Here’s a recipe that could convert me into a jamband fanatic: live rock, hot springs, mud baths, camping and yoga. (OK, maybe not the yoga part.)
The first-ever Tecopa Takeover (April 11-13) takes place 90 minutes outside Las Vegas, and local world music-cum-funk ensemble Moksha is headlining the California event. The band has been playing high-profile gigs recently, opening for former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and performing at the Life Cube in Downtown. Moksha has also made inroads at Brooklyn Bowl (where a little bird tells me Moksha could become the house band). But I’m eager to see these musicians lay down their dance-inciting grooves surrounded by mineralized waters and bubbling desert mud. This two-day music event begins at 11 p.m. both nights, and the bill includes the Dirty Devils, FLUX, Dr. Vibus, Donzo’s Cosmos and Pablo Tecopa & the Dusty Butter Band. Hotel rooms will be scarce, so if you don’t own an RV, plan on camping on the hill.
If that’s too granola for you, catch “Japanese Action Comic Punk” quintet Peelander-Z. Based in New York and doing the J-pop thing since the late ’90s (that is, before it was cool), the group performs in colorful costumes and sings sci-fi/fantasy-themed rock tunes such as “Ninja High School” and “Ride on the Shooting Star.” Imagine the Power Rangers singing about kaiju and fast food and you get the idea. Peelander-Z plays 10 p.m. April 11 at Double Down Saloon.
British indie-rock quartet Bombay Bicycle Club wheels into Vinyl at the Hard Rock at 10 p.m. April 13. The band is touring in support of its fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, which pushes deeper into the electronic-dance realm. Still, Bombay Bicycle Club is a guitar-based effort, and even songs such as Bollywood-kissed “Feel” are layered with six-string flourishes. If you see one synth-pop concert this year, make it this one. Quirky avant-rock unit Royal Canoe opens.
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