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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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Blood Orange

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BLOOD ORANGE

Hometown: Essex, U.K.

Sound: Alt R&B with funk, soul and jazz influences.

Band Members: Devonté “Dev” Hynes

Style: Normcore poster boy with British skater roots. Much-documented soft spots for mock turtlenecks, dad jeans and Vans slip-ons.

Fun Fact: Last month, Hynes gave a TED talk about his ability to hear colors through a neurological phenomenon known as synesthesia.

Biggest Obstacle: Hynes lost everything in a fire last year, including his puppy Cupid, bringing new meaning to the title of his second album: “Cupid Deluxe.” The mother of his girlfriend/frequent collaborator, Samantha Urbani of the band Friends, raised money through a crowdfunding campaign, which Hynes plans to donate to charity.

Day Job: Writer-producer on tracks for Florence and the Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Sky Ferreira, Solange Knowles and Mutya Keisha Siobhan. The multihyphenate has also released comic books and short stories.

Up Next: He composed the score for “Palo Alto,” Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, out next month, and will play the international summer festival circuit at Way Out West, Øya, Flow and Lollapalooza.


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