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Top 7 Music Acts to Catch at the 2013 Coachella Music Festival

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

Coachella 2013 lineup announced

Coachella 2013 Lineup Official Poster
The much-awaited official lineup of performers for the 2013 Coachella Music Festival was announced last January 23, 2013 featuring this year’s headliners, The Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, and Blur, alongside music heavyweights including the likes of Lou Reed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Sigur Ros.  Not to mention, a mirage of newcomers, such as Alt-J and DIIV, will come to life as the sun heats up the Coachella Valley desert in Indio, California this coming April.

Graced by a plethora of music acts to fill the air with enough steam boosting our excitement, music fans and festival goers would find it difficult to choose which performers to catch. This article includes top seven picks to start you off with your festival itinerary.

Metric

Friday, April 12 & 19

Canadian indie darlings, Metric, has endeared at least 500,000 people across the globe with their self-produced album, Fantasies, which has also won the hearts of critics, earning for them an “Album of the Year” and “Band of the Year” wins from the Canadian Juno Awards, and not to mention, Grammy and Academy Award nominations.

Their fifth studio album, Synthetica, released in 2012, is the electronic pop equivalent of your favorite things. If you find yourself jumping and grooving on top of your bed with tunes like “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls”, the Coachella 2013 is your chance to rub sweaty elbows with kindred spirits, hearts keep beating like a hammer in sync. This would be their third time rocking the valley.

Here is Metric performing "Gold Guns Girls" for a bouncing audience at the Radio City Music Hall.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Friday, April 12 & 19

Nothing captures the New Yorker slang better than the post-punk trio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, led by female iconoclast, Karen O. Their appearance at this year’s Coachella Music Festival coincides with the release of their latest studio album, Mosquito, on April 16.

Karen O’s naturally edgy stage presence easily makes Lady Gaga an unflattering effigy.

Watch their over-the-top performance drive the crowd insane at the 2006 Reading Festival with a stirring medley of "Pin", "Gold Lion", and the old time favorite, "Maps".

Modest Mouse

Friday, April 12 & 19

Modest Mouse was there when the Coachella Festival began making music history in 1999 and they are here again to treat an audience of half-naked children of the sun with their blasting, experimental, indie folk music.

Something about the hiatuses in between their album releases make the fans long for the nostalgia of “Gravity Rides Everything”, and at the same time, crave for something new like “Heart of Mine” and “Ansel”. The good news is that the lads are now working on new material but we have yet to find a release date as of this writing. No complaints though. What these geniuses already did to the world is more than enough to be thankful for, and besides, they still play awesome shows!

This here is the band playing "Gravity Rides Everything" at the Outside Lands.

Foals

Saturday, April 13 & 20

Foals follow up Coachella gig is as anticipated as its 2011 set. Much has changed about the Oxford math rocker’s sound since their single, “Spanish Sahara” off the album Total Life Forever garnered raves from critics and audiences in the US, UK and across Europe.

Last year’s release of their third studio album, Holy Fire, is a testament to the band’s range. Expect to hear some new interesting tracks from the new album that features the lead single “Inhaler” and another critic favorite, “My Number” at their return to Coachella.

Hear the crowd singing, clapping, and basically, going wild at the 2010 Reading Festival during Foal's live performance of "Spanish Sahara".

Cloud Nothings

Sunday, April 14 & 21

The Cloud Nothings started off as a one-man internet swooner manufacturing music down in a basement somewhere in Westlake, Ohio. Compelled by the overwhelming reception of his fake band, Dylan Baldi recruited guitarist Joe Boyer, bassist TJ Duke, and drummer Jayson Gerycz to perform live, and subsequently dropped out of college to make beautiful noise rock, melodic lo-fi tunes that immediately caught the attention of indie tastemakers, Pitchfork and NME.

Attack on Memory is the band’s third album released in 2012 and was hailed by Pitchfork as that year’s “Best New Music”.

As a Coachella first-timer, we could only expect the same frenetic crowd seen during their set at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival.

The Gaslight Anthem

Sunday, April 14 & 21

Like Metric, Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Foals, The Gaslight Anthem is no longer a stranger to the Coachella. This New Jersey heartland rock quartet first took the festival’s Outdoor Theatre by storm in 2009. But armed with new album, Handwritten, released in 2012, their second appearance slates the band one notch up the official 2013 Coachella poster alongside Grimes, and veteran Dinosaur Jr.

Since its debut album, Sink or Swim, was released in May 2007, the band has never stopped churning out working class anthems of the Bruce Springsteen tradition, and lending the same laidback passion to their tributes to classics such as The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and Pearl Jam’s “State of Love and Trust”.

Here is The Gaslight Anthem's full set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening the show with crowd pleaser âÿFDÿFDGreat ExpectationsâÿFDÿFD, and ending the encore with a likewise crowd pleaser rendition of "Baba O'Rileyâ".

Dinosaur Jr.

Sunday, April 14 & 21

Quintessential 90s alternative band, Dinosaur Jr., surprised us with its 2005 comeback and has been surprising us with awesome shows and new material ever since. And speaking of surprises, you should know that this year is the band’s first ever Coachella gig.

Their new album, I Bet on Sky, was released last September 2012, and they have been constantly on tour since then. Catch them at Coachella 2013 to see a bunch of old people rocking the exact same way they did a couple of decades ago.

Here is the Dinosaur Jr. classic cover of classic band The Cure's classic song "Just Like Heaven" live in Germany in 1997.

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Comments

Mar 8, 2013 10:49am
rxking_98
Great Article !
i am not to sure about Phoenix head lining night 2 Great band but i don't think they have what it takes to head line a festival like Coachella. i wished they would of switched the red hot chilli peppers to head line night 2 and had Wu tang clan head line night 3 and close it out with a ODB Hologram that would sweet..
Mar 12, 2013 11:26pm
hanijulien
Glad you like it. Thank you.

I was wondering about another hologram performance this year, too. That would be really awesome.
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