Winter is finally behind and Coachella is just a few days away. Thousands of music fans from all over the world will make way to the polo fields of Indio California for three days of gorgeous art, sunshine, and memories that will last a lifetime. On a personal note, this will be 9th Coachella and I can say without hesitation that Coachella is paradise. This year’s lineup is one of their strongest yet but I narrowed it down to a nice list of “10 Can’t Miss” acts.
Are you going to Coachella? Who are you most excited to see? On with the list.
2014 is looking to be the year of Outkast. They are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a victory lap of most major music festivals. The reunion tour fittingly begins at Coachella. Chella has developed a reputation of bringing bands back together and Outkast ranks as one of their biggest gets.
After a European tour in support of their album “Shaking the Habitual” that has been described as music fans as bizarre, controversial, and artful; The Knife are finally making their way to the States. There’s only a handful of US tour dates and it all starts at Coachella. I was blown away by Fever Ray at Coachella back in 2010 so I can only imagine what The Knife will have in store for us.
Australian group only has one record under their belt (last year’s debut Howlin) but they are still a must see. Their sound is an intoxicating mixture of Tame Impala inspired psychedelia and dance floor bangers. Their live show will surely have the crowd’s hips moving and heads bobbing.
So much more than a “one-hit wonder” (although West End Girls will surely be a delight), Pet Shops Boys are considered one of the most influential bands of the 80s. They have sold more 50 million records worldwide and show no signs of slowing down. Their latest album “Electric” is their most successful album in nearly two decades.
With their self-titled second album, Warpaint’s subtle swathes of psychedelia and masterful ambiences are challenging normalized generalizations often thrust upon all female rock bands. It is going to be magical hearing these new songs in the desert.
For my money, Future Islands is the “blow-the-eff” up band of 2014. Thanks to their mesmerizing performance on the David Letterman Show and a strong showing at SXSW, Future Islands is on everybody’s radar. You can expect some soulful, deep vocals that sometimes slips into a death-metal growl and mesmerizing dance moves at this one.
After a breakout 2013, Disclosure is continuing on their party tour with a stop at Coachella. These guys are the new electro-pop stars. Here’s to hopnig AlunaGeorge or even Sam Smith stops by for their set.
Blood Orange is forever. The end of 2013 saw our boy Dev lose everything in a tragic apartment fire. He’s bounced back though and will be a must-see at Coachella this year. “Cupid Deluxe” is a refreshing midtempo blend of R&B, funk, and old school hip hop. Here’s to hoping Dev one day finds his way to Dallas.
Bombino is a Niger-born musician and plays his guitar with the spirit of Hendrix. For his last album he hooked up with The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach. The result was a hot mix of garage fuzz and desert blues. Rolling Stone named his 2013 album one of the 50 best of the year.
I am falling in love with this band. Their new release “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is set to catapult these guys to superstardom. Beautiful and gorgeous polyphonic rock that will have you humming along days after your first listen. Self-promoter note: Bombay Bicycle Club will also be at Granada Theater on Saturday May 17th.