10 Can’t-Miss Live Streams From Coachella … Just Like You’re There!
Like the past few years, this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend and next, sold out instantly. With headlining performances by Arcade Fire, Muse and the reunited Outkast, it’s easy to see why. But that means a whole lotta music fans will be missing our on all that music happening in the California sun. Fortunately, there are plenty of live webcasts on YouTube featuring a stacked roster of acts to make you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. There’s a lot to choose from, so we narrowed it down to 10 acts you need to check out from the comfort of your couch. So fire up your laptop for these can’t-miss live-stream sets. All times are EST.
Australian trio Jagwar Ma blend a psychedelic sound with infectious and imminently re-mixable dance grooves. Last year’s ‘Howlin’ showcased the rising group’s eclectic, buoyant rhythms on a fully realized record. Look for Jagwar Ma to get bodies moving from the get-go.
Exploring new influences, Broken Bells — comprised of the Shins‘ James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse — will kick off a lengthy run of festival gigs in support of their second LP, ‘After the Disco.’ Their set will offer a glimpse of what to expect from Broken Bells 2.0, with a blend of new material and more laid-back cuts from their debut release.
One of Coachella’s greatest strengths is its ability to line up new talent alongside unique-to-its-roster legends. This year’s fest includes former Roxy Music leader Bryan Ferry for a rare set sure to be full of hits and intrigue.
Another interesting legacy booking, the post-punk-turned-hard-rockers the Cult are hitting the Indio Valley in advance of a promised new release sometime in 2014. So expect some possible premieres along with classic cuts like ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ and ‘Fire Woman.’
After touring every venue big, small, and in-between over the past couple years, it seems like synth-poppers Future Islands are finally getting their due. The band’s lush textures, rolling bass lines and singer Samuel T. Herring’s indomitable stage presence should make for an arresting sundown set. Seriously, if you’ve never seen Herring’s soaring theatrics, do yourself a favor and earmark Future Islands’ stream.
Queens of the Stone Age
Since releasing last year’s stellar ‘ … Like Clockwork,’ Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age have been on a mission to leave audiences gasping for breath with every fearsome performance. New cuts like the searing ‘My God Is the Sun’ and the hard thump of ‘If I Had a Tail’ pair seamlessly with selections of classic QOTSA material. Be sure to stick around for the explosive closing ‘Song for the Deaf’ jam.
Newly minted arena-rock trio Muse’s dual headlining performances at this year’s Coachella mark their only U.S. performances of 2014 before heading back into the studio to work on the follow-up to ‘The 2nd Law.’ Expect a masterful set from one of the world’s greatest contemporary bands, with plenty of lasers, falsettos and Matt Bellamy guitar tricks. What kind of surprises are in store? The band recently covered Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’ in honor of Kurt Cobain, so who knows what they have up their sleeves for Coachella?
With his latest album, ‘Morning Phase,’ the ever-evolving Beck recalls the acoustic driven, dreamy classic ‘Sea Change.’ As Coachella marks one of the first performances of Beck’s 2014 tour, there isn’t much precedence in terms of a set list. Given the occasion, however, Beck will undoubtedly craft a career-spanning, crowd-pleasing show.
Sunday’s headlining slot at Coachella has yielded some truly memorable performances in past years. From Kanye West‘s mesmerizing show to Gorillaz‘s first realized staging, festival organizers have a knack for closing things out with a bang. Arcade Fire’s current setup — complete with papier-mache masks, disco balls and increased percussion — should make an indelible mark on Coachella lore.
It’s been a whirlwind year for brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. Their debut album as Disclosure, ‘Settle,’ launched them toward international stardom with scores of sold-out club shows already in the rear-view. Disclosure’s first trip to Indio Valley should serve as a grand platform for the duo to showcase it game-changing electronic sound and show.