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[Coachella Artist Spotlights] Heavy Hitters, Part 2: The Chemical Brothers, Kanye West, Jimmy Eat World

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Believe this: Coachella 2011 will be packed with all kinds of music lovers and one of the biggest draws are the “Heavy Hitting” artists like The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chemical Brothers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Eat World[/lastfm].

These are the kind of artists–if you are a diehard fan–you wait for five hours in the front of the tent to see, ignoring dehydration, hunger, heat stroke, and the fact that a ton of other great bands are playing.

These are  living musical legends.

Heavy Hitter #1: The Chemical Brothers
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Funky British trip-hop duo, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Chemical Brothers[/lastfm], are the veritable godfathers of the big beat electronic era and were inspired by artists like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]New Order[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cabaret Voltaire[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Public Enemy[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]My Bloody Valentine[/lastfm]. Sharing similar tastes in music and aspirations, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons started off as Manchester club DJs spinning sets of techno, house, and electronica in 1991 (in the middle of the Mancunian rave scene). A year later, the pair started a group called The Dust Brothers, started their own record label, Diamond Records, and continued University. Eventaully, Rowlands and Simons would released an EP called Fourteenth Century Sky which featured one of their first hits and a still sampled tracked called “Chemical Beats, which led them to officially change their name to The Chemical Brothers.

After gaining extensive popularity in the United Kingdom–including almost remixing [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm]‘ “Wonderwall”–The Dust Brothers began an international tour in 1995 and released their debut album, Exit Planet Dust, which sold over a million copies worldwide. Picking up on their success, the duo was signed by Virgin Records and given their own label called, Freestyle Dust.

Over the years, The Chemical Brothers have become one of the first and only arena-sized electronica acts, have released seven hit albums since 1995, and have featured a wide-array of famous guest vocalists including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beth Orton[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wayne Coyne[/lastfm] from the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Flaming Lips[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Q-Tip[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Klaxons[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Richard Ashcroft [/lastfm]of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Verve[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Noel Gallagher[/lastfm] from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Hope Sandoval[/lastfm] from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mazzy Star[/lastfm] and many more.

One of our favorite Chemical Brothers songs is “Hey Girl Hey Boy.”

Heavy Hitter #2: Kanye West

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Controversial and ground-breaking hip-hop producer and performer, Kanye West, started out as a local Chicago producer who eventually gained recognition working at Roc-A-Fella Records and with artists such as [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Common[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Alicia Keys[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Legend[/lastfm], with his name being most noticed for his work on Jay-Z’s 2001 album, Blueprint.

Even though West became a huge success as a producer, he had a hard time getting a record deal and West would regularly play his demos to record executives to no avail. Eventually, Jay-Z gave in and signed West as a rapper to Roc-A-Fella–the place where his career first took off as a producer. In 2004, West finally released his début album, The College Drop-Out,  which proved all the naysayers wrong and was triple certified platinum. In the past years, West has worked with many artists, but says his favorite music is rock ‘n roll and cites KROQ-friendly bands like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Killers[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]U2[/lastfm], and the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rolling Stones[/lastfm] as inspirations.

Despite the profundity of his personal life (as chronicled by the media), West has become a huge success despite attacks and hardships. He has released six studio albums, his most recent being My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and his recent collaboration album with Jay-Z called Watch The Throne.

This weekend, West released a new video from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for his song, “All Of The Lights.”

Heavy Hitter #3: Jimmy Eat World

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Alternative emo-pop heroes, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimmy Eat World[/lastfm], started off in Mesa, Arizona as a punk rock band with Jim Adkins playing guitar, Zach Lind playing drums, Mitch Porter on bass, and Tom Linton as guitarist and singer. Over time, Adkins became the primary singer when the sound of the band changed to being more “emocore.” In 1995–two years after their incarnation–Jimmy Eat World signed to Capitol Records and had their major-label début with Static Prevails, with Porter being replaced by Rick Burch.

However, by the time Jimmy Eat World was ready to make their third album–first self-titled and then going by its original moniker, Bleed American–they decided to move on to Dreamworks Records. Over the years, Jimmy Eat World has put out seven genre-defying albums, playing KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas in 2010.

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