Another year, another desert getaway for festival-faring music fans. We hope you got your passes early – this year’s Coachella sold out in no more than three hours. In case the fest’s generously stacked lineup announcement overwhelmed you, take a look at our top picks for Coachella: no squinting required.
Friday, April 14 and 21
Radiohead: The alt-rock legends are touring the U.S. in support of their 2016 album, A Moon Shaped Pool. We called it “Radiohead’s most ravishingly beautiful album.”
The xx: The London trio boasts a highly danceable live set; their new album, I See You debuted at Number One on Billboard’s rock charts. Read our latest interview.
Father John Misty: Having previously collaborated with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, this unpredictable indie folk oddball makes for wild performances and wilder headlines. His third album Pure Comedy is out April 7th.
Saturday, April 15 and 22
Lady Gaga: This is her comeback year. She wowed at the Super Bowl LI, rocked the Grammys with Metallica and now she’s taking Beyoncé’s coveted Coachella slot.
Thundercat: The bass virtuoso behind Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, his new album Drunk is an absurdist funk masterpiece, featuring Flying Lotus, Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins. Keep your eyes peeled this Saturday for surprise musical guests.
Mitski: A striking live performer with a Nineties college rock grit; she’s touring in support of her critically acclaimed 2016 album Puberty 2, which ranked Number 23 on our 50 Best Albums of 2016 list.
Sunday, April 16 and 23
Lorde: A mesmerizing live act, the New Zealander teased her long-awaited sophomore album this month with liberating new singles “Green Light” and “Liability.” Look out for more unreleased material this Sunday.
Future Islands: Following their 2014 breakthrough Singles, Baltimore’s New Romantics are heading out west to preview material from upcoming LP The Far Field.
Kendrick Lamar: Declared “the most talented rapper of his generation,” Lamar’s performances are stunning, jazz-laden works of drama. The Grammy-winning MC has hinted at a “spiritual, urgent” new album this year – get the first taste at this year’s fest.