No 'Chella? No problem.
Live music fans are in for a busy few weeks as Southern California clubs and theaters get ready for Goldenvoice Presents April, the annual concert series where big font Coachella bands perform at small clubs and theaters from Santa Barbara to Indio. Based on mounting medical evidence that those who regularly attend live concerts live longer lives, this a great opportunity to improve your health and well-being.
And because this year's lineup includes over 50 shows, there's a giant buffet of bands and artists to choose from. To help you put together a healthy plate, the musical dieticians at AXS have sampled the schedule to spotlight 10 concerts that you'll want to check out between April 10 and April 27.
Look over the full menu of concerts by clicking here and read on for our picks of the best of Goldenvoice Presents April 2018:
The sisters HAIM took their time working on their sophomore album Something To Tell You but the extra effort paid off: Their 2017 release was packed with the same sturdy songwriting, harmonized hooks and elaborate production that earned them so many admirers when their debut dropped in 2013. In concert, the trio showcases a more stripped back and raw sound, and their wit sparkles in their stage banter.
Portugal. The Man with Cherry Glazerr - Thurs., April 12 - Fox Theater Pomona (Click here for tickets)
It's not often that a band makes it all the way to their eighth album before blowing up, but that's exactly the case with Portugal. The Man, who scored a massive breakout hit last year with the infectious "I Feel It Still." However, as their lengthy discography suggests, the band's fans have been feeling it since the Alaska-founded band dropped their debut in 2006. They're also playing the Santa Barbara Bowl with Chicano Batman and Deap Vally on April 21 (tickets). Opener Cherry Glazerr has been making noise in the L.A. scene for some time but reached a new creative peak with their brilliantly-titled 2017 album Apocalipstick.
French electronic producer Carpenter Brut is one of those artists who keeps a mysterious air about himself, preferring to let his music do the talking. And talk it does: Songs like "Turbo Killer" sound like the bastard child of Justice and Kavinsky while other tracks are more rock-oriented but no less cinematic. If you're a fan of music that makes you feel like you're inside a movie, both Carpenter Brut and opener Jean Jean will have you feeling like Ryan Gosling.
Like many bands these days, Marian Hill caught their break thanks to a choice song placement in an Apple ad. But the duo of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol is more than just "Down"; their new single "Different" shares a similar skeletal, trap-pop structure, a promising introduction to their forthcoming Unusual. Opener Sir Sly turned personal turmoil into one of 2017's most slept-on albums, the emotional and aptly titled Don't You Worry, Honey.
The bedroom pop of Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, has been widely acclaimed since his debut album Learning dropped in 2010. But last year's No Shape brought a new level of praise and attention and Perfume Genius has earned a stellar reputation as a live performer. Big Thief experienced a similar bump last year on the strength of Capacity and it's not hard to understand why on songs like the evocative "Shark Smile."
Unfair and inaccurate comparisons to Radiohead saddled alt-J in the early part of their career but three records in, the band has developed a sound as unique as it is unmistakable. Their studio albums are like a meandering walk through the woods but in concert, the band focuses more on their singles, which have always been their strongest songs. BØRNS new album Blue Madonna gave us one of the best tracks of early 2018, the Lana Del Rey-assisted "God Save Our Young Blood."
The rise of the self-described "boy band" BROCKHAMPTON is unprecedented in hip-hop history. The dozen-plus member crew met on the forum for the blog "Kanye To The" and proceeded to drop four albums in a two year period, including the three-part SATURATION series last year alone. The fact that the third album was arguably the best of the bunch speaks to the group's consistency and with another record on the way (plus a new contract with RCA Records), BROCKHAMPTON looks like they're here to stay. Hip-hop is better for it.
Django Django & Tank and The Bangas with The Seshen - Wed., April 18 - Fonda Theatre (Click here for tickets)
Like their English countrymen Glass Animals, Django Django blend electronic music and art rock into an easy-drinking cocktail. The band's third album Marble Skies dropped earlier this year. Tank and the Bangas are an inspired choice to co-headline; finishing ahead of over 6,000 other submissions, the New Orleans group unanimously won the 2017 edition of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert competition and the victory performance was hugely emotional. Along with The Seshen, it should be a joyous and celebratory night.
Jorja Smith x Tom Misch - Wed., April 18 - The Novo by Microsoft (Click here for tickets)
These two English artists are co-headlining a couple of shows in Southern California (including a concert at The Observatory the following night), so there's no excuse to miss them. Tom Misch is an amazing guitarist who laces his sunny, soulful licks over boom bap beats, making his new album Geography indebted to both George Benson and Kaytranada. Jorja Smith got quite a bit of shine after appearing on Drake's More Life project last year, but her own solo material is even better and she's poised to be playing much bigger rooms than the one's one this tour.
Moon Boots (Live) - Thur., April 19 - El Rey Theatre (Click here for tickets)
As evidenced by blissful songs like "I Want Your Attention," dance producer Moon Boots makes house music that's exceptionally warm and inviting (if it's anything like his Holy Ship! Mix, his Coachella set is gonna kill). In support of the release of his debut album First Landing last year, Moon Boots' show at the El Rey is a special one, as it will be his first ever live performance with a band and four vocalists.