Coachella 2013 lineup details

This will be my first time to Coachella.  I’ve wanted to go for years but I couldn’t find cool enough friends 😉 or time it right for ticket purchase until now.  Last year I finally decided to buy advance tickets and that’s all it took!  I’m no music expert… I hear a lot of tunes that I love here and there but I usually can’t remember the artist’s name until I look into it.  So I plan to be a music nerd for my first visit to the festival and do a ton of research.  I’ve been searching other blogs and websites for input as well as polling friends and spending way too much time on YouTube!

This is my preliminary look at the line-up so far.  Please add your input below and I’ll update it as I go, then re-post a thorough guide to the artists’ lineup closer to the date.

Coachella list- in order from the poster, add notes in the comments section!  I put an asterix beside my must-sees.  (In brackets are some well-known songs)


  • *Blur– headliner, must-see.  Damon Albarn of Blur also co-created the incredibly cool virtual band, Gorillaz (Song #2, Girls&Boys, lots of great new stuff)
  • The Stone Roses– very popular in England, older band.  A lot of people expected to see the Rolling Stones, not Stone Roses.
  • *Yeah Yeah Yeahs– good energy (Heads Will Roll)
  • Modest Mouse– not so great live? (Float On)
  • Lou Reed– old!
  • Jurassic 5- older rap/hiphop
  • Grinderman– this all-male alternative/garage rock band from London lists Nick Cave as vocals.  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are also appearing at this year’s Coachella
  • Bassnectar– EDM, on my maybe list
  • Dog Blood– Skillrex project, on my maybe list
  • How to Destroy Angels– Nine Inch Nails’ guy project, on my strong maybe list (How Long?)
  • *Passion Pit– good! (Take A Walk)
  • *Tegan and Sara– popular, you’ve definitely heard a bunch of their songs
  • Band of Horses
  • Beach House– ambient
  • *Metric– great live. Chillout music.  (Breathing Underwater, I’m All Yours, Youth Without Youth)
  • Local Natives
  • *Of Monsters and Men– “post-hardcore” band from California with an energetic sound balanced by the folksy vocals (Little Talks)
  • Infected Mushroom– trippy
  • Japandroids– Canadian, rock
  • Divine Fits-
  • Stars-
  • Johnny Marr- 
  • Luciano-
  • Wolfgang Gartner-
  • *Nicky Romero- infectious EDM (Toulouse)
  • *Modestep- EDM (Show Me A Sign)
  • Tommy Trash- EDM
  • Thomas Gold-
  • the Shouting Matches- I’m deciding how I feel about them
  • Dillon Francis- gaining respect as a talented new EDM artist that fuses house music with reggaeton, fun to dance to (Masta Blasta)
  • Four Tet-
  • Aesop Rock- hiphop artist, well-known
  • *Alt-J- folksy stuff, really mellow (Buffalo– song from Silver Linings)
  • Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine-
  • TNGHT-
  • Jake Bugg- a folk artist from England, he has a strong following
  • Earl Sweatshirt- new big name in hiphop, really popular in L.A. where he is from
  • Polica-
  • Sparks-
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra- the name says it… they are a mix of ska and jazz from Tokyo, pretty different
  • Purity Ring- supposed to be magical live, electronic pop, originally from Edmonton
  • Lee Scratch Perry-
  • Dam-Funk-
  • DJ Harvey- up-and-comer in EDM, well-respected
  • Jamie xx-
  • Seth Troxler- another EDM artist, he’s won some awards lately for his work
  • Youth Lagoon-
  • Deathfix-
  • C2C- turntable group from France with a catchy sound, on my maybe list (F.U.Y.A.)
  • Beardyman- comedian as well, unique.  Mixes electronic music with comedy
  • Lord Huron-
  • Palma Violets-
  • IO Echo-
  • Skinny Lister-
  • *the Neighbourhood- rock band gaining popularity (Sweater Weather)
  • Sam XL Pure Filth Sound-


  • *Phoenix– really cool band, they’ve done a lot of work with Daft Punk as well so we may see a surprise appearance by Daft Punk with them (Liztomania, If I Ever Feel Better, 1901)
  • the XX- chillout music, on my maybe list (they have a song featured in Vampire Diaries, Missing)
  • the Postal Service- mellow music, they’ve been popular for a while, their music was often played in the O.C., on my maybe list (Such Great Heights)
  • Sigur Ros- really popular ambient music, on my maybe list (they have a song featured in Vampire Diaries, a song that was in Vanilla Sky, music featured in 24)
  • New Order- really well-known English band that fuses rock, dance, electronic, punk music.  They’ve been around for a long time
  • Hot Chip- British electronic band with a different sound
  • Grizzly Bear-
  • Knife Party- 
  • *Benny Benassi- I think we’ve all heard of him, popular EDM, he has remixes with everyone
  • Two Door Cinema Club- indie rock/pop
  • *Moby- ambient, popular in the early 2000’s (Trouble So Hard, Porcelain, Southside with Gwen Stefani)
  • Descendents-
  • *Yeasayer- psychedelic pop (Madder Men– check out the strange video!)
  • *Franz Ferdinand- (Take Me Out)
  • Violent Femmes- popular a long time ago (Blister In The Sun)
  • Simian Mobile Disco- EDM from England, they’ve worked with a lot of big names
  • Spiritualized-
  • Puscifer- ambient, trippy
  • Cafe Tacuba-
  • Portugal. The Man- psychedelic rock band (they have a song featured in Vampire Diaries)
  • the Make-Up-
  • Bat for Lashes-
  • Richie Hawtin-
  • *Major Lazer- reggae/dancehall, worked with No Doubt and Snoop Lion (Jah No Partial)
  • Fedde Le Grand-
  • Dropkick Murphys- popular celtic band (I’m Shipping Up To Boston, played in The Departed movie)
  • FOALS- English rock band
  • *Ben Howard- English folk guitar singer-songwriter, he may be a big breakout artist soon, amazing voice
  • 2 Chainz- huge rap artist, many feel he should’ve had a higher spot in the line-up
  • *Janelle Monae- she beat out Justin Bieber for best new artist a few years ago (Tightrope)
  • Danny Brown- rapper from Detroit, he’s becoming pretty big
  • Wild Nothing-
  • Booka Shade-
  • *Bingo Players- popular EDM band from the Netherlands (Cry Just A Little)
  • Allen Stone-
  • El-P- an aggressive rapper with a really strange song, I doubt he’s the next Eminem although he does have a following
  • the Selecter-
  • Pusha T-
  • Kill the Noise-
  • the Evens-
  • Biffy Clyro-
  • Theophilus London-
  • Baauer-
  • Zane Lowe-
  • Trash Talk- EDM, my friend has been doing research and he’s incredibly excited about Trash Talk and his popular remixes
  • Birdy Nam Nam- EDM from France, gaining popularity
  • Action Bronson- another American rapper with a lot of buzz around him
  • Jason Bentley- EDM, his music was in the Matrix movies
  • the Wombats- indie rock from England, the more I hear… the more I like
  • Guards-
  • Mona- slow songs, on my definite maybe list (they have a song featured in Vampire Diaries)
  • Savages-
  • Shovels & Rope-
  • Huoratron-
  • Kurt Vile-
  • Reignwolf- may be a breakout artist, touted as the “the next Jack White”
  • Cassy-
  • 3Ball MTY- Mexican Latin House music
  • Kids These Days-
  • the 2 Bears-
  • the Colourist-
  • Vintage Trouble


  • Vampire Weekend- indie rock, they had a lot of great songs that I loved in the summer of 2011, I think they’ll be a lot of fun live
  • Social Distortion– punk band that’s been around forever
  • *Wu-Tang Clan– Redman, ODB came out of there.  Will there be an ODB hologram??  Just kidding
  • Pretty Lights– EDM, hiphop
  • Eric Prydz– EDM
  • Tame Impala
  • *the Lumineers– beautiful folky music with violin (Stubborn Love, Ho Hey)
  • Dead Can Dance-
  • *La Roux– popular British band of pop-type music (Bulletproof)
  • James Blake– English singer-songwriter, on my maybe list (Limit to Your Love)
  • Excision– EDM
  • Grimes– Canadian musician, she mixes a lot of genres including hiphop, pop, electronic, people say she’s weird but exciting live.  I’m finding myself more and more entranced by her videos and music, especially the song, Skin.
  • the Gaslight Anthem– punk, on my maybe list
  • the Faint-
  • Hardwell– EDM (Spaceman)
  • *Paul Oakenfold– he’s the biggest EDM DJ ever
  • Dinosaur Jr.- hippy vibe
  • Raider Klan-
  • OMD-
  • Roni Size-
  • *The Airborne Toxic Event– (Goodbye Horses, Changing, Sometime Around Midnight)
  • Father John Misty- strange
  • Tanlines-
  • Rodriguez- his real name is Sixto Diaz Rodriguez and he has a really interesting story behind his rise to fame many years ago (for more details, check out the documentary Searching for Sugar Man on Netflix).  He is an American folk guitarist and vocalist who rose to fame abroad decades ago and is now in the midst of a career revival.
  • *Alex Clare– (Too Close, Treading Water)
  • Paul Kalkbrenner-
  • Jessie Ware-
  • Loco Dice-
  • Jamie Jones-
  • the Three O’Clock-
  • Disclosure-
  • Mimosa-
  • Cloud Nothings-
  • Parov Stelar Band-
  • Julio Bashmore-
  • Thee Oh Sees-
  • Dub Fx-
  • Maya Jane Coles-
  • JEFF the Brotherhood-
  • Smith Westerns– (still new, they have a song featured in Vampire Diaries)
  • Dirtyphonics-
  • Joris Voorn-
  • Hanni El Khatib-
  • Danny Avila-
  • Ghost-
  • DIIV-
  • Little Green Cars-
  • Mord Fustang– EDM
  • James McCartney-
  • Unicorn Kid– EDM with a lot of buzz
  • Robert DeLong-
  • White Arrows-
  • *Deap Vally– (Lies, Ain’t Fair)
  • Wild Belle-
  • Adrian Lux-
  • Ladies Night

Please feel free to share any useful input you have!  If I’ve missed anyone you think I should check out, let me know.  Thanks bloggers!

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