Coachella 2014: 20 Must-See Acts

The headliners and emerging artists that will define your weekend, and maybe your year

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Future Islands
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Future Islands

Who: One of our New Artists You Need to Know, this Baltimore synth-pop group is making the leap from hometown heroes to indie stars – and TV sensations – with their 4AD debut, Singles.

Why You Can't Miss Them: Frontman Samuel T. Herring recreates new-wave's emotive consonant-cradling at its most exuberantly butch, occasionally adding a rasp that verges on a death metal growl. The band's recent Late Night performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)" enraptured David Letterman as the singer launched into the most emphatic free-form full-body flailing since Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video. Now imagine a full set that intense.

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