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Clockwise from top left: CHali 2na of Jurassic 5; James Blake; Baauer and a buddy; and Polica. Images by Fortes, Bill Ebbesen, Leah Gair and Brett Jordan and used under the terms of Creative Commons licenses.
Just Ahead Of The Release Of Musical-Artist Set Times, A Coachella Devotee Breaks Down The Varied Genres And Artists To Appear At This Year’s Festival


By Adam Piontkowski
Modern Times Magazine

April 8, 2013 — Coachella set times are expected to be released this week, and I have taken it upon myself to organize all of the artists at Coachella into categories, which I feel best represent the overall feel of Coachella. I will give you some of my own personal favorites, so you can schedule the acts you want to see accordingly.

Hip Hop Culture
Jurassic  5, Earl Sweatshirt, Beardyman, 2 Chainz, Aesop Rock, TNGHT, Janelle Monae, Danny Brown, El-P, Pusha T, Theophilus London, Action Bronson, Wu-Tang Clan, Raider Klan, Dub FX

For me, Jurassic 5 and Wu-Tang Clan are must sees. There is not a whole lot of hip hop at Coachella, so you are going to want to catch as much as you can if you are into that. Action Bronson is one of the most lyrical up and comers, but earlier in the year his crew doused a transexual with water, so I am boycotting him. TNGHT is a must see for trap music, as Hudson Mohawke and Lunice will bring you one of the few purely trap sets of the weekend.

British Invasion
The Stone Roses,  Beardyman, Dub FX, Blur, Johnny Marr, FOALS, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard,  Palma Violets, Skinny Lister, James McCartney, the xx, Hot Chip, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J, Spiritualized, La Roux, Bat for Lashes, The Selecter, Biffy Clyro, The Wombats, Savages, James Blake, Alex Clare, Jessie Ware, Little Green Cars, OMD, New Order

The Brits don't only bring musicians, but typically bring a crowd of followers as well. It is not strange to run into a crew of British tourists at Coachella who plan their California dream around the festival. Alt-J and James Blake are Coachella rookies, and are also some of the most anticipated acts of the festival. OMD and New Order will bring the 1980s back to Coachella, and OMD's “If You Leave” is sure to make everyone feel Pretty In Pink.

Knob Turners, Button Pushers, and Record Scratchers
3 Ball MTY, Adrian Lux, Baauer, Bassnectar, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Birdy Nam Nam, Booka Shade, C2C, Cassy, Danny Avila, Dillon Francis, Dirtyphonics, Disclosure, DJ Harvey, Dog Blood, Eric Prydz, Excision Presents The Executioner, Fedde Le Grand, Four Tet, Hardwell, Huoratron, Infected Mushroom, Jason Bentley, Jamie Jones, Jamie xx, Joris Voorn, Julio Bashmore, Kill the Noise, Ladies Night, Loco Dice, Luciano, Maya Jane Coles, Major Lazer, Mimosa, Moby, Modestep, Mord Fustang, Nicky Romero, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul Oakenfold, Pretty Lights, Richie Hawtin, Roni Size and MC Dynamite, Sam XL Pure Filth Sound, Seth Troxler, Simian Mobile Disco, The 2 Bears, Thomas Gold,  Tommy Trash, Wolfgang Gartner, Zane Lowe

All the DJ's are most likely going to fill out the Sahara Stage throughout the weekend. If you are an electronic music junkie, you will probably be at this stage all weekend long. Baauer will make you do the Harlem Shake, while Dog Blood should give you all the Skrillex fart noises you need for the weekend. Typically, the good electronic acts do not play Sahara. I expect Four Tet, Jamie xx, and Major Lazer to really put on a show, possibly on a different stage.

The Grand Return
Café Tacuba, Dead Can Dance, Dinosaur Jr., Franz Ferdinand, Rodriguez, Tegan and Sara, The Faint, The Make-Up, The Postal Service, The Stone Roses, Sparks, Violent Femmes, Descendents, The Three O’Clock, OMD, The Selecter

Remember that show on Vh1, where they would get bands from the 80s back together to put on a show for everyone. Well, Coachella also likes to do that with bands that have been away for awhile to make a grand return. Rodriguez or Sugar Man who you may recognize from the documentary, “Searching for Sugar Man,” was relatively unknown to the world, unless you lived in South Africa. He was eventually tracked down and is now slated to play this year's festival. Violent Femmes are sure to give you a “Blister in the Sun” this year as well, or that could just be the 100 degree heat.

I am the Band
Allen Stone, Father John Misty, Grimes, Hanni El Khatib, Janelle Monae, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Lee Scratch Perry, Lord Huron, Parov Stelar Band, Robert Delong, Tame Impala, Youth Lagoon, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Some bands tend to represent themselves around one individual. I tend to like these bands, because typically that one individual is a genius or just really admirable. Father John Misty is one of those admirable musicians that people tend to draw attachment to. I have seen him twice and enjoyed it immensely without even knowing his material that well. Now that I have listened more, I will most likely see him for a third time, which is something I do not typically do with any bands, especially in such a short time period. Lee Scratch Perry is one of those old timers you do not want to miss either, as the 77 year old reggae legend may not be performing much longer.

You Might Know My Other Band
Deathfix, Divine Fits, Polica, Puscifer, Grinderman, How To Destroy Angels, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, The Shouting Matches

I am going to just tell you each of these acts other bands and you should get a feel of if you might like them: Deathfix and Fugazi, Divine Fits and Spoon, Polica and Gayngs, How To Destroy Angels and NIN, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine and Dead Kennedys, and The Shouting Matches and Bon Iver. Yeah, I agree, they pretty much all should be super cool.

This is Some New Material
Cloud Nothings, Dropkick Murphys, Guards, Ghost B.C., James Blake, Mona, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Portugal. The Man, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Smith Westerns, Wild Belle, Modest Mouse, Thee Oh Sees, Social Distortion, DIIV

All of these artists have come out with recent albums or songs and expect to play some material for the first or maybe second time live at Coachella. This can be really cool or sometimes artists can hit a sophomore slump. Most of these bands aren't sophomores, however, and should bring a ruckus with their new music.

Our Album Came Out Last Year, But We Promise It’s Still Good
Beach House, Metric, Band of Horses, Japandroids, JEFF the Brotherhood, Purity Ring, Tanlines, Wild Nothing, Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Kids These Days, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Ros, Stars, Passion Pit, The Gaslight Anthem, The Evens, The Lumineers, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Shovels and Rope

So yeah, it is kind of lame to beat a dead horse on an album you put out a year ago, but alas that is the business sometimes. With as much creative talent as these bands have, they could easily transcend this category into “This is Some New Material” at the festival this year. Some of these bands you may have never heard of, which is some part of the problem as it may be taking a long time for their buzz to pick up. Coachella never hurts when it comes to buzz though. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra will surely be fresh to most Americans ears, and the rest better have something wild planned to keep us interested!

I <3 LA
Dam Funk, Deap Vally, IO Echo, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Colourist, The Neighbourhood, Local Natives, Vintage Trouble, White Arrows, Earl Sweatshirt, Sparks, Robert Delong, Descendents, Red Hot Chili Peppers

What's a California festival without California acts? I heard great things about Dam Funk's show at FYF Fest last year, and the buzz started then should carry over to Coachella for a fantastic show. Local Natives are the indie heros of the Los Angeles scene, and they should have a pretty supportive crowd as well. Robert Delong will bring a crowd, whom will be the most likely to know the artist personally. He is young, living in the arts district of Los Angeles, and has surely gained lots of friends, fans, and supporters on his rise to relevance. Finally, let's not forget about the act most fans came to see and sing along with, Red Hot Chili Peppers. This should be the cherry on top for Coachella, and the act that leaves everyone's smile permanently fixed on their face for the next couple days.

Adam Piontkowski is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Modern Times Magazine. @Adam_Point
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