Sparks, as a patient fan of the cult band once explained to us, is a musician's band. Held in high esteem by the likes of pretty much everyone cool ever — they're credited with inspiring both Morrissey and Bjork to go into music, and count Joey Ramone, Kurt Cobain, and Paul McCartney as fans — Sparks had a huge, largely under-appreciated influence on the course of pop music. Brothers Ron and Russell Mael are credited with practically inventing New Wave with the the quirky, smart, keyboard-inflected rock they started making as students at UCLA in the '70s.
Though far more popular in the U.K. and Europe than the U.S., Sparks are touring the States this year based around their Coachella appearances — and, as you've gleaned by now, a super-rare S.F. date is on their tour schedule, too.