Goldenvoice announces 2018 Coachella sideshows

Goldenvoice Presents: April 2018

It’s Valentine’s Day, so what could be a better way to celebrate love — or least your love for live music — than with a whole slew of newly announced shows?

Well, with Coachella’s 19th edition just a couple of months away, Goldenvoice has done it again, assembling another massive list of April sideshows at various venues all across the greater Los Angeles landscape, including some in Orange County (at The Observatory and Constellation Room), Santa Barbara County (at the Santa Barbara Bowl and The Arlington Theatre) and the desert (at Pappy & Harriet’s).

Sister trio HAIM kick off the festivities with their headlining performance at arguably our favorite Southern California venue, the Santa Barbara Bowl, on Saturday, April 7th before things ramp up the ensuing week with Kali Uchis, Chromeo, Tyler, the Creator, St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man (with Cherry Glazerr), Perfume Genius (with Big Thief), Princess Nokia, PVRIS, Marian Hill, Fleet Foxes, Carpenter Brut, Tash Sultana, The Drums & Alvvays (with Fazerdaze), alt-J (with BØRNS), Migos, The Bronx, Greta Van Fleet, A Perfect Circle, Yaeji, Angel Olsen, Jessie Ware, BROCKHAMPTON, First Aid Kit, Japanese Breakfast (with Snail Mail), Kelela, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Buscabulla (with The Marías), Priests, MØ, Jorja Smith & Tom Misch, ODESZA, Miguel, Boogarins (with B Boys & Señor Kino), Ron Gallo, Moon Boots (Live), The War on Drugs, Jungle, Soulwax, Petit Biscuit, 6lack, Aurora, Motor City Drum Ensemble (with Talaboman), Los Ángeles Azules, The Drums, Hayley Kiyoko and Elohim all playing — some even more than once — inside and/or outside of LA’s city limits.

Unlike last year’s sideshows, which included a special showcase at the Palm Springs Air Museum the night before Coachella’s first weekend featuring several artists from British independent record label Young Turks, Goldenvoice has opted not to go down that route again. The two gigs that mirror that mini festival the closest both take place on Thursday, April 19th, as Motor City Drum Ensemble performs at the Palm Springs Air Museum with Talaboman and Los Ángeles Azules invades the Riverside County Fairgrounds with Cuco, Helado Negro and Ocho Ojos just one day before Coachella Weekend 2 commences at the Empire Polo Club. Check out the full list of sideshows in the poster above.

Year after year, Goldenvoice seemingly continues to outdo itself with more and more shows in and around Coachella, and this April the renowned concert promoter has done its best to give music fans in Southern California a little bit of everything, from electro funk and indie folk to hip-hop and alternative R&B. But at first glance, the 2018 sideshows that stick out the most to us include the following: Chromeo at the El Rey Theatre, St. Vincent at The Orpheum Theatre, Perfume Genius (with Big Thief) at The Mayan, Fleet Foxes at the Warner Grand Theater, Tash Sultana at the Fox Theater Pomona, The Drums & Alvvays co-headlining (with Fazerdaze) at Pappy & Harriet’s, alt-J (with BØRNS) at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Migos at The Observatory, A Perfect Circle at The Arlington Theatre, Japanese Breakfast (with Snail Mail) at The Roxy, The War on Drugs at the Fox Theater Pomona, Jungle at Pappy & Harriet’s, Soulwax at The Fonda Theatre, 6lack at The Novo and Portugal. The Man (with Chicano Batman and Deap Vally) at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

Tickets for most of the sideshows go on sale here this Friday, February 16th at Noon PT with the rest of them available on Friday, February 23rd at Noon PT or Friday, March 2nd at Noon PT.


Goldenvoice reveals 2017 Coachella sideshows

Goldenvoice Presents: April 2017

We’re already six weeks into 2017, and for many music fans residing in California, that means Coachella isn’t all that far away. But while much of the talk around this year’s lineup has been centered on Beyoncé’s debut and more recently her pregnant-with-twins news (the jury is still out on whether it will put a wrench in her plans to perform both weekends), Goldenvoice has turned a good portion of April into a long stretch of top-notch shows, similar to what Red Bull Sound Select has done in November with its month-long “30 Days in LA” series that last year included artists like Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), YG, Jhené Aiko, AlunaGeorge, Pusha T and Isaiah Rashad (look back at our coverage here).

Much like in 2016, Goldenvoice has once again released a list of sideshows that will take place at venues in the greater Los Angeles area, with a select few extending into Orange County (at The Observatory and Constellation Room), Santa Barbara County (at the Santa Barbara Bowl) and the desert (at Pappy & Harriet’s).

Florida emcee Denzel Curry will kick off the festivities on Friday, April 7th at The Glass House before LA outfit Chicano Batman close things out at the same venue on Saturday, April 29th. In between those gigs, Sampha, Banks, Jack Garratt, Crystal Castles, Francis and the Lights, Bishop Briggs, SOHN, Oh Wonder, Future Islands, Little Dragon (with Sophie Tukker), The Head and the Heart, Joseph, Kaytranada, Banks & Steelz, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Nicolas Jaar, Car Seat Headrest (with Preoccupations), Bonobo, Mura Masa (with Kamaiyah), DJ Shadow, Breakbot, Blossoms, New Order (with Poliça), Hinds (with Twin Peaks), Bonobo, Galantis, Local Natives (with Tennis), S U R V I V E, The Avalanches, Glass Animals (with Little Dragon and/or Jagwar Ma), Empire of the Sun (with Broods), Tacocat, Bastille, Roisin Murphy, Whitney, Lil Uzi Vert, Mitski, Röyksopp, Future Islands, Pond (with Ezra Furman), Moderat, Swet Shop Boyz, Floating Points (Live), HONNE (with Arkells), Daphini, Jai Wolf, Guided by Voices and Phantogram will all perform — some even more than once — inside and/or outside of LA’s city limits.

Furthermore, British independent record label Young Turks will host a special showcase for its roster of artists with performances by Ben UFO, Four Tet, Francis and the Lights, Jamie xx, Kamaiyah, Sampha and special guest PNL in Palm Springs on Thursday, April 13th. Check out the full list of sideshows in the poster above.

It’s hard to believe that Goldenvoice has found a way to top their efforts from a year ago, but the renowned concert promoter has managed to do just that. This year’s Coachella sideshows are jam-packed with alternative-electronic and indie-rock acts, with Nicolas Jaar’s headlining performance at Pappy & Harriet’s alongside Floating Points (Live) and Pond as well as Future Islands’ date at The Glass House featuring support from Car Seat Headrest as two of the bigger highlights — and no doubt there are plenty on this bill. Yet, one of the most enticing pairings has to be the Glass Animals-Little Dragon-Jagwar Ma one that’s slated to take over the Santa Barbara Bowl, arguably our favorite venue in Southern California, on Saturday, April 23rd.

Tickets for most of the sideshows go on sale here this Friday, February 17th at Noon PT with the rest of them available Friday, February 24th at Noon PT or Friday, March 3rd at Noon PT.


On a night full of metalcore, Every Time I Die upstage Beartooth at The Regent Theater

Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die

By Zach Bourque //

Beartooth with Every Time I Die, Fit for a King, Old Wounds //
The Regent Theater – Los Angeles
October 12th, 2016 //

Metalcore veterans Every Time I Die dropped by The Regent Theater in support of their new album Low Teens, which they released in September. Despite their extensive résumé and massive fan base, ETID was actually not the headliner. Instead, marquee duties were left to Columbus metalcore outfit Beartooth, whose disparate appeal was reflected dramatically throughout the course of the night. Opening sets came from Old Wounds and Fit for a King.

If you randomly showed up at The Regent without any knowledge of who was performing, there was a good chance you would have assumed that Every Time I Die was the headliner. My own completely unscientific survey showed at least one in three attendees were donning ETID shirts, an overwhelming number that was highlighted in the massive pit that formed in front of the stage.

With the exception of ETID’s recent appearance on the Warped Tour, it’s been years since the Buffalo band last played in LA. And the excitement in the room was tangible as Keith Buckley (vocals), Jordan Buckley (guitar), Andy Williams (guitar), Stephen Micciche (bass) and Daniel Davison (drums) hit the stage around 8:30 p.m.

With nearly 20 years of material to dig through, the rambunctious five-piece wasted no time running through the hits during their 45-minute set. Classics like “Ebolarama” and “The New Black” were coupled with Lower Teens tracks like “The Coin Has a Say” and “It Remembers”, the latter of which featuring Panic! at the Disco vocalist Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco.



It was a loud, fast and intense set that made fantastic use of The Regent’s lack of a barricade between the crowd and the stage. Fans stage dived non-stop throughout their performance in what made for an interesting night for those close enough to experience the wrath of it.

While ETID’s set was nothing short of phenomenal, no moment defined the night quite like the second they left the stage, which seemingly saw two-thirds of the entire crowd dissipate the floor and walk out the venue’s doors.

Needless to say, it was a different story for Beartooth. The collective age of the crowd was reduced at least 10 years, with many looking like they just came from band practice in high school. Beartooth’s set was polished, produced and worthy of being included in a Hot Topic playlist. Fans appeared to dig it, though vocalist Caleb Shomo noticed a distinct drop-off in energy compared to ETID’s explosive show.

Given their huge following, it’s a head-scratcher why ETID decided to be on this tour. At any rate, we’re thrilled they’re still with us and amazed that their music continues to improve at an almost alarming rate. Let’s just hope for a headlining set next time.


Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space
Decayin’ With the Boys
Bored Stiff
C++ (Love Will Get You Killed)
The New Black
It Remembers (with Brendon Urie)
The Coin Has a Say
No Son of Mine
Map Change

Tortoise make up for lost time with another LA show

TortoiseBy Josh Herwitt //

Tortoise with Bishop Nehru //
The Regent Theater – Los Angeles
August 31st, 2016 //

It’s hard to have a conversation about post-rock bands without mentioning the name Tortoise. Because for as controversial as the term “post-rock” was — and still is — among instrumental groups born out of the early 90’s, the Chicago quintet has remained at the center of the genre, standing as one of its most prominent pioneers.

But however you choose to label their music, Tortoise’s longevity can’t be overlooked. Neither should their productivity, which saw them release five studio albums over a decade’s worth of time. It’s only more recently that Dan Bitney, Doug McCombs, Jeff Parker, John Herndon and John McEntire started taking some significant time off between LPs, with their longest layoff spanning six-plus years after unveiling The Catastrophist back in January.

Bishop Nehru

Bishop Nehru

Still touring in support of the 11-track record, Tortoise played their second show in LA in less than fours months last Wednesday. And after filling up the Teragram Ballroom on a Monday night (read our review of the show here), the band arrived at another one of downtown LA’s newer music venues for the latest installment of Red Bull’s Sound Select series.

An all-night grindhouse and adult movie theater years ago, The Regent Theater appeared to be modestly full on this night, as emerging hip-hop emcee Bishop Nehru (born Markel Scott) warmed up the crowd with flows that have earned him critical acclaim from Billboard, NME and Dazed alike. Yet, when it came time for the main event, Tortoise made sure to take fans on one of their experimentally delicious sonic adventures for more than an hour.

Battles take fans for a ride at The Regent Theater

BattlesBy Josh Herwitt //

Battles //
The Regent Theater – Los Angeles
October 10th, 2015 //

When I first heard Battles in 2011 following the release of their second studio album Gloss Drop, there was something about the band that immediately caught my ear.

Maybe it was the odd time signatures that Ian Williams (guitar, keyboards), Dave Konopka (guitar, bass, effects) and John Stanier (drums) were dialing up, or maybe it was the unique looping techniques that the New York City experimental trio has long used (popular music software company Ableton, in fact, released an in-depth documentary earlier this year that details the band’s writing/recording process and its affinity for repetition through looping). Or, maybe it was just the fact that the band worked with some rather noteworthy names while recording Gloss Drop, including electronic music pioneer Gary Numan on “My Machines” and Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead fame on “Sweetie & Shag”.

Now four years later, and Battles are back with their third full-length studio effort, though this time it comes without any special guests singing on it. If anything, the all-instrumental La Di Da Di proves fairly well that Williams, Konopka and Stanier don’t need any assistance — vocal or not — when it comes to creating songs that bend, twist and loop (no pun intended) like a state-of-the-art roller coaster. Powered by lead single “The Yabba”, which clocks in at almost seven minutes to open the 12-track LP, La Di Da Di is arguably the group’s most polished work to date — and that’s quite impressive considering the critical acclaim that Gloss Drop received when it came out.


Returning to LA less than two months after performing at this year’s FYF Fest (read our review of the band’s performance here), Battles played a rather early headlining set at The Regent Theater, taking the stage by 8:15 p.m. on a Saturday night. Konopka was the first to arrive on stage, followed by Williams, with Stanier the last to show his face. But when he did, quietly slipping behind his three-piece, canary yellow Tama drum kit, the former Helmet drummer, who is known for elevating his Zildjian K ride cymbal as high as it will go when performing with Battles, received a rousing applause from the audience. Stanier, after all, is one of rock’s most versatile drummers, playing with the power of the late John Bonham and the finesse of Billy Cobham. And in many ways, at the age of 47, he’s already a drumming legend in his own right, paving the way for many other young rock drummers today with his attention to detail.

If their setlist at The Regent was any indication, Battles are clearly focused on performing their newest material for their fans. Six of the 10 songs they played were from La Di Da Di and only one was from their debut record Mirrored (it was single “Atlas” to no surprise), though it was refreshing to see them open their encore with Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces’ remix of “White Electric” before transitioning into the original cut off Gloss Drop. It was a small sign that even after more than a decade together, Battles are still pushing themselves sonically and creatively, whether it’s in the studio or in front of live audience. And if you happen to be a fan of theirs, that’s all you can really hope for.

Dot Com
Ice Cream
FF Bada
Dot Net
Tyne Wear

White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix snippet)
The Yabba

Skipping FYF Fest? You can still see all these shows

2015 FYF sideshows

FYF Fest returns to the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park this August for its 12th edition with an amalgam of trending indie in tow. It’s also one of our eight music festivals taking place in California that you won’t want to miss before the end of 2015.

But if you’re not keen on catching headliners Frank Ocean and Morrissey yet still want to see sub headliners like Bloc Party or The Jesus and Mary Chain without shelling out $175 for a two-day GA pass (single-day passes have already sold out, by the way), well then, you’re in a bit of luck.

FYF and Goldenvoice have announced a series of sideshows around the festival’s August 22nd-23rd dates, which include performances by Toronto experimental hip-hop/post-bop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, Northeastern legendary alt-rockers Dinosaur Jr. and even NorCal industrial hip-hop group Death Grips, who, if you can remember, broke up not all that long ago, reneging on an opportunity to tour with 90’s rock heavyweights Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden last summer.

The sideshows start later this month, with LA’s own HEALTH kicking things off at The Echo before London-based post-punk revival band Savages finish the run off with a headlining gig at The Roxy on August 26th. It’s worth noting, however, that none of the sideshows will take place over the weekend of FYF, much like what Goldenvoice does in April by booking high-profile shows in and around Coachella’s two weekends.

Tickets for the sideshows go on sale at this Friday, July 10th at 10 a.m.

Here is the schedule for the festival’s upcoming sideshows with links to purchase tickets:

July 24th: HEALTH at The Echo // BUY TICKETS

August 19th: The Jesus and Mary Chain with A Place to Bury Strangers at The Fonda Theatre // BUY TICKETS

August 19th: Bloc Party at Glasshouse // BUY TICKETS

August 20th: The Jesus and Mary Chain with A Place to Bury Strangers at The Fonda Theatre // BUY TICKETS

August 20th: Bloc Party at The Roxy Theatre // BUY TICKETS

August 20th: METZ at The Echo // BUY TICKETS

August 21st: BadBadNotGood with Show Me the Body at The Regent Theater // BUY TICKETS

August 21st: NAILS at Echoplex // BUY TICKETS

August 21st: The Drums with Froth at Glasshouse // BUY TICKETS

August 21st: Lower Dens with Empress Of at The Echo // BUY TICKETS

August 21st: Dinosaur Jr. at The Roxy Theatre // BUY TICKETS

August 25th: Death Grips at Glasshouse // BUY TICKETS

August 26th: Savages at The Roxy Theatre // BUY TICKETS

August 26th: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at The Echo // BUY TICKETS

2015 FYF Fest lineup

The Regent Theater brings new life to LA’s music scene

The Regent TheaterBy Josh Herwitt //

Say what you will about Los Angeles — maybe the traffic, the pollution and the people aren’t your cup of tea — but the city where the Kim Kardashians and the Justin Biebers of the world happen to roam is still one of America’s most important music cities.

With its ties to the film and entertainment industries, LA continues to be a hotbed for young, emerging artists and well-established stars across all genres, whether it’s hip-hop, electronic, punk or rock ‘n’ roll. Maybe it’s why we have more music venues than we know what to do with here. Sporting music venues of all shapes and sizes, LA has no shortage of options, particularly between Hollywood and downtown.

But it is downtown where LA continues to thrive at an exponential rate these days, marking one of the most exciting times in the city’s history, certainly when you consider what downtown LA looked like 20 years ago. One of the latest examples of the gentrification process downtown comes along Main Street, where sought-after, forward-thinking restaurants like Bäco Mercat and Pete’s are now calling home.

Yet, the facelift Main Street has been undergoing over the past five years wasn’t completely solidified until last month’s official opening of The Regent Theater, a 1,100-capacity venue with a gourmet pizza joint (Prufrock Pizzeria) and trendy watering hole (The Lovesong Bar) right next door.

The Regent Theater

Inside The Regent Theater

While it’s not as if Main Street was completely missing a music venue prior to The Regent’s opening, the new space provides a much different dynamic than what came before it. Just a few blocks up the street and tucked away in an adjacent alleyway, The Smell has long catered to underground punk and weird, experimental electronic acts as one of the few all-ages spots left in LA. But with no bar inside, it boasts an attitude unlike most music venues today, dating back to a time when punk was sweeping the nation for the first time.

You won’t find those anti-establishment vibes at The Regent, where local promoter Mitchell Frank, who also operates The Echo and Echoplex, and his company Spaceland Presents have already sold out shows for Death from Above 1979, Cold War Kids and FKA twigs (two nights). And although there are other suitable options nearby with historical movie palaces like The Orpheum Theatre, The Tower Theater and the newly renovated Theatre at Ace Hotel all lining Broadway within a block of each other, The Regent has quickly found its place amid the crowded, yet booming confines of downtown LA.

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids at The Regent Theater

At first glance, the venue has everything to make it a successful addition to LA’s live music scene. Once a grindhouse and adult movie theater before more recently serving as a pop-up store/venue for Jack White’s label Third Man Records and his band The Dead Weather, The Regent fits in quite nicely with its immediate surroundings, evoking a feeling of “old downtown” (the building celebrated its 100th birthday this year, in fact) despite it still bearing that brand-new look and smell. Its sloped dance floor, perfect for any vertically-challenged music fan, is a refreshing change to the club-style venues that dominate LA’s scene. Though the floor area can become difficult to maneuver throughout when shows sell out — as I found out for myself during Cold War Kids’ headlining gig one night — the horseshoe-shaped balcony provides some respite while offering a close view of the stage. There are even a few high-top tables near the stairs for those needing to take some weight off their feet. No need to worry, though. The Regent’s custom-fitted sound system makes it plenty easy to hear the performance from the very back of the room.

If there’s one thing The Regent has going for it, it’s that there aren’t many “bad seats” in the house. Yes, the bar downstairs can easily become inundated with thirsty patrons (quick tip: you’re better off going to the bar upstairs) and the lack of air conditioning at times can make things uncomfortable for some, but with any new music venue nowadays, there are always pluses and minuses. Instead, it will come down to how The Regent resolves these smaller — however, noteworthy — grievances that will determine whether or not it becomes a favorite among LA music fans.


All This Could Be Yours
Miracle Mile
Hair Down
Louder Than Ever
Hot Coals
Santa Ana Winds
Hear My Baby Call
Hang Me Up to Dry
Minimum Day
Hotel Anywhere
Royal Blue
Drive Desperate
Hold My Home
We Used to Vacation
Hospital Beds

Harold Bloom
Mexican Dogs
Saint John

The Regent Theater