The Ultimate Guide to Coachella 2012

The bands, the babes and the "must-haves" you won't want to forget to pack.

Tuneage // Johnie Gall // 04/09/12
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Every spring, Coachella plunges us happily into a mad season of live music overload—and L.A.'s annual exodus into the desert. So grab a bottle of water, a cute sundress and some comfortable footwear. Here's our guide to the biggest encore in the business:

Coachella 2012
April 13-15 & 20-22
Indio, California

• Listen to the FOAM Coachella playlist
• We dug into the bags of three L.A. tastemakers to see what they're bringing along to the festival (we love the idea of solar chargers—brilliant!). See their must-haves now.
• We get it...deciding on an outfit is hard! Get inspired by last year's street style favorites!
• Check out Gillian Zinser in full party mode during our trip to Palm Springs with Planet Blue, glowsticks and glitter included.

The FOAM-approved Schedule

Friday April 13 & 20

Frank Ocean
Did you know Odd Future had a soft side? It does, and it comes in the form of Frank Ocean, who is the closet thing that ultra-flip crew has to a sensitive R&B singer.

Grouplove
If you don’t mind having an epically jubilant tune swirling around in your head Arcade Fire-style, dare to check out this band's sticky songs.

EMA
Erika M. Anderson splits with her old band to bring a full-on noise-folk assault.

Saturday April 15 & 22

Bon Iver
If his sleepy, love-sick songs don't get you, maybe Justin Timberlake's impression will.

tUnE-YaRdS
Among the percussive soup of her signature sound, heavily flavored with her soulful vocals, there is lots of finger-picked tenor uke. “I never strum things,” Garbus explains. “I make it sound weird. I think people forget that I play ukulele.”

Sunday, April 15 & 22

The Growlers
A bunch of dudes who play beach-goth and look good while doing it? Please, this band was practically made for FOAM. With their long history touring with bands such as Dr. Dog and Devandra Banhart, it's about time these sea vampires got a shot at Coachella.

Santigold
This badass genre-wrangler jammed in Jamaica on her long-awaited sophomore album, and we're ready to see her perform tracks off Master of My Make Believe live.

Oberhofer
Originally a one-man bedroom act, Oberhofer (first name Brad) is a Tacoma indie kid now on tour with a full band, playing hooky songs from his many seven-inches. Oh, and he's working on a symphony on the side.



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