Coachella is back, for two desert weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22. Our massive team of writers and photographers will be covering everything from the performances to the fashion trends to the drug-induced-tomfoolery. We're also rolling out preview profiles and interviews all week.
Over 140 artists are performing -- we've got the full list below. But, you may be wondering, who the hell are some of these people? To help you out we've got stories on many of them culled from our sister Village Voice Media papers around the country. You'll learn about that time Flying Lotus pretended to be a UCLA physics major, Seun Kuti's first Minneapolis performance as an eight year old, even the mysteries of Merrill Garbus and why Chuck Klosterman can't handle her. Dig in! -Ben Westhoff
*Pop Go Abe Vigoda: The punk-gone-shoegaze band await a mainstream breakthrough
Amon Tobin : ISAM Live
*Q&A: araabMUZIK On His Influences, His Name, And Filling His Records With Crazy Beats
At The Drive-In
*Mars Volta and At the Drive-In's Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Is a Real Bastard
Atari Teenage Riot
*Avicii appears on OC Weekly's "Top Five DJs Under 25"
*Q&A: Azealia Banks On Growing Up On Stage, Being Compared To Nicki Minaj, And Why Women Have More Sexual Power Than People Think
Band of Skulls
*Black Lips Clean Up (A Bit) For 'Arabia Mountain'
*Phoenix New Times Story on The Black Lips
*Bon Iver wins two Grammys, and "Bonny Bear" is born
*Bon Iver "kind of said 'f*ck you' a little bit" to the Grammys
*The Buzzcocks: Possessed by the Spirit of '76: Steve Diggle says the punk rock way of looking at the world is just as relevant today as it ever was.
*Childish Gambino Breaks the Hip-Hop Mold
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
*Big Pimpin': Pimp cups have real players like Snoop Dogg and white kids alike dropping cash
*Q&A: EMA's Erika M. Anderson On How To Shock People Using Stolen Classic-Rock Lyrics And Firing A Gun At Age 14
Explosions in the Sky
*Review of Fanfarlo in Minneapolis
*Q&A: Mike Watt on Napping, Beards, the Neutral Milk Guy, and D Boon
First Aid Kit
*First Aid Kit Are Ladies of the Fjord: A Scandinavian spin on Americana
Fitz and the Tantrums
*Fitz and the Tantrums: Soul Suits Them: The six-piece combo put the 'move' in the burgeoning American soul movement
Florence and the Machine
Flux Pavilion & Dr. P
*The Time Flying Lotus Pretended To Be A UCLA Physics Major
*Flying Lotus Rising: Could spiritual electronica be the next great California sound?
Gardens & Villa
*Phoenix New Times Story on Gardens & Villa
Gary Clark Jr.
*Seattle Weekly Reviews Gary Clark Jr.
*Girl Talk Is the Best at What He Does: Audiences aren't sick of mash-ups yet, not when they're as sophisticated as Gregg Gillis' work
*Girl Talk's Greg Gillis Says Irony Is a Waste
*S.F.'s Girls Issue a Gorgeous Old-School Epic
*Christopher Owens of Girls on Being on God's Dark Side
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
*Gotye: I don't care if you mispronounce my name
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Greg Ginn and The Royal We
Housse de Racket
Jacques Lu Cont
*Review of Jeff Mangum in Minneapolis
Jimmy Cliff with Tim Armstrong and the Engine Band
*Kaskade Masters Time, Space and Big-Room Electronica: The DJ from San Clemente headlines the biggest New Year's parties in the Southwest
Keep Shelly in Athens
*Born and raised in Compton, Kendrick Lamar Hides a Poet's Soul Behind "Pussy & Patron"
*Kendrick Lamar's Section 80 tops LA Weekly's list of best LA Albums of 2011
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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