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: Sunday, April 18, 2:30 p.m.
WHAT HE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: It's been said that dubstep and death metal have a common bond: They are both loud, offensive and you'd never want to play either for your mother. Rusko is sure to offend. The U.K. native and recent L.A. transplant packs up the buzz-saw bass of his bowel-shaking dubstep and readies to unleash it upon Coachella's unsuspecting audience. He's the man behind the juiciest Kid Sister remixes and the upcoming dance hall–shaking album O.M.G., and Rusko's headbanging beats are sure to be ubiquitous. Rusko is the American Express of dubstep — he's everywhere you want to be.
CHECK HIM OUT BECAUSE: Rusko drops his first U.S. album in May and has buddied up with Mad Decent and the Diplo crew to help produce some major names in the pop world. Just beware of his bass because if the legendary "brown note" exists, Rusko holds the recipe.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Kid Sister's "Pro Nails" (Rusko Remix). —D.T.
81-800 Avenue 51
Indio, CA 92201
Category: Music Venues
Region: Out of Town
THE SOFT PACK
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 12:55 p.m.
WHAT THEY ARE BRINGING TO COACHELLA: These San Diego boys graduated Torrey Pines High in the aughts, and then hightailed it out of the beachy 'burbs for the big-city lights of L.A., where they regularly slay the local clubs with their brand of garage-punk hooks and Replacements-style fall-in-love-with-me odes to the ladies.
CHECK THEM OUT BECAUSE: If you're hitting the desert this weekend to check out San Fran's Girls, Camera Obscura and their Phil Spector–esque sound, or maybe if you're into the Raveonettes' kind of dark '60s shtick, you'd better pull up to the Soft Pack's set for some equally straight-ahead, ramped-up power-chord pop with tight riffs, shimmering guitar work and easy choruses that you'll be humming for days. Indio's gonna be a hot mess for these boys in their sweater vests, and sweltering for the femmes in the crowd.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: The Soft Pack's first full-length (The Soft Pack) is only 2 months old and a true contender for the perfect summer sound track of 2010. Download the track "Mexico" — a custom-made gem for the long drive out through the spiny yucca trees and dry breezes that lead to the Coachella polo field. —W.G.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 5:40 p.m.
SHE COUNTS AS AN L.A. ARTIST BECAUSE: Beck produced, composed and co-wrote the lyrics for her excellent new album, IRM, which makes her current tunes as quintessentially Southern Californian as they are French countryside.
WHAT SHE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: An effortlessly breathy voice that delivers world-weariness and sensuality to spellbinding effect, as well as a repertoire of surging, mildly psychedelic rock songs with whiffs of Parisian etherea.
CHECK HER OUT BECAUSE: The daughter of French superlothario Serge Gainsbourg (that makes Charlotte music royalty, basically) is the envy of indie-waif types everywhere. She's a bold, award-winning actress to boot, which means she understands the nuances that make for a good musical performance.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Her kaleidoscopic duet with Beck, "Heaven Can Wait." —C.M.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 5:35 p.m.
HE COUNTS AS AN L.A. ARTIST BECAUSE: Although he's quick to dispel any rumors that he's moving (or has moved) to the West Coast, Casablancas and his wife were confirmed Silver Lake leaseholders as of late last year, while he played out a November residency at the Downtown Palace Theatre (and popped into Spaceland for a surprise gig). He also spent several months in town recording his solo debut, Phrazes for the Young, with Jenny Lewis producer Jason Lader.
WHAT HE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: His unexpected newfound love of hectic digital production, swooning, stretched-out electro and exotic instrumentation that both complements and clashes with his well-known proclivity for economic pop.
CHECK HIM OUT BECAUSE: Who knows if the Strokes will ever tour again?
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: 2009 single "11th Dimension." —C.M.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 9 p.m.
HE COUNTS AS AN L.A. ARTIST BECAUSE: Thommy's extensive knowledge of our city's electronic underground earns him honorary Angeleno status. He's espoused the gritty wonders of Stones Throw producer Madlib in numerous interviews, and recently offered up a personal Top 10 list dominated by Dublab and Low End Theory affiliates like Ras G, Gonjasufi and the Gaslamp Killer. Yorke's new band, Atoms for Peace, which plays here, also includes Flea — who's as L.A. as they come — and Radiohead's new record was recorded in the Hollywood Hills.
WHAT HE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: A voice that melts faces. Oh, and a series of gorgeously eerie songs that would make knees knock in the hands of men far less adept.
CHECK HIM OUT BECAUSE: This'd be a prime opportunity for Atoms to debut some new material, as well as flesh out unreleased set staples like the haunted "Lotus Flower."
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Yorke's remix of rapper DOOM's "Gazillion Ear." —C.M.
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, 7 p.m. (maybe)
HE COUNTS AS AN L.A. ARTIST BECAUSE: He belongs to the entire universe, really. Also he's been seen around town, allegedly, and he has family here.
WHAT HE IS BRINGING TO COACHELLA: The funk? Actually, nobody knows.
CHECK HIM OUT BECAUSE: We're not even gonna honor that with a snappy answer.
YOU NEED TO DOWNLOAD: Everything he ever had any involvement with between 1968 and 1974. Plus a healthy sampling of pre-1968 and post-1974 projects, with the possible exception of 1979's disco atrocity Ten Years Too Soon (unless you're perverse, like we are). —Ed.