One of the perks of the being in the Central Valley is its relative distance to the mega-rock festival Coachella. We are close enough to be a good stopping point on the way to or from the festival, yet far enough away that we fall outside the non-compete radius clause, which keeps bands from performing in San Diego, Los Angeles and the like.
This year we’ll get at least one — Unknown Mortal Orchestra, which just announced an April 13 date at Visalia’s Cellar Door with Los Angeles experimental pop band Vinyl Williams. Tickets for the show are $15 and on sale 10 a.m. Friday online or at Velouria Records or Cellar Door. This show is pretty much a guaranteed sell out, so waiting is probably not the best option. From context, the band has already sold out two of its three California dates in February.
Over five-plus years, Unknown Mortal Orchestra earned praise (and hype) for its spaced-out lo-fi garage pop. Pitchfork gave its self-titled debut an 8.1 (that’s high praise) and FUSE named the band one of 30 to see at SXSW when it played the festival in 2013. The band’s latest album “Multi-Love” was released in May on the indie-label Jagjaguwar. It hit No. 7 on Billboard’s independent albums charts.
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