Five Coachella Acts to Catch in the Bay Area

Fans of Ella Mai, Lizzo, Christine and the Queens, and more will have a chance to undo Coachella FOMO.


Ella Mai

Before the English singer and songwriter broke out with the hit “Boo’d Up” last summer, she posted 15-second clips of herself singing covers on Instagram. Now, even Stevie Wonder is noticing the London artist. The 23-year-old’s self-titled debut album came out in the fall with guests like John Legend and H.E.R.  

7 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Oakland’s Fox Theater, $35 (sold out),


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Hardcore punk


Turnstile made waves for releasing an acclaimed album, Time & Space, on a major label while holding true to the hardcore community. The Baltimore band had a hand from producer Will Yip, a producer who has worked with artists from Lauryn Hill to Circa Survive, on their explorative second studio album, sure to show up onstage on Tuesday. 

with Turnover, Reptaliens and No Right, 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at The Regency Ballroom. $28;

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Soul pop


It’s almost futile to succinctly describe Lizzo. The body-positive, multi-genre singer and dancer had a nearly flawless Coachella set — due to a two-weekend sound-production issue — amid her third studio album’s release on Friday. Cuz I Love You is filled with irresistible tracks that let her impressive vocals loose, from its eponymous song to “Jerome” and self-love anthem “Soulmate.” San Francisco had the chance to see her at Outside Lands in 2018 and would be remiss to pass up another opportunity.

8 p.m., Wednesday, April 24, at The Warfield. $30;


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Indie rock


After playing in music groups since age 11, Wallows has a debut album to show for it. Nothing Happens, releases in March, is very much the creation of 20-somethings figuring things out — but with upbeat, even summery, rock sounds. If the faces behind the angst seem familiar, it’s probably because lead singer Dylan Minnette played Clay Jensen in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.

8 p.m., with Mk.gee, Friday, April 26 and with Winter, Saturday, April 27, at The Fillmore $65 (sold out);

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Christine and the Queens

Coachella Weekend 2 may find her subsequent California show even more worth it, as she pulled out of her Friday appearance due to her mother’s death. The French singer is keeping her Concord show with Florence and the Machine, likely performing hits like “5 dollars,” “Comme si,” and “Tilted.”

7:30 p.m., with Florence and the Machine, Wednesday, May 15, at the Concord Pavilion. $35-175;


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Little Simz

The London rapper considers Grey Area, her latest studio album released in March, as a coming-of-age album. The project helped her work see she has been on the right track in life, though she doubted it for some time. And it shows in her latest work, from feminist fearlessness unleashed over horror movie chills on “Venom” to lingering uncertainty and introspection with Cleo Sol for “Selfish.”

“There was a point where I just had to be real honest with myself,” Simz tells SF Weekly. “There was no subtle message, no hiding behind words. This is how it is.” 

7 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 at Slim’s, $20,


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