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Black Angels Swoop Down on San Diego

Note to Nobu: extend your hours to accommodate psychedelic-rock bands passing through town.

“I tried to go, but it was closed,” said Christian Bland, guitarist of the Black Angels, which whizzed through San Diego on Thursday to play at Belly Up. (They finally found some solid local grub: late-night hotdogs near the Solana Beach venue.)

The Austin-based band left for Indio on Friday to complete Coachella: Round Two. Not much was different between the two festival weekends — except for the weather.

“I couldn't believe it was cold and rainy in the desert,” Bland said about weekend one. “By the second week, we felt right at home in the heat.”

The second weekend's schedule and lineup, a replica of the first, left some wondering whether it would be as impressive (that Tupac hologram is so last week).

“It was even more awesome,” Bland was happy to report, debunking that theory. “It felt like déjà vu.” The band walked into the festival the first week to reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and the second week they strolled in at the exact same time, during Cliff's “Many Rivers to Cross” rendition. “It was pretty weird,” said Bland.

The Black Angels last performed at Belly Up last May, and a lot has changed for the band in that year: they replaced a band member and a fourth album should be out by September or October.

Black Angels have the same booking agent as English goth-pop band the Horrors — another Coachella act — and teamed up to play a few SoCal shows during the week-long Coachella intermission, including the gig at Belly Up.

“We got along really well with those dudes,” said Bland. “Hopefully we can do something in the future with them, maybe on their turf in the U.K.”

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Note to Nobu: extend your hours to accommodate psychedelic-rock bands passing through town.

“I tried to go, but it was closed,” said Christian Bland, guitarist of the Black Angels, which whizzed through San Diego on Thursday to play at Belly Up. (They finally found some solid local grub: late-night hotdogs near the Solana Beach venue.)

The Austin-based band left for Indio on Friday to complete Coachella: Round Two. Not much was different between the two festival weekends — except for the weather.

“I couldn't believe it was cold and rainy in the desert,” Bland said about weekend one. “By the second week, we felt right at home in the heat.”

The second weekend's schedule and lineup, a replica of the first, left some wondering whether it would be as impressive (that Tupac hologram is so last week).

“It was even more awesome,” Bland was happy to report, debunking that theory. “It felt like déjà vu.” The band walked into the festival the first week to reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and the second week they strolled in at the exact same time, during Cliff's “Many Rivers to Cross” rendition. “It was pretty weird,” said Bland.

The Black Angels last performed at Belly Up last May, and a lot has changed for the band in that year: they replaced a band member and a fourth album should be out by September or October.

Black Angels have the same booking agent as English goth-pop band the Horrors — another Coachella act — and teamed up to play a few SoCal shows during the week-long Coachella intermission, including the gig at Belly Up.

“We got along really well with those dudes,” said Bland. “Hopefully we can do something in the future with them, maybe on their turf in the U.K.”

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