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Plenty of Coachella Madness to Go Around

Whether it's due to a mean boss, shortage of cash, or the dreaded red “sold out” screen when you went to buy tickets back in January, you're not going to Coachella. And that sucks. But there's a way to get in on the action, even though you won't be experiencing the real deal under the desert sun. There are some 138 bands playing back-to-back weekends, starting today. For the short intermission in between, a small slice of those bands are making the two-and-a-half hour trek from Indio to play for you in San Diego. (Many more are headed west to L.A. during their break, but we will take what we can get.) First to make the trip is the Rapture, which plays Saturday night at the all-ages Irenic in North Park. The New York City–based indie rockers will still be on a high from their Friday the 13th kickoff performance at Coachella. While their ominous name conjures images of death, this male threesome will give life to a week of serious rock in San Diego. The Irenic/3090 Polk Avenue/7 p.m.

The origin of U.K. band Madness dates back to the late 1970s, when a group of 20-something reggae and jazz musicians were performing in London flats and taking whatever gigs they could get (like at friends' garden parties). The then-struggling artists without a name have come a long way since. This year they are invited to play at the epitome of garden parties: in June, they will help celebrate The Queen's 60-year reign by playing in front of her house, with the spectacular backdrop of Buckingham Palace. Fans across the pond have also taken notice; the band plays tonight at Coachella's outdoor theatre during suppertime. The blokes are being kind enough to make a pit stop in San Diego April 17 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay/2241 Shelter Island Drive/8 p.m.

While downtown's Balboa Theatre only poached one act from Coachella, it's a strong one. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is flocking to San Diego April 17 during its quick break between weekends. As a hipster fan favorite, the English rocker can expect the 1335-seat venue to be filled with skinny jeans and PBR buzzes. Famous for fronting Oasis with his brother Liam, the pair was plagued with a rivalrous spirit prevalent in many U.K.-bred bands, despite 70 million record sales. An epic falling out at a Paris music festival in August 2009 just minutes before their set resulted in the band’s breakup. Years later, Noel has proved he's got solo staying power and released his debut single "The Death of You and Me" last summer to high-flying reviews. The tour kicked off in Dublin in October, and Noel and his band mates have been migrating around the globe since. He wants to keeping riding on the wings of his first album's success and reportedly pushed back the release of his second solo project with Amorphous Androgynous to 2013. Balboa Theatre/868 Fourth Avenue/8 p.m.

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Whether it's due to a mean boss, shortage of cash, or the dreaded red “sold out” screen when you went to buy tickets back in January, you're not going to Coachella. And that sucks. But there's a way to get in on the action, even though you won't be experiencing the real deal under the desert sun. There are some 138 bands playing back-to-back weekends, starting today. For the short intermission in between, a small slice of those bands are making the two-and-a-half hour trek from Indio to play for you in San Diego. (Many more are headed west to L.A. during their break, but we will take what we can get.) First to make the trip is the Rapture, which plays Saturday night at the all-ages Irenic in North Park. The New York City–based indie rockers will still be on a high from their Friday the 13th kickoff performance at Coachella. While their ominous name conjures images of death, this male threesome will give life to a week of serious rock in San Diego. The Irenic/3090 Polk Avenue/7 p.m.

The origin of U.K. band Madness dates back to the late 1970s, when a group of 20-something reggae and jazz musicians were performing in London flats and taking whatever gigs they could get (like at friends' garden parties). The then-struggling artists without a name have come a long way since. This year they are invited to play at the epitome of garden parties: in June, they will help celebrate The Queen's 60-year reign by playing in front of her house, with the spectacular backdrop of Buckingham Palace. Fans across the pond have also taken notice; the band plays tonight at Coachella's outdoor theatre during suppertime. The blokes are being kind enough to make a pit stop in San Diego April 17 at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay. Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay/2241 Shelter Island Drive/8 p.m.

While downtown's Balboa Theatre only poached one act from Coachella, it's a strong one. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is flocking to San Diego April 17 during its quick break between weekends. As a hipster fan favorite, the English rocker can expect the 1335-seat venue to be filled with skinny jeans and PBR buzzes. Famous for fronting Oasis with his brother Liam, the pair was plagued with a rivalrous spirit prevalent in many U.K.-bred bands, despite 70 million record sales. An epic falling out at a Paris music festival in August 2009 just minutes before their set resulted in the band’s breakup. Years later, Noel has proved he's got solo staying power and released his debut single "The Death of You and Me" last summer to high-flying reviews. The tour kicked off in Dublin in October, and Noel and his band mates have been migrating around the globe since. He wants to keeping riding on the wings of his first album's success and reportedly pushed back the release of his second solo project with Amorphous Androgynous to 2013. Balboa Theatre/868 Fourth Avenue/8 p.m.

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