We’re in the final weekend of Coachella 2016, and the consequent Fauxchella 2016 shows are coming our way. What’s Fauxchella? It’s when you can see a band that’s also scheduled at Coachella but without actually having to go to Coachella.
This week in The Bay Area we have old stars, old studio guys, old smoky guys, montage anchorpoints, as much anarchy as you’d like, and a band that just went ahead and named themselves California.
And previews. Preview time. Let’s preview.
• Saturday, April 23, 2016
Bonnie Raitt, The California Honeydrops at the Fox Theater, Oakland
From the North Bay to the East Bay, The Fox is the place to get your roots rock tonight.
Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair at The Metro, Oakland
Few things are more American than book fairs of opposing ideas. Enjoy anarchy.
FAUXCHELLA: Chris Stapleton, Anderson East at the Greek Theater, UC Berkeley Campus
Cheech & Chong at the Warfield, San Francisco
Much like Snoop Dog and Willie Nelson, these guys are bulletproof from critical appraisal and can basically do anything that they want.
California (record release), The Tet Holiday, Fake Your Own Death at the Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
Jawbreaker connection alert! California is the new band from Adam Pfahler of Jawbreaker, J Church, Blackball Records, and Lost Weekend Video. A Renaissance man.
FAUXCHELLA: M83, Yacht at the Catalyst, Santa Cruz
FAUXCHELLA: Mavis Staples at Cache Creek Casino, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks
• Sunday, April 24
Big Star’s Third at The Fillmore, San Francisco
What this is is an orchestrated of Big Star‘s third album with: Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Dan Wilson, Chuck Prophet, John Vanderslice, Mitch Easter, Chris Stamey, Ira Kaplan, Pat Sansone, Django Haskins, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, and Ralph Carney. That’s a thing.
• Monday, April 25
Black Dog, Goddess Aphonic, Solo Organ at the Hemlock, San Francisco
Black Dog are arty shouty noisy mask-wearing East Bay metal.
• Tuesday, April 26, 2016
FAUXCHELLA: Zhu, Gallant at the Fox Theater, Oakland
Aimee Mann, Billy Collins at Van Duzer Theater, Humboldt State, Arcata
Aimee Mann‘s timeless pop music under the redwoods.
• Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Todd Rundgren at the Uptown Theater, Napa
“Sounds of… the studio.”