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One of the things I do here at TicketLiquidator is look at search statistics to see which acts most people are interested in. This past week, the mega-tours (One Direction, George Strait, Miley Cyrus) that had dominated the recent charts were pushed down the list by a number of other bands. It's not that I didn't know the names--some of them were pretty big acts--but it was unusual to have such a big change all at once. Then, I realized what was happening.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival® has announced its 2014 lineup.

Since it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go personally this year (sniff) I decided to give myself a virtual mini-concert and listen to some of the many (there's something like 165) bands who will appear there. And I had waaaay too much fun not to share.

Pharrell Williams Makes Me "Happy"

In a bad mood? Snap out of it! Trust me--there is no way you can listen to this song and keep frowning. In fact, so many people fell in love with the catchy vibe that Pharrell Williams released a 24-hour music video for this Oscar®-nominated song. It features many of the dancers you see in the shorter version, just bopping along and feeling, well, happy. I have watched it sporadically but I love the song so much I don't want to burn myself out with too many repitions.


Src: 2013 Happy via YouTube

Lorde Amazes with "Royals"

Unless you've been living in a cave--make that a cave without cable or internet--you've heard this song. As good as the 17-year-old Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Conner's performance is, that's not the most amazing thing about the multiple-Grammy®-nominated "Royals." It's that the New Zealand native wrote it. Well, okay, Lorde has an older writing partner but he claims the lyrics are all hers. Like the other songs on Pure Heroin, "Royals" shows amazing sophistication.


Src: 2013 Royals via YouTube

Aloe Blacc is Definitely "The Man"

Aloe Blacc has been on the scene for ten years, but I admit I hadn't heard of him until he released "I Need a Dollar" in 2010. But it's his most recent album, Lift Your Spirit, that's really caught my attention. And, even though the first time I heard the first few bars of "The Man," I thought he was about to sample Elton John's classic "Your Song," I quickly realized that the song was Blacc's own, with a riff that's totally contagious.


Src:2013 The Man via YouTube

Trombone Shorty Rains Down "Fire and Brimstone"

When, on one of this season's episodes of HBO's Treme, D.J. Davis hears Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' latest album on his car stereo, the music's so good he's unable to get out of the car. When I first heard the following track, it's a good thing I was already in my house, because I couldn't stop listening, either.


Src: 2013 Fire and Brimstone via YouTube

I could go on and on, but let's get down to what you really want to know: Who's playing this year?

Coachella 2014 Lineup

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A$AP Ferg
Adventure Club
Aeroplanes
AFI
Alesso
Aloe Blacc
AlunaGeorge
Anna Lunoe
Anthony Green
Anti-Flag
Arcade Fire
Art Department
Bad Manners
Banks
Bastille
Beady Eye
Bear Hands
Beck
Bicep
Big Gigantic
Blood Orange
Bo Ningen
Bombay Bicycle Club
Bombino
Bonobo
Broken Bells
Bryan Ferry
Cage the Elephant
Cajmere
Calvin Harris
Capital Cities
Caravan Palace
Carbon Airways
Carnage
Chance the Rapper
Chromeo
Chvrches
City and Colour
Classixx
Damian Lazarus
Darkside
Daughter
Davide Squillace
Deorro
Dillon Francis
Disclosure
Dixon
DJ Falcon
Drowners
Duck Sauce
Duke Dumont
Dum Dum Girls
Ellie Goulding
Empire of the Sun
Factory Floor
Fatboy Slim
Fishbone
Flatbush Zombies
Flight Facilities
Flosstradamus
Flume
Foster the People
Foxygen
Frank Turner
Future Islands
Gabba Gabba Heys
Galantis
Gareth Emery
Girl Talk
Goat
Graveyard
Grouplove
GTA
Guy Gerber
Haim
Headhunterz
Holy Ghost!
Hot Since 82
J Roddy Walston and the Business
Jagwar Ma
James Vincent McMorrow
Jhene' Aiko

   John Beaver
John Newman
Kate Nash
Kid Cudi
Krewella
Lana Del Rey
Laura Mvula
Laurent Garnier
Lee Burridge
Little Dragon
Lorde
Maceo Plex
Makj
Mako
Martin Garrix
MGMT
Michael Brun
Mogwai
Motorhead
MS MR
Muse
NAS
Neko Case
Netsky
Neutral Milk Hotel
Nicole Moudaber
Nina Kraviz
Outkast
Pet Shop Boys
Pharrell Williams
Poolside
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Queens of the Stone Age
Ratking
RL Grime
Rudimental
Saints of Valory
Scuba
Shlohmo
Showtek
Skrillex
Sleigh Bells
Solange
Solomun
Strekr
Superchunk
Surfer Blood
Syd Arthur
Temples
The 1975
The Afghan Whigs
The Bots
The Cult
The Dismemberment Plan
The Glitch Mob
The Head and The Heart
The Internet
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
The Knife
The Magician
The Martinez Brothers
The Naked and Famous
The Preatures
The Replacements
The Toy Dolls
Tiga
Title Fight
TJR
Tom O'Dell
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Ty Segall
Unlocking the Truth
Uz
Warpaint
Washed Out
Waxahatchee
White Lies
Woodkid
Wye Oak
Young and Sick
Zedd
ZZ Ward

 

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