By LA Weekly
By Henry Rollins
By Weekly Photographers
By Shea Serrano
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Dan Weiss
By Erica E. Phillips
By Kai Flanders
PiL (PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.)
81-800 Avenue 51
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Category: Music Venues
Region: Out of Town
WHEN: Friday, April 16, 11:20 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Contrary to popular perception, John Lydon's (née Rotten) biggest "fuck you" wasn't "God Save the Queen" but rather Public Image Ltd., the dub-infused post-punk band he formed after the breakup of the Sex Pistols. Flipping the bird at punk rock and his saliva-spewing fan base, Lydon recruited funky bassist Jah Wobble and ex–Clash guitarist Keith Levene to make mesmeric experimental post-rock. After a 17-year hiatus, the band re-formed last year, minus all of the original members (save for Lydon).
WHY THEY COUNT AS AN L.A. BAND: Lydon has lived in L.A. for so long, he probably peppers his sentences with "like" and owns a surfboard.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: You missed Lydon's appearance on British reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, his butter commercials (where he rocks a tweed suit) and the reviews for the last Sex Pistols reunion. You're interested in seeing a version of one of the greatest and most influential post-punk groups of all time.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: PiL: Metal Box (aka Second Edition). —J.W.
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WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 11:50 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Hopefully, a stack of "energy domes" for the audience. For the uninitiated, those are the red, terraced hats that usually top off the sexagenarian rockers' yellow tear-away jump suits. Don't let the band's gray hair and Midwestern roots fool you, though — Devo, since relocating to Los Angeles some years ago, has only become fiercer, livelier and more angular with age.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: Main brain Gerald Casale has promised to unveil new songs from the seminal group's pending ninth album. The still-untitled record will be Devo's first in 20 years, and is set to feature collaborations with Santigold, at least one Dust Brother, and Bird and the Bee piano man Greg Kurstin. And, of course, because they are the quirky, parody-loving new-wavers behind the perennially weird (and great) 1980 chart-climber "Whip It."
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, the group's dissonant, Brian Eno–produced debut. —C.M.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 5:10 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Perhaps the better question is, "What's bringing them to Coachella?" The Zeros are part of a greater, L.A.-based creative cult, the Masses, which means they roll deep — up to 15 players — and with the potential for multimedia trippiness. The troupe, led by Alex Ebert, the born-again (psychedelically speaking) former singer of Ima Robot, has been known to travel in an ancient, customized school bus, which befits their earthy, seemingly peyote-inspired forays into epic, jangling, big-band folk.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: Despite their inherent stonerishness, these guys and gals know how to put on a show. Frontman Ebert/"Sharpe" is an apt ringmaster who makes full use of whatever stage he's on (plus the floor, fans' bodies, etc.), and the band is always able to strike a careful balance between pop and groove.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: "40 Day Dream," from 2009's Up From Below. —C.M.
WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 10:45 p.m.
WHAT HE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Beautiful mutations exist on the extended branches of hip-hop's family tree. Of all the strangely grafted hip-hop hybrids, few embrace being a musical outlier like L.A.'s own Flying Lotus. Internationally, Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) is known for his part in the phenomenal producers' showcase Low End Theory, and for his Brainfeeder label. But Ellison is also a hometown hero. He grew up in a sleepy San Fernando suburb, Winnetka, raised on video sound tracks and the far-out sounds of his aunt Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane's wife. On his new album, Cosmogramma, Ellison investigates his esteemed jazz lineage and the youth-shredding records in his bedroom. Mixing bass music and electronica with free jazz and glitch hop, Ellison obliterates convention and reshapes the sound of hip-hop to come.
CHECK HIM OUT BECAUSE: On his albums, 1983 and Los Angeles, Flying Lotus crafts evocative headphone music and crackling vinyl soundscapes perfect for cross-country drives. But live, Flying Lotus plays a different game. His beats are heavier, the visuals trippier, and Ellison drops bass so low, it creates booty quakes in posteriors finely attuned to dub-plate tectonics.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: "Parisian Goldfish." —D.T.
SHOOTER JENNINGS & HIEROPHANT
WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: With a backing band named Hierophant (meaning "Grecian interpreters of sacred mysteries"), it's nice to know that Shooter Jennings inherited an ego befitting his Highwayman father, Waylon. And on his latest album, Black Ribbons, the L.A.-based Viper Room regular plumbs the depths of the occult, incorporating his study of Masonic conspiracy, UFOs and that hoary tinfoil-hat standby, the New World Order. Repudiating his country-rock roots for spaced-out Pink Floyd atmospherics, Jennings enlists the King of Eerie himself, Stephen King, to play a narrator named Will O' the Wisp, a radio talk-show host facing severe government censorship. But be forewarned, while his handle on horror is unparalleled, King once compared mash-up maven Girl Talk and his glorified MTV Party to Go jams to Joyce's Ulysses.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: You got confused and think you're at the Stagecoach festival (that's the following week). You can bench-press 200 pounds or more. You're hoping for a Waylon Jennings guest spot. At some point in your life, you acquired a nickname that evokes a Wild West outlaw.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: "Wake Up!" —J.W.
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