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It's hard to imagine a concert that can handle 50,000 fans a day completely selling out, but that's what happened at last year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival for the first time in the event's brief history. And this year, with another jaw-dropping, nearly 80-band lineup that boasts headliners Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails along with New Wave-era stars like Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, New Order, and the recently reunited Gang of Four, odds are that tickets will soon become scarce. After all, the two-day celebration isn't just the place to catch musical darlings du jour like Bright Eyes and The Arcade Fire. If anything, Coachella's high-profile status has everything to do with the up-and-comers who play earlier in the day. They're the ones you might not have heard as much about, but will inevitably see more of through the next year, such as The Futureheads, MF Doom, and The Kills. It's only a month until the event (to be held April 30 and May 1 in Indio, California), so start planning your road trip. For details, visit www.coachella.com.
To catch a glimpse of young, rising talent from the Valley and beyond, check out the New Times New Music concert series, a monthly showcase presented by Evening Star Entertainment that kicks off on Thursday, March 24, at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale. Starting off the night at 7 p.m. will be prog-emo buzz band (and Ms. Jameson devotees) Jenna's Arrival, followed by Lollapalooza alums The Mercy Kiss from Milwaukee (7:45 p.m.), local pop-rockers Mink Rebellion (8:30 p.m.), and melodic alt-rock band Handcrafted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and all-ages admission is $7. After the show, the club will stay open to its regular 21-and-up crowd.