Coachella 2k11

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Some of the best up-and-coming bands play the Coachella Music Festival every year, and this year is no exception.

To that end, I threw together a quick list of links to songs by a number of the groups performing….I left out bands like the Strokes, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, Kanye West because I think they’re pretty well exposed at this point.  As you’ll soon learn, if you don’t already know, the bands starting with a “C” are clearly going to require you to put on your dancing shoes.  Enjoy.


Cut Copy

Cold Cave

Crystal Castles


Empire of the Sun

The Joy Formidable

The Rural Alberta Advantage

Sleigh Bells

Tame Impala

Pains of Being Pure at Heart



Freelance Whales


Jenny and Johnny

Best Coast

The Drums

Foster the People


Titus Andronicus

PJ Harvey


Death from Above 1979 (Sebastien Grainger)

(I don’t have a good video of DFA….but they should be sick)

Gordon Downie (lead singer of the Tragically Hip)


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.