Fauxchella 2014 – The Bay Area Alternative


Haim don’t just have our “official” number one album of 2013; they are also at The Fillmore on April 9. Now the question is just how big their name will be on the Coachella poster.

Most Bay Area music nerds are familiar with the Coachella Music Festival, and many of us even go to it. But then there’s a pretty large contingent of us who are quite happy attending Fauxchella. What’s Fauxchella? Why, it’s the unofficial nickname we gave to the time during, before and after the Coachella dates when all the bands play San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and other Bay Area music venues, often ones much smaller than they would otherwise play.

Ever since Coachella expanded to two weekends, Fauxchella started lasting for three weeks.That’s the opportunity to see well over 20 Coachella bands without dealing with I-5, LAX, or the hot sun.

Lots of other websites started using the term, too. That’s exciting! We’re always happy to start a trend. Just note that if some band playing Coachella happens to be in the Bay Area in February, that’s NOT Fauxchella; only shows within a week of the festival count. Lets not get greedy, Bay Area.

Fauxchella is a veritable musical feast, but it’s not without its challenges. There’s constantly tough decisions to be made about what show to go to, but in the end, you’re rewarded with a full set with a proper sound check, and plenty of flushing toilets. And then you get to sleep in your bed and start again the next day. A dedicated Fauxchella attendee can easily see 16-18 shows, and still spend less than one Coachella ticket.

So now, Spinning Platters presents the 2014 Fauxchella lineup. This page will be updated as new Fauxchella acts are announced. (Confirmed Coachella acts in bold.)

The 2014 Fauxchella Lineup

This year’s Fauxchella runs from Monday April 7 – Friday April 25

Monday, April 7


Tuesday, April 8

Dum Dum Girls with Blouse at The Independent

Pet Shop Boys at The Fox Oakland

Wednesday, April 9

HAIM at The Fillmore

Neutral Milk Hotel at The Fox Oakland

Thursday, April 10

Aeroplane at The Mezzanine

Bastille at The Warfield

Future Islands at The Chapel

HAIM at The Fillmore

Neutral Milk Hotel at The Fox Oakland

Friday, April 11

Neutral Milk Hotel at The Fox Oakland

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at The Warfield

Saturday, April 12

Caravan Palace at The Regency Ballroom

Chromeo at The Independent

Goat with Holy Wave at Slim’s

Sunday, April 13

Monday, April 14

Bombino at Sweetwater Music Hall

Chance the Rapper at The Warfield

Bryan Ferry at The Fox Oakland

John Newman at The Independent Canceled!

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at Slim’s

MS MR at The Fillmore

Temples with Drowners at Great American Music Hall

Tuesday, April 15

Blood Orange at Great American Music Hall

Bombino at The New Parish

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The Blank Club in San Jose

The Knife at The Fox Oakland

Laura Mvula at The Independent

Wednesday, April 16

Foxygen at The Chapel

The Knife at The Fox Oakland

Waxahatchee at UC Berkeley (Venue TBA)

White Lies at The New Parish

Thursday, April 17

The 1975 at The Fillmore

Duke Dumont at The Mezzanine

Empire of the Sun at The Fox Oakland

Foxygen at The Independent

Queens of the Stone Age with Warpaint at Bill Graham Civic

Friday, April 18

The 1975 at The Fillmore

Disclosure with Claude Von Stroke vs. Justin Martin at The Greek Theater

Flight Facilities at The Mezzanine

Lana Del Ray at Bill Graham Civic

Mogwai with Majeure at The Regency Ballroom

Motorhead at The Warfield

Saturday, April 19

Broken Bells at The Fox Oakland

Ellie Goulding with Rudimental at Bill Graham Civic

Sunday, April 20

Bombay Bicycle Club at The Fillmore

Monday, April 21


Tuesday, April 22


Wednesday, April 23


Thursday, April 24


Friday, April 25


 Saturday, April 26

The National with Portugal the Man at The Greek Theater in Berkeley (Fauxchella EXCLUSIVE!)


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Gordon Elgart

A music nerd who probably uses that term too much. I have a deep love for bombastic, quirky and dynamic music.

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