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Friday 2 p.m.
Friday 2 p.m.

DON’T MISS

REDD KROSS (Pictured) Look at it as a victory lap of sorts for one of the enduring bands from the L.A. rock scene. (Mojave, 2:15-3:05)

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LUCKYIAM Pensive, progressive hip-hop with languorous, noir grooves from a founder of Living Legends. (Outdoor, 2-2:50)

JOHN BUTLER TRIO The Australian’s jammy, eclectic groove rock should be a nice prologue for headliner Johnson. (Coachella, 2:30-3:20)

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MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS (Sahara, 2-2:50)

PORTER(Gobi, 2-2:40) (Jon Krop)
<b>3 P.M.</b>
Friday 3 p.m.

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LES SAVY FAV The New York band’s grand guitar rock delivers quirky tales. Intriguing and ambitious. (Outdoor, 3:10-4)

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BATTLES (pictured) Jazzman Anthony Braxton’s son Tyondai is a member of this band, whose madly propulsive symphonic rock races along like a fast, huge creature. (Gobi, 3-3:45)

BLACK KIDS They’re from Jacksonville, Fla., but sound as if Robert Smith and the Cure tried to sneak in disguised as the Beach Boys. (Mojave, 3:25-4:10)

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SEBASTIAN(Sahara, 2:50-3:40) (Timothy Saccenti)
<b>Friday 4 P.M.</b>
Friday 4 p.m.

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ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI Constant surprise is the hallmark of the Australian band’s playful phantasmagoric experimentation. (Outdoor, 4:25-5:15)

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SLIGHTLY STOOPID The popular SoCal band gets typecast as ska, but it actually ranges far and wide for its persuasive grooves. (Coachella, 3:45-4:35)

DAN DEACON The Baltimore DJ and producer’s manic dance music should play especially well here if he brings along his Schwarzenegger visuals. (Gobi, 4-4:50)

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JENS LEKMAN (pictured) The Swedish crooner’s mellow, moody folk-pop peaks at pleasant. (Mojave, 4:35-5:25)

BUSY P(Sahara, 3:40-4:40) (Kristin Lidell)
<b>Friday 5 P.M.</b>
Friday 5 p.m.

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ADAM FREELAND The Brighton DJ’s latest, “The Hate EP,” delivers grinding industrial dance music. (Sahara, 4:40-5:50)

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CUT COPY (pictured) Dance, new wave, post-punk and even shoegazer flavors swirl in the Aussie group’s sound. (Gobi, 5:15-6:05)

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THE BREEDERS Kim and Kelley Deal’s music sounds bland and obscure on their band’s new album, “Mountain Battles,” with little of the Pixie-dusted rock of old. (Coachella, 5-5:50) (Ben Saunders)
<b>Friday 6 P.M.</b>
Friday 6 P.M.

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DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP Monty Python with turntables? Broad British hip-hop from a duo bursting with personality and a homemade charm. (Gobi, 6:30-7:20)

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MUM Miasmic, meditative chamber pop from Iceland. (Mojave, 5:50-6:45)

VAMPIRE WEEKEND The New Yorkers are simultaneously riding a buzz and battling the backlash, which should add an edge of challenge to their set. (Outdoor, 5:40-6:30)

TEGAN AND SARA (pictured) The twin sisters from Canada bring tart harmonies and sharp attitude to their arty folk-pop. (Coachella, 6:15-7:05)

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SANDRA COLLINS(Sahara, 5:50-7) (Autumn DeWilde)
<u><b>Friday 7 P.M.</b></u>
Friday 7 P.M.

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THE RACONTEURS (pictured) Jack White and Brendan Benson glide and collide and set sparks flying on their band’s new album, “Consolers of the Lonely.” (Coachella, 7:30-8:30)

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THE NATIONAL The Brooklyn band’s shadowy, contemplative mood-rock can be demanding, but is usually rewarding as well. (Outdoor, 6:55-7:45)

DIPLO Two of the Philadelphia DJ/producer’s collaborators are on hand this weekend -- M.I.A. and Bonde Do Role. (Sahara, 7-8)

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GOLDFRAPP Dance diva Alison Goldfrapp gets all ambient on her new album, which might actually suit her remote stage demeanor. (Mojave, 7:10-8) (Press Here Publicity via Bloomberg)
<b>Friday 8 P.M.</b>
Friday 8 P.M.

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SANTOGOLD (pictured) See Ann Powers’ Coachella picks. (Gobi, 7:45-8:35)

AESOP ROCK One of underground rap’s perennial forces. (Mojave, 8:20-9:10)

APHEX TWIN One of electronic music’s founding fathers (Sahara, 8-9)

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THE SWELL SEASON The underdog duo’s scrappy sincerity in the indie movie hit “Once” won audience hearts and a best-song Oscar, but Glen Hansard’s intensity can verge on the overbearing. (Outdoor, 8:25-9:15) (Girlie Action)
<u><b>Friday 9 P.M.</b></u>
Friday 9 P.M.

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THE VERVE The original four members of the English band have been back together for half a year now, so maybe we’ll get back to the promise of the early days and “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” (Coachella, 9-10:10)

SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS (pictured) The New York singer and her band are arguably today’s most formidable carrier of soul music tradition. (Mojave, 9:35-10:25)

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DATAROCK A touch of “Flight of the Conchords” humor brightens the Norwegian band’s spare, jokey indie rock. (Gobi, 9-9:45)

PENDULUM The U.S. debut of an Australian outfit that applies a rock force to its dance music (Sahara, 9:20-10:20) (Dulce Pinzon)
<b>Friday 10 P.M.</b>
Friday 10 P.M.

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SERJ TANKIAN (pictured) System of a Down’s eccentrically flamboyant singer connected with fans last year with his own poetically political album, “Elect the Dead.” (Outdoor, 9:55-10:45)

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SPANK ROCK Experimental hip-hop via Baltimore (Gobi, 10:05-10:50) (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
<u><b>Friday 11 P.M.</b></u>
Friday 11 P.M.

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BLACK LIPS (pictured) Raw, garage psychedelia from the Atlanta-based progeny of “Psychotic Reaction.” The perfect time slot for the anti-Jack Johnson. (Gobi, 10:50-11:40)

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FATBOY SLIM One of the early heroes of the dance music world returns. (Sahara, 10:45-12)

PROFESSOR MURDER The New Yorkers’ dance-punk is playful and aggressive. (Gobi, 11:10-12)

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JACK JOHNSON Unless the headliner has had a metabolism transplant recently, the opening day figures to end on a mellow if not drowsy note. (Coachella, 10:45-12) (Dan Monick)
Saturday NOON
Saturday, NOON

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THE BIRD AND THE BEE (pictured) L.A. singer Inara George taps her jazzy side in partnership with multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin. (Mojave, 12:30-1:10)

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JUPITER’S RING (Outdoor, 12:30-1)

INSTITUBES DJs Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic (Sahara, 12-1:30) (Autumn De Wilde)
<b>Saturday 1 P.M.</b>
Saturday, 1 P.M.

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THE TEENAGERS (pictured) Slap a parental advisory on this Paris band, whose satirical social observations can get outrageously graphic, not to mention insanely catchy. (Mojave, 1:30-2:10)

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VHS OR BETA In the XTC lineage, the Louisville band’s thick sound and plaintive feel straddle indie and power pop. (Coachella, 1:35-2:20)

YOAV A Mika from the dark side? Catchy and theatrical, but with an ominous edge rather than candy coating. (Gobi, 1-1:30)

LITTLE BROTHER The North Carolina alt-rap group is solid and smart. (Outdoor, 1:15-2)

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UFFIE FEATURING DJ MEDHI (Sahara, 1:30-2:20) (Beggars Group USA)
<b>Saturday 2 P.M.</b>
Saturday 2 P.M.

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MAN MAN Like another MM, Modest Mouse, this Philadelphia five-piece makes heady, eccentric music, keeping its balance as it zips from frenetic cartoon soundtrack to tipsy cabaret. (Mojave, 2:30-3:15)

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CARBON/SILICON (pictured) The Clash’s Mick Jones, teaming with Generation X’s Tony James, remains thoughtful and provocative, but now sounds more gently persuasive than fiery. (Gobi, 1:45-2:35)

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DREDG Lots of big, prog-leaning, ruminative bands are on the bill -- also see Rogue Wave, Minus the Bear. This veteran San Francisco entry is one of the more faceless. (Outdoor, 2:20-3:10)

KAVINSKY French techno from Vincent Belorgey. (Sahara, 2:20-3:10) (Jeff Christensen / AP)
<b>Saturday 3 P.M.</b>
Saturday 3 P.M.

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DEVOTCHKA (pictured) See Ann Powers’ Picks (Outdoor, 3:35-4:25)

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MINUS THE BEAR The Seattle band can seem a little formal, but when their grand, complex soundscapes are seeped in yearning and melancholy it makes for some plaintive prog. (Coachella, 2:45-3:35)

120 DAYS A derivative but effective clatter-and-whoosh entry in the tradition of Joy Division and the Jesus and Mary Chain. (Gobi, 3-3:45)

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JAMES ZABIELA (Sahara, 3:10-4) (Gary Isaacs)
Saturday 4 P.M.
Saturday 4 P.M.

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COLD WAR KIDS (pictured) One of L.A.'s most intense and creative bands, ranging from complex sonic structures to earthy, primal wail. (Coachella, 4-4:50)

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BONDE DO ROLE The group’s Brazil-hop is festive, spare and percussive, heavy on the drums and shakers. Best request to shout: “James Bonde.” (Gobi, 4:05-4:55)

MGMT Prog tendencies jostle with Bowie pop touches in the band’s exotic/psychedelic anthems. Could be something if they can pull off their blend of grandeur and intimacy. (Mojave, 3:40-4:30)

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BOYZ NOIZE With his monster beats, Berliner Alexander Ridha sounds like the French guys. (Sahara, 4-5) (Stefano Paltera / For The Times)
<b>Saturday, 5 P.M.</b>
Saturday, 5 P.M.

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CAFE TACUBA (pictured) Elusive and enigmatic, the Mexico City band is never predictable but always challenging. “Sino,” its latest album, is straightforward and song-based. (Coachella, 5:15-6:05)

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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS The indie guitar-rock eminence hits some peaks on his new album, “Real Emotional Trash,” but misses the magic and the hooks of Pavement. (Outdoor, 4:50-5:40)

ST. VINCENT Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens associate Annie Clark mounts ambitious pop symphonies with flavors of jazz, classical and avant-garde. (Gobi, 5:20-6:10)

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KATE NASH The English singer-songwriter has a way with a melody and a lacerating verse, but she was over her head as a performer when she played the Troubadour in January. (Mojave, 4:55-5:45)

EROL ALKAN (Sahara, 5-6) (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
<b>Saturday 6 P.M.</b>
Saturday 6 P.M.

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HOT CHIP (pictured)One of the talked-about acts at Coachella ’07, the synth-rocking Brits have a new album of plaintive, propulsive material to add to their set. (Sahara, 6:10-7)

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE The Seattle band has staked out its turf as the pensive-pop voice of the post-grunge era, but look for signs of a promised harder approach on their upcoming album. (Coachella, 6:30-7:20)

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SCARS ON BROADWAY Following singer Serj Tankian’s set on Friday, here’s the live debut of the new project from System of a Down singer-guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. (Mojave, 6:10-6:45)

DWIGHT YOAKAM The Kentucky native, who also plays Stagecoach next weekend, got his start in L.A.'s rock clubs before finding success in the country world. His rockabilly and Buck Owens side could be a bridge to the Coachella kids. (Outdoor, 6:05-6:55)

CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA Heidi Vogel will sing the soulful leads in front of the jazz-tinged art-rock ensemble. (Gobi, 6:35-7:20) (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times)
<b>Saturday 7 P.M.</b>
Saturday 7 P.M.

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ISLANDS This offshoot of Montreal indie fave the Unicorns has gone through some personnel and presumably directional changes since its 2006 album, which introduced an intriguingly fanciful and philosophical brand of folk-pop. (Mojave, 7:10-8)

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RILO KILEY (pictured) “Under the Blacklight” has become the subject of the great debate among fans of the L.A. band: Is the album an adventurous experiment or a commercial concession? (Outdoor, 7:20-8:10)

YO! MAJESTY Florida alterna-rappers are fun and in-your-face. (Gobi, 7:40-8:20)

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JUNKIE XL Tom Holkenborg, best known for his hit remix of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation,” has a new album called “Booming Back at You.” (Sahara, 7:05-8:05) (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Saturday 8 P.M.
Saturday 8 P.M.

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M.I.A. The Londoner’s polyglot hip-hop reflects her home city’s cross-cultural currents and her Sri Lankan heritage. Her set, appropriately situated in the dance caldron, should be a vibrant focal point of the weekend. (Sahara, 8:20-9:10)

KRAFTWERK (pictured). The German group has toured during the last decade, with a Coachella stop in ’04, but don’t pass up the chance to worship one of the prime movers of all rock electronic. (Coachella, 7:50-8:50)

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MARK RONSON Last year Amy Winehouse was a Coachella hit, now her producer is here with his soul sounds, and a producer of the year Grammy. (Outdoor, 8:35-9:25)

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ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Their loopy cacophony can entertain up to a point, that point depending on your threshold for self-indulgence. (Mojave, 8:25-9:15) (Peter Boettcher)
<b>Saturday 9 P.M.</b>
Saturday 9 P.M.

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PORTISHEAD (pictured) Coachella ’08’s centerpiece reunion finds the popularizers of trip-hop as ethereally mysterious on their new album as they were in their 1990s prime. (Coachella, 9:15-10:15)

YELLE See Ann Powers’ Picks. (Mojave, 9:30-10:20)

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AKRON/FAMILY The folk-rooted collective from Pennsylvania absorbs a panoply of influences in its tribal psychedelic tapestry. (Gobi, 8:40-9:30)

SASHA & DIGWEED Coachella caps the prominent English DJ team’s first North American tour in more than six years. (Sahara, 9:10-11:10) (Phillip Guelland AFP/Getty Images)
<b>Saturday 10 P.M.</b>
Saturday 9 P.M.

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CALVIN HARRIS (pictured) The Scotsman brings a dry deadpan voice, good tunes and a wry attitude to his big, vintage dance-rock sound. (Gobi, 9:55-10:45)

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FLOGGING MOLLY Irish-flavored songs as channeled through the Clash. (Outdoor, 9:50-10:40) (Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images)
<b>11 P.M.</b>
Saturday 11 P.M.

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PRINCE (pictured) See Ann Powers’ Picks(Coachella, 10:45-12)

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ABOVE & BEYOND The UK trance trio is the force behind the admired Anjunabeats label. (Sahara, 11:10-12)

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ENTER SHIKARI Homage or sendup -- or both -- the English band herds metal and prog into a combustible proximity. (Mojave, 10:45-11:35) (Chris Carlson / AP)
<b>Sunday, NOON</b>
Sunday, NOON

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BRETT DENNEN (pictured) Coffeehouse time with an earnest, twangy-voiced troubadour. Did he just rhyme “Colorado” and “garage door”? (Gobi, 12:30-1:15)

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VAS DEFRANS Jammin’ prog from a North Hollywood band. (Outdoor, 12:45-1:10)

INSTITUBES (Sahara, 12-2)  (Gabriel Judet-Winshel)
<b>Sunday 1 P.M.</b>
Sunday 1 P.M.

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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON The dub poet was a vital figure in the punk era, setting his verses to reggae music and unleashing a fiery political dialogue. (Gobi, 1:25-2:10)

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GRAND OLE PARTY (pictured)Rilo Kiley’s Blake Sennett produced the debut album by the San Diego-based soul-blues classicists. (Outdoor, 1:20-2:05)

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PLASTICINES The pop-punk girl-group from France doesn’t bring anything new to the conventional moves. (Mojave, 1-1:30)

AUSTIN TV Rigorous, proggy instrumentals, played by costumed and masked musicians. (Coachella, 1-1:45) (Pamela Littky)
<b>Sunday 2 P.M.</b>
Sunday 2 P.M.

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THE COOL KIDS (pictured)The Chicago duo’s sly, retro hip-hop has earned a strong following. (Coachella, 2-2:40)

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THE ANNUALS Elegant, reflective chamber-pop from Raleigh, N.C. (Mojave, 1:45-2:25)

PERRY FARRELL Whether with Jane’s Addiction, Satellite Party, or as a DJ, as he is here, the L.A. rock jester is a Coachella perennial. (Sahara, 2-2:45)

SEAN PENN Hey kids, listen up, Mr. Penn has something to say. He’s back later on the main stage. (Gobi, 2:10-2:40)

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ELECTRIC TOUCH The Austin band’s rock urgency tends to tip into heavy-handedness. (Outdoor, 2:30-3:20)  (Jack Plunkett / AP)
<b>Sunday 3 P.M.</b>
Sunday 3 P.M.

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I’M FROM BARCELONA Ambitious, clever music and imaginative storytelling combine in a sparkling entertainment. (Mojave, 2:45-3:30)

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HOLY F The Toronto electronic band backed rapper Beans here in ’05. Now their analog gear is front and center in all its duct-taped glory. (Gobi, 2:50-3:35)

SHOUT OUT LOUDS The Swedish band’s yearning, melodic anthems suggest a possible name change: Renew Order. (Coachella, 3-3:50)

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DIMITRI FROM PARIS (Sahara, 2:45-4)

4 P.M.

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DUFFY (pictured) A rising force in the UK, the soul-rooted singer has a more interesting take on retro than, say, Joss Stone. (Mojave, 3:55-4:40)

STARS The day’s other Canadian band with a compelling female voice (Amy Millan) and powerful vision (also see Metric). (Coachella, 4:15-5:05)

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MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA Maybe the weekend’s closest thing to emo -- vulnerable, reedy-voiced rock that ranges from forceful to intimate. (Outdoor, 3:45-4:35)

THE FIELD Swedish techno-crat Alex Willner had a winning hit with “From Here We Go Sublime.” (Gobi, 4-4:45)

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DEADMAU5 (Sahara, 4-5) (Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images)
<b>Sunday 5 P.M.</b>
Sunday 5 P.M.

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GOGOL BORDELLO (pictured) Their rocked-up klezmer is inherently theatrical, made to order for a festival setting. (Coachella, 5:30-6:20)

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SWERVEDRIVER Not the weekend’s most heralded reunion, but the influential shoegazer band is back with its bracing guitar clamor. (Mojave, 5:05-5:55)

AUTOLUX The L.A. trio’s noise pop is rigorous and rewarding. (Outdoor, 5-5:50)

BOOKA SHADE Lean, bubbly minimalism from a German electronic duo. (Sahara, 5-5:50)

DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? Cheeky next-wave electro quartet from Reading, England. (Gobi, 5:10-6) (Michael Lavine)
<b>Sunday 6 P.M.</b>
Sunday 6 P.M.

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SPIRITUALIZED See Ann Powers’ Picks. (Mojave, 6:20-7:20)

KID SISTER WITH A-TRAK (pictured) The effervescent Chicago rapper teams with Kanye West’s DJ. (Gobi, 6:20-7:20)

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METRIC Singer Emily Haines provides a riveting focus to the Toronto band’s sinewy rock. (Outdoor, 6:15-7:05)

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SEAN PENN See 2 p.m. (Coachella, 6:45-7)

DANNY TENAGLIA (Sahara, 5:50-7:50) (Scott Gries / Getty Images)
Sunday 7 P.M.
Sunday 7 P.M.

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MY MORNING JACKET (pictured) See Ann Powers’ Picks. (Coachella, 7-8)

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LOVE AND ROCKETS Coachella had Bauhaus a couple of years ago. This time the goth slot is filled by its offspring. (Outdoor 7:30-8:25) (ATO Records)
Sunday 8 P.M.
Sunday, 8 P.M.

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ROGER WATERS (pictured)Is his headlining presence the reason for Coachella ’08’s progressive-rock subtext? His live “Dark Side of the Moon” would have more cachet if he hadn’t toured with it in the past, or if he were joined by the rest of Pink Floyd. But there’s plenty of time to drop by to see what it means for the Coachella aesthetic. (Coachella, 8:30-11)

SONS & DAUGHTERS Singer Adele Bethel fronts a Glasgow quartet whose vibrant, melodic rock evokes girl-group, Brit-pop and the tradition of folk auteurs. (Gobi, 7:40-8:30)

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MODESELEKTOR Thom Yorke guested on the Berlin electronic team’s last album. (Sahara, 8-9)

SIA The Australian’s meticulously controlled, soul-tinged singing is set in a bed of plush, orchestrated pop. (Mojave 7:45-8:35) (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
Sunday 9 P.M.
Sunday, 9 P.M.

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SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO “Attack Decay Sustain Release” was one of last year’s most creative and aggressive dance-rock collections. (Sahara, 9-9:50)

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MURS (pictured) The veteran L.A. rapper is a reliable source of personable hip-hop. As he puts it in a verse, “Tryin’ to walk that fine line between intelligence and innocence.” (Mojave, 9-9:50) (Dan Monick)
Sunday, 10 P.M.
Sunday, 10 P.M.

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CHROMEO(pictured) Armed with vocoder, fat synth and funny lyrics, the Montreal cut-ups and their giddy, symphonic/electronic funk are perfect counterprogramming to Roger Waters. (Sahara 10-10:50)

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BLACK MOUNTAIN Americana-cum-psychedelia, stomping and pounding back to ‘60s San Francisco. (Mojave, 10:15-11:05) (May Truong)
Sunday, 11 P.M.
Sunday, 11 P.M.

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JUSTICE (pictured) The dance-rock duo has led the French mini-invasion, stamping the Southland with its monster beats with repeated appearances in the last year. (Sahara, 11-12) (Marco Dos Santos)
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