Coachella is back, for two desert weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22. Our massive team of writers and photographers will be covering everything from the performances to the fashion trends to the drug-induced-tomfoolery. We're also rolling out preview profiles and interviews all week.
Over 140 artists are performing -- we've got the full list below. (And here's the schedule.) But, you may be wondering, who the hell are some of these people? To help you out we've got stories on many of them culled from our sister Village Voice Media papers around the country. You'll learn about that time Flying Lotus pretended to be a UCLA physics major, Seun Kuti's first Minneapolis performance as an eight year old, even the mysteries of Merrill Garbus and why Chuck Klosterman can't handle her. Dig in! -Ben Westhoff
*Pop Go Abe Vigoda: The punk-gone-shoegaze band await a mainstream breakthrough
Amon Tobin : ISAM Live
*Q&A: araabMUZIK On His Influences, His Name, And Filling His Records With Crazy Beats
At The Drive-In
*Mars Volta and At the Drive-In's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Is a Real Bastard
Atari Teenage Riot
*Avicii appears on OC Weekly's "Top Five DJs Under 25"
*Q&A: Azealia Banks On Growing Up On Stage, Being Compared To Nicki Minaj, And Why Women Have More Sexual Power Than People Think
Band of Skulls
*Zoe Jakes and David Satori of Beats Antique on Elektrafone and working with Alex Grey
*Black Lips Clean Up (A Bit) For 'Arabia Mountain'
*Phoenix New Times Story on The Black Lips
*Bon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is born
*Bon Iver "kind of said 'f*ck you' a little bit" to the Grammys
*The Buzzcocks: Possessed by the Spirit of '76: Steve Diggle says the punk rock way of looking at the world is just as relevant today as it ever was.
*Childish Gambino Breaks the Hip-Hop Mold
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
*Big Pimpin': Pimp cups have real players like Snoop Dogg and white kids alike dropping cash
*Q&A: EMA's Erika M. Anderson On How To Shock People Using Stolen Classic-Rock Lyrics And Firing A Gun At Age 14
Explosions in the Sky
*Chris Hrasky of Explosions in the Sky: "We still basically feel like we're amateurs who are still kind of figuring out what we're doing"
*Review of Fanfarlo in Minneapolis
*As a "middle-aged punk-rocker," Mike Watt truly is a Hyphenated-Man
*Q&A: Mike Watt on Napping, Beards, the Neutral Milk Guy, and D Boon
First Aid Kit
*First Aid Kit Are Ladies of the Fjord: A Scandinavian spin on Americana
Fitz and the Tantrums
*Fitz and the Tantrums: Soul Suits Them: The six-piece combo put the 'move' in the burgeoning American soul movement
Florence and the Machine
Flux Pavilion & Dr. P
*The Time Flying Lotus Pretended To Be A UCLA Physics Major
*Flying Lotus Rising: Could spiritual electronica be the next great California sound?
Gardens & Villa
*Phoenix New Times Story on Gardens & Villa
Gary Clark Jr.
*Seattle Weekly Reviews Gary Clark Jr.
*Mash-Up Party in the USA: The LA Weekly Interview with Girl Talk
*Girl Talk Is the Best at What He Does: Audiences aren't sick of mash-ups yet, not when they're as sophisticated as Gregg Gillis' work
*Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste
*S.F.'s Girls Issue a Gorgeous Old-School Epic
*Christopher Owens of Girls on Being on God's Dark Side
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
*Gotye: I don't care if you mispronounce my name
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Greg Ginn and The Royal We
*Greg Ginn On Black Flag Nostalgia and His Band The Royal We
Housse de Racket
Jacques Lu Cont
*Review of Jeff Mangum in Minneapolis
Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong and the Engine Band
*Kaskade Masters Time, Space and Big-Room Electronica: The DJ from San Clemente headlines the biggest New Year's parties in the Southwest
Keep Shelly in Athens
*Born and raised in Compton, Kendrick Lamar Hides a Poet's Soul Behind "Pussy & Patron"
*Kendrick Lamar's Section 80 tops LA Weekly's list of best LA Albums of 2011
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
*Le Butcherettes: Teri Gender Bender is the most volatile woman in rock
*M83's Anthony Gonzalez Makes Soundtracks, Without the Movie
*Phoenix New Times story on Manchester Orchestra
*A Mystery No More!: Discover Miike Snow, so very disco
*Neon Indian: "Around the time I start to write a record, I stop listening to new music altogether."
Noel Gallagher's High-Flying Birds
*Liam Gallagher On His Brother Noel: "I'd Rather Eat My Own Shit Than Be In A Band With Him Again"
*Jesse Tabish of Other Lives: "There were about thirty people and half of Radiohead there"
*Porter Robinson appears on OC Weekly's "Top Five DJs Under 25"
*The Seven Best Things Jarvis Cocker, Probably The Greatest Frontman Of Our Time, Said Between Songs At Last Night's Pulp Show
*Pulp: Top 10 Songs for Beginners
*The Pulp Revival Continues With Eve Wood's Documentary The Beat Is Law
Pure Filth Sound
*Phoenix New Times story on Real Estate
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
*Seun Kuti first performed in Minneapolis as an 8-year-old
*St. Vincent Dials Up the Aggression on Strange Mercy
*Signs of St. Vincent's Success: As the artist gets more personal, Annie Clark holds back
*Q&A with Annie Clark of St. Vincent
Swedish House Mafia
The Airplane Boys
The Big Pink
The Black Angels
*The Black Angels: Reed Scholars: The Black Angels take time off from planning their festival to play ours
The Black Keys
The Dear Hunter
The Gaslamp Killer
*The Gaslamp Killer: Greetings From Hell: This Kid's a Total Freak
*The Growlers Go Further, Fursure!: For the Long Beach band, life is a woozy warzone
The Head and the Heart
*The Rapture Come Home: The band that launched DFA Records returns to its roots after a major-label detour
*Review of The Rapture at The Music Box
*Thundercat Emerges With His Debut, Co-produced by Flying Lotus
*Warpaint, TRMRS and Tijuana Panthers Play a Badass Benefit: The bands raise money for late fan Haley Butcher
*Drinking Tequila With Tijuana Panthers
*tUnE-yArDs tops the Village Voice's Pazz and Jop Critics Poll
*Chuck Klosterman irks tUnE-yArDs' fanbase, while likely enlarging it
*tUnE-yArDs' Experimental Pop Is a Strange Pill to Swallow
We are Augustines
We Were Promised Jetpacks
*Review of We Were Promised Jetpacks in Minneapolis
*Wild Flag's Ceremony
*Forget Pedigree: Wild Flag Is a Great New Rock Band
*Wild Flag Is Indie Rock's Female Supergroup
*Ximena Sariñana: An Indie-Pop Star In Mexico, Anonymous In L.A.
*Ximena Sariñana: Five Things She Loves About Echo Park Boys
*Five Questions With Ximena Sariñana
*Go Yuck Yourself
*Phoenix New Times story on Zedd
*Review of Zedd in LA
Thanks to Elano Pizzicarola for his help with this post
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