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7 Must-See 'Bottom Row' Bands at Coachella 2015: Jungle, MØ & More

Before you blow off the afternoon sets, rethink some former bottom row bands who turned into headliners and give this year's lineup a chance

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We know, you have a long weekend ahead and you want to conserve your energy for the headliners later in the evening in lieu of checking out a band with a foreign name you can't pronounce. We don’t exactly want to miss out on some clutch pool time before braving the desert heat either. But consider this: Grammy award-winning DJ and producer David Guetta, may have top billing in this year’s Coachella lineup, but he appeared on the bottom row in 2007. If you were there I bet you enjoyed the set, too.

Need more encouragement to head out early? Check out these artists who received “fine print billing” in previous years and either grew to acquire huge success or return as a top billed act at Coachella.

Kendrick Lamar 2012

Ellie Goulding 2011 – Top Billing 2014

Little Dragon 2010 – Top billing 2014

Beach House 2010 – Top billing 2013

Sleigh Bells 2010 – Top Billing 2011 & 2014

David Guetta 2007 – Top Billing 2015

Amy Winehouse 2007

Girl Talk 2007 – Top billing 2009 & 2014

Grizzly Bear 2007 - Top Billing 2013

Black Keys 2002 - Headliners 2012

Moral of the story: take a leap of faith and check out some of the bands you haven't heard of yet. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the lineup to guide you toward some bands in smaller font who you might like, but haven’t had a chance to check out just yet. 

(And it goes without saying that you should probably catch Steely Dan.)

Saint Motel

Sounds like: Franki Valli and the Four Seasons remixed with a rainbow of horns and explosive percussive energy.

Show up for the horns and lead singer A/J Jackson's lick-your-chops good looks and steady voice. Stay for the party. If the video is any indication of the mood of the set, we're gonna be there to find out.

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Sylvan Esso

Sounds like: Phantogram with the polite vocals of Polica. 

We've discussed the healing qualities of Amelia Meath's vocal stylings before. The rest of the album assures us that there's room for harder hitting dance tracks in there to get your day started with some heavy sways.

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Sounds like: Watching a live set of a 70's soul, funk, psychadelic group on American Bandstand.

The London-based band is only 2 years young, but their sound packs a powerful punch and promises an enthralling live performance. How can you not hustle to this? 

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Sounds like: Sia and Banks had a love child baptized by Die Antwoord.

The Danish artist, Karen Marie Ørsted is not your typical singer-songwriter. At 27, MØ has been featured on Iggy Azalea's song "Beg for It" and co-wrote Arianda Grande's song "All My Love" with Major Lazer. 

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The Cribs

Sounds like: The Libertines threw a party and The Strokes and Modest Mouse are playing a set together.

Check out this band to appreciate why they have a cult following in the UK, but stay because it's a welcome break from the monotony of electro-pop and mid-tempo electronic ambience. 

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Ryan Hemsworth

Sounds like: The moody ambience of Tycho with the experimental percussion and abstract flavor of early Four Tet.

If one of the Small Fonts has a chance at becoming the next David Guetta in a few years, based on his producing cred and DJ skills... our money is on Ryan Hemsworth.

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Sounds like: Melody-wise we’re thinking Simple Minds with the cutting vocal clarity of Stevie Nicks.

The indie synth-pop band have a young and earnest sound that is almost too perfect, but if lead singer Nini Fabi can deliver the same belts and coos in a live show, then this is a band worth catching.

Don't miss Wristbanded: Coachella Valley presented by Doritos premiering this Saturday, April 18, at 5/4c and encoring Sunday, April 19, at 5/4c. Find Fuse in your area with our channel finder.

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