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Coachella Comes To San Diego

Psychedelic rockers The Black Angels are one of many bands who will be playin...

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Above: Psychedelic rockers The Black Angels are one of many bands who will be playing San Diego in between stints at this year's two-weekender Coachella festival.

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Since 1999, the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been bringing together some of the biggest names in music along with many up-and-coming acts to play in the desert. What started as a two-day festival eventually grew to a three-day festival, with the line-ups continuing to get bigger and bigger each year, drawing more and more attendees (last year's event drew 75,000 people each day to see over 150 bands).

This year marks the first time the Coachella festival will occur over two weekends: April 13-15 and April 20-22. Tickets to both weekends have been sold-out since January. But if you didn't get your hands on any, don't despair. Many bands are using the downtime in between the two weekends to play some smaller venues here in San Diego.

KPBS Midday Edition speaks with Tim Mays, owner of The Casbah, and Tim Pyles, a DJ at FM 94.9, about some of the bands they are looking forward to seeing. Here's a list of their picks plus more Coachella-related shows happening in San Diego:

Saturday, April 14:

The Rapture w/ Beehive & The Barracudas at The Irenic, North Park

Monday, April 16:

M. Ward w/ fIREHOSE at The Belly Up, Solana Beach (SOLD-OUT)

Tuesday, April 17:

Madness at Humphreys by the Bay, Shelter Island

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the Balboa Theatre, downtown

Yuck at The Casbah, downtown

The Hives at the Belly Up, Solana Beach (SOLD-OUT)

Wednesday, April 18:

The Buzzcocks at The Belly Up, Solana Beach

tUnE-yArDs w/ St. Vincent at House of Blues, downtown

The Big Pink at The Casbah, downtown

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 at UCSD, La Jolla

Band of Skulls at The Griffin, Linda Vista

Thursday, April 18

The Horrors w/ The Black Angels at The Belly Up, Solana Beach

James at House of Blues, downtown

We Were Promised Jetpacks at The Casbah, downtown

The Horrors "Still Life"

UK band The Horrors received NME's 2012 "Best Album" award for its album "Skying". The band plays The Belly Up in between Coachella weekends.

tUnE-yArDs "The Bizness"

tUnE-yArDs is the solo project of Merrill Garbus, whose eclectic music incorporates found sounds, field recordings, ukulele and unusual percussion along with her own vocals.


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