In case you haven’t heard, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off today, meaning that hundreds of off-duty ladies 'n’ gents are flocking to Indio, Calif. to get their groupie on. Music festival lineups are still overwhelmingly male, but with each passing year, the female rocker presence seems to grow, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! To give these talented ladies the attention they deserve, we’ve rounded up the coolest chicks performing at this year’s festival.
Scroll down to study up on the flyest girls at Coachella this year, and, if you’re feeling inspired, shop some of their favourite styles, too!
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WHO: Charlotte Kemp Muhl of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger
WHAT: Kemp Muhl is in an avant-garde folk band with her boyfriend Sean Lennon (yes, the son of that Lennon and Yoko Ono). Listen to "Animals" to get the full, trippy gist.
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WHO: Marina Lambrini Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds
WHAT: Diamandis is the Welsh singer-songerwriter who fronts Marina and the Diamonds, an indie pop group. Check out the nostalgic video for her song "Immortal" to get a sense of her music style.
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WHO: Lykke Li
WHAT: The Swedish songstress is known for a mix of upbeat electropop and heartbreaking ballads, all of which include a wide range of instruments from violins to African drums. Listen to "Get Some" and you'll be instantly hooked.
WHO: Annie Clark of St. Vincent
WHAT: Known for what some call "art rock," the multi-instrumentalist has performed with everyone from David Byrne to Sufjan Stevens. "Digital Witness" is her latest, super dance-y track.
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WHO: Azealia Banks
WHAT: The controversial rapper is known for bringing attention to issues like racism and misogyny, topics she doesn't shy away from in her music. "212," an ode to her hometown of NYC, shot her to instant stardom.
WHO: Jenny Lewis
WHAT: Lewis originally fronted the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has since pursued a solo career with music that has a folk-ier vibe to it. Listen to her mellow single "Just One of the Guys," and check out the VERY special guests in the video.
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WHO: Ryn Weaver
WHAT: Weaver shot to fame after her song "OctaHate" on Soundcloud went viral and garnered attention from industry figures like Charli XCX and the producer Benny Blanco, who she's now working with.
WHO: Kimbra Lee Johnson, known as Kimbra
WHAT: The mixed-genre musician hails from New Zealand and cites everyone from Prince to Jeff Buckley as influences. "Settle Down" is one of her most popular tracks.
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WHO: Tahliah Debrett Barnett, known as FKA Twigs
WHAT: Though she's in the news more lately due to her uber-famous beau, the singer's unique trip-hop tunes are worth an equal amount of attention. "Two Weeks" is her most popular song to date.
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WHO: Kiesa Rae Ellestad, known as Kiesza
WHAT: The deep house performer is very popular among the dance party set, and nightclubs love her. But her catchy single "Hideaway" managed to garner mainstream attention.
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WHO: Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine
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WHO: Julia Stone of Angus & Julia Stone
WHAT: As one half of the brother-sister duo that makes up her folk band, Stone works with her brother to craft uber-romantic, heartfelt lyrics that are perfect for falling in (our out of) love. Check out what we mean with "A Heartbreak."
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