Have you been keeping tabs on me on Twitter? If so, then you already know that I'm at Coachella this weekend to check out all of the music acts, thanks to H&M USA. I just wrapped up my first day, and man, what a great way to close out my evening. Jay-Z got the crowd jumping with a special guest (and fireworks!), but he's not the only crowd-pleaser. Here's a look at five acts from Friday that were audience favorites. Check in later as I recap more festival highlights!
As much as I love to see one of my favorite bands put out their latest album, the most wonderful thing about the music world is that new artists continue to emerge. A very special few come out of nowhere and manage to blow your mind — so tell me, whose debut do you think is the best breakthrough album of 2009?
Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2009 polls!
Some of these gifted artists may be bigger than what you consider "indie," but they all captured the spirit of the genre in '09. It's hard to pinpoint why they're just so cool, but they make it seem effortless. Personally speaking, I've been listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix and It's Blitz! by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on a repeat loop, but there were plenty of other albums to choose from. Which one is your favorite?