With more than 160 bands to choose from across three days at Coachella, how do you decide who to see? To help you out, our U-T San Diego and DiscoverSD experts chose their top picks for each day in the desert - with a few surprises along the way. Our picks for Sunday ...
St. Vincent: Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent, had a banner year in 2014. She rose from cult-favorite status to stardom, after three increasingly confident solo albums, as well as a joint album and tour with former Talking Heads leader David Byrne. A ferocious guitarist, arresting songwriter and more than capable singer, with an eye-popping theatrical flair, she seems poised to ratchet things up even higher. What better place to do so than Coachella, where she last performed in 2008 to a sparse audience? Expect an overflow crowd this time around. GEORGE VARGA
Built to Spill: There are plenty of throwback bands at Coachella: Bad Religion, Belle and Sebastian, and, of course, Steely Dan. And while it’s easy to lump Built to Spill in the nostalgia category, the ‘90s indie pioneer has actually continued to put out music pretty consistently. The Idaho band’s latest record, “Untethered Moon,” will be released later this month, building on its aesthetic of jangly indie pop mixed with controlled jam rock. Still, if you’re in the mood to relive grunge rock memories, chances are the members of Built to Spill will be wearing flannel and beanies and playing those heart-wrenching songs from “Keep It Like a Secret.” NINA GARIN
Drake: There’s always a chosen rap artist to shake up the indie-loving hipsters and EDM-bumping dance-aholics of Coachella, and this year, it’s Grammy Award-winning Drake. It makes sense, too, to have the Toronto multitalent headline on Sunday, considering his recent surprise drop of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” mixtape last month, which debuted as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and caused a total Internet meltdown. For Drake fans, it’ll be a festival finale dance party to close out the weekend on a high note, thanks to the massively-popular hits like “Started from the Bottom” and “I’m On One.” MICHELLE DEDERKO
David Guetta: There are numerous reasons that Coachella continues to ask the French DJ and record producer David Guetta to return. For one, he has sold over 9 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide and was voted the number one DJ in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs in 2011. You know Guetta from his hit singles “Gettin over You” and “Titanium.” And back in 2013, Billboard named his single “When Love Takes Over” as the No. 1 dance pop collaboration of all time. There is no question that Guetta is ready to play all his hits and keep the crowd dancing long into the warm desert night. AMBER MESKER
Circa Survive: In support of their album “Descensus,” alternative rock band Circa Survive will stop through Coachella to perform hits from several of their albums. Circa Survive ranges from post-hardcore to indie rock and experimental rock. Sure to be a lively show, they’re also known for their unique flair at concerts, such as adding props. JARNARD SUTTON