Coachella 2012 is heating up and not just because Indio is in the California desert. Today's hottest bands are pumped to make your festival experience the trip of a lifetime. Since you have two weekends to see everyone, and you know what headliners you want to see, let's check out a few sizzling Indie bands you should be sure to catch...
If you haven't heard Band of Skulls you need to check your pulse and pull the bag off your head. These kick @ss Indie rockers are burning up the scene as Rolling Stone dubbed them "Best" of SXSW and Spin gave them "Best" of Coachella already. What more do you need? These cats play on SATURDAY. Their second release Sweet Sour is a dynamic, sultry, gritty bunch of tunes. Make time to see them.
How could you NOT like a band that pays homage to Pulp Fiction? The mixes by Zeds Dead play like retro meets 90's hip hop meets perfect electro bad boy futuristic beats. If you want to get up, down, and spin all around, this is one for you to catch at Coachella. Don't believe me? Listen UP to the MIXTAPE by Zeds Dead, start with "Coffee Break", and promise you will be busting a move faster than you can say "double royal with cheese". Catch them SATURDAY.
If you don't know who Jimmy Cliff is, shame on you! Mr. Cliff is the quiet man from the splash of the popular 70/80's Reggae music scene. Talk about expanding musical soundscapes, Cliff recorded his recently released EP Sacred Fire with producer Tim Armstrong (Rancid). The result is a fresh, modern Reggae. Check out Cliff's classic hit reduex "Guns of Brixton". The air will be hot and sticky, so what better idea than grabbing a cold one and head bopping to Jimmy Cliff in the desert? Look for him on FRIDAY.
These British cult icons haven't been on this side of the pond in five years. Kasabian is touring to support their latest LP Velociraptor! which has a mellow yellow track "Neon Moon". Don't let that fool you though, because they can kick your @ss still with classic numbers like "Days are Forgotten". Catch these cats while you can, because you might not see them for another five years. Kasabian plays SATURDAY.
We are Augustines
If Bruce Springsteen emerged in today's Indie Music Scene, he would be We are Augustines. These cats crank out soulful tunes for the everyday man who is trying to turn sh*t into gold. This band has acheived greatness from the pains of life and if you can't identify with that, then go out and live a little, and when it's time to lick your wounds, slap this album on and feel it. This band is beyond greatness. Listen to "Book of James" and feel the power within the lyrics and melodies. We are Augustines play SATURDAY.
Favorite local DJ whether he's spinning at KCRW, or a local club, Morgan Page has it going on. After growing up around folk music, he did a complete 180 into the electronic scene that has earned him two Grammy nominations. Check out "Body Work" with Tegan & Sara, and go check out Lissie, because he's worked with her too and he'll likely show up at her performance or vice versa.
Get your groove on with Morgan Page on SUNDAY.
Greg Ginn and the Royal We
If your expecting Black Flag's DIY Punk poineer Greg Ginn to thrash the stage up at Coachella, you're not gonna get what you want. Greg Ginn and the Royal We are a psychedilic, electro-groove vibed group. Ginn has long shed his old skin and continued to grow and explore within his musical tastes. Tunes like "Gilded Entry" grab you and get you moving like a slow mo Space Mountain ride. Catch Greg Ginn and the Royal We on SUNDAY.
There are so many more bands to catch, but this is a must see list to write down for your weekend. Also check out First Aid Kit, Squeeze, Arctic Monkeys, Buzzcocks, Feist, The Skins, and Flying Lotus for sure! See you in the desert!!!