5 New Bands To Catch At 2013 Coachella Festival

17 April 2013

Like us you will have gawped in awe at the likes of Tallulah Willis, Ireland Baldwin and Grimmy shaking their thangs in the baking hot California sun at Coachella. Not only is the festival a feeding frenzy for seasoned celeb watchers, it’s great for scoping out the newer bands who will be making a name for themselves in the upcoming year.

  1. DIIV

Sound: Ethereal guitar noise.

Style: Over sized shirts, art-student chic.

Although we might scream if we read another article about ‘the shoegaze revival’ (sorry ‘nu gaze’), DIIV’s debut album Oshin is the real deal, an work of grandeur and grace that makes us want to get our D.M’s scuffed up in a darkened club (this is a good thing, btw).

   2. Earl Sweatshirt

Sound: Old skool hip hop.

Style: Nerd hip hop.

Swiftly becoming our favourite member of Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt may lack the aggression of band mate Tyler, The Creator (but not the x-ratedness) instead his flow is more laid back and cerebral.

  3. Guards

Sound:  Wall Of Sound meets 1984.

Style: Iggy Pop wannabes.

Take two members of 60s revivalists, Cults, with a taste for all things Arcade Fire-like and epic and what do you have? A sound that makes us think of early Killers (but cleverer) and The Flaming Lips (without the all too knowing kookiness). Excellent work all round.

  4. TNGHT

Sound: Left field, hip-hop channelling dance.

Style:  The coolest guys in the room.

When Hudson Mohawke teamed up with Lunice for this vowel-hating collaboration we couldn't imagine what it would sound like. But the utterly thrilling, head spinning results suggest a 3 am rave in a chemistry lab. Nice.

  5. Wild Belle

Sound: Dub revivalists.

Style:  Nashville meets high fashion.

With a sound that resembles Santogold's first album, Wild Belle siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman take the Afrobeat influence that was big a couple of years ago and pushes it forward in several fun new directions.  Also they’re not afraid of the occasional unironic sax solo.

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