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You Don’t Need Coachella

First of all, you have to get your head out of the “but-it’s-a-music-festival-experience” gutter. We get that. We know that. We’re just trying to pull you up and out of your pool of tears because when you think about it, you’re not really missing out. It’s hard to compare the experience you have at a music festival with a small show in your city. There are pros and cons to both.

If you don’t have a ticket to Coachella, and you live in Arizona, and those revelations are devistating you beyond belief, listen up:

Day 1 of Coachella includes 46 musicians.

At least 18 of those acts have played one, if not more, shows in Arizona within the last year. Don’t believe me? Fine, here’s a list:

  • Dawes (10/10/11)
  • EMA (10/15/11)
  • Explosions in the Sky (09/01/11)
  • M83 (11/07/11)
  • The Black Keys (04/14/11)
  • The Black Angels (05/18/11)
  • The Sheepdogs (11/09/11)
  • Yuck (02/11/11)
  • Givers (06/04/11)
  • The Horrors (09/17/11)
  • Manchester  Orchestra (05/31/11)
  • Alesso (11/18/11)
  • Breakbot (10/18/11)
  • Datsik (01/19/12)
  • LA Riots (02/08/11)
  • Ximena Sariñana (11/23/11)
  • The Rapture (10/03/11)
  • honeyhoney (07/17/11)

This means you’ve likely already seen them or their likelihood of booking another show in Arizona is high. They know that their fans here are probably not as horrible as the state’s politics and hot weather might suggest.

So 18 of the 46 acts were just in town and seven of those 46 will be playing shows in town before the festival. I know what you’re thinking: What? That’s unbelievable! Why would bands headed to Coachella stop in California’s neighboring state to play a show? Ludicrous, but totally happening. See:

Feed Me  – March 18 – Rialto Theater – TIX

GirlsMarch 3 – Crescent Ballroom – TIX

Kendrick LamarMarch 4 – Tucson Arena – TIX

M. WardApril 17, April 18 – Crescent Ballroom + Orpheum Theatre – TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

Neon IndianApril 12 – Crescent Ballroom – TIX

Other Lives – March 15 – Jobing.com Arena – SOLD OUT

The Dear Hunter & Anthony Green – Feb. 6  – The Clubhouse – TIX

Feeling any better? OK, let’s look at Day 2.

There are 47 bands playing on Saturday. Thirteen of those 47 have played AZ gigs within the last year.

  • AWOLNATION (07/08/11), (11/04/11)
  • Black Lips (07/21/11), (07/22/11)
  • Bon Iver (09/15/11)
  • Destroyer (03/23/11)
  • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (02/02/11)
  • Grouplove (10/25/11)
  • Kaskade (10/14/11)
  • Mt. Eden (10/20/11)
  • SBTRKT -DJ set (03/23/11)
  • St. Vincent (10/20/11)
  • tUnE-yArDs (11/03/11)
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks (11/08/11)
  • Zeds Dead (12/08/11)

OK, are you still with me? Now, 11 of the 47 bands on Saturday’s lineup are playing pre-Coachella shows in our state. Here:

A$AP RockyMarch 4 – Tucson Arena – TIX

Andrew Bird – April 18, April 20 – Ikeda Theatre + Rialto Theater – TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

Bon IverApril 23 – AVA Amphitheater (Tucson) – TIX on sale Feb. 10

Childish Gambino – April 10, April 11 – Rialto Theatre + Venue of Scottsdale – TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

FeistApril 22, April 23 – Orpheum Theatre, AVA Amphitheater – TIX on sale Feb. 3, TIX on sale Feb. 10

fIREHOSE – April 17, April 18 – Crescent Ballroom + Orpheum Theatre (Flagstaff) – TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

Laura Marling – April 18, April 20 – Ikeda Theatre + Rialto Theater TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

Radiohead – March 15 – Jobing.com Arena – SOLD OUT

St. Vincent – April 17 – Rialto Theatre – TIX

SuedeheadMarch 17 – Tempe Beach Park – TIX

tUne-YaRdS – April 17 – Rialto Theatre – TIX

And then there’s Sunday. The bill includes 45 musicians to close out the last day.

At least 13  of these 45 acts played in 2011, some as many as three to four times.

  • AraabMuzik (11/09/11), (11/10/11)
  • Avicii (01/15/12)
  • Beats Antique (09/22/11)
  • Calvin Harris (02/18/11),(01/29/12)
  • Dada Life (05/03/11)
  • Gardens & Villa (04/27/11),(07/08/11),(08/12/11)
  • Girl Talk (03/23/11)
  • The Growlers (04/28/11)
  • Porter Robinson (02/12/11),(04/09/11),(06/22/11),(06/23/11)
  • Real Estate (11/14/11)
  • Snoop Dogg (10/20/11)
  • Wild Flag (10/31/11)
  • Zedd (09/01/11)

And four of the 45 acts will be taking a stage here between now and then.

Florence + the MachineApril 20 – Comerica Theater – TIX

Housse de RacketApril 16, April 19 – Plush  + Rhythm Room – TIX (SHOW 1, SHOW 2)

Morgan PageMarch 10 – Axis Radius – TIX

The Growlers March 31 – Yucca Tap Room – TIX

So that’s what you’re kind of, sort of, not really missing out on.

And call them Coachella rejects, if you must, but Chairlift and Nite Jewel are playing April 14 at Crescent Ballroom. If you were most looking forward to seeing La Roux, she canceled her sets at the three-day festival. So, is it really worth it?

What I’m trying to say is:

You don’t need Coachella. Coachella needs you.

 

Please note: The author of this article really wishes she had a ticket to Coachella to see Mazzy Star, Wu Lyf, The Weeknd, Cat Power, Miike Snow and Radiohead. She empathizes with those trying to accept the fact that they’re missing out on reunited-and-it-feels-so-good, when-will-you-ever-see-them-live-again, they’re-from-another-country-and-rarely-come-to-America bands playing at the festival this year. 

 

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