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25 Great Small Print Bands at Coachella

April 10, 2011  |  9:29am

Kanye West, Interpol and Mumford & Sons are just a few of the must-see acts appearing at Coachella this year. But there are tons of lesser-known artists that are worth the trip to Indio, Calif.

With the festival just five days away, we decided to highlight some of the smaller names on the bill, because we know how important it is to read the fine print. Here are 25 “small print” acts that deserve must-see status.

1.The Joy Formidable
Fun, fierce and energized rock led by vocalist Ritzy Bryan, this London trio has been compared to Arcade Fire, Editors and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not a set to miss, they’ll be sure to have the crowd dancing along.

2. Trampled by Turtles
We caught a glimpse of this band at SXSW and would gladly go back for more. Sweet, strumming banjo, and a dancing fiddle are just a piece of this five-part band. Bass, guitar and mandolin help to make this toe-tapping Bluegrass experience complete.

3. City and Colour
This Canadian singer/songwriter sings straight to your soul with an understated beauty. Prepping to release his third studio album this summer, he’s definitely an act to check out.

4. Rural Alberta Advantage
These Canadians will change your mind about folk music with strong, bellowing anthems guaranteed to sweep you up and carry you away.

5. Freelance Whales
We’ve been following this Brooklyn band for some time now, and it never fails to delight us. Their multi-layered music is full of fun surprises for every ear.

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