Fauxchella 2015 – The Bay Area Alternative

Take Hozier to church after seeing him in the Bay Area during Fauxchella.

Take Hozier to church after seeing him in the Bay Area during Fauxchella.

It seems like just a few years ago that our managing editor, Dakin Hardwick,  coined the term Fauxchella in a BART station, causing our editor-in-chief, Gordon Elgart, to immediately buy the domain with his GoDaddy app. In fact, it was just a few years ago! And now, everyone from the SF Weekly to The Huffington Post is using the word, as if they made it up themselves. That’s so cool! Keep on saying it, Bay Area! Fauxchella is here to stay.

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 2015 Fauxchella lineup. This page will be updated as new Fauxchella acts are announced. (Confirmed Coachella acts in bold.)

The 2015 Fauxchella Lineup

This year’s Fauxchella runs from Monday April 6 – Thursday April 23

Monday, April 6


Tuesday, April 7

Steely Dan at Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa (Closest show to Bay Area)

Wednesday, April 8

Steely Dan at Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa (Closest show to Bay Area)

Thursday, April 9

George Ezra at The Fillmore

Stromae at The Fox Oakland

Friday, April 10

Stromae at The Fox Oakland

Saturday, April 11

Alabama Shakes with Neko Case at The Greek Theater, Berkeley

Kimbra  at The Fillmore

Squarepusher at Mezzanine

Sunday, April 12

Belle & Sebastian with Perfume Genius at The Greek Theater, Berkeley

Glass Animals at The Fillmore

Monday, April 13

The Replacements at SF Masonic (Fauxchella exclusive!)

Ride at The Warfield

Tuesday, April 14

Belle & Sebastian with Perfume Genius at The Mondavi Center, Davis

Hozier at SF Masonic

Milky Chance at The Regency Ballroom

Panda Bear at The Independent

PHOX at Great American Music Hall

Royal Blood at Slim’s

Wednesday, April 15

Antemasque at The Fillmore

Gramatik at The Mezzanine

Hozier at SF Masonic

Milky Chance at The Regency Ballroom

Panda Bear at The Coconut Grove, Santa Cruz

Royal Blood at Slim’s

Ryn Weaver at The Independent

Thursday, April 16

Alt-J with Jungle at The Greek Theatre, Berkeley

Annie Mac at The Mezzanine

Father John Misty at The Fillmore

Hozier at SF Masonic

Panda Bear at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma

Reverend Horton Heat at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Friday, April 17

Alt-J with Tycho at The Greek Theater, Berkeley

Father John Misty at The Fillmore

Marina & the Diamonds at The Warfield

Swans at The Regency Ballroom

Saturday, April 18

Philip Selway at The Independent

Sturgill Simpson at The Fillmore

Sunday, April 19

Bad Religion at The Regency Ballroom

Royal Blood at Ace of Spades, Sacramento (not technically the Bay Area, we know)

Monday, April 20

Bad Religion at The Regency Ballroom

Mac DeMarco with DINNER at The Independent

Tuesday, April 21

Interpol at The Warfield

Sylvan Esso at The Fillmore

Wednesday, April 22

Ana Tijoux at The Mezzanine (Fauxchella Exclusive!)

Dead Milkmen at Slim’s (Fauxchella Exclusive!)

Sylvan Esso at The Fillmore

Thursday, April 23


Friday, April 24

Kaiser Chiefs at The Regency Ballroom (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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