Jan. 26 2016 03:12 PM

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Coachella is taking over the desert for two weekends in April, and if you missed the window to buy tickets they're long sold out now. But on the plus side, many artists playing the festival are also touching down in our fair city. Here's a list of some Coachella bands that are also making the side trip to San Diego in April.

Chvrches (Observatory North Park, April 13): I interviewed this Glasgow-based synth-pop band back in 2013, and I'm pleasantly surprised to see how big they've gotten since then. Their songs are super catchy, and they put on a fun show at that.

Beach House (Observatory North Park, April 15): Beach House put out two albums in 2015, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars. I'm a bigger fan of the dark, chilly sound of the latter, but whatever their setlist looks like, they translate well on a big stage.

Ex Hex (Casbah, April 18): Ex Hex are as rock 'n' roll as it gets. Another band that I've had the pleasure of writing about in these here pages, the punk trio plays no-nonsense new wave and rock 'n' roll that's light on frills but big on fun.

The Damned (Belly Up Tavern, April 19): The Damned are UK punk legends, having released one of the first punk singles with 1976's "New Rose." So it's impressive that they're still trucking. They were here about three years ago, but a band this iconic merits encore performances.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Belly Up Tavern, April 21): As memory serves, Unknown Mortal Orchestra were playing The Casbah just about six months ago, so kudos to this Portland act for growing their audience considerably in that time. They do lo-fi pop with a funk edge that's always a good time.

Deerhunter (Observatory North Park, April 22): It feels like a long time since Deerhunter last played in San Diego, so it's refreshing to see their name return to our local listings. Their last album Fading Frontier was excellent, though pretty much everything they do is.

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