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How to Destroy Angels—Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross—released its self-titled six-song debut EP in 2010, and their newest, Welcome oblivion, in March. They have an eerie tone with a heavy industrial sound reminiscent of NIN, only now with a female vocalist, and percussion sequences that are sure to get stuck in your head.
Phoenix, while relatively more noticeable overseas than here in the States, exploded on both fronts with 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, a record brimming with shimmering guitar lines, irrepressible hooks and awash with brightness. At this pre-festival gig in Pomona, the French group will surely preview tracks from their latest effort, Bankrupt, scheduled to drop a few days after the Coachella lights go out.
Arty local indie faves Yeasayer support their latest, Fragrant World, during this show. Just don't expect a set of anthemic pop songs. Their latest album release skews toward dark, R&B-tinged—and compulsively listenable—material, although we're sure they'll throw in some poppy, sing-along hits like "Ambling Alp."
Masters of summer pop (the indie Bee Gees?), Passion Pit have finally delivered the follow-up to their awesome 2009 album, Manners, with a lush new disc, Gossamer. Fans of singalong choruses, Phoenix, MGMT and strolling in the moonlight in the middle of summer (or a cool night in California in April) will love it.
2-Tone Records veterans, pop/ska outfit the Selecter—still fronted by Pauline Black—plough on through their 33rd year. They are responsible for ska classics such as "On My Radio," which we just may be lucky enough to hear during this show.
Andy McCluskey and his Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark celebrate over 30 years in the business of making intelligent synth pop, once again reunited with Humphreys, Holmes and Cooper, who quit in 1989 but rejoined a few years ago. While waiting to shimmy to Pretty in Pink classic "If You Leave," expect to hear tunes from the band's twelfth studio album, English Electric, due to hit the airwaves this April.