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Coachella 2011: Top 10 Bands Not To Miss (Day 3)

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Here we go, the final installment before the exodus begins. Hope you packed your sunscreen as temps may peak near triple digits. Have fun be safe and rock on!

The Strokes - 8:55 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Coachella Stage
When the Strokes burst out of the gate in the early 2000's they had a sound unlike anything out at the time. Led by the ever cool Julian Casablancas, their garage-rock sound calls upon the Velvet Underground and the Stooges and at a time when "nu-metal" was what passed as rock and roll, the Stokes reminded us what rock and roll really was. Their forth album Angles builds upon what they have established but also shows a band that is branching out and expanding out of the box.

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Duran Duran - 7:25 p.m. - 8:25 p.m., Coachella Stage
The list of hits this band is responsible for is far longer than we have room for. You know them, you have sung along to them in the shower (don't deny it) and you love them. In the 80's Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes were on the wall of every teenage girl. They called upon Mark Ronson to handle production duties on their new album, All You Need Is Now, and the result is a return to the form and sound that they pioneered in the '80's.

Foster the People - 6:50 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Gobi Tent
Another band that only has to travel two hours to get to the desert, this LA based group has exploded onto the scene on the back of their uber-catchy hit "Pumped Up Kicks". With their full length dropping next month expect this to be the summer of Foster the People.

Chromeo- 8:35 p.m. - 9:20 p.m., Outdoor Theatre
This group is awesome. I could just write that a leave it and you would see them and say "Yes, yes they are." This canadian dance-rock duo is one of the funkiest groups out there today, minus a certain Purple One, in fact it is impossible not to hear the influence of Prince in their music.

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Death From Above 1979 - 6:10 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Coachella Stage
Another of the 2011 Coachella reunions, DFA 1979 reunites after five years to bring their Noise-Rock to the desert. Hopefully things will be a bit more civil than they were in Austin. TX where during a secret show, fans rioted and police were required to ease the situation.

Kanye West- 10:30 p.m. - ????., Coachella Stage
You hate him and that’s fine, he is fine with that.  But to deny that Kanye West is above and beyond anyone else (save for Jay Z) in hip hop right now is just plain ignorance. Kanye has dropped album after album of top notch hip hop hits. With top notch production and poignant lyricism he gave new life to a genre that had become a wasteland of "club bangers" and radio hits.

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PJ Harvey- 9:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Outdoor Theatre
Polly Jean Harvey, one of the most influential female singer-songwriters of the '90's, makes her Coachella debut in 2011. Running the gamut of emotions, her music is heartbreakingly honest, a trait that has cemented her status among singer-songwriters. It is amazing it has taken this long for her to make it to Indio but the wait will be worth it as it is sure to be a memorable performance.

The National- 7:25 p.m. - 8:15p.m., Outdoor Theatre
Epic, brooding and sweeping. The National's cinematic brand of indie rock captivates and tears at heart strings with frontman Matt Beninger's deep baritone voice. A prime sunset spot on the Outdoor Stage is the perfect setting for this performance.

Best Coast- 6:05 p.m. - 6:55 p.m., Outdoor Theatre
Fuzzy, dreamy surf-rock that sounds oh-so good in the summer heat. Of course Best Coast are from Los Angeles. Led by Bethany Cosentino, Best Coast float in the same current of bands made up of twentysomethings that have raided their parent's LP collection, stopping when they came across the Beach Boys "Pet Sounds."

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Nas & Damien Marley- 5:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Coachella Stage
In 2010, God's Son and Bob's Son united for a collaborative project entitled Distant Relatives. The result was a perfect blend of hip hop and reggae that shows how close the genres really are. It would be a shame to pass on the team of one of the greatest living emcee's and one of reggae's ambassadors.

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