COACHELLA BACK. And, this year, the bacchanalia stretches across two weekends featuring identical lineups, as well as an interim week of non-Coachella shows in L.A., so if you’re looking for live music in your city and there’s none to be had outside of that one bar band that always plays Happy Hour on Tuesdays at O’Halligan’s, this is why. This year’s Coachella contains another dizzying slate of intriguing prospects, and today we’ll run down 15 shows not to miss this weekend, featuring Radiohead, Pulp, Kendrick Lamar, God Speed! You Black Emperor, and more. Hit the gallery for the set time-sequential list.
Pulp (7:50 Friday, Coachella Stage): Pulp's 1995 appearance at Glastonbury, where they served as the last-second replacements for the Stone Roses, is the stuff of legend. This probably won't prove to be that sort of watershed moment, but it's still the reunited band's first American festival appearance in more than a decade, and the Britpop greats have long proven themselves consummate festival pros, with a deep catalog of classics, a few killer singalong choruses ("Common People"!), and, in Jarvis Cocker, a frontman whose gawky showmanship is pretty much unparalleled.
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