Coachella 2014: 34 Must-See Bands

It’s April, which means it’s Coachella time, and even if you’re not a celebrity who’s getting bankrolled to show up you’re probably pretty psyched.
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It’s April, which means it’s Coachella time, and even if you’re not a celebrity who’s getting bankrolled to show up you’re probably pretty psyched.
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byGENEVIEVE OLIVER

It’s April, which means it’s Coachella time, and even if you’re not a celebrity who’s getting bankrolled to show up you’re probably pretty psyched. If you’re heading down to the festival this weekend, please bring many crop tops regardless of your gender, remember to drink plenty of water, and do your thang responsibly. If you’re not heading to California, get a bunch of Trader Joe’s snacks, call in sick, and camp out on your couch to live stream the whole thing on YouTube! However you’ll be experiencing the festival, we made a list of acts we’ll be sure to catch – peruse our suggestions below.

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FRIDAY

12:30-1:15 – the Preatures @ Coachella Stage
We’ve been singing the praises of the Preatures since we first heard “Is This How You Feel?” so we’re psyched that they’ve graduated to a Coachella-caliber stage – let alone the main one. Within a year you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss their 12:30 set, so drag yourself out of your tent and check it out.

2:10-2:55 – Austra @ Gobi Stage
OR 2:30-3:15 – Dum Dum Girls @ Outdoor Theatre
OR 2:50-3:35 MS MR @ Coachella Stage

Voila, within the first three hours of the festival comes your most heartbreaking decision. Do you like guitars? If so, go for Dum Dum Girls, who have a new record coming and will likely perform lots of new material. If no, try and catch Austra and/or MS MR, both great live acts who are sure to get you dancing.

3:20-4:10 – Jagwar Ma @ Gobi Stage
We still can’t turn off Howlin’ to the point that our friends and family are starting to become concerned. If you’re in the same boat, indulge in your fix – and if you’re uninitiated, go get hooked.

4:55-5:45 – HAIM @ Outdoor Theatre
5:50-6:35 – Kate Nash @ Gobi Stage
6:15-7:05 – Neko Case @ Outdoor Theatre
6:40-7:30 – Ellie Goulding @ Coachella Stage

If you feel up to doing a ton of running around, you can catch pretty much all our favorite ladies – start out with the weird-pop sister act HAIM, then run over and hope Kate Nash breaks out her FIDLAR cover, swing by the Outdoor Theater to see Neko Case perform material from The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, then head on over (maybe walking this time) to the Coachella stage to catch an early-evening set from Ellie Goulding.

7:55-8:45 – Chromeo @ Coachella Stage
9:40-10:30 – Girl Talk @ Coachella Stage

Stick around the Coachella Stage after Ellie’s set to get into the fist-pumping rave-y mood with two of the masters of the genre, Chromeo and Girl Talk – and hope for new material (and guest appearances!) from both artists.

10:30-end – the Knife @ Outdoor Theatre
Duh.
AND/OR 11:30-end – OutKast @ Coachella Stage
Again, duh.


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byGENEVIEVE OLIVER

It’s April, which means it’s Coachella time, and even if you’re not a celebrity who’s getting bankrolled to show up you’re probably pretty psyched. If you’re heading down to the festival this weekend, please bring many crop tops regardless of your gender, remember to drink plenty of water, and do your thang responsibly. If you’re not heading to California, get a bunch of Trader Joe’s snacks, call in sick, and camp out on your couch to live stream the whole thing on YouTube! However you’ll be experiencing the festival, we made a list of acts we’ll be sure to catch – peruse our suggestions below.

SATURDAY

Noon-12:30 – Young and Sick @ Mojave Stage
12:50-1:20 – Bear Hands @ Mojave Stage
1:45-2:25 – Drowners @ Mojave Stage
2:40-3:25 – Temples @ Mojave Stage
OR 2:55-3:40 Ty Segall @ Outdoor Theatre

We’ve got your whole Saturday early afternoon planned out for you so you can nurse your hangover – YOU’RE WELCOME. Actually, thank the Coachella staff for putting all the good stuff on one stage – at Mojave, you can check out a bunch of newer guitar pop bands alongside New York mainstays Bear Hands, who have been awesome since approximately 2007. We’re particularly psyched about Temples, a UK psych quartet who’ve garnered praise from the likes of Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher. Alternatively, if you’ve got it in you to run around the grounds and/or mosh at 3pm, head over to the Outdoor Theatre to catch the legendary Ty Segall at 2:55.

3:45-4:20 – Banks @ Gobi Stage
We’ve been obsessed with the young songstress Banks since we started hearing songs like “Warm Water” around the time she opened for the Weeknd on tour, so we’re excited to see what she can do live – and maybe hear some new material.

5:05-5:50 – Julian Casablancas @ Mojave Stage
6:15-7:05 – Warpaint @ Mojave Stage

If you’re still nursing your head and/or stomach, stick around the Mojave stage after Temples to catch Julian Casablancas and Warpaint later. Both are veteran acts who know how to put on a crowd-mesmerizing live show, so this is definitely the place to be.

7:05-7:55 – Future Islands @ Gobi Stage
As we concluded after catching them at SXSW, 2014 is unquestionably the year of Future Islands. You would be TREMENDOUSLY REMISS (caps necessary) to miss their set at the Gobi Stage – and what with the inevitable fading desert sunset, you might want to pack some tissues, if only to wipe the sweat from your face if you’re going to try and compete with Sam Herring’s moves.

7:55-8:45 – Lorde @ Outdoor Theatre
9:10-10:00 – Sleigh Bells @ Outdoor Theatre

Camp out by the Outdoor Theatre for two hours to hear one of our favorite new pop songwriters, Lorde, who’s proven her live chops in spades in recent months, play just before a duo painstakingly intent on total aural deconstruction in one of the festival’s weirdest but most appealing back-to-backs.

10:50-11:40 – Darkside @ Gobi Stage
Take the drugs you’ve been hoarding. RESPONSIBLY.


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byGENEVIEVE OLIVER

It’s April, which means it’s Coachella time, and even if you’re not a celebrity who’s getting bankrolled to show up you’re probably pretty psyched. If you’re heading down to the festival this weekend, please bring many crop tops regardless of your gender, remember to drink plenty of water, and do your thang responsibly. If you’re not heading to California, get a bunch of Trader Joe’s snacks, call in sick, and camp out on your couch to live stream the whole thing on YouTube! However you’ll be experiencing the festival, we made a list of acts we’ll be sure to catch – peruse our suggestions below.

SUNDAY

Noon-12:30 – Ratking @ Outdoor Theatre
New York’s finest postmodern rap duo Ratking just released their awesome debut So It Goes and, based on live video by onetime Beastie Boys videographer Ari Marcopoulos, they’ve got a killer live set to match. If you can drag yourself out of your tent, this is the place to be.

2:50-3:35 – Courtney Barnett @ Gobi Stage
OR 3:10-4:00 – Chance the Rapper @ Coachella Stage

We’ve long been obsessed with the rising Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett, who can make five minutes of wry lyrics about a gardening-induced asthma attack into smart, hilarious gold, but if hip-hop’s more your thing, head over to the Coachella Stage to catch another verbose favorite of ours, Chance the Rapper.

5:15-6:05 – Blood Orange @ Outdoor Theatre
Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes was latest in the news after a disastrous apartment fire, but lest we forget, his wonderful 2013 record Cupid Deluxe has still got legs. Live, he’s prone to bringing out a huge band and a ton of guests, so this’ll be the place to be.

6:35-7:30 – Neutral Milk Hotel @ Outdoor Theatre
Duh.

8:15-9:05 – Lana Del Rey @ Outdoor Theatre
Lana’s been impressing in her live sets lately, and with Ultraviolence billboards starting to appear, it looks like she’ll probably premiere some new material from the possibly Dan Auerbach-produced record. At the very least, we’d still love to see her perform “Ride” and "Video Games" live.

8:55-9:50 – Beck @ Coachella Stage
Beck’s fresh off the February release of Sea Change sequel Morning Phase and rumors are still circulating that he’ll drop a twelfth studio album this year. Hope for new material (he’s prone to premiering it live), but expect a diverse mix of classics and newer jams.

9:35-end – Disclosure @ Outdoor Theatre
We’re still spinning Settle and its seemingly endless series of follow-up remixes basically nonstop, and we’ve watched enough live festival sets from Disclosure to be heartily anticipating catching one IRL. Cross your fingers for new stuff – maybe the guys have somehow found time to work on new material.

10:20-end – Arcade Fire @ Coachella Stage
You simply have to close out your Coachella with a headlining set from the Arcade Fire, who’ll send you on your way with a taste of their legendary live show, a renewed spirit, and an affirmed life (not an exaggeration). Just don’t steal one of their bobblehead masks.

Who are you most excited to see this year, whether in real life or via your laptop screen? What kind of crop top will you be rocking? Which Arcade Fire bobblehead would you steal if given the chance? Let us know – and enjoy.

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