"One man's attempt to dissect the method to 3 days of madness in the desert"
- By Scott Butterworth
On the 3rd weekend of April my Coachella will give to me.....
.....12 DJ's.....11 Angelenos....10 Duos Duet-ing....
....and 9 Debut Albums:
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Florence + The Machine
Each year, the stages of Coachella are graced by legends in music, many with careers spanning decades and musical catalogs expansive enough to fill the entire 3-day weekend. But there's also another pool of artists at Coachella each year -- usually found on the smaller "tent" stages or in the early hour slots of the main stage -- making a name for themselves in the music world on very limited but deserving musical output. Coachella promoters make a profession of spotting these artists early and presenting them to us before the "rest of the world" catches on. And it's not rare to see some of these artists, who are featured in the smallest font on the above flyer, go on to headline the festival in future years. The following 9 artists are playing Coachella this year on the strength of their debut albums
. All 9 of them include singles that have permeated diverse avenues of pop culture within the past year, but all 9 artists have inaugurated their careers with "albums" that bite as hard as their "singles" bark.