Coachella 2013: 5 Under-the-Radar Acts You Can’t Miss
At Coachella, come for the big names but show up early for the up-and-comers. Obviously it's headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Stone Roses and Blur that draw the biggest crowds, but getting to the festival during the day to catch under-the-radar acts still on their way up brings its own rewards. If nothing else, you get the right to brag that you were one of the first to see them. So instead of sleeping in this (or next) weekend, roll out of camp early and experience these 5 Under-the-Radar Acts You Can't Miss at Coachella 2013.
Chicago octet Kids These Days know how to put on a show. The band's jazz-infused mix of hip-hop and rock sounds great on tape -- their debut album, 'Traphouse Rock,' dropped last year -- but it's in the live arena that they shine, thanks to a high-energy and raucous delivery.
No, that's not a typo: In the grand tradition of Joy Orbison, Com Truise and Harrison Fjord comes the Estonian DJ (and spelling trickster) Mord Fustang, who may just be the biggest star at Coachella 2013 you've never heard of. But the that won't last long; the way both dubstep and Mord Fustang are blowing up, next time he hits the fest, he won't be playing in the middle of the afternoon.
Costa Mesa, Calif., rockers the Colourist pull off that old trick of mixing upbeat pop tunes with gloomy lyrics. "All of our songs are like that; they have darker meanings, but they're about pushing through and having happy endings," says singer Adam Castilla. The band recently wrapped up five months in the recording studio laying down their debut album, which should arrive at the end of the summer. In the meantime, that Coachella stage is calling their name.
Charleston, S.C.-based duo Shovels & Rope found their original inspiration from a tough-and-tender duet between Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello. "They locked in really well with harmonies and everything, but it doesn't have to be pretty all the time," says Michael Trent, who's joined in Cary Ann Hearst." That's a big part of our bag." With a sound that spans from raucous punk to country balladry, Shovels & Rope's debut album, 'O' Be Joyful,' will translate well on the Coachella stage.
Los Angeles duo IO Echo keep the shoegazing dream alive with their proper studio debut album, 'Ministry Of Love,' which dropped earlier this month and combines vast, woozy sounds and dynamic textures with odd instrumentation, like Japanese koto harps and Chinese violins. We're not sure if they rock the koto on stage, but they're ready to take Coachella by storm and are definitely one of our 5 Under-the-Radar Acts You Can't Miss at Coachella 2013