Coachella: 10 Bands To Watch

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Florence Welch performs on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire on September 29, 2009 in London, England.

The time for Coachella 2010 is now. And we're sure all the fans in the world know just why Jay-Z, Muse, Thom Yorke and Gorillaz are playing high-profile big-stage sets. But even if you aren't headed to Indio this weekend to catch the festivities live, there are a ton of other great bands on the bill worth listening to. Check out our picks for 10 less obvious bands playing Coachella worth watching this weekend and beyond.

next: Yeasayer

Sleigh Bells

Gobi Tent; Friday, 3:30

The buzz on this band couldn't be any louder: from the glowing New Yorker review of one of its first gigs during last year's CMJ festival to the enthusiastic support of M.I.A., Brooklyn's Sleigh bells is off to a running start. "Treats," the group's debut album, is due May 11, and the early arrivals on Coachella first day will get a chance to hear their head-spinning mix of buzz saw guitar and syrupy vocals.

next: Yeasayer

next: The Whitest Boy Alive

Yeasayer

Mojave Tent; Friday, 4:20

In January, Billboard tapped Yeasayer as one of 2010's Artists to Watch, and the Brooklyn band has been touring nearly nonstop ever since behind its much-lauded second album "Odd Blood." Released in February on Secretly Canadian, the album finds Yeasayer focused on the bottom end -- and the sound, much like its debut, stands out from the crowd with a mix of '80s radio hits, '90s one-hit wonders, dance music, dancehall and dubstep that's both classic and timely.

next: The Whitest Boy Alive

next: Beach House

The Whitest Boy Alive

Gobi Tent; Friday, 11:55

As part of the band Kings of Convenience, singer/guitarist Erlend Øye pays homage to the earnest sound and songs of Simon and Garfunkel. But with his other band, the Berlin-based Whitest Boy Alive, he puts his wispy vocals to a minimal funky dance beat. This is the rare treat, a chance to catch the band on its first, brief U.S. tour.

next: Beach House

next: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Beach House

Mojave Tent; Saturday, 4:25

Having received rave reviews for their January Sub Pop release "Teen Dream," the Baltimore duo consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally will inevitably play a show with much more energy and vigor than one'd expect from a dream pop duo. It'll be worth wading through the vast sea of hipsters to get to this one. Eyes on the prize.

next: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

next: Flying Lotus

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes

Outdoor Theater; Saturday, 5:10

With its rotating cast of musicians and frequent lack of shoes, this L.A.-based collective led by Ima Robot singer Alex Ebert has been on a slow boil, its loose but catchy songs slowly worming their way in to people's consciousness from coast to coast. This late afternoon outdoor performance on the second largest of Coachella's stages should be a coming out party for a hometown band bound for national glory.

next: Flying Lotus

next: Die Antwoord

Flying Lotus

Gobi Tent; Saturday, 10:45

Another Los Angeles musician to play a hometown show at Coachella, Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) first built his reputation as a beat master doing soundtracks for the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim." Now with his third album, "Cosmogramma," is due imminently on Warp Records and his live shows are incorporating an interactive visual element.

next: Die Antwoord

next: The Soft Pack

Die Antwoord

Downloads: 233,000

The last band added to the festival, Die Antwoord is a South African duo that has transcended its meme-of-the-week status -- earned after its twisted videos became a YouTube sensation and garnered millions of curious viewers - by signing a major deal with Interscope Records. The 20-minute Saturday night set will be the coming out party for one of the oddest, but most-highly anticipated bands of 2010.

next: The Soft Pack

next: Florence + The Machine

The Soft Pack

Mojave Tent; Sunday, 12:55

The curiously named SoCal band The Soft Pack (who divulged plenty about their name and more in Billboard's Live Q&A with the band on April 2) is having a banner year, with a big gig at South by Southwest last month and at Lollapalooza ahead this summer. Their February self-titled release will give the Sunday crowds plenty of high-energy garage-y rock to stomp to.

next: Florence + The Machine

next: Miike Snow

Florence + The Machine

Gobi Tent; Sunday, 4:30

She won Best British Album at February's BRIT Awards and performed a heartbreaking cover of Mario Winans' "I Don't Wanna Know" at Billboard.com's studios. Now, pop/rock/soul artist Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine will bring a welcome chill ambience to Coachella's last day.

next: Miike Snow

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Miike Snow

Mojave Tent; Sunday, 6:45

Swedish DJ and songwriting duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, who won a Grammy for their Britney Spears track "Toxic" formed the band Miike Snow with American Andrew Wyatt after a failed attempt to write a hit pop album for another artist. Walking the line between club beats and melodic pop, this Stockholm-based group has the coveted sunset slot in the massive Mojave Tent.

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