With more than 200 bands to choose from across three days at Coachella, how do you decide who to see?
To help you out, our DiscoverSD and U-T San Diego experts chose their top picks for Saturday in the desert - with a few surprises along the way.
Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
The performance by this Tijuana-bred duo will be both a victory lap and a farewell. As co-founders, in 1999, of Nortec Collective, Ramon “Bostich” Amezcua and Pepe “Fussible” Mogt helped forge a novel fusion of electronic music with banda, Norteño and other traditional Mexican styles. Last year, they released their final album, “Motel Baja.” Now, at Coachella, they’ll take what appears to be their final bow.
Perfume Genius isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. The music of Seattle-bred singer Mike Hadreas brings up intense feelings of melancholy, something that goes against the desert festival’s happy-go-lucky vibe. But for those willing to hear songs about repression, anger and perceived family values, take time out to see Perfume Genius. Don’t worry, the music from his critically acclaimed album “Too Bright” isn’t all stormy emotions. Along with having a dark sense of humor, Hadreas likes to experiment on stage, so you may hear screams, crazy keyboard sounds and plenty of other surprises.
Has anyone offered Hozier a ride to church yet? All jokes aside, 25-year-old Irish musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne has had quite the year already. He has performed everywhere from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to the 2015 Grammy Awards alongside legend Annie Lennox. As relaxed and unassuming on stage as can be, Hozier has found an overwhelmingly thrilled fanbase for his moody and intimate songs. And, while “Take Me to Church” continues to play on all airwaves at seemingly all hours of the day, some of Hozier’s lesser-known songs might be his best. Listen to “From Eden” and “Someone New” before watching him live in Indio.
He’s been called the “the next musical talent since Michael Jackson.” Abel Tesfaye, also known as The Weeknd, has an incredible, soulful voice and quite a few smooth R&B singles under his belt already. Back in 2012, The Weeknd made his first appearance at Coachella and continued on to his U.S. tour, which received rave reviews from “Rolling Stone.” This year, The Weeknd has been busy appearing on soundtracks for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” with the songs “Devil May Cry” and “Elastic Heart,” as well as the single “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
English singer-songwriter FKA twigs is not just a producer, but also a dancer and singer-songwriter ready to stun Coachella with her whispery vocals. Twigs released her debut album “LP1" to rankings on the U.K. Albums Chart and U.S. Billboard 200. Don’t miss the opportunity to see her perform hits such as “Two Weeks,” “Pendulum” and “Water Me.”