The Head and The Heart – Dawes – Bon Iver – Feist – Andrew Bird – Laura Marling – Other Lives – honeyhoney – The Sheepdogs – Feist – Cat Power – Jeff Mangum – First Aid Kit – Lissie – Other Lives – M. Ward – Fanfarlo – The Growlers
Folk- Rock/Acoustic Spotify Playlist (click to play):
This year’s lineup includes a range of folk based acts. Featuring one of this year’s most prolific female vocalists, Feist, along with other female-driven groups such as First Aid Kit, Cat Power and Lissie. Bon Iver comes into Coachella with a ton of notoriety after a very successful year with their self titled album.
Follow the Wilbur- Dawes
The complete antithesis to their hometown culture, this Los Angeles based band has been receiving tons of accolades for their grassroots folk rock. Their Album Nothing Is Wrong has been voted one of this year’s top albums by independent radio stations across the country land this band has been touring with the likes of Mumford and Sons and Blitzen Trapper.
Watch- When My Time Comes
Follow the Wilbur- The Head and The Heart
The Head and The Heart, another band signed to Sub Pop Records, is one of many leading folk based bands coming from Seattle. Best seen up close and personal.
Listen To: “Down in the Valley”
First Aid Kit
Swedish teenage sisters Joanna and Clara Söderberg give off a vibe as if they spawned from the forest dew air with a couple acoustic guitars in-hand and mystically flew onto your fire-lit campground, ready to serenade you into the night. They began putting their talent on display in ’08 when they covered Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and quickly thereafter came out with their first EP, Drunken Trees on Swedish electronic duo The Knife‘s label, Rabid Records. They’ve since recorded two full length albums- The Big Black & The Blue (’10) and The Lion’s Roar (’12). They’ve gone on to collaborate with Jack White and Bright Eyes. These girls are just starting out and already doing big things with big people and now performing on a big stage in Coachella come April.
Listen to- “Lions Roar”
Listen to- “When I Grow Up”
Listen to- “Hard Believer”
Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel
Jeff Mangum, best known for being the frontman of Neutral Milk Hotel, can define indie. Back in the 90’s, there was no Hype Machine, there was no Lastfm or Pandora. The internet helped people discover new artists, but it was nothing compared to the tool it is today. Indie artists stayed independent for a long time.
Jeff was a founding member of The Elephant 6 Recording Co. which gave birth to many notable 90’s indie bands including Neutral Milk Hotel, The Apples in Stereo, of Montreal and The Olivia Tremor Control. (Click links for info).
During his time with Neutral Milk Hotel, he called the style of music “buzz folk,” where the band infused a lot of distortion and effects into folk-rock undertones.
Jeff has been in a number of bands and collaborations with his friends from the aforementioned groups. Right now he has been touring mostly solo, playing acoustic sets. However, he will be a very interesting act to see because of the variety he can bring to the stage. He can potentially bring up a crew from any of the Elephant 6 bands.
I don’t know exactly what to expect from Jeff come Coachella because this blog is unaffiliated with the festival and the best inside source I have is Wilbur, and he’s not even a human being. By all means, if you have some info, speak up!!
Listen- Oh Comely – Neutral Milk Hotel
Watch- Apples in Stereo “Dance Floor”
Good morning darling, may I introduce to you…
Laura Marling is a folk phenom. She’s 21 years old but has been playing on big stages since her teens. Last year she won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.
You might recognize that dude pedaling the bass drum and jammin on the strings. Yup, its Marcus Mumford from Mumford and Sons. The Dharohar Project was a trip to India Mumford and Marling made to find musical inspiration. They found it. Marcus and Laura have been playing for a while. Check out this clip from ’08.