Reading Coachella’s Fine Print: Breakthrough Performers Worth Checking Out

So you’re selling livers, kidneys and daring yourself to forgo food for weeks until mid-April in order to pay for your trip to Coachella. It’s understandable, really. And while the big draws, like Muse, Jay-Z, Gorillaz and MGMT, appear on this flier (not this one) in enormous typeface, the true breakouts are in such fine print that you’ll likely go blind trying to read their names. But please don’t! Instead, consult a handy guide to Coachella’s fine print gems, after the jump.

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APRIL 16 Quite good: La Roux Best bet: Kate Miller-Heidke. As demonstrated by this very capable cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” below, Miller-Heidke may be the most welcome Australian pop import since we allowed Natalie Imbruglia an American conquest. Miller-Heidke has also earned a stamp of approval from Ben Folds already. Also her last album contained this bit of genius.

APRIL 17 Quite good: Tokyo Police Club, Corrine Bailey Rae Best bet: Sia. Known in part for her work on Christina Aguilera’s Bionic and for her contributions to Six Feet Under, Sia has done the impossible: Maintaining street-cred while peddling sensitive emotronica ballads.

APRIL 18 Quite good: Miike Snow, Little Boots, Matt & Kim, Hadouken! Best bet: Florence & the Machine. Recently nominated for a Brit award, this band, comprised of lead singer Florence Welch and a host of rotating collaborators (the eponymous “Machine”) may probably perform one of the best sets of the Coachella weekend.