Let me say it flat out: I know almost nothing about any non-classical music. I can analyze leitmotifs in Wagnerian opera, compose a fugue using 18th century counterpoint, and sing the hell out of the alto line in the Carmina Burana, but I thought Led Zeppelin was another name for the Hindenburg until last November.
I also thought Janis Joplin was a black guy.
I realized soon after these (and other) mortifying misconceptions were corrected that I had been musically deprived for far too long. Luckily, I married an excellent guitar player last year, and we're trying to make up for lost time. When the Coachella lineup came out I had only heard of three or four acts (by this point I had figured out that John Paul Jones was not, in fact, a historical figure from the Revolutionary War). I'm making good headway, but I'm going to have a hard time getting anything resembling a full grasp of these artists before April, especially the not-so-famous ones. Maybe some of you kind folks can help me.
I already have a few acts that I'm really interested in: Them Crooked Vultures, The Dead Weather, Sly Stone, Jonsi, Fever Ray, Faith No More, Phoenix, Gorillaz, and probably Les Claypool and Muse. Virtuosic instrumentalists are always good, but I get bored when things get too masturbatory. I tend to prefer live music over DJs and/or overly electronic music (but I'm trying to be open to anything) and I have a soft spot for captivating female singers. I'll probably see She & Him because M. Ward is a genius and Zooey Deschanel can stay (mostly) on pitch ever since she hooked up with him. Charlotte Gainsbourg is a little wispy for my taste but I might end up checking her out.
I know the best thing to do is listen to as much as I can. I'd be immensely grateful to anyone who can give me some suggestions so I don't waste my time listening to crap (Jay-Z, Tiesto, Vampire Weekend, and Gossip for example).
Look forward to any insight!