Coachella 2015: 25 Must-See Acts

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

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Sturgill Simpson

Kentucky-born Sturgill Simpson's psychedelia-streaked Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2015 Grammys and named the second best country album of 2015 by Rolling Stone — but he's way past genre distinctions. An outlaw in the tradition of Waylon Jennings, Simpson also isn't above covering (and devouring) New Wave hit "The Promise" by When In Rome. The recent Atlantic Records signee is only the fourth act to be booked by both the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals — joining elite company of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and the Avett Brothers — and brings the antithesis of EDM-tinged arena country to live shows that send steel guitar into the stratosphere.

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