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Best Concert Week Ever
The top concerts in the mid-Coachella week.
Annie Tittiger | Photo: Cybele Malinowski; Wild Flag; The Naked and Famous | April 16, 2012
Coachella is running two weekends this year and because all the bands had to agree to not perform at nearby venues, they’ve all trekked up to the Bay Area for this week in between. So if you didn’t shell out the $450 that it costs for a ticket and camping pass, give yourself a pat on the back for dodging the crowds, traffic, and boiling temperatures and feel free to splurge this week, because S.F. has never been so jammed packed with awesome shows.
Explosions in the Sky You could argue that there’s no better venue for this instrumental trio. With their dreamy guitar chords and light shows coupled with the Palace’s astounding arches, your previous Monday evening plans pale in comparison. 8:00 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts
SBTRKT Dubstep as a genre is still coming into its own, but SBTRKT is paving the way with their trance/dance beats. 9:00 p.m. The Independent
Pulp It's been almost twenty years since the band was at their peak, but that doesn't mean their songs ever went out of style. 8:00 p.m. The Warfield
The Horrors With the British band’s hypnotic guitar slides and wispy vocals, you could easily be convinced you're at the festival if you close your eyes. 8:00 p.m. Bimbos 365
Refused Swedish hard-core punk. If you’re not convinced yet, this isn’t your show. 8:00 p.m., The Warfield
Gotye While “Somebody that I used to Know” may be overplayed, but you know you still like it. 8:00 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Wild Flag Portlandia comes to San Francisco! Well, not really. Catch Carrie Brownstein in her natural habit–on stage going nuts. 8:00 p.m., Fillmore
Wild Beasts The indie rockers hailing from England will have you bobbing around to their upbeat tunes. 8:00 p.m. The Independent
Mt. Eden Another Dubstep favorite. 9:00 p.m., Ruby Skye
Bon Iver The Grammy winner may have tunes that make some snooze, but who doesn’t love not just hearing his dissonant chords, but feeling them resonant throughout the room? 8:00 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
School of Seven Bells They weren’t on the Coachella lineup (this is Day One of weekend Two, so most bands are back down south), but the electronica trio’s introspective rock meets pop beats make for a great live show. 9:00 p.m., Rickshaw Stop
Los Rakas Again, weren’t on the lineup, but if you’re looking for something like Jean Paul meets Hieroglyphics (and all in Spanish), this Oakland duo will do the trick.
9:00 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall
The Naked and Famous The moody, post-punk New Zealanders didn’t perform at Coachella, but they’ve been a favorite local festival circuit and have gathered a cult following in the process. 7:00 p.m., The Warfield
Alesso The solo DJ from Stockholm knows how to make you dance. Prepare to burn some calories. 9:00 p.m., Ruby Skye
M83 Ah, the French: Giving us good food, wine, and M83. 8:00 p.m., Fillmore