13 Emerging Artists You Can't Miss at Coachella This Year
  • FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

  • Posted by: Kirsten Spruch



This is the moment we've been waiting for forever (except that it also feels like it totally just snuck up on us with no warning): Coachella is here. Yes, we know, you'll be out partying for the next two weekends, jamming to headliners like Radiohead, Lady Gaga, and Kendrick Lamar - how could you not? However, don't be one of those people who buys a ticket for an entire festival only to see one headliner. There are so many other good acts that you probably wouldn't have even thought to see, so we're laying them out for you right here. Want to see Tame Impala's side project? Or maybe one of today's most underrated rappers? Well now you can. Read up and enhance your Coachella experience with these hot emerging artists.

1. Pond



If you were disappointed when you saw Tame Impala was in fact not headlining Coachella this year, fear not, because Pond is made up of several Tame Impala members. Psych rock lovers, rejoice!

2. Whitney



Whitney's debut album Light Upon The Lake, which was released last year, was one of the best albums of 2016... So that should be a good enough reason to make you want to catch their live set.

3. Caveman



Caveman is probably one of the freshest bands out there right now. Their infectious, spacey songs will get stuck in your head for days and their bright sounds will leave you feelin' so good.

4. Thundercat



Thundercat is one of those names that you probably see a lot but don't actually know a whole lot about. Let me help out with that: Thundercat is a bassist/songwriter and you probably see his name a lot because he's a frequent Kendrick Lamar/Flying Lotus collaborator. He dropped his album Drunk earlier this year and it's comical, groovy, clever, and downright awesome...And you should listen to it at Coachella.

5. Mitski



Mitski isn't in the middle of an album cycle right now, but I'll take any chance to write about her. Why? Because she's a fantastic musician who released one of the best albums of 2016. If you're a fan of Angel Olsen or Courtney Barnett, you will like this.

6. Arkells



Arkells are an awesome indie rock band that put on a very fun live show. We know because we experienced it ourselves when they performed at our Bands + Brews last summer (video above). Also, sometimes they bring fans up on stage to play guitar for them - how cool? Maybe that'll be you at Coachella.

7. Bishop Briggs



Although Bishop Briggs is making pop music, she's putting a dark twist on it, completely unafraid to be her own person. Her music will get you pumped up no doubt, plus we can confirm that she's the nicest, most lovable person ever.

8. Tall Juan



If you like Mac Demarco, then you might like one of his collaborators, Argentina artist Tall Juan. He has his debut album Olden Goldies coming out May 5th, and judging by the music he has out so far, it's going to be one fun rock 'n' roll record.

9. Klangstof



If you like Radiohead (who doesn't?) or Bombay Bicycle Club (again, who doesn't?), then you might fancy Norwegian singer/songwriter/producer Klangstof, AKA Koen Van de Wardt. Dreamy, ethereal music with a message and beautiful production - we can't resist.

10. Joseph



If you like festival favorites like HAIM or The Staves, you're going to fall in love with all of the harmonies that Joseph, AKA sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner, have to offer.

11. Stormzy



Stormzy is a fucking fantastic and severely underrated rapper. He released his new album, Gang Signs & Prayer, earlier this year and it is filled with upbeat bangers and Skepta-esque grime.

12. Sampha



Sampha recently released his debut full-length, Process, which is dedicated to his mother who passed away from cancer. The singer-songwriter truly has a voice unlike any other and magical music to match - we know we'll be catching his set.

13. Classixx



If you're going for a more club/dance kind of vibe at Coachella this weekend, then LA producers Tyler Blake and Michael David Classixx have got your back.
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