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Let Festival Season Come to You When These Coachella Acts Do L.A.

How to see the best acts, even if you’re skipping the desert scene this year.

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Indio’s massive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival draws a huge number of diverse, exciting musicians to SoCal every April, and the flower-crowned masses dancing away in the desert aren’t the only ones who benefit. Artists often drop by L.A. around their Coachella dates—particularly since the fest expanded to two weekends—giving the talent a week to kill on the West Coast in between. So grab yourself a slice of Coachella without all the fuss when some of our favorite acts hit town this April.

Mac DeMarco
DeMarco is like indie rock’s answer to both Corey Haim and Corey Feldman: He’s charming, weird, wisecracking, beloved—and he alternates between sweet earnestness and tongue-in-cheek mischief so often in song that it’s like he’s arguing with himself, in an entertaining way. Wednesday, April 10; 8 p.m.; The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard

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Blood Orange
Anyone who boasts guest appearances on their albums, from A$AP Rocky all the way to Carly Rae Jepsen, is going to have some serious sonic latitude. Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) marinates a blend of indie pop, R&B, soul, funk, and jazz all under a warm blanket of dreamlike electronica. Thursday, April 11; 9 p.m.; Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

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FKJ + Ross From Friends
Silence the naysayers who tell you EDM isn’t real music because it doesn’t have instruments by taking them to this show. Producer and instrumentalist FKJ hops among keys, guitar, sax, and samplers to build impossibly smooth soundscapes—all by himself—while Ross From Friends bolsters his lo-fi house with live licks from a two-part backing band. Tuesday, April 16; 8 p.m.; The Novo, 800 West Olympic Boulevard

Bob Moses
Look around at a Bob Moses show and you’re likely to see everything from enthused fans dancing in circles to people enjoying the performance just as much with a slight bob of their head to the rhythm. This groovy electronic duo—joined by other musicians live to round out the band—has got you covered no matter your vibe. Wednesday, April 17; 8 p.m.; The Glass House, 200 West 2nd Street, Pomona

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Charlotte Gainsbourg
Calling Gainsbourg a chanteuse feels almost too easy, but her voice is so breathy and melodramatic, her music so campy and intense, she’s basically meant to be heard in a hard-to-locate underground Paris lounge. There’s just no getting around the descriptor. Wednesday, April 17; 9 p.m.; El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra
With ’80s nostalgia so in vogue these days, it’s nice to know Unknown Mortal Orchestra is here to proudly carry on ’70s-style psychedelic rock. The lo-fi instrumentation and singer Ruban Nielson’s gentle vocals create a sound that feels ripped directly from a record spinning in a wood-paneled, shag-carpeted basement circa 1974. Wednesday, April 17; Yost Theater, 307 North Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana

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Kaytranada
Haitian-Canadian artist Kaytranada has gone from making music in his family’s Montreal basement to spreading his mellow electronic grooves to eager dancers worldwide. Thursday, April 18; 8 p.m.; The Novo, 800 West Olympic Boulevard

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Superorganism
Superorganism sounds like a group of freshmen stoners plopped down in a circle in a dorm room, grabbed whatever instruments were close, and jammed out offbeat, wonky pop until it magically…worked. In reality, the music-art collective met largely online and has members from all over the world, a diverse background that helps shape their singular sound. Friday, April 19; Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood