Not at Coachella? Check out these five bands on the live stream
You won't see these bands in NYC anytime soon, so watch them perform on the Coachella live stream this weekend.
Thu Apr 11 2013
We're going to hazard a guess that if you're reading this, you—like us—are not in L.A., getting ready for Coachella. Despite the fact that the festival is now more a trendy destination than anything else, there are some really amazing bands playing over the next two weekends—including ones that you won't soon see in New York City, typically the first stop for most touring acts these days.
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To that end, we took a look at the lineup and picked five of the groups that we're actually disappointed to miss seeing. But fear not! Coachella's organizers have a YouTube live stream set up for the festival, so you can check out these acts as they perform. (But remember to account for the time difference—times listed below are all in PST.)
The band: The Stone Roses
Why you should watch them: Like their Friday night co-headliners Blur, the Stone Roses have been gigging steadily since reuniting in 2011, but this will be the Manchester band's first Stateside show in more than a decade. Coachella may be the perfect setting for the band’s shambling, dance- and psychedelia-influenced tunes—we can definitely see the appeal of dancing in the desert to “Fool’s Gold” until the wee hours of the morning.
The song we’re hoping they play: “I Wanna Be Adored,” the opener from the Roses’ 1989 eponymous debut album.—Amy Plitt
When: Fri 12 at 11:40pm
The band: Bat for Lashes
Why you should watch them: Natasha Kahn's gorgeous 2012 album The Haunted Man was a critically-acclaimed stunner, but the British chanteuse hasn't played many U.S. dates since it was released. She'll open for Depeche Mode at the Barclays Center in September, but until then, this is New Yorkers' best chance to see her perform the haunting tunes from that record live.
The song we're hoping they play: "Laura," the first single from The Haunted Man, is spare and slightly chilling, with little more than a dark piano line and Kahn's voice propelling it forward. We're excited to see how it'll translate on the Coachella stage.—Amy Plitt
When: Sat 13 at 5:10pm
The band: The Postal Service
Why you should watch them: Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello’s electro-pop collaboration hits the Barclays Center in June, so consider the duo’s Coachella performance a preview. We expect to see lots of thirty-somethings in the crowd looking wistful and singing along to “Such Great Heights” as if they were 19 and in their college dorms all over again.
The song we’re hoping they play: “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” the elegiac opening track from the band’s 2003 album, Give Up.—Amy Plitt
When: Sat 13 at 9:30pm
The band: Descendents
Why you should watch them: The pop-punk progenitors are still going strong, more than 30 years after they first started. They play a few shows each year—the band headlined last year's Riot Fest in Brooklyn—but without an NYC gig planned for 2013 thus far, this is a good time to watch and reminisce about your days as an angsty high-school punk.
The song we’re hoping they play: “Suburban Home” or “Parents” from 1982’s Milo Goes to College, if only because it’ll be kind of hilarious to hear the now-50-something dudes in the band perform these bratty teen-punk anthems.—Amy Plitt
When: Sat 13 at 10pm
The band: Smith Westerns
Why you should watch them: We haven’t caught these glam-rock devotees since they headlined Webster Hall more than a year ago. (In young-buzzy-band years, that’s a sizable stretch.) The Chicago crew is back in a big way, though, nabbing crème-de-la-crème-festival slots in Indio and their hometown during Lollapalooza.
The song we’re hoping they play: The soaring “Varsity,” off their upcoming LP Soft Will (out June 11), is a curiously Cure-like departure for a group that used to blast through garage-rock cuts about making out. But it works. Wonderfully.—TL
When: Sun 14 at 3:30pm