Beyond the Headliners

[Coachella 2010] Nine acts that stand out from the sweaty, dusty crowd

Yann Tiersen:This French composer first garnered American accolades for scoring Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie; his was a classical-music soundtrack that surpassed the film’s style and beauty by strides. So what’s he doing playing Coachella? A violinist and pianist since childhood, Tiersen strayed to the post-punk side of les tracks as a teenager. His composition style may be elegant (he has been compared to Frédéric Chopin), but his avant-garde edge gives him cred with the new-music crowd. (Plus, he has a knack for making songs with titles such as “Fuck Me” sound devastatingly romantic.) Playing fresh cuts from the March-released EP Palestine, think of Tiersen’s set as a cool breeze cutting through the dusty desert air. (ED)

Coachella, Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Ave. 51, Indio; April 16-18. See website for full lineup. Three-day pass, $272, plus fees.

Saturday: Mew
Ari Marcopolous
Saturday: Mew
Saturday:  The XX
Aliya Naumoff
Saturday: The XX
Sunday: King Kahn
Megan Cullen
Sunday: King Kahn
Sunday: The Big Pink
Tim Saccenti
Sunday: The Big Pink

Location Info


Empire Polo Field

81-800 Ave. 51
Indio, CA 92201

Category: Music Venues

Region: Indio

This article appeared in print as "Headliners, Schmeadliners: The Weekly scans the Coachella setlist for you and recommends these lesser-known gems."

« Previous Page