:



mon 4/18

Kid Cudi


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Ms. Lauryn Hill


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Holy Ghost!, Chairlift, Futurecop!, Mattie Safer, Dave P + Sammi Slice


Production duo Holy Ghost! have proven themselves worthy of the exclamation point. As a pair, Alex Frankel and Nick Milliser whip up a propulsive stew of disco beats and electro throb anchored by white soul vocals, making them a living mash-up of Simian Mobile Disco and Chromeo. Even if you haven't seen 'em before, you've probably danced to their beat, either via their stint as touring members of the Juan MacLean or one of their numerous remixes (Moby, MGMT, Cut Copy et al.). Their Brooklyn neighbors, Chairlift, take an artier approach — preferring soupy atmosphere, distorted instrumentation and nostalgic synth sounds — but offer up an equally poppy, highly danceable groove. Meanwhile, Futurecop! shamelessly basks in a bevy of '80s influences, from video game music to Top 40 radio. —Chris Martins

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