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20 Bands You Need To See At Coachella
  • April 19, 2012 : 13:04
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A$AP Rocky

He may not have his own studio album, but his mixtape “LiveLoveA$AP” gave Coachella bookers enough reason to secure him and the mob a headlining spot. During the first weekend of Coachella, A$AP Rocky gave fans a live taste of his upcoming single “Goldie” which dropped yesterday, so it’s a sure bet attendees of the second weekend will hear it as well. According to all reports, the Harlem native absolutely killed his set, and attracted groves of incredibly hot women, which always makes for good company.


It may be London producer Aaron Jerome, but to people heading over to Coachella this weekend, you better call him SBTRKT. Last weekend he mixed things up and performed his track ‘Wildfire’ with a live band and supporting vocals while adding layer upon layer of sounds and textures to the mix. If you want to dance the night away inebriated on god knows what, this high energy set is the one for you, SBTRKT is one of the best post-dubstep acts you can catch live. 


Uber popular French electronic duo Justice has been one of our favorites since their debut album, so we’ve excused their twenty three minute tardiness to their Sunday night set. Performing atop their signature wall of Marshall Amplifiers and their symbol, a glowing cross, it’s hard not to kick up the desert sand to their Grammy nominated tracks even if you’re not a fan of French house music. Our favorite part of their set during the first week was their clever sample of Jay-Z’s “On To the Next One” which happens to sample Justice’s mega hit “D.A.N.C.E”, how Meta. 


We caught these guys a couple of weeks ago and were surprised with how their energetic performance made the very repetitive “whoa oh oh oh” hooks endearing.  There’s something about their “we know that we’re really attractive to all of these women” facade that make us feel like they’re playboy’s of the indie kids. Take a break from the big names and check out this catchy psychedelic pop band’s set.


If you’ve had one too many beers and find yourself in the mood to dance, make your way over to one of the most amusing sets of the festival: The Rapture. Equipped with a cowbell, sax, run of the mill rock band, and a sea of people ready to scream along to “House of Jealous Lovers,” this notorious New York rock band is a must see. We’ve heard mixed reviews on the saxophone solo though, Lady Gaga kind of ran the sax into the ground after using Clarence Clemons’s in “Edge of Glory”.


They may have had to fight wind, amp malfunctions and flying rolls of toilet paper during their first weekend set, but this young band came out on top completely unfazed. Playing their recently released song “Chew” and winning the crowd over with their London charm, shoegaze sound and stellar onstage semantics, we hope to see more of this opener band in the future. In fact, it’s the perfect set to crack open your first beer of the day.

St. Vincent

Half goddess, half saint we’re surprised St. Vincent isn’t on the minds of every festival goer. Formerly a member of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band, St. Vincent began her solo work back in 2006 and has been melting the hearts of millions with her angelic voice, incredible range of instrumental work and her gorgeous features. A woman who can croon like an angel and kill a set with an electric guitar is a must see in our books, and it should be in yours too.

Miike Snow

Miike Snow, a seasoned Coachella veteran, knows how to win over a crowd as big as the ones found at the final set of a Saturday night festival. Acting as more of a party emcee, Snow delivers track after track, new and old, that sends the audience into a dancing frenzy. It’s not typical to say you’re looking forward to hearing a musician play new material, but we hope we hear a lot of tracks from the new album Happy to You during his set this weekend.

First Aid Kit

If, for some reason, you find yourself feeling nostalgic for the days of Woodstock after having a mid-afternoon pow-wow, be sure you make your way to see First Aid Kit. This Swedish folk duo apparently brought all the hippies out of the woodwork during their early set last week, and calmed the nerves of those who may have already been peaking on whatever they had popped in the line-up. It’s bands like these that are meant to be enjoyed under the hot sun surrounded by a sea of music lovers!

Housse de Racket

They may sing a few songs in French, but their electro-pop music is universally catchy. The duo may not be incredibly well known in America, but they’ve been rocking out since 2008 and have nabbed the producer of the highly popular band Phoenix for their latest album Alesa. So instead of opting for the most packed stage, go with the more cultured choice and check out Housse de Racket. You never know when you’ll be able to see them again!

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