With another rich slate of musical offerings, the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival offers an outstanding array of choices. Beyond the appointment-viewing artists found in the largest print on the festival's familiar poster, you could build your experience around these picks before (and after) the headliners take the stage this weekend.
Mbongwana Star, noon, Gobi tent
Hailing from the Republic of Congo, this seven-piece group finds a distorted, groove-heavy mix of West African guitar music and fuzzy post-punk that's as unfamiliar as it is magnetic. Two of the band's members hail from the propulsive Staff Benda Billi, a group of four...