Top 10 Bands Rocking Your World At Coachella This Year

Looking at the Coachella lineup this year, everyone knows that Jack White is going to tear it up, AC/DC is going to be one of the most rocking sing a longs of all time, Florence and the Machine is going to give you chills, and Ratatat are going to melt your face off.

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The big acts that are about to kill it are common knowledge, but it is a long weekend, with a lot of time in the desert, with plenty of time to see some of the amazing acts hiding towards the bottom of the lineup in the small print. Here is a list of the 10 acts you may not have noticed on the lineup, but you need to see at this year’s Coachella.

1. Benjamin Booker

If you are excited about seeing Jack White then definitely go see Benjamin Booker. The 25 year old, New Orleans based musician has been making huge waves with his debut album and is being praised as one of the next big guitar gods, very much in the same vein as Jack White. Here’s a fantastic video of him playing on a trashcan in Paris, but I highly recommend also listening to his hit song ‘Violent Shiver’.


2. Cloud Nothings

Another act that is guaranteed to rock the party are Cleveland natives Cloud Nothings. With an extremely catchy lo-fi pop rock sound, they put on the kind of high-energy show that will almost force you to jump around and kick up some of that desert dus


3. Paul and the Broken Bones

Imagine the voice of Otis Redding was reborn into the body of a guy that looks like he should either be a youth pastor or a stock broker from Alabama. That is the lead singer of St. Paul and the Broken Bones and they are one of the most infectious bands I have heard in a long time. If you’re not in love with them after seeing their tiny desk concert then there is something wrong with you.


4. The Orwells

Their sophomore album last year gave them somewhat of a breakout, but this Chicago pop punk band has been rocking the scene for a few years now. Another show that is guaranteed to kick up some dust.

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5. Jon Hopkins

I don’t know why this guy is so far down on the lineup, but in my opinion he is currently one of the best djs/producers around and miles ahead of most of the electronic acts above him on the lineup. He has the kind of hypnotic, ethereal sound that I can see blowing a lot of minds out in the desert. If you are excited for ODESZA, then definitely go see Jon Hopkins.


6. Chet Faker

Another electronic artist that is flying under the radar of this lineup staked with many of the biggest names in EDM. He has a huge following in Australia, which has been building steadily over the past year around the world. Unlike your average DJ, he has a killer voice that he is able to utilize beautifully throughout his live show.

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7. Joyce Manor

My current favorite Southern California pop punk band. They have a deep collection of short, catchy songs perfect for screaming along to as you mosh around the desert. They also put on one of the highest energy live shows I personally have ever been to. A definite must see at this year’s festival.

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8. Angel Olsen

Everybody loves to mosh, but sometimes you just need a moment to chill out. Angel Olsen will provide the perfect opportunity to do so at this year’s festival. An extremely sophisticated singer songwriter from St. Louis and one of the best women rocking this year’s lineup. Get a taste for her live show with the following video of her captivating a crowd at Pitchfork Music Festival a few years ago; it’s like watching a young Joni Mitchell.


9. Jamestown Revival

In a lineup primarily filled with electronic and pop artists it’s nice to see an up and coming folk act included. They will definitely provide a fresh sound for those wandering the many stages looking for someone to watch. You may even think you stumbled across the Lumineers or you came the wrong weekend and ended up at Stagecoach.


10. Parquet Courts

Another act that is surprisingly far down on the Coachella lineup. Their debut album in 2013 gained them a big cult following, especially with the success of hit song ‘Alone and Stoned’. Described as ‘Americana Punk’ they have a great sound with very clever lyrics. The kind of rock and roll sound that is missing from the final day of the festival, which seems to be dominated by a lot of mediocre electronic acts.

Evan Molineux

Evan's favorite country in the world is Canada. His travel style is to keep it real, relaxed, and experience something dangerous now and then. Ask him what he loves to do and he'll say "roll with nature's flow." You'll never find Evan without a disposable camera, lip balm, and yoga pants, they're must-haves no matter what he goes.

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