April 18, 2014


Coachella 2014 Lineup Guide: Friday's Must-See Acts

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Weekend 2 of Coachella 2014 is upon us! We've already shared our Coachella Survival Guide and a cheat sheet to this year's performers, but that doesn't entirely help you figure out who to see every hour of each day. Trying to stay hydrated, buzzed and catch all the best acts is a daunting prospect, so we're easing that burden with our guide to the best bets at Coachella based on weekend 1's finest performers.

Friday, April 18

Flatbush Zombies @ Outdoor Theatre, 12:15pm
Brooklyn's Flatbush Zombies aren't your typical rap group. Their style can be woozily laid-back or hard as hell, but it's always arresting. And it's near impossible to resist being yanked in by their intense stage presence. A great way to start Day 1 of Coachella Weekend 2.

Waxahatchee @ Mojave, 1:00pm
Indie singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield's second album as Waxahatchee, Cerulean Salt, was one of last year's under-appreciated treasures. If you haven't seen her punk-inflected, confessional indie rock in concert before, see what you're missing out on.

Austra @ Gobi, 2:10pm
With a frontwoman who belts like Florence Welch and a house-influenced backing band, Canadian synth-pop act Austra are a powerful, exhilarating live outfit.

Aloe Blacc @ Mojave, 4:15pm
Aloe Blacc was catapulted into the international spotlight by singing Avicii's "Wake Me Up," but he's making major waves on his own, too: "The Man" has become a Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. See him in concert to experience his mix of soul, folk and rap.

HAIM @ Outdoor Theatre, 4:40pm
The California sister trio specialize in immaculately constructed, joyously executed pop-rock that recalls Fleetwood Mac's glory years. But they're not just retro—hip hop beats and hair metal-tinged guitars pepper their incredibly catchy songs.

Bastille @ Mojave, 5:25pm
Thanks to the international success of "Pompeii," UK rockers Bastille might be the first rock act since Imagine Dragons to truly break into the mainstream. They brought out Angel Haze as a special guest during the first weekend of Coach, and we'd be surprised if that didn't happen again. 

Ellie Goulding @ Coachella Stage, 6:25pm
The folk-influenced electro-pop songstress might be shy in real life (she joked about that during last weekend's set), but Goulding dances, headbangs and unites the crowd with anthemic sing-alongs when she's onstage. Don't miss her. 

The Glitch Mob @ Sahara, 7:30pm
Los Angeles EDM trio the Glitch Mob meld heavy hip hop basslines with—you guessed it—glitch music's affinity for odd electronic beeps and bloops. They've ruled the L.A. club scene for years, and they brought the party at Coachie Weekend 1.

The Replacements @ Outdoor Theater, 8:30pm
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. During last weekend's set, they divided their time between the blistering punk classics of their early years and the jangly college rock of their later albums. Hands down, it was one of the most fiery Coachella sets last weekend.

The Knife @ Outdoor Theater, 10:10pm
From the lovely "Heartbeats" to the uncompromising sonic attack of "Full of Fire," the Knife are the most rewarding "challenging" band in electronic music. They're also rarely seen Stateside, so definitely see them while they're here.

OutKast @ Coachella Stage, 11:05pm
As if seeing OutKast reunite onstage isn't enough of an incentive, they brought out special guests Janelle Monae and Future last weekend. Expect the unexpected this time around, and hopefully when they bring out Killer Mike to perform "The Whole World" on Friday night, the sound won't get cut off before they have time to deliver it.