Coachella 2014 starts this weekend with a ton of bands descending on Indio, California. Here are Aaron Axelsen’s top picks for new music to check out at the show.
1. DUKE DUMONT
One of my absolute favorite emerging electronic producers, Duke Dumont is a UK garage and house specialist who is making some of today’s most exciting new dance music if you ask me. He runs the influential Blasé Boys Club record label, has worked with the likes of M.I.A., Santigold, Bat For Lashes and Lilly Allen, his music has been a fixture on our weekly EDM radio show Subsonic for a couple of years now AND he was even nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for ‘Best Dance Recording’ with his monster club hit ‘Need U’ (100%)
Fauxchella show: Thursday, April 17 @ Mezzanine, SF
New UK Psychedelic rockers Temples sound like an amalgamation of early ‘90s jangly Britpop fused with ‘60s garage-psych rock acts like The Zombies and The Byrds. And despite their obvious adoration, influence and appreciation for the classics, Temples still audaciously create a fresh, progressive and cutting edge sound ala Tame Impala and MGMT. This young 4-piece from Kettering, England have toured the U.K. supporting the likes of Kasabian and The Vaccines and also, Noel Gallagher loves them, too (and so should you)
Fauxcella show: Monday, April 14 @ Great American Music Hall
3. BEAR HANDS
Brooklyn Indie rock buzz band Bear Hands have emerged from the underground blog world and onto the commercial alternative arena with one of Live 105’s most requested new songs of 2014 ‘Giants!’ Bear Hands are a 4-piece that formed in 2006 and just released their excellent sophomore album ‘Distraction’ a few weeks ago. Lead singer and guitarist Dylan Rau actually attended college with Andrew Van Wyngarden of MGMT and have done extensive touring with their fellow NYC mates.
Fauxcella show: Thursday, April 10 @ popscene/Rickshaw Stop
4. CARBON AIRWAYS
French electro-punk siblings Carbon Airways are a teenage brother-sister duo from Paris that make fully mental art-rock and industrial inspired music that would scare the sh*t out of your parents and is the musical equivalent of Prodigy, Sleigh Bells and Die Antwoord all getting in a fistfight. Carbon Airwaves just released their debut EP ‘Black Sun’ last week here in the states, which features a wicked remix by Kill Paris. Outside of making their U.S. debut at Ultra in Miami last week supporting Skrillex, and playing Coachella 2014, there are no confirmed Bay Area dates as of yet.
5. FUTURE ISLANDS
Baltimore’s Future Islands just released one of 2014’s most spectacular albums ‘Singles’ on storied independent label 4AD records and are currently generating a massive buzz and critical acclaim not only through all the reputable music avenues like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin, StereoGum, etc, but also now infiltrating the mainstream after last week’s amazing live performance on the Letterman Show.
Fauxcella shows: April 10 @ The Chapel (sold out) AND April 9 at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz
6. YOUNG & SICK
This very cool new LA electronic-soul project is the brainchild of one Nick Van Hofwegen – originally from the Netherlands and the architect of album covers used by Foster The People and, er, Robin Thicke- and he just dropped his self-titled debut album THIS week on Harvest Records (label mates with Banks and Mr. Little Jeans) Besides making incredibly interesting electronic music and creating album covers, his art designs were used by Urban Outfitters AND he played a very special SXSW showcase last month only for DOGS alongside fellow beat maker Ryan Hemsworth at the Pets Alive! animal shelter in Austin, Texas
Fauxcella show: July 3 @ The Independent
7. THE PREATURES
Are a five-piece upbeat and quirky indie-dance-pop outfit travelling to the desert to perform at Coachella 2014 ALL the way from Sydney, Australia! The Preatures formed in 2010, had to change their original name from The Preachers to avoid legal hassles with other bands under the same moniker, and they have two fantastic EP’s under their belt. The band are currently working with noted record producer Jim Eno of Spoon fame on their debut album and unfortunately, no Bay Area shows locked in as of now.