A Grade-A festival like Coachella always pulls out some massive headliners, but I’m personally most excited to see the many acts on the festival’s undercard. Intimate crowds, better views…what’s not to love? Coachella 2013 boasts one of the strongest undercards I’ve seen in the festival’s history. If you’re looking for some new music to scope out at Coachella or if you’re simply lost in the sea of names listed on the lineup poster, allow me to help you out. Despite their names being written in microscopic, size-eight font, these acts are more than capable of holding their own against the best of the headliners.

5. Birdy Nam Nam

Birdy Nam Nam is a French DJ consortium whose style can best be described as danceably frenetic. They’re on the harder-hitting side of the unconventional spectrum, yet they somehow manage to create a noticeably complex and layered sound that all too often gets lost in the the overwrought bass wobbles of their peers.

4. Maya Jane Coles

Londoner Maya Jane Coles and her signature deep house jams will be perfect for those looking for something a little more minimal to unwind to. A far departure from the fist pump-inducing EDM the Sahara tent will undoubtedly be blasting throughout the fest, Coles’ set is sure to provide some refreshing respite that should break up your sets beautifully.

3. The 2 Bears

Consisting of Raf Rundell and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, The 2 Bears are what happens when electronic sounds and indie lyricism combine. Although there’s definitely a bit of that Hot Chip vibe there, The 2 Bears are a little on the quirkier, more experimental side. Still, they’re undeniably catchy and bound to have whichever tent or stage they ultimately get put on dancing from start to finish.

2. The Lucent Dossier Experience

If you’re looking to have your mind completely and utterly blown, the Do LaB’s headlining act, The Lucent Dossier Experience, should do the job credibly. This LA-based performance troupe produces their own unique, dubstep-heavy soundtrack fused with tribal elements that come to life before your eyes through the group’s endless array of costumed circus performers, which include acrobats, aerialists, fire dancers, and jugglers.

1. C2C

Arguably my most anticipated set of Coachella, C2C is a Nantes-based turntable quartet whose incredible debut album, Tetr4, blends influences ranging from hip-hop backbeats to jazz. Still, I of all people know an awesome album does not a great live show make. Luckily these four Frenchmen are bound to keep things interesting with a set rife with jaw-dropping, 100% live spinning, scratching, and mixing (a rarity in today’s electronic scene). Their live technique was strong enough to win them the DMC World Team DJ Championship four years in a row and speaks volumes about their skills.