The Knux
Last year’s Remind Me in 3 Days brought a whole heap of buzz to this LA-by-the-way-of-New Orleans duo, attracting attention and generally becoming the latest hip-hop act mostly white music critics could gush over after Kanye West became too unlikable. But don’t hold that against the Knux, who are legitimately funky. (AC)

Lykke Li
As is the case with most Scandinavian waifs, you might worry that Lykke Li could faint in the desert sun. But bear in mind that her pop ditties are somehow unpretentious, thoughtful and capable of inciting entire mobs to dance. She’s used to the heat. (SK)

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Sunday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Sunday: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

My Bloody Valentine
With concerns over noise pollution, we can’t help but wonder if Kevin Shields and friends are going to be able to pull off in a festival setting their trademark live feature: volume. Their last round of live shows in the area enveloped audiences in a terrifying din, which reportedly went as high as 130 dB—that’s jet-engine loud. Despite the noise restrictions, My Bloody Valentine will still be able to remind you why a Smashing Pumpkins reunion was totally not necessary. (VC)

Night Marchers
We’ve never seen fans as devoted as John Reis’ fans. From his days in Drive By Jehu—the Californian Fugazi, if you will—to Rocket From the Crypt and Hot Snakes, Reis (better known as Speedo by his devotees) describes his present-day project, the Night Marchers, as an amalgamation of every band he’s been in. We just like to think of it as the talent of his greatest hits rolled into brand-new material. (VC)

No Age
Some fans will try to tell you that No Age’s strength lies in catchy tunes hidden beneath guitar fuzz and vocals that sound like they’re shouted out of car windows. We’d argue that these LA punks exist for moments and the feelings they produce, from the delirium of a noisy breakdown to the joy of cartwheeling off an amp. (SK)

Okkervil River
Austin, Texas, boasts that it is “The Live Music Capital of the World,” so it better be producing some good bands. Okkervil River’s most recent releases (The Stage Names and The Stand Ins) help lend credibility to that moniker: The quasi-double album (strongly linked thematically, but they were released a year apart) ponders celebrity culture. (AC)

Peter Bjorn and John
These Swedish rockers broke onto the scene with that one song in which they all whistle. “Young Folks” was even sampled by Kanye West on his Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape. Now these Stockholm natives have grown up and produced a whole new album, Living Thing (Almost Gold), which features absolutely no whistling whatsoever. But Rolling Stone gave it four stars, so they’ve got that going for them. (AP)

Paul Weller
It’s a shame that Paul Weller’s single name can sell out amphitheaters and fill fields with sweaty, gross festivalgoers, while the combination of Bruce Foxton’s and Rick Buckler’s couldn’t even sell out the Glass House. Sad face. (VC)

Public Enemy
It’s a sad, sad day when Public Enemy’s name is in even smaller point size than Peter Bjorn and John’s on a festival lineup. Sure, it’s also sad that a founding member of a rap group that once got away with lyrics that referred to Independence Day as “Hitler Day” has been whoring himself as the town jackass all over VH1, but just know that it’s all a distraction so Chuck D could subliminally fill your mind with his knowledge. All KRS-One ever needed, after all, was a Flavor Flaaaaaaaav. (VC)

Sebastien Tellier
You probably guessed from his name that he’s French, but that didn’t stop him from heavily promoting his latest album, Sexuality (produced by the equally French Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk), at American Apparel, which had an exclusive three-month prerelease of the record. Sebastien Tellier: sweatshop-free! (AC)

Every year at Coachella, there are a few musty classic-alternative bands hanging around. Like X! The Los Angeles punk band, best-known for their album Los Angeles, featuring their biggest hit, “Los Angeles” (hmm, possible trend?), have mostly stuck together after 30-plus years and several hiatuses and breakups. They’re now working on their first studio album since 1993. (AC)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Surely worth it just to see what type of fabulously weird outfit Karen O has planned. That, and their latest (It’s Blitz!) is chockablock with of tracks that seem like they would come across fairly mind-blowing live. (AC)


Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Ave. 51, Indio; April 17-19. Check website for set times and ticket pricing.

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