Coachella 2014 Lineup: The Must-See Bands

If you’re planning to drain your wallet, dollop on the sunblock, and head to the desert for three days of rocking your butt off, here are the bands and singers that should be on your itinerary.

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The lineup for Coachella 2014 was announced on Wednesday and tickets went on sale today. If you’re planning to drain your wallet, dollop on the sunblock, and head to the desert for three days of rocking your butt off, here are the bands and singers that should be on your itinerary.

Friday

  • Dum Dum Girls – The noirish Los Angeles-based rock band fronted by Dee Dee Penny will release its third studio album, Too True, on January 28.
  • Woodkid – French music video director and artist Yoann Lemoine will bring his dramatic sound and stage presence to Empire Polo field.
  • Jagwar Ma – The psychedelic dance trio from Australia released their first album, Howlin, last year.
  • Aloe Blacc – The buzzed about Orange County-based soul artist had a big hit this year with “Wake Me Up.”
  • Flume – Electronic instrumentalist Harley Streten offers melodic sounds for the masses
  • The Cult – Formed in 1983, the British rockers are best known for the song “She Sells Sanctuary.”
  • Bryan Ferry – At age 68 the Roxy Music frontman still has a flair for new wave.
  • Haim – The local trio, comprised of three sisters who once played in the family band with their parents, made big waves in 2013 with the release of their first album Days Are Gone.
  • Chromeo – Expect this electro funk duo to move the crowd.
  • The Knife – The brother and sister Swedish synth pop duo lays down the grooves.
  • The Replacements – All hail the founders of alternative rock.
  • Outkast – The much anticipated reunion of Andre 3000 and Big Boi is the biggest highlight of this year’s festival.

Saturday

  • Blood Orange – Producer Dev Hynes’ solo project is layered in soul and funk.
  • Laura Mvula – The acclaimed British soul and jazz artist should win new fans with her smoky lullabies.
  • Foxygen – After a meltdown at SXSW last year, the band brings its sweet, psychedelic take on pop revivalism to Indio.
  • Bombay Bicycle Club – Acoustic folk rock to wind down to
  • Solange Knowles – Beyoncé’s little sister pulls her own weight as a neo soul chanteuse.
  • Chvrches – Lauren Mayberry’s airy, lilting voice works well within the Coachella confines.
  • Sleigh Bells – Expect stamping and stomping from the Brooklyn noise pop duo.
  • Nas – The East Coast rapper is expected to release his twelfth studio album some time in 2014.
  • Muse – The mega rockers from Britain should put on a great visual show.
  • Pet Shop Boys – Anyone nostalgic for ’80s electronica will get their fill during this set.
  • Lorde – The New Zealand prodigy is only 18 years old but her 2013 hit “Royals” proves she’s already in her prime.
  • Pharrell Williams – Pharrell can do no wrong. Go on, get happy with him.
  • Queens of the Stone Age – The Coachella Valley natives should be right at home with their brand of heavy rock.

Sunday 

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Enjoy a taste of New Orleans on the West Coast.
  • Poolside – “Dance daytime disco” music
  • Superchunk – Riff-heavy ’90s indie rock is back.
  • Fishbone – Give it up for the original ska, punk, and soul fusion band.
  • Beady Eye – Resurrected Oasis members still play music.
  • Little Dragon – The Swedish electronic soul fusion band reportedly gets its name from frontwoman Yukimi Nagano tantrums in the recording studio.
  • Motorhead – LEMMY!
  • Disclosure – As this British electronic pop duo, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence know how to turn a set into a dance party.
  • Lana Del Rey – Critically drubbed, critically acclaimed, and nominated for a Grammy, the smoky-voice chanteuse hopes to charm a live audience.
  • Beck – Expect new material from the musician whose last album was a book of sheet music.
  • Arcade Fire – Coming off a big year in which they released their fourth album, Reflektor, and scored the music to Spike Jonze’s movie Her, the Quebec-based band will make their fourth Coachella appearance.

 

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  1. Michael Shabun

    February 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

    This is shaping up to be one of the best lineups in years!! I put together this video of our amazing experience in 2013 to get my friends excited for what’s to come! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClXDEtTnBbI