It's that time again. The flowers are starting to bloom, the Sun is out longer, and hipsters are running around looking for that perfect ironic outfit and yesterday on April 8, 2013 the set times were released. All those could only mean, Coachella is among us once again. Running from April 11-13 and again April 18-20th, dozens of bands and hundreds of thousands of music lovers will invade the Indio Valley for one of the greatest music festivals of the year.
With headliners like the recently re-united Outkast, European rockers MUSE, and everybody's favorite Arcade Fire, along with many many additional amazing musicians like Pixies (newly added), Queens of The Stone Age, Lorde, Foster the People, Motorhead, ect ect ect... This year's Coachella lineup is packed with stadium stars.
But what about the lesser known artists? What about the little guy's looking for their big break? The artists that are scheduled so early, that most people will not even get a chance to hear about them, let alone see them? Well that's what this post is for. Here are five great artists, that are worth getting out of your tent a little early this Coachella Weekend!
Laura Mvula plays early on Sat afternoon in the Gobi tent, but her blend of soulful, jazz inspired pop will be a refreshing way to start your day.
You can check her out on the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack, and on her latest album 'Sing To The Moon'
Bear Hands plays Saturday at 12:50 on the Mojave stage. They just released their sophomore album 'Distraction' which is getting great reviews, and their SXSW breakout performance was described by NPR "serious, intricate pop."
Graveyard plays Saturday at 2:05 on the Coachella Stage. This grungy, throwback rock band from Sweden has opened for icons like Soundgarden and Motorhead, and will either take you back to an era long forgotten, or pummel you into the ground with heavy riffs and bluesy vocals.
Bo Ningen plays Sunday at the anti-witching hour of 12 noon on the Gobi Stage. Their unique asian twist on sludge rock, will roll over you without warning, and at the end of their 30 minute set, it will leave you dizzy and confused, and possibly even a little aroused, but definitely wanting more.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue plays the Coachella stage on Sunday at 12:40. Trombone Shorty has had appearances on the Grammy's with Macklemore, played with Janelle Monae at the NBA Allstars game, and even showed up on Conan recently. Trombone Shorty is a truly talented musician with a jazz and funk inspired sound that is sure to have you dancing.