Coachella tour mayhem may be in the past, but we're set for another busy week of spring shows here in the city -- opening bands included. A few best bets are below:
Wednesday: Best Coast
The guitar pop of Best Coast sounds like its been blasted through the smog of a Los Angeles afternoon. Lumped in with surf-noise Southern Californians like Wavves and Crocodiles, the songs of this heavily hyped L.A. trio certainly evoke a hazy warmth. But catchy pop melodies shine through their no-fi noise pollution and make for a breezy, heartbroken brand of rock you'll be sad to miss. With Camera Obscura at Great American Music Hall.
Vancouver lovers Nic M and Aja Emma conspire to make dark, minimalist disco. With their ghostly synth lines and breathy vocals, Cosmetics capture a gloomy, distant corner of the '80s. But lyrics like "I get a feeling of pleasure/ When I wear black leather" show that they know dance music is supposed to be fun. With the Fresh & Onlys, Bare Wires, and Blank Dogs at Eagle Tavern.
Saturday: Sic Alps
Sic Alps are just one of three awesome bands opening for Yo La Tengo at the Fillmore this week -- first up are poppy Glaswegians Camera Obscura on Thursday and S.F. kingpins Thee Oh Sees on Friday. But we're most excited for the ruthless guitar noise of locals Sic Alps, whose sound is more brute than psych. Garage ain't clean, but Sic Alps' songs are so dirty you can't help but grin as they grind 'em out.