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10 Coachella Hidden Gems

There are 150+ musical artists performing at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival. Who has time to listen to them all?! Sadly, I do. So here are 10 Hidden Gems that are buried in the dense lineups that are worth giving a listen. I may have found your next favorite band - You’re welcome.

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1. Kungs: House - Friday, April 14th & 23rd

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Kungs has been killing it overseas last year after his debut album, Layers, produced an international number one hit “This Girl”. Where Valentin Brunel differs his colleagues is that he doesn’t fully commit to one EDM sub-genre. He’ll release a club banger then a down tempo trop house jam back-to-back and give zero F’s. He also has the pedigree to headline this festival in a year’s time. Will Kungs be the next great French DJ export? You be the judge at his set on Friday.

2. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Psych Rock - Friday, April 14th & 23rd

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Besides being the winner of the best name in the lineup (a close 2nd is awarded to Chicano Batman), the psychedelic rock band from Melbourne, Oz has been known to put on energetic shows that compliment their work ethic - they’ve released 9 full-length albums since 2012. AND King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard plan on releasing 5 studio albums this year alone. Check out their set before they lock themselves in their Aussie recording studio for the rest of 2017.

3. The Interrupters: Ska/Punk - Friday, April 14th & 23rd

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I bet you thought ska was dead - nah dood! It’s alive and well thanks to The Interrupters. Vocalist Aimee Allen met the Bivona brothers (Kevin, Jesse & Justin) while opening for Sugar Ray in 2009. From then they toured with the genre’s greats: Rancid, Reel Big Fish, The Mighty Might Bosstones, and others. Under their tutelage, The Interrupters released their ska-reestablishing album Say It Out Loud in 2016 to large fanfare. Witness the glorious future of ska on Friday.

4. Thundercat: Funk/Soul - Saturday, April 15th & 24th

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FUNK YEAH! ThunderCat has been blowing up ever since he won a Grammy with Kendrick Lamar for his work on 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. The man (his parents call him Stephen Bruner) was born practically with a bass attached to his hip and has collaboed with the best of them (Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Childish Gambino, etc.). His third album, Drunk, was released a week ago and is already considered to be the best album of the year. Catch this shooting starlet on Saturday before he leaves our stratosphere en route to stardom.

5. Banks & Steelz: Hip-Hop - Saturday, April 15th & 24th

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The hip-hop mashed with rock sound of Banks & Steelz (consisting of the lead singer of Interpol, Paul Banks, and the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, RZA) has the basic recipe for an unforgettable Coachella show: Start with Banks’ IDGAF voice and guitar riffs. Mix in RZA’s porous flows and master sound production. Stir in a mini-Wu Tang reunion (with Ghostface, Meth and other Shaolin alums that are featured on their album, Anything But Words). Set in the Indio spring heat and enjoy.

6. Four Tet: Electronica - Saturday, April 15th & 24th

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Even though this is the first time Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) is playing Coachella, he has been releasing his unique sound for decades. Early in his career, he moved away from the standard pop songwriting format and integrates every genre into his work. He’s a multi-instrumentalist that loves to improvise so no show is alike as he plays what he feels in the moment. Buckle up before you space out during this unpredictable journey on Saturday.

7. Dreamcar: New Wave - Saturday, April 15th & 24th

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The best way to get over a break up is to find someone new and that’s what the boys from No Doubt successfully did. Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young teamed up with AFI leader singer, Davey Havok, to produce an 80’s new wave sound that’s unlike their previous bands’ work. A few days ago, Dreamcar released their first single Kill for Candy. It’s a great preview of things to come. See you at their first show on Saturday.

8. Jack Garratt: Indie Pop - Sunday, April 16th & 25th

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I’m actually ashamed that I’ve never heard of Jack Garratt before this. The soulful indie-pop singer from Buckinghamshire, England has a surreal, raspy voice with an impeccable range that he loops to harmonize with himself. His only album Phase debuted last February and was an international hit - except in the US of A. Call it our inherent American ignorance, but give Jack a listen then formerly apologize when you attend his set.

9. Grace Mitchell: Alternative - Sunday, April 16th & 25th

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I’m just going to come right out with it - Lorde’s new single ‘Green Light’ was a departure from her previous work - that’s expected as she grows as an artist - and I didn’t like it. This is where Grace Mitchell comes in. The teenage wonder from Portlandia adds a fresh dash of grunge to Lorde’s dream pop. She mesmerizes as she slurs her verse lyrics then astonishes when she opens up her range when she hits the chorus. Check out her single NoLo from the 2015 EP Raceday and prepare to be wowed.

10. Jai Wolf: Electronic - Sunday, April 16th & 25th

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This little moody guy that refuses to look at the camera in almost every picture he takes is Sajeeb Saha aka Jai Wolf. This 24-year-old from Bangladesh has perfectly blended electronic and synth-pop in an emotional twister to release his six track EP titled Kindred Spirits. His inspiration for the project was when he witnessed two fans befriend each other at one of his shows. If your Coachella Sunday becomes too washed out and you need to learn how to feel again, find your way to Jai Wolf.

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