Video of the Day | Coachella Preview Edition: “Civilian” by Wye Oak

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This Friday commences the 2014 edition of the Coachella Music Festival, held annually (twice, the past few year) in Indio, California.  And today marks our commencement of a series of Videos of the Day featuring bands performing at this year’s two identical iterations of the festival.

Wye Oak is one of those indie darling bands with desperately passionate followings in certain circles while laboring in complete anonymity in others. Sure to occupy an early afternoon slot this coming Friday, the Baltimore duo features Jenn Wasner‘s complex vocals and Andy Stack‘s  metronomic time-keeping (with both drums and keyboard). They’re just the sort of band you want to see open up your Coachella experience, working you into the experience with songs that may start somewhat slow, but which end with fury and passion.

The band performed one of those songs, “Civilian,” during a 2011 visit to Seattle’s KEXP.



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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.