5 Coachella Underdogs You Need To Know
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The small text on festival flyers – you’ve seen it, you’ve squinted at it, and you’ve probably glazed over it once or twice. The performers’ names that hide underneath the headliners’ names printed in bold font always contain some lesser-known musical gems. We’re here to uncover the musical diamonds-in-the-rough that will be performing at this year’s Coachella Music + Arts Festival.
Amyl and The Sniffers
Live from the Down Under, punk rock quartet Amyl and the Sniffers are set to take their first shot at Coachella this year. The band hails from Flightless Records – the same label that their Coachella cohorts King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are signed to. Their sweaty, high-energy live performances exude straight-up grit, girl power, and good ol’ fashioned punk rock angst. Coachella will be the first stop on their short yet impressive 18-show North American tour. If you haven’t heard their music yet, you should take a listen prior to the festival. (And if you have, their spunky sound is hard to forget.)
The band’s Coachella debut is great timing for their musical career thus far, too. Amyl and The Sniffers dropped their debut full-length album, Gacked On Anger mid-2019, and their upcoming tour will be in support of the new tracks. We can only speculate that they’ll be playing new material for their lively fans amidst the desert crowds this year.
The Regrettes are the equivalent of girl-powered lightning in a bottle. They’ve been swimming through the alt rock scene since 2016 with the release of their well-received album A Living Human Girl. Since, they’ve steadily swam their way to the top of punk rock’s radar. After their 2018 debut at Coachella, it’s no surprise that they are a part of the diverse 2020 lineup. Before they hit the Coachella stage for the first time in 2018, frontwoman Lydia Night expressed her nerves and booming excitement for the biggest music festival in the country. (Keep in mind, she was only 17 years old at the time of their performance.)
“I am expecting it to be super overwhelming and rewarding,” she shared candidly in an interview with Los Angeles Magazine. “I’ve actually gone to Coachella twice in the past just as an audience member, but going because I’m playing is an entirely new level of excitement.”
This will be The Regrettes’s sophomore appearance at Coachella, and we’re sure they will be delivering a dynamic and unforgettable performance as usual.
Rex Orange County
U.K. bedroom-pop dream boy Rex Orange County is rising to indie fame fast, hence his well-deserved slot at Coachella. A modern day DIY solo artist, he garnered positive accolades for his completely self-produced 2015 album, Bcos U Will Never B Free. Following up with the well-received release of Apricot Princess, he pulled out all the pop stops for his most recent album, Pony. His kitschy and irresistibly catchy love songs hits like “Best Friend” and “Loving Is Easy” have captured the hearts of mellow pop listeners worldwide. Not to mention, his budding music career has absolutely skyrocketed in recent years.
It’s hard to listen to Rex Orange County and not tap your foot, or bop your head in unison. At 21 years young, he’s mastered both the art of the catchy pop song and the power of a well-written love song. After his stellar festival performance at Glastonbury last year, his sophomore performance at Coachella is destined to deliver a dose of saccharine pop sunshine to the festival crowds all weekend long.
Black Pumas are doing soul music right, and they’re bringing their ever-groovy sound to this year’s Coachella lineup. If you’re a fan of funk-soul crossover acts like Anderson .Paak, Brittany Howard, and Leon Bridges, you’ll fall in love with Black Pumas’s smooth, old school vibe. Their recent flourish in success has seemingly come out of the shadows and into the spotlight of mainstream music. Including Coachella, they’re making their way into some big-name festivals in 2020 – Newport Folk Festival and Electric Forest to name a few. They were recently nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award, and have plotted an impressive 2020 tour that runs from January to late June. Their stop at Coachella happens halfway through their tour, with their last stop being a performance at Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI.
While their name is printed in small font on the Coachella lineup flyer, it’s very hard to miss. Mannequin Pussy stands out in all the best ways. Stating that their signature girl power sound packs a punch is an understatement. Philly born and bred, the quartet had a power move-filled year in 2019. They signed to Epitaph Records, worked alongside renowned Quicksand and The Menzingers producer Will Yip, and released their third studio album Patience via the esteemed label. Patience was well-received by fans and music critics alike, carrying the band swiftly into punk rock stardom.
“But even when Mannequin Pussy venture to truly dark places, Patience is such a pure joy to listen to,” stated Pitchfork’s review of the album. “In its biggest moments, Marisa Dabice’s raw edge is matched by equally colossal riffs, explosive energy, and surging momentum.”
Coachella 2020 Tickets
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