Technically, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place in Southern California.
Yet, it has a major impact around here. Many of the acts scheduled to play Coachella also line up dates in the Bay Area, resulting in what's arguably the busiest time of the year for the local music scene. There's even a term for this -- "Fauxchella." And it might just be the greatest unofficial music festival on the planet.
Local venues will be swarmed with Coachella acts, especially Tuesday through April 20, when there are usually several top festival acts performing each night.
Here's a guide to the action. We've highlighted one act in each of the 13 nights of Fauxchella, but added a few extra shows on same dates as well. Note that several acts have more than one date at Bay Area venues, and we've listed them all.
Pet Shop Boys: The legendary London act returns in support of its 12th studio album, "Electric." Still, fans will turn out in hopes of hearing the old stuff -- classics like "It's a Sin," "West End Girls" and the great Willie Nelson cover "Always on My Mind." Details: 8 p.m.; Fox Theater, Oakland; $49.50-$65; www.ticketmaster.com.
Neutral Milk Hotel: The band is best known for the indie-rock gem "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," which some place among the finest albums of the 1990s. Neutral Milk Hotel originally called it quits in 1999, yet its legacy has continued to grow. Details: 8 p.m. April 9-11; Fox Theater, Oakland; $39.50; www.ticketmaster.com.
Haim: One of the true breakout acts of 2013, Haim charms listeners by mixing '70s soft-rock sounds and '90s R&B influences. Consider what En Vogue might've been like if Stevie Nicks had been a founding member and -- if you're head doesn't explode -- you get a good idea of the Haim sound. The band, which features sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim, is touring in support of its hot-selling, critically championed debut, "Days Are Gone." Details: 8 p.m. April 9-10; Fillmore, San Francisco; $25; www.livenation.com.
Or: Hot-selling U.K. rock act Bastille at the Warfield, San Francisco; 8 p.m.; $25-$27; www.axs.com.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: He's performed everywhere from rock venues to jazz festivals to the White House. Yet, no matter the setting, Trombone Shorty always wins over the crowd. This New Orleans music legend-in-the-making is as pure an entertainer as you'll find. Details: 9 p.m.; Warfield; $35-$48; www.axs.com.
Or: L.A. electronic act Classixx at the Independent; 9 p.m.; $15; www.ticketfly.com.
Caravan Palace: Who wouldn't want to see a band that reportedly draws inspiration from both jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and electronic music act Daft Punk? You can certainly hear those influences in Caravan Palace, a Paris combo that melds gypsy jazz and electro swing. It's a unique act that can play both Coachella and the Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival. Details: 9 p.m.; Regency Ballroom, San Francisco; $32.50-$35; www.axs.com.
Or: Experimental rock act Goat at Slim's, San Francisco; 9 p.m.; $20; www.slimspresents.com.
Temples: This English psychedelic rock band's fan base draws from U.K. rock royalty, with Suede's Brett Anderson, Oasis' Noel Gallagher and The Smiths' Johnny Marr reportedly among those who have endorsed Temples. The group released its debut, "Sun Structures," in February. Details: 8:30; The Catalyst, Santa Cruz; $12-$15; www.ticketfly.com. Also 8 p.m. April 14; Great American Music Hall, San Francisco; $16; www.slimspresents.com.
Bryan Ferry: He's one of the coolest crooners of all time, in the same league with Frank Sinatra, Sade and Sam Cooke. He's also a brilliant lyricist and visionary band leader. His revolutionary work with Britain's Roxy Music in the 1970s helped shape so many different genres, from punk and glam-rock to disco and New Wave. Simply put, he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Details; 8 p.m.; Fox Theater; $45-$55; www.ticketmaster.com.
Or: Dream-pop duo MS MR at the Fillmore; 8 p.m. April 14-15; $25; www.livenation.com.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Spencer's mighty outfit rolls out a combustive mix of garage rock, R&B, rockabilly, blues, alt rock and soul. It's as decadent as it is delightful. Details: 8 p.m.; Blank Club, San Jose; $15-$20; www.ticketweb.com. Also, 8 p.m. April 14; Slim's, S.F.; $25; www.slimspresents.com.
Or: Electronic/soul artist Blood Orange at Great American Music Hall; 8 p.m.; $18; www.slimspresents.com.
Factory Floor: Expect big things to come from this London experimental rock/electronic trio, which has charmed critics and fans alike with its eponymous debut. Details: 9 p.m.; Independent; $15; www.ticketfly.com.
Or: Electronic music champs The Knife at the Fox Theater; 8 p.m. April 15-16; $35; www.ticketmaster.com.
Queens of the Stone Age: Josh Homme's crew was dynamite at Live 105's Not So Silent Night shows in December, blowing away Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon and almost everyone else on the star-studded bill (except Lorde). The hard-hitting group is currently touring in support of " ... Like Clockwork," which was one of 2013's best albums. Details: 7:30 p.m.; Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco; $45; www.ticketmaster.com.
Or: U.K. alt-rock band The 1975 at the Fillmore; 8 p.m. April 17, 9 p.m. April 18; $25; www.livenation.com.
Lana Del Rey: This might be the most highly anticipated show of the bunch. Fans just can't wait to see this fabulous torch singer -- who rarely tours. If her performance is anywhere near as striking as her moody, cinematic chamber-pop, folks clearly won't be disappointed. Details: 8 p.m.; Bill Graham Civic; $45; www.ticketmaster.com.
Or: Grammy-nominated electronic music act Disclosure at the Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley; 7 p.m.; $45; www.ticketmaster.com.
Broken Bells: James Mercer is best known as the leader of the Shins, yet he's done his finest work in Broken Bells. This indie-rock duo, which also includes Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse), recently released its sophomore effort, "After the Disco." Make sure to arrive to the show on time to see the outstanding opening act, Au Revoir Simone; 8 p.m.; Fox Theater; $33.50; www.apeconcerts.com.
Or 2: Synth-pop singer Ellie Goulding at Bill Graham Civic; 8 p.m.; $42.50; www.ticketmaster.com.
Bombay Bicycle Club: These U.K. indie-rockers are a huge deal in their homeland, where their most recent album, "So Long, See You Tomorrow," hit No. 1. Overall, the group has delivered three straight top 10 albums in the U.K. Now, listeners on this side of the Atlantic Ocean are starting to fall under the band's spell. Details: 8 p.m.; Fillmore; $25; www.livenation.com.
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