Beyond the Headliners

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

King Khan & the Shrines: The crooner who calls himself King Khan dresses for the desert all the time, which is to say he doesn’t dress at all—save for the bone amulet around his neck and the sparkly hot pants peeking out from below his beer belly. Onstage, he shimmies and jiggles, sometimes sticking the microphone in places best described as “naughty.” If that sounds obscene, consider that Khan has a shout like Little Richard and his Shrines have studiously collected the most swaggering bits of Motown, soul and punk. In other words, a King Khan concert pays tribute to the best music made 40 years ago while mooning the inhibitions that endure. It’s a party. (SK)

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."

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