Coachella Preview 2012: Everything You Need to Know About the Performers

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Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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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

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A$AP Rocky

Abe Vigoda

*Pop Go Abe Vigoda: The punk-gone-shoegaze band await a mainstream breakthrough



Amon Tobin : ISAM Live

Andrew Bird


*Q&A: araabMUZIK On His Influences, His Name, And Filling His Records With Crazy Beats

Arctic Monkeys

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"


Azealia Banks

*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

Beats Antique

*Zoe Jakes and David Satori of Beats Antique on Elektrafone and working with Alex Grey


Black Lips

*Black Lips Clean Up (A Bit) For 'Arabia Mountain'

*Phoenix New Times Story on The Black Lips

Bon Iver

*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.

Calvin Harris

Childish Gambino

*Childish Gambino Breaks the Hip-Hop Mold

Company Flow

Dada Life


David Guetta


Death Grips



DJ Shadow

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

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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

Feed Me



*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

Flying Lotus

*The Time Flying Lotus Pretended To Be A UCLA Physics Major

*Flying Lotus Rising: Could spiritual electronica be the next great California sound?

Frank Ocean

Gardens & Villa

*Phoenix New Times Story on Gardens & Villa

Gary Clark Jr.

*Seattle Weekly Reviews Gary Clark Jr.

Girl Talk

*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


Hello Seahorse!


Housse de Racket

Jacques Lu Cont


Jeff Mangum

*Review of Jeff Mangum in Minneapolis

Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong and the Engine Band


Kaiser Chiefs



*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

Kendrick Lamar

*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

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