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PassiveTheory
02-03-2010, 12:06 PM
This year I'm having a hard time catching wind of those mid-to-bottom tier bands that will be can't-miss at the festival this year. I've tried listening to Sleigh Bells, the Middle East and Delphic with various levels of dissatisfaction, and I'm kinda worried (especially on Friday) that I'm going to feel nonplussed about the festival by the time April rolls around. That and I really want to find that diamond in the rough that will heighten my Coachella experience.

So tell me, what artists in the small print are you looking forward to seeing? Why are you looking forward to seeing them? And if someone's already made a thread like this, well... Tough shit.

ShyGuy75
02-03-2010, 12:14 PM
the big pink

pancakespancakes
02-03-2010, 12:21 PM
I will definitely have to agree that 2010, despite its overall awesomeness, is really lacking in the small print. 2008 and 2009 were fantastic in the lower half of the lineup, and in fact, I think that's what really made each weekend great (KraftPortisPrince aside). This year seems to pale in comparison... at least according to this listener's taste... there are few standouts, and an unusual amount of crap (As Tall As Lions, etc.)

But with that said, I'm sure you've already heard Beach House and formed an opinion of them, but they're one of my most looked-forward-to acts of the weekend.

seanyb
02-03-2010, 12:21 PM
Mew, Frightened Rabbit, Girls, BEACH HOUSE, King Khan & The Shrines, Rusko, Owen Pallett

pancakespancakes
02-03-2010, 12:23 PM
Mew, Frightened Rabbit, Girls, BEACH HOUSE, King Khan & The Shrines, Rusko, Owen Pallett

I happen to like all 7 of those except for Rusko, who I've never heard. So, definitely looking into him/her/them. Thank you.

Phantasma Del Mar
02-03-2010, 12:25 PM
Jay Z

psychoc&ndy
02-03-2010, 12:26 PM
yeah check out the big pink, they sound like a modern mix of jamc, mbv, and some of their beats are new wave ish sort like depeche mode. the vocals are pretty hipster but still fit the music really well

baroness - amazing psychedelic art metal/stoner rock don't miss them, they're amazing live

flying lotus - one of the dopest hip hop producers out right now and he also puts on an amazing show

sunny day real estate - legends of emo/post rock who recently reunited

mayer hawthorne - if you like motown era soul done well, check him out

deerhunter - post rock/shoegaze band that puts on an awesome show. for fans of sonic youth

the glitch mob - group of producers who make an extremely danceable form of club and glitchy hip hop

mew - listen to "and the glass handed kites". sort of a mix between sigur ros and muse

old crow medicine show - do not miss them. they play bluegrass/blues/alt country/folk/ and old time music. complete with a stand up bass, guitjo, banjo, violin, and vocal harmonies that will send shivers down your spine

yann tiersen - has done the soundtrack for movies and creates other worldly music. some videos i've seen he plays some really good post rock as well

seanyb
02-03-2010, 12:32 PM
I happen to like all 7 of those except for Rusko, who I've never heard. So, definitely looking into him/her/them. Thank you.

oh, you probably won't like Rusko then, he's a DJ. Saw him last year and he was pretty awesome, but very different from the others listed

Mr. Fuzz
02-03-2010, 12:34 PM
I think the Whitest Boy Alive is the best but, you are the one who turned me on to them in the mix tape thread.

johnnypolite
02-03-2010, 12:36 PM
Jets Overhead are pretty kewl

pancakespancakes
02-03-2010, 12:37 PM
oh, you probably won't like Rusko then, he's a DJ. Saw him last year and he was pretty awesome, but very different from the others listed

I just listened to a couple tracks... I actually do like it, I've heard better dubstep, but he's definitely someone worth checking out... just goes to show it's high time I do some lineup research of my own. Been a month, I'm laggin.

philabuster
02-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Porcupine Tree is the best prog band of the last decade if you like that sort of thing. Owen Pallet has a glorious orchestral sound on his latest album. Talvin Singh could be worth seeing if he has live musicians with him -especially if he has people he has worked with in the past such as Bill Laswell.

The Coach
02-03-2010, 12:38 PM
Hockey
Porcupine Tree

miscorrections
02-03-2010, 12:40 PM
Lee, you crap. There is a humongous thread dedicated to this topic.

IRSCOTT
02-03-2010, 12:41 PM
i'm getting stoked on The glitch mob as we speak, Shits Ligeit!

IRSCOTT
02-03-2010, 12:42 PM
oh, you probably won't like Rusko then, he's a DJ. Saw him last year and he was pretty awesome, but very different from the others listed

Dub step, can't wait

elChurro
02-03-2010, 12:43 PM
Beach House

elbrycen
02-03-2010, 12:49 PM
rx bandits, portugal the man, gil scott heron, king khan and the shrines are all amazing.

check ou tthe albums 'mandala' and 'and the battle begun...' by RxB, they will blow you away i promise.

crombrenner
02-03-2010, 12:55 PM
Here's a few that I would recommend...

Friday- Jets Overhead, White Rabbits, Deer Tick, Ra Ra Riot

Saturday- RX Bandits (Must see), Porcupine Tree, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Portugal, the Man, Beach House, Band of Skulls

Sunday- Deerhunter, Club 75, Big Pink, Owen Pallett, Miike Snow, Yann Tiersen

Sonicifyouwantit
02-03-2010, 01:01 PM
old crow medicine show - do not miss them. they play bluegrass/blues/alt country/folk/ and old time music. complete with a stand up bass, guitjo, banjo, violin, and vocal harmonies that will send shivers down your spine



Couldn't agree more! Love these guys. I've seen them seven times and will do everytime they visit LA and of course Coachella.

I wanna check out Big Pink as well

PassiveTheory
02-03-2010, 02:04 PM
I think the Whitest Boy Alive is the best but, you are the one who turned me on to them in the mix tape thread.

Lol, I was actually waiting for someone to mention them.

Thanks for the suggestions so far. I'm going to delve into the following and hopefully find something worth listening to:

Jets Overhead
White Rabbits
Hockey
The Big Pink
Deer Tick
Band of Skulls
Gil Scott Heron
Rusko

If I didn't pick a band you said, most likely that's because I already gave them a shot (Ra Ra Riot, Mew, Owen Pallett, etc.) and it didn't stick or I already dig (Beach House, Girls, Flying Lotus, Portugal. The Man), but keep the suggestions going. Post videos if you'd like, too.

vinylmartyr
02-03-2010, 02:10 PM
Gil Scott Heron is a legend probably more influential than Kraftwerk.

zajaa
02-03-2010, 02:14 PM
passive give mew another chance, they are truly glorious. make sure you are listening to 'and the glass handed kites'. also its a seamless, continuous concepty sorta album, so beginning to end is recommended. would not have commented if it were any other band.

frazzles
02-03-2010, 02:19 PM
passive give mew another chance, they are truly glorious. make sure you are listening to 'and the glass handed kites'. also its a seamless, continuous concepty sorta album, so beginning to end is recommended. would not have commented if it were any other band.

TRUF

Also, if you plan on catching Band of Skulls at Coachella, don't listen to the album. When I saw them open for Metric this past December, I might as well have put the CD in and closed my eyes. Album, track for track, verbatim.

tmac
02-03-2010, 02:24 PM
florence and the machine
la roux
pretty lights
miike snow
edward sharpe and the magnetic zones
wolfgang gartner
proxy

vinylmartyr
02-03-2010, 02:29 PM
No bites. Oh well.

PassiveTheory
02-03-2010, 02:34 PM
HOW DARE YOU COMPARE HIM TO KRAFTWERK!?








Is that what you were angling for, Jeff?

vinylmartyr
02-03-2010, 02:35 PM
Yeah thanks I thought I failed.

fiopadp7791
02-03-2010, 02:51 PM
I'm surprised... no mentions for Little Dragon yet? I really like what I've heard from them so far, and they play Friday. But take what I say with a grain of salt, my 2 best other discoveries thus far are Delphic and Mew, and you've been luke-warm on both of them...

Also, did you see Sia's performance in 2008? I'm really not a fan of her's, but caught her set anyway on Sunday night '08... amazing. Just sayin.

jamesc2929
02-03-2010, 02:54 PM
The Big Pink
Band of Skulls
Beach House
The Temper Trap
Deer Tick

PassiveTheory
02-03-2010, 03:14 PM
What Temper Trap song would you recommend checking out?

Same goes for Little Dragon.

Tried listening to A Brief History of Love again and despite the choruses and hooks looming large (especially on Domino), the lyrics leave much to be desired.

PotVsKtl
02-03-2010, 03:16 PM
Delete.

sacleonard
02-03-2010, 03:34 PM
yeah check out the big pink, they sound like a modern mix of jamc, mbv, and some of their beats are new wave ish sort like depeche mode. the vocals are pretty hipster but still fit the music really well

baroness - amazing psychedelic art metal/stoner rock don't miss them, they're amazing live

flying lotus - one of the dopest hip hop producers out right now and he also puts on an amazing show

sunny day real estate - legends of emo/post rock who recently reunited

mayer hawthorne - if you like motown era soul done well, check him out

deerhunter - post rock/shoegaze band that puts on an awesome show. for fans of sonic youth

the glitch mob - group of producers who make an extremely danceable form of club and glitchy hip hop

mew - listen to "and the glass handed kites". sort of a mix between sigur ros and muse

old crow medicine show - do not miss them. they play bluegrass/blues/alt country/folk/ and old time music. complete with a stand up bass, guitjo, banjo, violin, and vocal harmonies that will send shivers down your spine

yann tiersen - has done the soundtrack for movies and creates other worldly music. some videos i've seen he plays some really good post rock as well

These are really helpful, so thanks!

IlliniQ
02-03-2010, 04:11 PM
I will definitely have to agree that 2010, despite its overall awesomeness, is really lacking in the small print. 2008 and 2009 were fantastic in the lower half of the lineup, and in fact, I think that's what really made each weekend great (KraftPortisPrince aside). This year seems to pale in comparison... at least according to this listener's taste... there are few standouts, and an unusual amount of crap (As Tall As Lions, etc.)

But with that said, I'm sure you've already heard Beach House and formed an opinion of them, but they're one of my most looked-forward-to acts of the weekend.

Gotta disagree with you here, was at fest last two years and more excited/more potential conflicts with this year's lower tier than last two...my guess is when all is said and done, just like last two years...undercards will reveal an embarassment of riches.

My Thoughts on some of the acts, most based on owning their recorded work rather than having seen live.

The Avett Brothers - very mainstream sounding, upbeat Alt-country Folk with vocals vaguely reminiscent of The Band (but more generic in feel). Heard very good things about them live though.

La Roux - Another Synthy Dance popper in the early Goldfrapp/Robyn et al vein.

Dillinger Escape Plan - Really interesting metal band known for their bizarre right turns and very short tunes (almost the Minutemen of metal). Check out the song Milk Lizard off their last...possibly the best (and maybe only) use of brass in a full blown metal song I've heard in many a year.

Ra Ra Riots - Basically Vampire Weekend with the keyboards replaced by strings...not nearly as consistent as songwriters as VW, but do have a few great tracks, especially Ghost Under Rocks, and I've got to believe they'll be better than VW live (as only MGMT and Beach House amongst bands I've already seen could be worse).

Deer Tick - Nasally Alt country Folk Rock with a Lo-Fi Dylanesque feel. I like these guys overall sound quite a bit.

Baroness - Along with Dillinger, another Huge Metal band of the moment.

Saturday - Great, Great acts here at the bottom of the bill.

Girls - Feels like a cross between Aim Is True era Elvis Costello and glammier 70s acts like T-Rex. Great life story behind lead singer I encourage everyone to seek out...their 2009 release ALBUM is easily one of the year's 10 or 15 best and an absolute charmer. Unless their head to head with Frigthened Rabbits early, I won't miss.

Beach House - Have the hottest album of the moment right now critical speaking...Teen Dreams, but I caught them live earlier this year with Grizzly Bear and like their music, super low energy...could be good as an ease into the day or end of day chill set, but despite the quality of their latest release, I can't recommend them live...really boring.

White Rabbits - Skaish New York band with a few great tracks and a lively Indie sound...worth checking out if no major conflicts, not if going head to head with another band you have to see.

Corinne Bailey Rae - Front runner right now in best Soul Album of 2010 sweepstakes. Mainstream female led light R&B, but of very high quality.

Flying Lotus - As someone else said, one of the best dub/beat artists in world right now...played dome last year...but very abstract/all instrumental/sample. I gravitate more towards the full band artists as opposed to the turntable/laptop based artists...so this is probably a no for me.

Frightened Rabbit - My #1 must see on whole day for Saturday, loved their last album...Gritty Irish Folk-Rock feel with broguish lead vocalist...but some monster tunes like Modern Leper, Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms, and my Favorite Keep Yourself Warm.

Camera Obscura - Female Led Band with sunny 60s AM pop sound...fun vocals, very limited stylistically...will probably try to catch for ten-20 minutes and hope to hear French Navy or Sweetest Thing in that time span but then move on...don't feel like their worth a full set.

Sia - Haven't heard, but has great live reputation.

Ravonettes - decent sounding but ultimately very limited Shoe Gaze act...a couple awesome songs and the rest completely indistinguishable from each other...another good if you don't have anyone at same time slot you have to see, but don't worry if your heart draws you elsewhere.

John Waters - I might check out, as I edited his A&E Biography for television years back and found him to be one of the funniest men on the planet, but as with everyone, my guess this is just a monologue performance.

SUNDAY - Possibly best single day undercard of last three years...conflicts will be brutal.

Deerhunter - Way Cool rock/shoegaze/ambient act. Very eclectic collections of songs to draw from so impossible to know if set will play mellow/hard rocking etc...but band leader Branford Cox is one of the big, big dogs of the indie world, as prolific and collaborative as Jack White...this is pretty much a must see unless they end up playing later in the evening against the even bigger dogs.

Florence and the Machine - Fabulous Young British Female White Soul Singer with very eclectic range and a huge voice....kind a Kate Bush persona with an Annie Lennox Voice...I've seen others say she's not that good live, but her latest album is excellent with more than enough top flight material to make for an awesome setlist.

King Kahn and the Shrines - Potentially the Break out Act of the whole festival...delivers a super lively brand of over the top late 60s/early 70s heavy psychadelic soul. Can't imagine this set being anything other than an absolute blast...same kind of feeling I had for Sharon Jones in 2007.

Miike Snow - Really likeable young indie pop band - worth checking out.

The Big Pink - Halfway between Oasis and more Dance related UK Brethren...uneven, but imagine this set will be quite lively and they have some very good songs.

Matt & Kim - A poppier version of She & Him, and probably even more charming/fun.

Yo Lo Tengo - One of the most beloved and longest lasting indie acts of all time. Have an enormous back catalog, so impossible to know what they'll play, but I think it's safe to say they'll be a couple of cute female lead numbers and at least one barn burner Velvet Underground style guitar freakout. I won't miss them unless up against Sly or Deerhunter or King Kahn, but I've never seen before and both vocalists are very thin voiced...so it's possible they're not that great live.

Jonsi - Sigur Ros lead singer...have no Idea what to expect, but having never seen Sigur Ros, very tempted to catch this set.

insbordnat
02-03-2010, 09:13 PM
What Temper Trap song would you recommend checking out?

Check out Sweet Disposition and Science of Fear. I first heard Science of Fear from the Mistabishi remix (although this clearly is a D&B remix) which I prefer over the original. You be the judge.
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The original:
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bewaretheflu
02-03-2010, 10:46 PM
PORTUGAL. THE MAN !!!!!

check their myspace...they've had their entire cd "the satanic satanist" streaming for months now and this cd easily made them one of my favorite bands that i've heard in quite some time...

cant wait to see them live, hope they delivery live as well as they do on cd

electrocute
02-03-2010, 11:07 PM
Friday: La Roux, Yeasayer, the Cribs, Aeroplane

Saturday: edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, Portugal. The Man... need to look into more on this day, haha.

Sunday: Matt & Kim, Miike Snow, Florence & the Machine, Little Boots, Delphic

EverGreen407
02-03-2010, 11:52 PM
Hockey!!!

rasooli
02-04-2010, 12:30 AM
FRIDAY
wolfgang gartner
as tall as lions
Porcupine Tree
Flying Lotus
Bassnectar
infected mushroom

Go Raiders!!!

JelloPuddingChat
02-04-2010, 04:45 AM
I'm gonna have to say if you don't already know, to check out Frightened Rabbit for Saturday. Very passionate and just good fucking song writing and honest lyrics.

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sonofhal
02-04-2010, 07:00 AM
I find it's not that hard to actually check out the artists yourself rather than relying on other people having exactly the same taste as you (especially as nobody will have).

EddieF
02-04-2010, 07:25 AM
The Temper Trap
Tracks- Science of Fear, Down River, Sweet Disposition

Phoenix
Tracks- Sometimes In The Fall, 1901, Lisztomania

Miike Snow
Tracks- In Search Of, Animal, This Horse Is Not A Home

Delphic
Tracks- Clarion Call, Red Lights, Counterpoint

Frank Turner
Tracks- I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous, The Ballad Of Me And My Friends, Jet Lag

bernicebmh
02-04-2010, 12:24 PM
i saw deer tick last summer in toronto and they totally killed it.
was a wild, great show. Jack Daniels being passed around, stagediving, crowd-wide singalongs, it was great. how they'll translate from dingy bar to field in the day i can't tell, but they played a terrific set.
Also, Hockey were great at bonnaroo last year.

FoxeyLady
02-04-2010, 12:25 PM
Zoe - awesome psychedelic/alternative Mexican rock band.

fiopadp7791
02-04-2010, 05:43 PM
I really like Whitest Boy Alive... It's pop rock mixed with funky/soul-filled riffs.

drummer333
02-04-2010, 10:20 PM
local natives. their live shows are very good.

rickym1978
02-05-2010, 02:08 AM
I have been watching all the youtube videos for the bands and I am interested in seeing she&him and also POS

icarus
02-05-2010, 12:35 PM
I'm really digging Baroness right now, very similar to Mastodon in my opinion.

Scary Larry
02-05-2010, 12:48 PM
Deerhunter, King Khan and The Shrines, Beach House, Florence and The Machine. Yes in that order. I am huge fan of Deerhunter (Bradford Cox is the man) and King Khan and The Shrines in particular.

cuauhtemoc723
02-05-2010, 02:33 PM
in my humble opinion...

friday
•calle 13: latin band. they're categorized as "reggeaton," but they have an 11 piece band. they're music is more latin than merely reggeaton, they're hip-hop, rock and even some beautiful ballads. i was apprehensive to see them live. they were in between acts i wanted to see. they we pretty damn awesome live. the singer is lively as fuck. his little sister as an impressive backup vocalist and his half-brother is a great multi-instrumentalist (think johnny greenwood to radiohead). granted, he flows in spanish, but he's a lyrical genius. if you don't mind not understanding 99% of what you're watching, i'd say at least walk by their set and maybe the vibe will draw you in. next to grave jones and vampire weekend, they are the highlight for this day.
•the whitest boy alive (so simple, so catchy!).
•céu (my husband likes this brazilian singer. i'd check it out).

saturday
•john waters (legendary!).
•sia (said to have a pretty good live show. listen to "breathe me," so nice).
•mew (they're so complex, but i'm looking forward to their music being translated live. listen to "introducing palace players" the syncopation is pretty nice and "repeaterbeater," good little short song).
•aterciopelados (latin alternative band from colombia. they have seven albums, but they have an energetic live reputation [if they don't do their sleepy ambient stuff]).

sunday
•talvin singh (british/indian tabla player and dj. if he has a live band, it'll be pretty awesome. he's an asian underground (southeaster asia) pioneer. this is a genre influenced by western underground dance and traditional indian music).
•babasónicos (beloved argentinian rockers. they've been around since '91 and have nine albums out. i'd check them out for the same reasons i'm checking out yo la tengo and sunny day real state).

in hindsight, i can tell this is a latin/world perspective of who to check out, but i hadn't noticed anytime speak of these artists.

have a great weekend! :)

rdunsmoor
04-12-2012, 02:33 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, garage rock band from LA. The song "Love Me, Kill Me" picked by Little Steven VanZant as the "Coolest song in the world March 4th, 2012" plays on his XM 21 station. Gobi stage 11:40AM Saturdays... they do not sound like anyone else...

http://www.kisskissbangbangmusic.com/

philabuster
04-12-2012, 03:10 PM
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, garage rock band from LA. The song "Love Me, Kill Me" picked by Little Steven VanZant as the "Coolest song in the world March 4th, 2012" plays on his XM 21 station. Gobi stage 11:40AM Saturdays... they do not sound like anyone else...

http://www.kisskissbangbangmusic.com/

Kill this thread now! You restarted a thread on 2010 bands to mention a band whose website declares them to be fucking models and hairstylists! Unless you're blowing the lead singer I cannot figure out what possessed you to do this.

rdunsmoor
04-12-2012, 03:41 PM
Thanks Philabuttster.... from dah Bay Area... You dont like garage rock, I get it. Little Steven does!

Still relevant info.