Friday, April 13, 2012

Chili Cook Off, Fair to Midland, Coachella webcast, The Atkinsons, Set Your Goals.

Lots to cover this weekend so let's get to it. I was able to get done with Friday & Saturday before I got sick as a dog. I'm sending this out now and then going back to bed. Will try and do one on the rest of the week later.

Friday night, punk pop band Set Your Goals headlines a multi-band revue at Kingdom. Also on the bill are Cartel, Hit The Lights, Mixtapes, Super Prime, Cowabunga, and The Getaways. The show starts at 5 PM and it's $15 to get in. Here's Set Your Goals doing "Gaia Bleeds":

If you're more in the mood for some folksy Americana on Friday night, hit up The Atkinsons at Cafe Diem. This show starts at 9:30 and it's free. Here's their latest tune, "I Love Everything":

If you are at home this weekend, the first weekend of the Coachella Festival (they've expanded to two weekends this year) from Indio CA will be webcast on YouTube HERE. There will be three channels to choose from so you should always be able to find something good or discover something new. The show starts at 6:55 PM ET on Friday. Highlights Friday include James, Neon Indian, Gary Clark Jr. (excellent new blues guitarist), Yuck, Dawes, Arctic Monkeys, Madness (One Step Beyond!), Pulp, Black Keys, M83. Saturday gets underway at 6:25 PM ET and highlights include Childish Gambino, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Tune-Yards, Buzzcocks, Laura Marling, Squeeze, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Grace Potter, The Shins, Bon Iver. Sunday starts at 6:25 PM ET again and includes Santigold, Real Estate, Fitz & the Tantrums, Seun Kuti (son of Fela Kuti), Wild Flag (love them!), Greg Ginn, Beirut, Gotye, Florence and the Machine, and TBA at 1:35 AM ET (Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, maybe?). Quite a lineup!

Saturday is the big 102.1 The X Chili Cook Off 2012 at the Richmond Raceway Complex and for once they have ditched the mope rock bands and have a nice lineup. Bands include Cake, Cage the Elephant, Neon Trees, Middle Class Rut and Civil Twilight. Gates open at 11 and the gig runs until 8. Tickets are $35 at the gate. While this is an all-ages event, they do caution against bringing kids under 10 so bear that in mind parents. Here's the latest from Cake, "The Winter":

At Kingdom on Saturday night, some prog metal from Fair to Midland. Tix are $12 and the show starts at 5 PM with openers Dead Letter Circus, Lionize, Vice Or Virtue, and Ian Thomas Band. Here's Fair to Midland doing "Dance of the Manatee" from their new DVD "Live fromthe Machine Shop":