You can’t beat a warm and sunny music festival: think endless days filled with bikinis, sunscreen, and the ability to groove without being encumbered by a fleet of umbrellas and mud-caked wellies. Unlike Glastonbury and other UK music festivals, there are few clouds at Coachella, which takes place outside of Los Angeles, and even fewer bouts of rain.
That’s not the only reason why the annual event is a destination, though. Coachella regularly attracts some of the biggest names in contemporary music: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dropkick Murphys, Blur, Bat for Lashes, and Baauer, the man behind the Harlem Shake, are just a few to expect amongst the 175 acts set to appear this year. But you can always count on the festival to introduce some of the best up-and-coming acts too. If you plan on attending Coachella’s second weekend, from today through Sunday, we recommend setting your sights on these exciting new artists:
LA-based duo Deap Vally taps into the dirty, bluesy vein of garage rock popularized by The White Stripes and The Black Keys – expect howling vocals and crunchy guitar riffs. The new project of singer Lindsey Troy and drummer Julie Edwards, Deap Vally only just released their first EP this spring. We expect that these hard-rocking women will hit it big, so make sure you catch their performance.
Despite the fact that their debut album hasn’t yet come out, Savages have already been subject to some serious hype, which grew to fever-pitch levels with this week’s release of their video single for “Shut Up,” a missive against the corrupt music industry. Fronted by Jenny Beth, the all-female band of post-punks pair her Siouxsie Sioux-esque vocals with angular guitars and relentless bass lines.
How to Destroy Angels
Trent Reznor is probably best known as the front man of Nine Inch Nails, but he’s now making waves with How to Destroy Angels, a side project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig, his “Social Network” score-writing partner Atticus Ross, and NIN-veteran Rob Sheridan. They’ll be playing songs from their debut album, “Welcome to Oblivion”, which was just released in early March. As with anything that Reznor touches, the band’s vibe is edgy and post-industrial.
You could say that the Nottingham-born singer/songwriter Jake Bugg is new on the scene: the 19 year-old rocker just put out his debut album in October. But despite his tender age, Bugg’s sound is mature beyond his years, and is reminiscent of Dylan, the Beatles, and the Kinks. That said, a heavy helping of rootsy blues and a deft ear for melody make the songs his own, and prevent him from being typecast as just a 1960s-throwback.
Father John Misty
Musician Josh Tillman has a lengthy CV, beginning in 2001 with indie band Saxon Shore and Stately before a period of solo work and a later stint spent as a drummer for the wildly successful indie folksters Fleet Foxes. In 2012, Tillman regrouped and began producing new solo work under the moniker Father John Misty. His gorgeous first album, “Fear Fun”, mixes country textures with sweetly sorrowful tunes that are reminiscent of Nick Drake and turn a jaundiced eye on love.
By now, everyone and their grandmother has heard of dubstep king Skrillex, but most of them won’t yet have listened to Dog Blood, his new side project that pairs him with German producer and DJ Boys Noize. The new format sees Skrillex moving away from the classic build-up and drop of dubstep and experimenting with different beats; the set is sure to be a magnet for those looking to dance.
Pure, unadultered power pop: the four members of the Colourist are already masters at crafting infectious ear candy. The group doesn’t yet have an album out, and is looking at a late summer release for their first full-length, which should only make their set more exciting: these guys could very well have a few hit summer anthems with catchy tracks like “Little Games”.
Words by Roxanne Bridger, @roxi_lovely, on behalf of flight comparison site Momondo.co.uk