Hopefully everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day. Say what you will about Hallmark-inspired holidays, but yesterday’s festivities are richly deserved in most cases. That is, of course, unless you have a mom like Anne Ramsey and you’re on a train. Then, well, at least there was incredibly nice weather yesterday. Let’s talk music.
• Just when you think you’re out, they pull you back in. With less than a month respite from the double-weekend Coachella blitz, it’s back! The fine folks at Goldenvoice announced Coachella dates for 2015 this morning. Weekend one will hit the polo fields April 10-12, and weekend two will follow April 17-19. Advance passes are available for purchase (starting at 10 a.m. PDT) this Friday. Maybe, just maybe, 2015 will be the year Bowie makes it out there.
• Speaking of gigantic, multi-day festivals, San Diego’s own Slightly Stoopid will make their Bonnaroo debut on June 14. The veteran O.B. ensemble will undoubtedly play in a cloud of Tennessee weed-smoke when they drop a 75-minute sundowner set in ‘That Tent’- just one stop on a multi-festival jaunt that will find its way to Sleep Train Amphitheater on July 26 as part of their Summer Sessions 2014 tour. NOFX and Stephen Marley will join the band for the San Diego date.
• Itai Faierman was first on my radar when I reviewed a sweet little 2-song demo he did with the band Bulletins. Well, he’s back and behind the mic as well as the guitar in Speaker In Reverse. The indie-pop quartet is rounded out with Jeff Grasmick, Shae Moseley, and Ben Zinn -- and they just released the song “Holy Girl” last week. You can check it here.
• New albums this week from: Rodrigo Amarante, Amen Dunes, Tori Amos, Black Keys, Blondie, Chromeo, Dolly Parton, Down, Guided By Voices, Michael Jackson, Kishi Bashi, La Sera, Little Dragon, Neil Young, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Swans, Tobacco.
Show of the week: We’re gonna go for a two-fer: Make sure to check out Trouble In The Wind at the Belly Up on Thursday – and I’m not just saying that because Larry helped me at Trader Joe’s yesterday. Those dudes put on an awesome live show. Then make sure you stop by the Casbah on Saturday night for Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs. Holly and Lawyer Dave are always entertaining and their new record is one of the best of this year so far.