Friday, April 01, 2005

Coachella Breakdown

With only 4 weeks until the show, I've decided to break down the show and look into the groups I've never heard of. Here's the lineup with brief descriptions of each band (the ones you may not know). Must see bands are in italics. Color codes are as follows Blue = rock, Green = electronic, Red - hip-hop, Purple = other/world

Saturday, April 30th
Bauhaus (80s goth-rock band reunited, fronted by Peter Murphy)
Chemical Brothers
Keane (brit-rock with no guitars, only piano)
Snow Patrol (more average brit-rock)
Rilo Kiley (female fronted former-indie band, friends with Bright Eyes)
Cafe Tacuba (Mexican rock band)
Doves (brit-rock)
Sage Francis (white underground rapper)
Raveonettes (garage rock)
Bloc Party (awesome new post-punkish band from England)
Mercury Rev (trippy alt-rock band from the 90s)
Fantomas (Mike Patton from Faith No More's new band)
Hernan Cattaneo (techno DJ)
Spoon (awesome indie-rock)
Zap Mama (all female acapella group from Zaire)
DJ Peretz (Perry Ferrell of Jane's Addiction as a DJ)
Jamie Cullum (jazz/pop singer/songwriter)
M83 (interesting shoegaze/electronic music, Air meets My Bloody Valentine)
Ambulance LTD (indie rock)
Four Tet (experimental electronic music)
MF Doom (underground hip-hop MC, of Madvillain)
Josh Wink (techno DJ)
Amp Fiddler (live dance music)
Tiga (techno DJ)
The Kills (indie rock)
UNKLE (chill electronic music)
Secret Machines (psych-rock, kinda meh)
Boom Bip (underground hip-hop)
Swayzak (electronic duo)
DJ Marky (drum and bass DJ)
Immortal Technique (underground hip-hop)
Jean Grae (female underground hip-hop MC)
Razorlight (brit-rock, a la The Libertines)
Katie Melua (jazz singer from Republic of Georgia)
Radio 4 (dancy indie-rock)
Buck 65 (underground hip-hop MC)
Gratitude (emo)
Eisley (young indie rock band from Texas, used to be cool, now very emo)
The Sexy Magazines (?)
K-Os (underground hip-hop)

Sunday, May 1st
Nine Inch Nails
New Order (amazing, influential band from the 80s)
Bright Eyes
Gang of Four (post-punk band from late-70s, early 80s, recently reunited)
The Prodigy
Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)
The Faint (dancy indie rock)
Roni Size (drum n' bass)
Armin Van Buuren (techno DJ)
The Arcade Fire
Pinback (indie rock)
Roots Manuva (underground hip-hop)
DJ Krush (instrumental hip-hop)
Thrice (crap)
Junkie XL (techno DJ)
M.I.A. (Sri Lankan rapper/singer via London)
British Sea Power (British indie rock)
Dresden Dolls (interesting punk/burlesque)
Miss Kittin (techno DJ)
Fiery Furnaces (indie rock)
Ben Watt (chill electronic music)
Aesop Rock (underground hip hop)
The Perceptionists (underground hip-hop)
Jem (female singer)
Autolux (indie rock)
Donovan Frankenreiter (Jack Johnson-esque singer songwriter)
Sixtoo (underground hip-hop)
Tegan and Sara (female indie rock)
Stereophonics (brit-rock)
The Bravery (crappy dancy indie-rock)
Matthew Dear (techno DJ)
Diplo (underground hip-hop/DJ)
Subtle (undeground hip-hop)
Beans (undeground hip-hop)
Shout Out Louds (?)
The Futureheads (British indie rock)
Sloan (indie rock)
Kasabian (dark Brit-rock)
Blood Brothers (noise rock)
Matmos (chill electronic music)
Wolf Eyes (noise rock)
Gram Rabbit (indie rock)
Smokestacks (?)
The Locust (noise rock)
Zion I (?)


At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Ryan said...

My friends at CU Boulder used to listen to Sage Francis a lot. He's not bad.

At 11:40 AM, Anonymous Ryan said...

Oh yeah, and Miss Kitten is really fucking weird. Listen to her "Frank Sinatra" song.

At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Kristen said...

Second that. Sage Francis is a must-see. I really like his new album... his style is very different, and the lyrics are fantastic. Plus, he's from Providence, RI.

At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Kristen said...

Oh, didn't even see Perceptionists and Aesop Rock. (Proof that there is decent Hip-Hop from Boston). Try to catch 'em if you can.

At 1:41 PM, Blogger nrkey said...

@my blog you can find 5 songs included in forthcoming "X&Y", performed live last march 12 in LA + "Talk".
Have fun.

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