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
WHEN: Saturday, April 17, 12 p.m.
WHAT SHE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: A new album (We Are Born), an Australian accent, bright, strange costumes and her girlfriend, Le Tigre's JD Samson.
CHECK HER OUT BECAUSE: Sia's got as much soul and as ripe a potty mouth as Amy Winehouse, minus the baggage. Go to hear the Aussie singer's bathtub ballads, and stay for the new dance-party version she's set to unleash. There's a 92 percent chance Stroke Nick Valensi will guest on guitar.
SHE COUNTS AS AN L.A. ARTIST BECAUSE: Sia is now a part-time Angeleno: She's one of those people who only goes places she can take her dogs. In fact, Sia recorded her upcoming album at Eagle Rock's Kingsize Studios for this reason. Her L.A. history includes living with Fab Moretti of the Strokes, singing a duet with Beck of "You're the One That I Want," from Grease, and stepping in the studio to write songs for Christina Aguilera's new album. Once, at a Troubadour show, she made KCRW's Nick Harcourt an honorary member of her band and nicknamed him Shit Face. Her nickname was Vagina Croissant. Plus, her girlfriend's a much better DJ than Lindsay Lohan's (former?) girlfriend.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: We Are Born, and her cover of Britney Spears' "Gimme More." —D.F.
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RX BANDITS, Z-TRIP.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 6:45 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: These electronic producers laugh in the face of laptop-and-mixer setups. Infected Mushroom performs with a full band, including live drums, two guitars, keys and seven albums' worth of material. No, they don't hand out mushrooms.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: Israel's Infected Mushroom has steered the psychedelic-trance genre (aka psytrance) since the group helped pioneer it around 1998. For historical reasons alone, step up and witness the sonic aberration of Goa infused with alternative rock. Strange candy-flipping ravers shall appear in droves.
THEY COUNT AS AN L.A. BAND BECAUSE: Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen have lived in Los Angeles for more than five years. What sets them apart from other electronic acts and made them world-famous is their absolute devotion to the leather-pants mythology of the Sunset Strip Hall of Fame rockers. Infected Mushroom has a glossy trash-metal rock song itching to leap out from every psytrance synthetic hook. Perry Farrell (see above) and Korn's Jonathan Davis both sing on their latest album, Legend of the Black Shawarma.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: "Bust a Move" (Classical Mushroom, 2000). —D.F.
THE GLITCH MOB
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 3:45 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: A small, aggressive army of samplers, laptops, touch-screens and turntables sent into war by sergeants Ooah, Boreta and EdIT. In addition to loads of hardware designed to utterly destroy the dance floor, the Glitch Mob are bringing the propulsive, heavily textured sounds of L.A.'s beat scene out into the open — to a venue big enough to hold their noisy salvos and propel them into the sky.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: They're party-rockers through-and-through. While their contemporary Flying Lotus (see above) excels at whipping up heady soundscapes that go oh-so-well with major-league psychedelics, these three producer/DJs cater to the beer-swillers among us, imbuing their chopped-up bangers with loads of big-beat mash. Truth be told, the trio's long-awaited LP debut may hew to more expansive musical territory, but live, Glitch are steady mobbin'.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: The Glitch Mob's free, 40-minute mixtape, Crush Mode. —C.M.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 2:10 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Arcade Fire's attention to detail, Fleet Foxes' ear for harmonies, Vampire Weekend's ebullience and the post-punk spikiness of their forebearers in the Frenchkiss roster. Local Natives wear their influences on-sleeve, but they wear them well, instilling that mixed bag with a precocious energy all their own. Plus, they're just good songwriters, plain and simple.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: The quintet's profile is rising fast. A youthful, ironically (and redundantly) named five-piece that relocated to Silver Lake from Orange County last year with a suitcaseful of tuneful, arty pop songs. They may have barely filled the Echo back in December, but their pending summer tour sports sold-out dates all the way into June, which means "intimate" will be out of the question. Impress your festival fling by becoming an early adopter.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Local Natives' just-released debut, Gorilla Manor. —C.M.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 3:20 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: Chops, for one. Hawthorne's band is populated by dudes with nicknames like Humbucker and Mudfoot — dudes who play real instruments, and whose numbers would be in the Rolodex of Holland-Dozier-Holland if this were Detroit in 1964. Hawthorne himself hails from Ann Arbor, and his DNA appears to be infused with a deep reverence for that region's past that exempts him from charges of cultural vampirism.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: Great R&B never goes out of style, and the Culver City–based, blue-eyed soul man and his seven-piece band have reclaimed the Motown sound for a whole new generation. Just ask Snoop Dogg, who's taken a real shine to his pasty li'l "nephew." The legendary rapper has tapped Hawthorne for cameos in his recent directorial efforts, joked on Twitter about a collaborative album, and even tossed him a sizable bone in the form of a high-profile remix.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out," an early single released on heart-shaped vinyl. —C.M.