USA TODAY's music staff offers a weekend tip sheet of sound recommendations spanning the media landscape.
The next best thing to going to Coachella
California's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has gotten so big that organizers have expanded it to two weekends, with the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and dozens more acts playing both this weekend and next. But if you still can't make it — or if you want to check out the action before heading out for Weekend 2, tune into YouTube's live Coachella stream (youtube.com/coachella) Friday through Sunday to catch the headliners and acts like Gotye, Bon Iver, Fitz & the Tantrums, The Shins and lots more. — Mansfield
Tune in for Gotye on 'SNL,' Bonnie Raitt on 'Letterman'
Gotye, whose ear-wormy hit Somebody That I Used to Know is No. 3 in Billboard and has sold 1.6 million copies, makes his debut as musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m. ET/PT), hosted by actor Josh Brolin. Night owls can catch a varied musical menu Friday night: Bonnie Raitt on Late Show With David Letterman, The Fray on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Far East Movement on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. — Gundersen
Free music from Kanye, Game
Kanye West dropped two new songs this week —Theraflu, which features DJ Khaled and references his relationship with Kim Kardasian, and Mercy, on which he trades boasts with rappers Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. Both songs can be heard at kanyewest.com and other Internet sites. Meanwhile, British rock band Spiritualized's seventh album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, is streaming all weekend at npr.org ahead of its release Tuesday. Finally, The Game is offering his star-studded California Republic as a free downloadable mixtape at livemixtapes.com. Guests include Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Meek Mill, Tyler the Creator, Ace Hood, Pharrell and 2 Chainz. — Jones
'Rumours' turns 35, Carole King looks back
Here are a couple of sobering tidbits for Boomer music fans: It has been 70 years since Carole King was born, and 35 since Fleetwood Mac unveiled Rumours. Two new books delve into those long-celebrated subjects. A Natural Woman: A Memoir finds singer/songwriter King recalling a remarkable career and a rewarding, if turbulent, life that included four marriages. In Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, Ken Caillat, co-producer of that blockbuster disc, and co-author Steve Stiefel remember the similarly tempestuous process of putting Rumours together, as band members clashed romantically and chemically while making musical magic. — Gardner
Journey, Pat Benatar team up for tour
Are you one of those people who Faithfully play Don't Stop Believin' on the jukebox and in the car? Do you know all the dance moves to Pat Benatar's iconic Love Is a Battlefield or own a pair of red leather pants a la Loverboy? Then it's time for a mullet road trip! Journey, now fronted by Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, will join Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil Giraldo, and Loverboy on tour starting on July 21 in San Bernardino, Calif. Tickets go on sale Friday (journeymusic.com for details).
If a trip down '80s memory lane doesn't appeal to you, Jason Mraz's Tour Is a Four Letter Word tickets go on sale Friday, too. Christina Perri joins him on the road. They start out Aug. 9 in New Orleans, and wrap up Oct. 7 in Las Vegas. — Lopez