Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves

With more than 160 acts playing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., this weekend and next weekend, determining who to see can be a little overwhelming, even before set-time conflicts come into play and the final YouTube schedule is announced -- yes, you can live-stream it!

We can help with our in-house Coachella experts selecting five can't-miss artists each day and why. While we have a couple of bigger names on the list, we also went for some deeper dives in the fine print of the lineup poster.


Kacey Musgraves

Why: She is one of the few artists to play both Coachella and sister event the Stagecoach Country Music Festival.

And even though we don't have the set times yet, if she's playing at sunset, you can guarantee that this will be one of those perfect Coachella moments.

Song to stream: "Rainbow"


Why: Coachella's first foray into K-pop is with this girl group. It's going to be fun, it's going to be buzzed about, and it's going to be packed.

Song to stream: "Boombayah"

Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Why: Do you remember when Los Angeles Azules played Coachella last year? That set was lit and one of the best parties all weekend. This Norteño group will bring equal fire. Also, Los Tucanes de Tijuana is playing the Chella community concert between the weekends.


Los Tucanes De Tijuana
Los Tucanes De Tijuana

Song to stream: "La Chona"

Calypso Rose

Why: Whenever you can see a senior legend at Coachella (Mavis Staples, Leonard Cohen, etc.), do it. The calypso music of the 78-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago is the epitome of sunny Coachella vibes. You will dance.

Song to stream: "Israel by Bus"

Let's Eat Grandma

Why: The twin Coachella weekends are the only chances to see the British indie duo in the U.S. The rest of the group's U.S. tour has been canceled following the death of member Jenny Hollingworth's boyfriend.

Song to stream: "Falling Into Me"


Idris Elba

Why: Dude! Stringer Bell from "The Wire" is coming to Coachella with house music.

Let’s Eat Grandma
Let's Eat Grandma
Also, he's super-pumped about his DJ set. He even told Ryan Seacrest "I'm gonna rock Coachella" on the Golden Globes red carpet and said playing Coachella is a lifelong dream.

Song to stream: "Badman"

The Interrupters

Why: If you loved the heyday of '90s punk and owned any of those Epitaph "Punk-O-Rama" compilations, this set is for you. Not only is the music great, but the band is a blast to see live.

Song to stream: "Gave You Everything"


Why: This year, when people complained to me about how "Coachella doesn't have rock music any more," I immediately told them about this British post-punk band. Catch these guys now to say you saw them when. The live set is incendiary and will be sweaty.

Calypso Rose
Calypso Rose

Song to stream: "Concrete"


Why: Duh, the band's cover of Toto's "Africa." Actually, Weezer is one of the bands that has played Coachella multiple times, including back in the day before the kids knew Weezer for its covers. (We're totally Leslie Jones in that "Saturday Night Live" skit. Blue album and "Pinkerton" for life!)

Song to stream: "Surf Wax America"


Why: The up-and-coming St. Louis rapper has a melodic spin and has collaborated with Valee, Chance the Rapper, Noname and Saba.

Song to stream: "L.M.F."



Why: The Grammys got this one right. H.E.R. was nominated for five trophies and took home two this year -- for Best R&B Performance and for Best R&B Album. 

Song to stream: "Rather Be"

Blood Orange

Why: Dev Hynes' experimental R&B project will move you, and it has been five years since we've seen Blood Orange in the desert.

Song to stream: "You're Not Good Enough"


Why: This might be the first time a guest judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" has played Coachella. Also, if you're not into the rapping fun of Lizzo, why are you even going to the fest (or streaming it)?

Song to stream: "Good as Hell"

Alice Merton

Why: Somewhere between Annie Lennox and Florence Welch, there are the grooves and tunes of Merton. You will want to dance and maybe shout a bit.

Song to stream: "Lash Out"

Nocturnal Sunshine

Why: Nocturnal Sunshine is the alias of beloved techno and house DJ and producer Maya Jane Coles. The Nocturnal Sunshine work trends darker and more bass heavy.

Song to stream: "Take Me There"