PLAYLIST: COACHELLA ESSENTIALS 2013

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Not going to Coachella this year?  Not to worry!  We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of the top bands and their best festival tunes!

1. Blur – Girls & Boys: One of the two big British bands to reunite and headline this year’s festival.  This will be the track to get everyone in the park dancing.

2. Foals – Total Life Forever: This is the title track from their year-best 2010 album.  Bouncy drumbeat with a simple sing-along chorus to boot — this is a festival staple.

3. The Postal Service – Such Great Heights: Another anticipated reunion.  This was a magical track.  Who remembers the intro from a FedEx commercial?

4. Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls: Speaking of commercials, this was used in one of the best iPod commercials I’ve ever seen.

5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps: The track that started it all for them.  They often end their set with an acoustic rendition of this track.

6. Tame Impala – Mind Mischief: The latest single from one of the buzziest bands on the bill.

7. Vampire Weekend – Cousins:  The first single from their last record, ‘Contra’.  Another festival must.

8. The 2 Bears – Warm & Easy: This duo will likely get lost under all the big names on this year’s bill, but will be a gem for those that get to see them!

9. Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead: These Canadians will forever be billed early in the day before the crowds thicken towards sunset.  This is easily the best song in their arsenal.

10. New Order – True Faith: More 80′s nostalgia.  This track needs no explanation.

11. Passion Pit – The Reeling: Still remember the first time I heard this track and my ears said “yes!”.

12. The xx – Sunset: Coming off one of the best albums of 2012, these guys are a must-see this year.

13. Bat For Lashes – Daniel: Natasha Khan, better known as Bat For Lashes, released her latest album late last year.  ’Daniel’ is from her previous album, and a staple in her set-lists.

14. Beach House – Norway: Shoegaze pop.  There is not enough shoegaze pop at festivals!

15. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks: The alternative band this year containing the most Top 40 cross-over in it’s portfolio.

16. Metric – Dead Disco: Metric is big in the USA for their latest albums, but look for the true fans in the crowd responding to this Canadian hit!

17. Diiv – How Long Have You Known: This band use some of the most forward-thinking sounds in their music.  Another daytime time slot.

18. Grimes – Oblivion: More than just a girl and her MacBook.  Grimes is coming off tons of praise for her 2012 album, ‘Visions’.

19. The Stone Roses – Fool’s Gold: The BIG British reunion at this year’s Coachella.  Rightfully headlining the Friday night, Fool’s Gold set up Britpop to be what it was in the 90′s!

 

 

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