Ladies and gentleman, our favorite time of the year kicks off this weekend as Coachella ignites the summer festival season. This year's billing is quite possibly the strongest of the festival's history as its headliners include Pharrell Williams, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Nas, Skrillex, Beck, and OutKast.
Yet, the beauty found in music festivals lies in its ability to showcase up-and-coming and obscure artists in front of thousands of fans. The process of figuring out the set times often becomes frustrating, so we prepared Coachella goers with a heads-up of which oddities and new acts to check out during their Indio getaway.
Motorhead epitomizes the reckless spirit of rock n' roll as its unforgiving attitude reflects a historic career spanning four decades. Helmed by legendary frontman Lemmy Kilmister, this ageless act still packs the meanest punch every time it takes the stage. In comparison to other artists appearing at Coachella, Motorhead sticks out as the sole representative of heavy metal. For audiences unfamiliar with the genre, be ready for a bootcamp worthy showcase of instrumental prowess delivered by the general's of metal.
Future Islands Saturday @ 7:05 PM, GOBI
Coming off the release of its brilliant LP Singles, is Future Islands. Those who mistook the Letterman performance as nothing more than a viral sensation are severely mistaken as that performance only scratches the surface of what Future Islands has to offer. Merging electro pop, disco, rock, and death metal, few singers display such a heartfelt performances like Samuel T. Herring. Make sure to arrange Coachella schedules accordingly as Future Islands cannot be missed this weekend.
Bombay Bicycle Club Saturday @ 3:50 PM, MOJAVE
One of the U.K.'s finest imports over the last decade, Bombay Bicycle Club's live performance outdoes the critically acclaimed aura of its back catalog. Never afraid to explore an adventurous melody for the sake of pushing its sound, the band's music combines energetic instrumental prowess with top-notch ear candy of pop proportions.
Drowners Saturday @ 1:45 PM, MOJAVE
Emerging from Brooklyn's indie scene, Drowners mix of dream pop, vintage punk, and early rock and roll results in some of biggest hooks out of any artist appearing at this year's festival. Taking the fuzzled guitar of the Stooges and mixing it with modern indie music, Drowners's forms an accessible own identity that's sure to put on the Brooklyn scene on a mainstream map.
Crosses Friday @ 11:55 PM, MOJAVE
Fronted by Chino Moreno from Deftones, Crosses is a completely different animal for the legendary vocalist. Regardless, the music is packed with the ambient grooves made famous by Deftones but substitutes Moreno's tendency for brutal heaviness with melodic interludes of electronic samples. Instead of bone shattering guitar riffs, the synthesizers allow Moreno to demonstrate the poppiest work of his career thus far.
Temples Saturday @ 2:40 PM, MOJAVE
Talk about an up-and-coming artist with massive potential to cross over, Temples is crafting some of modern music's hookiest psychedelic pop. This is a fair warning to Coachella goers: Make sure to catch this band while they are still a young act. Falling in line somewhere in between the Sgt. Pepper's era of The Beatles and modern garage rock like The Strokes, Temples might possibly headline Coachella in a few years if they maintain such a high-level of consistency in their songwriting.
Fishbone Sunday @ 1:55 PM, COACHELLA Stage
Providing some veteran status on a bill mostly comprised of younger acts, Fishbone's legendary brand of ska is sure to get Coachella audiences skanking to the uptempo beat of their tunes. Mixing funk and punk with a huge entourage of guitars, drums, bass, and horn instruments, this tight-nit band is well-versed in delivering the highest of energy during their live performances.
Caravan Palace Friday @ 10:45 PM, GOBI
Haven't heard of Caravan Palace? Be prepared for a French combination of electronic swing music and modern jazz guaranteed to blow audiences away in a festival setting. Taking the best elements of southern blues, 1920s jazz, 1940s swing music, modern pop, and electronic dance music, Caravan Place is seriously a cross Daft Punk and Louis Armstrong. This literally might be one of the most intriguing acts performing at Coachalla.
Ty Segall Saturday @ 2:55 PM, OUTDOOR Theatre
Segall's voice sounds like a mix between John Lennon and Noel Gallagher as his songwriting crosses territories of punk, classic rock, and garage rock. The production of his music make the MP3 sound like a vintage vinyl muffled with the raw distorted energy of the late 60s/early 70s rock records.
ZZ Ward Friday @ 2 PM, MOJAVE
I want to apologize for failing to mention a female artist beforehand but ZZ Ward's melds the dirtiest of blues with extremely accessible choruses and hip-hop deliveries to create a must-see performance for Coachella goers. It's a shame there aren't more female artists like ZZ Ward maintaining a poppy element while avoiding those image stereotypes. Her combination of graceful singing and melodic guitar playing results in a huge sound that will pour out of the amplifiers at Coachella.