The lineup release for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yesterday left most music fans in complete shock and awe. The festival is a three-day event that will be held on two separate weekends – once April 13-15 and again April 20-22. The headliner formula follows in suit of last year with two rock bands and a hip-hop act. Friday night will host the Black Keys, Saturday night will host Radiohead, and Sunday night will featured none other than Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. While these three alone might be enough to make jaws drop, the ridiculously extensive list of other acts is almost too much to handle. Bon Iver, The Shins, Arctic Monkeys, Feist, Florence + the Machine, The Rapture, M.Ward, M83, We Are Augustines, Beirut, Andrew Bird, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum, Explosions in the Sky, Cat Power – it’s impossible to even find a place to start.
The number of dance acts seems to have increased from last year, as fans will be seeing Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Justice, Kaskade, Afrojack, and AVICII these year. Also exciting is the increased number of rising hip hop acts including Frank Ocean, the Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Childish Gambino, and Azealia Banks. In addition, Coachella will be seeing the reuniting of some groups that have been on extended hiatus, including At the Drive-In, Refused, and Squeeze.
Below are a handful of videos and songs to help you get reacquainted with some of the fantastic acts playing this year. Who are you most excited to see?
The eccentric post-punk/chill wave Neon Indian:
The British “heavy pop” act WU LYF:
The infamous late 1990s punk band At the Drive-In:
Anthemic NYC band We Are Augustines:
“Headlong into the Abyss” (MP3)
The mysterious post-dubstep SBTRKT:
The Portland supergroup Wild Flag:
English indie/noise rock Yuck:
Indie/folk rock god Bon Iver:
Classic San Francisco Pop group Girls:
Sun glazed suburban chill of Real Estate:
“It’s Real” (MP3)
Jumping intricacies of Givers:
The ever-elusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum:
The green eyed guitar destroyer St. Vincent:
Tacoma native turned soon to be indie sensation Oberhofer:
The subtle sophistication of Fanfarlo:
The reunited and vastly underrated fIREHOSE:
The raw Scottish band, We Were Promised Jetpacks
The always exciting tUnE-yArDs: