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CULTURE:2014 Coachella Music Festival Preview

It's that time again.  The flowers are starting to bloom, the Sun is out longer, and hipsters are running around franticly looking for that perfectly ironic outfit.  All those could only mean, Coachella is among us once again.  Running from April 11-13 and again April 18-20th, dozens of bands and hundreds of thousands of music lovers will invade the Indio Valley for one of the greatest music festivals of the year.  

With headliners like the recently re-united Outkast, European rockers MUSE, and everybody's favorite Arcade Fire, along with many many additional amazing musicians like Pixies (newly added), Queens of The Stone Age, Lorde, Foster the People, Motorhead, ect ect ect... This year's Coachella lineup is packed with stadium stars.  

Here is an examination of some of the must see artists of this year's festival.

The Afghan Whigs - 

If you don't know who the Afghan Whigs are, you probably should go back and re-evaluate your music collection, because the nearly 30 year old band fronted by Greg Dulli has influenced so many of today's artists it's not even funny.  With an iconic sound un-like anyone else, and the release of their first album in 16 years, there really is no reason why you would miss this band on Friday night. 

Take a listen to the new album 'Do To The Beast', streaming now on NPR

Future Islands -

With a sound so distinct, yet hidden from the masses, Future Islands has been around for nearly 10 years, but people are just starting to take notice.  With beats that physically force you out of your seat, and a frontman that works himself into a polite fury, Future Islands is not to be missed on Sat night.  If you managed to miss the breakout performance of this trio on Late Night with David Letterman, I highly suggest you go check it out.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue -

Trombone Shorty has had appearances on the Grammy's with Macklemore, played with Janelle Monae at the NBA Allstars game, and even showed up on Conan recently. Trombone Shorty is a truly talented musician with a jazz and funk inspired sound that is sure to have you dancing (or at least tapping your feet). 

Grouplove -

If you have found yourself getting sick of all the melancholy lyrics and downright depressing bass lines coming out of your everyday indie rock band, take a shot of Grouplove. This Los Angeles five-some has so much positivity flowing through their speakers, they will surely put a smile on your face.  Like a burst of sunshine, their happy go lucky tunes cut through an otherwise standard pop ensemble.

Temples - Brand new to the scene, but no less potent then their peers.  Temples will find you on the good end of an acid trip filled with retro/psych rock stylings in the vein of Cream and The Beatles.  Hailing from the UK, filled with musicians way too young to understand real 60s culture, Temples has made a big splash with their debut album 'Sun Structures' and will be cruising through the states all month on their headlining tour.

Bo Ningen - 

Their unique asian twist on sludge rock, will roll over you without warning, and at the end of their 30 minute set, it will leave you dizzy, confused, and possibly even a little aroused, but definitely wanting more.