The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival begins today, and this year’s six-day event, split between two weekends, will be broadcast live. Beginning this afternoon, selected full performances and highlights can be found at and on the festival’s YouTube channel. Next weekend, when the same lineup appears, AXS TV will feature some 20 hours of coverage. Welcome to Couchella.

Thus, this year's festival isn’t only for attendees. Perhaps the biggest joy of Coachella is the chance to explore the undercard. You already know Arcade Fire, Beck, Broken Bells, Lana Del Rey, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Muse, OutKast, Pet Shop Boys, the Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex and Pharrell Williams. But what about the newcomers among the almost 170 acts on the bill? Here are seven worth checking out, either at the festival, on the live broadcasts or via their recordings:

On her 2013 debut album “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas,” Courtney Barnett delivers lo-fi folk and rock with an appealing insouciance. The jangly music builds with a punk-like intensity, suggesting it could boil on stage. Barnett and band play at 2:50 p.m. PST on Sunday.
Blood Orange: On “Cupid Deluxe,” the gifted Dev Hynes mixes morphing arrangements and layered vocals for lush, soulful result. Released in mid-November, it was one of the best albums of 2013. Blood Orange performs Sunday at 5:15 p.m. PST.

Nina KravizNina Kraviz and others who spin in the indoor Yuma club serve as the antidote to the predictable pogo stick electronic dance music at the outdoor venues. (EDM producers comprise about 40 percent of the acts at Coachella ’14.) Kraviz offers textured, sensual techno that burns slowly as it evolves. She’s on today at 4:45 p.m. PST.

Laura Mvula: As evidenced on her ’13 debut “Sing to the Moon,” Mvula’s music might be called chamber soul – she’s backed by cello, violin and electric harp along with a rhythm section. She’s quietly charismatic and her music is instantly engaging, so a safe bet is she’ll do very well on tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. PST.

RudimentalRudimental plays simmering drum-and-bass with deep roots in R&B. As their ’13 debut disc illustrated, their music can careen into rocking hip-hop or serve as a platform for a smoky soul ballad. The quartet and its guests will appear on Sunday at 4:45 p.m. PST.

Wye Oak blends folk, squalls of noise and electronica. The duo’s music moves from light and lissome to intense and intimidating. They’ll perform songs from their new album “Shriek,” out April 29, today at 1:05 p.m. PST

Young & Sick: With a name more suited to a twisted metal or rap act, this project by Nick Van Hofwegen confounds by offering up dreamy electronica and mellow pop. At the recent South by Southwest Music Festival, Van Hofwegen, who’s better known in music circles for his album cover designs, introduced a bouncy live show. Young & Sick plays tomorrow at noon PST.

Click here for a playlist of many of the almost 170 acts on the three-day bill.