Coachella – Saturday Run Down Pt II

Here’s the bottom half of the Saturday line up – one of the better bottom halves of any Coachella line up ever presented.  Man, there’s just too much good music Saturday – good luck deciding where to go kids.

Flying Lotus

From: Winnetka, California
Genre: Sci-fi Electronic / Experimental
Noteworthy Mix: Essential Mix 11.29.2008
About: Did you know Flying Lotus is the great nephew of Alice Coltrane, who’s husband was none other than John Coltrane?  So to say that FlyLo has music in his blood is really putting it literally.   He originally started getting noticed when Adult Swim started using his music as their “bumper music” that would air in between episodes.  Since then his career has sky rocketed where he is equally loved by critics and fans.  His live shows display his ability to experiment with new sounds.  His 2010 Coachella performance is regarded as one of Coachella’s finest moments.  FlyLo will premiere his new album at this years festival, so get ready for a new experience.  This is hands down a MUST SEE act of 2011.

Manchester Orchestra

From: Atlanta, Georgia
Genre: Alternative Rock / Indie Rock
Noteworthy Album: Simple Math (2011)
About: What is it about indie bands from Atlanta?  It’s all the same story – they feel alienated by their conservative surrounding, they don’t connect with the people around them, they find an artistic outlet and eventually create some of the most unique music America has to offer.  Manchester Orchestra, named after Manchester Englands and it’s rich musical history, creates music that lets you escape in your surroundings and dive into an intense and thought provoking musical landscape.  This is a MUST SEE act.

Kasabian

From:  Leicestershire, England
Genre: Rock & Roll / Psych Rock
Noteworthy Album: Velociraptor! (2011)
About: Here’s another one of those bands who are HUGE in England, but can’t seem to make it here in The States.  They’ve won all kinds of awards out there, their albums are all over the charts and their live shows are adored by their fans.  Let’s give them a warm welcome here Stateside at Coachella.  MUST SEE act.

AWOLNATION

From: Los Angeles, California
Genre: Electro Rock
Noteworthy Album: Megalithic Symphony (2011)
About: The band stated when lead singer and songwriter, Aaron Bruno, got approached by Red Bull records to use their space for recording, for free.  Because Bruno isn’t an idiot, he accepted and continues to use the space to record and write music for the band.  Their live shows have been positively reviewed.  Check out their first single form their 2011 release Megalithic Symphony, entitled “Sail” above.

Azealia Banks

From: Harlem, New York
Genre: Hip-Hop
Noteworthy Release: “212” Single
About: With only a hand full of singles to her name, Azealia Banks is probably the highest billed artist, with out a release, in Coachella’s history.  She fuzes modern electronica and raunchy  Hip Hop lyrics to create a sound that is uniquely her own.  All of her releases are steller, but her newest release, “NEEDSUMLUV (SXLND)”, which features an Aaliyah sample, is an indication that this rising Hip Hop queen isn’t just a flavor of the month.  With only a few live shows under her belt, I would opt to skip this show…especially since you know it’s going to be impossible to get into whatever tent they throw her in.

Squeeze

Genre:  Post Punk / New Wave / Power Pop
From: London, England
Noteworthy Album: Argybargy (1980)
About:  Squeeze are a British band that came to prominence in the United Kingdom during the New Wave period of the late 1970s, and continued recording successfully in the 1980s and 1990s. They are known in the UK for their hit songs “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction”, “Tempted”, “Labelled With Love”, “Black Coffee In Bed”, “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)”, and “Hourglass”. Though not quite as commercially successful in the U.S., “Tempted”, “Hourglass” and “853-5937” were all American chart hits for Squeeze, and the band have a dedicated following there and continue to attract new fans.

A$AP Rocky

From: Harlem, New York
Genre:
Hip-Hop
Noteworthy Album: LiveLoveA$AP
About: A$AP Rocky recently got a 3 million dollar advance from Sony/RCA, with out even having an album out.  The last time we saw something like that, was with Drake, and we all know what happened after that.  The A$AP crew are ready to take over our stereo’s, with blunted beats, Bone Thug esque flows, drugged out concepts and friendly songs about partying, girls and hanging with their friends – it kinda reminds me of old school Dre in that sense.  I love A$AP’s mixtape “LiveLoveA$AP”, but I’m not convinced it will transfer live – they’re just so young and unrehearsed and….high.  But I guess that’s why Coachella is the place artists either make or break themselves.  Let’s hope we don’t get another OFWGKTA performance….man, that was whack.  Expect the whole A$AP crew to show up too – this could be a fun introduction to what I believe is the next great Hip Hop group.

Buzzcocks

From: Bolton, England
Genre: Punk Rock / New Wave
Noteworthy Album: Love Bites (1978)
About: The Buzzcocks were a very influential band in the Manchester music scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  The band broke up in the 80’s so Pete Shelly, the lead singer, could pursue a solo career.  They reunited in the late 80’s and have been at it ever sense.  An interesting fact: The Buzzcocks’ name was combined with the title of the Sex Pistols’ album Never Mind the Bollocks to create the title of the long-running UK comedy panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Diggle claimed in his autobiography that he and Shelley had only granted the BBC use of their name under the impression that it would be a one-off, probably unsuccessful pilot, and that they are now mildly disgruntled that the name is more readily associated in Britain with the TV series than with their band.  Shelley himself appeared on the programme in 2000, where host Mark Lamarr introduced Shelley by saying that without Buzzcocks “there’d be no Smiths or Radiohead, and this show would be called Never Mind Joan Armatrading!”

Kaiser Chiefs

From: Leeds England
Genre: Indie Rock / Post Punk
Noteworthy Album: Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007)
About: Here’s ANOTHER band who’s UK success supremely outweighs their American success.  Their album Yours Truly, Angry Mob, went Double Platinum and made them into one of the UK’s most successful modern bands.  They recently went on a 3 year hiatus and returned in 2011 with a very interesting release entitled The Future Is Medieval.  The album’s promotion is unique in that it gave fans the opportunity to create their own version of the record by choosing their favourite 10 tracks from the selection of 20 on offer, as well as being able to customise their own artwork. Fans are also able to share their version of the record with other people, once it has been created, earning them £1 each time it’s purchased by someone else.  Pretty cool huh?

Destroyer

From: Vancouver, B.C.
Genre: Indie / Chamber Pop / European Blues
Noteworthy Album: Kaputt (2011)
About: Destroyer is more or less the genius of Dan Bejar, who calls his music “European Blues”.  In 2011 he released Kaputt, which was actually Bejar’s 9th studio release under the Destroyer name, but was many peoples first introduction (myself included) to the band.  Because the band has had a constant shuffle of musicians over the years, some consider Destroyer a solo project, but Bejar insists that Destroyer is a band with full contributions from his colaberators.  Regardless, with releases like Kaputt, Bejar has put together one of the most delightful casts of musicians in recent years.  This is a MUST SEE band at Coachella.

The Head & The Heart

From: Seattle, Washington
Genre: Folk / Indie
Noteworthy Album: The Head & The Heart (2011)
About: Watch out Mumford and Sons…there’s a new act in town, THE HEAD & THE HEART.  Not only is this music timeless, but their story is about as American as it gets.  The record was originally made in 2009, a time when the band distributed their self titled album by hand on the streets, by sending it every Seattle radiostation imaginable, by selling it at local record stores and by selling it at their ever increasingly attended concerts.  Low and behold, they sold 10,000 records using this DIY model and today you can find The Head & The Heart’s delicious vocal harmonies on tour with My Morning Jacket, Iron & Wine, Dr. Dog, The Walkmen, The Decemberist, blah blah blah…but they would have never gotten to where they are today with out “Down In The Vally, the bands best song, hands down.

Laura Marling

From:  Eversley, Englan
Genre: Contemporary Folk / Folk Rock
Noteworthy Release: A Creature I Don’t Know (2011)
About: Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.  Marling is deep inside the English folk scene…Previously, Marling was in a relationship with Marcus Mumford; they broke up around Christmas 2010, but are reportedly still friends.  Her live shows sell out all across the world…why she isn’t billed higher is beyond me.  This is a MUST SEE act of Coachella 2011.

tUnE-yArDs

From: New England / Oakland, California
Genre: Afro-beat / Experimental / R&B?
Noteworthy Album: w h o k i l l (2011)
About: The brainchild of Merrill Garbus, tUnE-yArDs began life as dictaphone recordings which were then painstakingly mixed down on GarageBand to create the opening gambit, her debut album BiRd-BrAiNs. The band was soon signed to 4AD, which more or less means that the band is awesome. The album was a treasure to some, that secret find you always hope to come across every year.  Needless to say, by the time 2011 rolled around, there was some anticipation for their new release.  I don’t think tUnE-yArDs disappointed anyone with their sophomore follow up, in fact, I think they thrilled everyone who got their hands on it.  The album found its way onto more Year End Best Of lists than I could name and their live show was stunning people across the states.   This is a MUST SEE act.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

From: Waitsfield, Vermont
Genre: Rock & Roll / Blues Folk / Jam
Noteworthy Album: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (2010)
About: If this were Wakarusa or Bonnaroo or really any other festival in the U.S., you would see Grace Potters name screaming at the top of the bill.  Why?  Well because her blend of beauty, soul, rock sensibility, real life lyrics and her full on empowered nature, make people like Lana Del Ray look like a barbie doll.  Her music is classic sounding – imagine Janis Joplin, Etta James or Aretha fronting a modern rock band.  Dont not miss Grace take over Coachella…she is a MUST SEE.

The Black Lips

From: Atlanta, Georgia
Genre: Psych Punk
Noteworthy Album: Arabia Mountain (2011)
About:  The Black Lips have come a long way since they were just young pups emerging on the punk rock scene 7 or 8 years ago.  Their most recent release, Arabia Mountain, is their most musically complete work to date but no amount of professionalism will ever take away from the raucous live experience, the drugged up mosh pits and frenzied sing a longs that careers began with.  Expect puking, guitar smashing and stage diving.  Another MUST SEE act.

Childish Gambino

From: California
Genre: Hip-Hop
Noteworthy Album: Camp (2011)
About:  When he’s not busy writing for television (The Daily Show), performing with his sketch group Derrick Comedy or acting on the NBC comedy Community, Donald Glover somehow finds the time to make beats and rap as his alter ego, Childish Gambino. Starting as a pragmatic solution to finding someone to rhyme over the beats he had been making in his spare time, the project began to take on a life of its own. In 2008, Glover released his first record as Childish Gambino, Sick Boi, and followed it up the next year with Poindexter. In 2010 he released two mix tapes, I Am Just A Rapper and I Am Just a Rapper 2, which found him rapping over indie rock gems like Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars” and Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks.”  In 2011 he released Camp, which reached #2 on the Billboard Charts.  His live shows have been getting A LOT of press – expect a full live band, a professional front man and great banter in between.  If you’re lookin’ for a good Hip Hop act, skip Miss Banks and A$AP and go with a pro. Another MUST SEE...I told you, Saturday is always so hard.

The Vaccines

From: London, England
Genre: Post Punk / Indie Rock
Noteworthy Album:  What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? (2011)
About: The Vaccines are an English indie rock band who formed in West London in 2010. The band’s debut album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, was released through Columbia Records on 14 March 2011 and reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart before going on to become the biggest selling debut by a band that year.  They have drawn comparisons to The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strokes and Ramones. The band, however, describe their influences as “’50s rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s garage and girl groups, ’70s punk, ’80s American hardcore, C86 and good pop music”. They have toured extensively and opened up for the likes of The Walkmen, Arcade Fireand Arctic Monkeys.

Zeds Dead

From: Toronto, Canada
Genre: Dub Step / Bro Step
Noteworthy Mix: Ruckus The Jam (2011)
About: DC and Hooks are Zeds Dead. They first hooked up in 2004 and formed Mass Productions. Influenced by the digging in the crates sampling school of hip hop, Mass Productions released one independent album in the summer of 2007 entitled Fresh Beetz. It was their first and only release. In the summer of 2009, the two launched their second collaboration – Zeds Dead – turning up the bpm and aiming the bass-lines at the dance-floor. Soon after Zeds Dead (alongside the Killabits) founded a weekly party in Toronto called BassMentality. Guests have included Nero, Skrillex, Netsky, Mary Anne Hobbs, 12th Planet, Borgore, Plastician, and many more.

Grouplove

From: Los Angeles, California
Genre: Indie Rock / Indie Pop
Noteworthy Album: Never Trust A Happy Song (2011)
About:  Grouplove began when Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi forged a friendship with the other three members while attending an artists’ residency on the island of Crete.  Before returning to their homelands, they began planning to meet again and put some of the music they had been working on to tape. When back in the United States, they recorded this material at drummer Ryan Rabin’s home studio. As a result, their first EP was released in 2010. In 2011 they released Never Trust A Happy Song to mild critical reviews but climbed all the way to #21 on the charts. The band has since been touring the U.S. as the opening act for Florence and the Machine and has several tour dates in the United Kingdom. The bands new single Colors is taking over radio waves recently and will make this band a must see amongst many Coachella goers…but not me.

Jacques Lu Cont

From: North Yorkshire, England
Genre: French House / Electronic
Noteworthy Mix:
Fabric Live .09 
About:
Jacques Lu Cont is a three time Grammy-winning British electronic musician, songwriter, and record producer whose remixing and production skills are in demand by artists including New Order, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Missy Elliott,Scissor Sisters, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, Brandon Flowers, Gwen Stefani, Seal, Keane, Frankmusik and Hard-Fi. His acts include British electronic pop/rock band Zoot Woman (with Adam Blake and Johnny Blake), Les Rythmes DigitalesPaper FacesMan With GuitarThin White Duke, and the parodic French moniker Jacques Lu Cont, though he actually grew up in Reading, England.  This is gonna be a fun electronic show…if you’re in a groovy dance mood, check him out.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

From: Edinburgh, Scotland
Genre: Indie Rock
Noteworthy Album: In The Pit Of The Stomach (2011)
About:  The bands first acheivement was that they won their schools Battle Of The Bands.  Today, they’re playing Coachella.

“There was a time when we first moved to Glasgow (we grew up and went to school in Edinburgh, then three of us moved to Glasgow and one of us to Stirling) and started playing proper gigs in proper venues. Playing in Edinburgh before was weird as we were underage, so ended up playing some odd nights. Which was cool, but when we moved to Glasgow we were of drinking age and we started playing places like Sleazy’s and whatnot. We felt like a proper band.”

Seriously one of the best voices at the festival. Of all the young Indie bands on the bill, this one appeals to me the most, making them MUST SEE act.

Gary Clark Jr.

From: Austin, Texas
Genre: BLUES / Heavy Soul / Rock & Fuckin’ Roll
Noteworthy Album: The Bright Light EP (2011)
About: Gary Clark Jr. is royalty in Austin Texas, and for GOOD reason.  Imagine the best of Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys & Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have Gary Clark Jr.  He’s one of the most promising musicians on the market right now.  If The Black Keys had to drop out last minute and Coachella was looking for a headliner to replace them, they should look no further than Gary Clark Jr.  After about 2 songs, not only would the audience no give a shit, but they would be rockin’ out just as hard (if not harder) than they would at a Keys show.  MUST SEE MUST SEE MUST SEE!!!!

Borgore

From: Tel Aviv, Israel
Genre: Heavy Dub Step / Headache
Noteworthy Mix: The Filthist Hits…So Far (2011)
About: Asaf Borger, known professionally as Borgore, is an Israeli dubstep producer and disc jockey (DJ). He is the founder of Buygore Records and former drummer of Israeli death metal band Shabira. Self-described as “Gorestep”, his music incorporates triplet drum patterns with heavy metal influences.

Dragonette

From: Toronto, Canada
Genre: Electro-Pop
Noteworthy Album: Fixin’ To Thrill (2009)
About:  Dragonette is a Canadian electropop group active since 2005.  Dragonette consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz (also in The New Deal) and drummer Joel Stouffer. Dragonette released a self-titled EP before being signed to Mercury Records and relocating to London, where they recorded and released their debut album Galore to moderate critical appreciation. A second studio album, Fixin to Thrill, was released in 2009.  Their live shows have been selling out all over Canada.  Could be fun…if you’re like 18 and a chick.

We Are Augustines

From: Brooklyn, NY
Genre: Alternative Rock / Indie Rock
Noteworthy Album: Rise Ye Sunken Ships (2011)
About: Emotionally charged, stadium-ready indie rock outfit We Are Augustines was formed in 2009 by Billy McCarthy, Eric Sanderson, and Rob Allen after the dissolution of the similarly themed Pela. After Pela’s breakup, McCarthy and Sanderson decided to pursue the batch of songs that were intended to appear on the ousted group’s sophomore outing, and put them toward a new project. The resulting Rise Ye Sunken Ships, which tows the line between the spirited expansiveness of early U2, the lit-heavy heartache of theHold Steady, and the introspective alt-rock of The National, arrived on August 28, 2011.  Lookin’ for that bottom tier band that is gonna be big someday? Well, here ya go.

Mt. Eden

From: Auckland, New Zealand
Genre: DubStep / Electronic
Noteworthy Mix: MEDS EP (2011)
About: 
Ditching the Dubstep from their name hasn’t affected the juggernaut progress of Auckland production duo Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner as they put themselves firmly on the map – 80 million youtube plays and counting, world tours, major hook-ups and an album release looming. They are taking it all in their stride as they ascend towards the pinnacle of international success. Out of their teenage bedrooms, Mt Eden are now working with some of the biggest artists and producers in the game. Expect them to fire up their trademark extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops as Mt Eden take crowds to the peak and tip them over the edge again and again.  Of all the dubby crap out there, these guys seem like they would be pretty cool to see.

Destructo

From: L.A., California
Genre: Electronic / Metal Dub
Noteworthy Mix: Soundcloud Page
About: 
Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo’s own impeccable DJ sets.

Suedehead

From: Birmingham, England
Genre: Indie Rock / Post Punk / Rock Pop
Noteworthy Album:  The Constant EP (2011)
About:  

“I like punk rock but it can become pretty limiting,” Warsop explains. “I wanted to do something musically, that had a bit more class I suppose. I would rather Suedehead get people dancing than moshing. Our music is positive, our message is positive. That’s not to say my lyrics are always happy. I try and write about real shit in my life and my surroundings.”

I’ve been spinning their EP all day – it’s really really good.  It’s smart, it’s soulful, it rocks, it’s PERFECT for the Coachella sun.  This is a MUST SEE band.

Keep Shelly In Athens

From: Athens, Georgia
Genre: Indie / Dream Pop / Rainbow Pop
Noteworthy Album:
Just Check Out Their Sound Cloud Page…it’s full of goods.
About:  The swirling ambient sound of Keep Shelley in Athens (KSiA) captures that serene feeling you get on a gloomy, rainy day as your car glides over the slick city streets. With airy beats that are repetitive, but never trance-like, KSiA is an accessible and lighthearted entry into the world of down-tempo electronica. As enigmatic as they are talented, Keep Shelley in Athens is a Greek based duo signed to Forest Family Records. Fearing the trend of bands coasting more on their own hype than their actual talent, KSiA keep their cards close to their chest, focusing on their music, not their image. If their sold-out 2010 EP is any indication, it’s a more than fair trade-off. An early day MUST SEE.