Most Likely to Succeed: The Bots
When Rolling Stone first witnessed the Bots on the 2011 Warped tour, they were a couple of teenage garage rockers on a small side stage making a lot of excited noise. Now the two brothers from Glendale, California are at work on a new album with the help of Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and Justin Warfield. As the 11:30 a.m. opening act on Coachella's Outdoor Theatre, the Bots helped launch this weekend's desert gathering at maximum volume, with singer-guitarist Mikaiah Lei plugged into a trio of growling vintage amps and brother Anaiah pounding an anxious beat. Facing a morning crowd of a couple thousand early risers, the Bots ripped through seven songs from their upcoming album, ending on a thrashing "Ubiquitous." Mikaiah had scrawled "HAIM" across his white T-shirt, suggesting how the Bots would spend the rest of the day — watching the rest of Coachella unfold, still fans at heart.