Indio >> OutKast, Pharrell Williams and even Justin Bieber — you heard all about it last weekend during this year's first run of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. But that doesn't mean it'll make plotting out your schedule for weekend two any easier, as many acts are sure to have a few new surprises up their sleeves for festival fans.
So here's some advice: Listen to the hype and be sure to catch all the big-name acts, but don't overlook some of the other great performers during the weekend.
Also, don't forget to check our live blog for all the buzz during the festival.FRIDAY
The rapper from the New York collective A$AP Mob brought out his entourage, including A$AP Rocky, for an energy-filled set last weekend. While he was cut off during “Work,” he bugged the sound guys so much they put him back on just long enough to finish his song.
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Outdoor TheatreALOE BLACC
First of all, if you didn't know already, Aloe Blacc is “The Man.” Secondly, he started a Soul Train line last weekend. Nuff said.
When: 4:15 p.m.
Where: Mojave TentSCHLOMO
The L.A.-producer, part of the WEDIDIT Crew, may provide that perfect mid-festival break as he brings out heavy bass lines and beats for a chill, but fun and groovy set that even included Gaslamp Killer last weekend.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Gobi TentSATURDAY
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
This English indie rock quartet are a little known band that KCRW is totally digging on and so are we. Get ready for a fun, danceable set under the Mojave Tent.
When: 3:50 p.m.
Where: Mojave TentBANKS
The L.A.-based songstress got pipes and impressed during the windy weekend. A bit coy during her interactions with the crowd last weekend, Banks was not at all shy about showing some seductive dance moves while performing hits such as “Before I Ever Met You” and “This is What it Feels Like.”
When: 3:45 p.m.
Where: Gobi TentFUTURE ISLANDS
The guys from Future Islands continue to create buzz everywhere they go, and last weekend was no exception. The Baltimore-based band packed the Gobi Tent as singer Samuel T. Herring dazzled the crowd with his unique, low-to-the-ground dance moves that even made David Letterman a fan.
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Gobi TentSUNDAY
New wave and indie pop's Blood Orange, real name Devonté “Dev” Hynes, featured a well-crafted mix of guitar skills, falsetto vocals and great stage presence with a full band to standout at the Outdoor Theatre. He's collaborated with many artists, including Coachella-scheduled Solange, so surprises may be in store this weekend.
When: 5:15 p.m.
Where: Outdoor TheatreBIG GIGANTIC
This talented duo from Denver fuse hip hop and jazz, proving that saxophones aren't just for guys like former president Bill Clinton and Dave Koz. Producer/saxophonist Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken also proved that being part of the high school band is super cool when they brought out Indio's own Shadow Hills High School marching band onto the stage during their set last weekend.
When: 7:55 p.m.
Where: Sahara TentJHENE AIKO
This petite hip-hop princess may be sweet, but she packs a punch in her vocals and stage presence. Aiko debuted her song “Spotless Mind” and made the crowd go nuts when she brought out Coachella veteran Childish Gambino and Drake for her set. What surprises are in store this weekend? We'll just have to see.
When: 10 p.m.
Where: Gobi Tent
Reporters Liset Marquez and Wes Woods contributed to this story.