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Coachella 2014: Ones to Watch

Despite the temperatures at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the desert bacchanal still offers an oasis for up-and-coming bands.

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

Hometown: Dublin

Sound: Often compared to indie folk artists Bon Iver and James Blake, McMorrow’s haunting, soulful falsetto and R&B melodies set him apart.

Style: Bearded Irishman with a penchant for plaid.

Big Breaks: His debut album, “Early in the Morning,” went platinum and picked up a Choice Music Prize nomination in Ireland. In 2011, he scored a breakout hit with his melancholic take on Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” a single on his charity album “Silver Lining.”

Biggest Obstacle: The singer-songwriter earned a bad boy rep after throwing tantrums onstage, but has since mellowed out after getting sober a couple of years ago.

Fun Fact: He recorded his second album, “Post Tropical,” near the Mexican border in the same pecan farm that inspired the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Animal Collective and At the Drive-In. The results: a textured, electro-acoustic blend, a well-received departure from his folk roots.

Up Next: Playing sold-out shows in Australia and Europe, and a return to his hometown for the Longitude Festival in July.

 

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