This is THE stage to be at during Coachella 2014—it's the kickoff of OutKast's reunion tour! After no new music together since 2006, the headliners will come together for a historic moment to delight with tracks from stone-cold classic albums: Stankonia, ATLiens... hell, everything they did was classic. We're
also holding out for maybe—just maybe—one new song from the ATL duo.
With a mysterious voice, sound and name, savvy Coachella-goers will get a reading on the alt-R&B singer in real life. With two EPs full of dark, addictive tracks, look out for an ethereal aural experience from the L.A. singer that mixes Lana Del Rey-esque moodiness with Fiona Apple's brashness.
The incalculably influential '80s alt-rock act—who just started playing reunion gigs last year—deliver two
of just five scheduled 2014 concerts at Coachella. Who knows how much longer
they'll be playing together before Paul Westerberg goes solo again, so check
out their ferocious, reflective rock while it's here.
The legendary New York rapper is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his perfect debut Illmatic this
year, so expect to hear plenty of songs that are contenders for "best rap
track ever made" if you check him out at Coachella.
Scottish electropop trio Chvrches will get you swaying and singing with their blend of infectious synth beats and honeyed vocals. While we're obsessed with their '80s-inspired sound, we're hoping they'll pull out one their fantastic covers: We'd love to hear them do Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's Okay," the Game of Thrones theme or HAIM's "Falling." (Heck, maybe fellow Coachella performers HAIM could join in for a duet!)
After racking up huge singles as a featured guest ("Blurred Lines," "Get Lucky") and
solo star ("Happy"), Pharrell's stage will essentially be the sound
of the past two years of popular music. Pro Tip: If you've got free time, camp out
at this stage ahead of showtime. You know everyone's going to rush in
once they hear the "Happy" beat.
Baltimore synth poppers Future Islands have been enjoying newfound fame following a viral late night TV performance. The band's Letterman clip is the show's most-viewed musical clip in its history, largely due to
the host’s obsession with frontman Sam Herring’s uncanny dance moves. If you're
unfamiliar with his technique, see Future Islands for a sight to behold.
The Scottish DJ who produced Rihanna's EDM-iest hits is famous for bouncy club tracks like "Feels So Close and "I Need Your
Love." While Harris' euphoric new single "Summer" is perfect for
the SoCal weather, it's also the first taste of his fourth studio album—so
listen up for new tracks in his set. Also, look out for the entire crowd to
collectively lose their sh-t when he plays "We Found Love."
Ferg didn't break into the mainstream with the ease of A$AP Rocky's ascension, but his 2013 debut and the
accompanying single "Work" were two of the finest rap releases of
last year. His commanding flow is on full display in a live festival setting.
The Circa Survive frontman has done Coachella before, but this time he plays as a solo act. Without the band, Green’s songwriting is both
folksy and angular, a delicate dichotomy heightened by his inimitable falsetto.
At this point, Lorde is inescapable. Rightfully so: the young pop icon will take the Coachella stage for the first time ever following
two GRAMMY wins and four nominations. We'll never be royals, but Lorde is
getting pretty close.
Take a break from the electronic pop and hip hop of Coachella for something heavier. Motörhead’s metal has a strict-scorched earth
policy. Frontman and sole constant member Lemmy is known for his incendiary
showmanship, and their set is sure to set the desert aflame.
Crosses, stylized as †††, is the textured side project of Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. Lacking the aggression—not to mention the screaming—of
Deftones, Crosses are often referred to as “witch house” because of the band’s
gothic imagery. Existing somewhere between Portishead and Nine Inch Nails,
Moreno and crew bring a vampiric coolness to the desert fest.
Up-and-coming British rock band Temples are strongly inspired by late ‘60s psych-rock, but they exceed
their revivalist peers with perfectly constructed and executed songs. FYI,
they're just as tight while performing live. If you love '60s rock, this is the
real faux deal.
The British electronic duo delivered the finest dance music album of 2013 and their live show is a marvel,
effortlessly melding disparate styles into an endlessly feel-good party.