So, this week, I've already given a thorough rundown of all the best bets for live entertainment during the two Coachella weekends and surrounding dates. But if you're going to the massive desert festival, then I'd be remiss not to give my recommendations of acts to see—acts, I should add, that won't be heading to San Diego anytime soon. Here are my recommendations for Coachella 2014:
Darkside: This electronic duo of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington blend psychedelic dance music with blues for an experience that's less like going to a rave than hearing the house band at a dystopian road house. Epic jams are what they do best.
Future Islands: Baltimore synth-pop trio Future Islands bring the house down at pretty much every show, and they even made an impressive late-night debut on The Late Show with David Letterman this year. Watch frontman Sam Herrington and you'll be hooked.
The Knife: Swedish duo The Knife, in a live setting, have been likened to a surrealist performance-art troupe. There are elaborate visuals, interpretive dance, bizarre musical instruments—it's quite the spectacle. And you don't come to Coachella for earnestness; you come for spectacle.
Motörhead: If you've ever enjoyed anything resembling rock 'n' roll or heavy metal, then you'd be passing up an amazing opportunity by not watching Motörhead. Lemmy and Co. have been thrashing stages for nearly four decades and show no signs of slowing down.
Outkast: This one's pretty obvious, I suppose, since they're headlining. But Outkast haven't performed live together for more than 10 years, so carve out a comfortable spot on the grass to see Andre 3000 and Big Boi reignite the funk flame.
The Replacements: Another obvious one. If we're talking bands that haven't been together for a long time, The Mats were disbanded for more than 20 years. And while they did some reunion shows last year, they didn't hit California. Check off a bucket-list item and hear "Left of the Dial" on the left coast.
Solange: I saw Beyoncé's li'l sis last year at FYF Fest, and she was amazing. At Coachella, you should only see artists who can use a giant venue to their advantage, and Solange definitely brings it.