Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Queue up Coachella!

I'm headed to the states this week. Pit stop in New York, then Diego. Big reason for the trip: Coachella! I've wanted to go for years. The year I turn 30 seems like a pretty solid time to make it happen. It's such a huge show...with almost 200 different bands playing. I know only 5% of them. So, I decided to take it upon myself to scrub the list. They are in alphabetical order and categorized by want to see, would like to see, wouldn't mind seeing, and just...no way. Further, the >> after their name means they were an obvious choice to see before the list was made so no need to comment. I just threw a couple personal comments in on each to remind myself of my initial opinion. I'm actually stoked now to see how many of the noted acts I get to see and what I think of them after the show.
Click below for THE LIST.



A$AP ROCKY
* Seen him before but now I know more of his music so 
should be cool to see again.
AC SLATER
* Dubstep. Dope.
BAAUER
* Good. Cool style with drop beats. Did a song with M.I.A.
CALVIN HARRIS>>
* I guess so.
CHRONIXX
* So dope. Up tempo/R&B reggae + DUB.
DISCLOSURE>>
* Yep.
ELLIE GOULDING>>
* Why not?
FLUME
* Pretty cool DJ, will likely mix big songs (plus Lorde has 
been known to pop up at his shows).
G-EAZY>>
* Yep.
GARY CLARK JR>>
* Yep.
GUNS N' ROSES>>
* Preparing for disappointment but Slash will be good.
ICE CUBE>>
* Duh.
JACK Ü>>
* Duh.
LÅPSLEY
* Girl singer songwriter, I'd like to catch a bit of her set.
MAJOR LAZER>>
* My JAMS.
MAVIS STAPLES
* Original member of the Staples Sisters, think 1970's 
'I'll take you there', 'Respect Yourself'.
MBONGWANA STAR
* Traditional African band from Congo, anyone not at 
this stage is a loser.
MOON TAXI
* Of Monsters and Men type, good. Probably a good set.
NATHANIEL RATELIFF 
AND THE NIGHT SWEATS
* Soul, up tempo folk, experienced musician - bet it's a 
solid set.
OF MONSTERS AND MEN>>
* Yep.
RAE SREMMURD
* Hmmmm…yeah.
RANCID>>
* RUBY SOHO
RL GRIME
* Yes please!
RUN THE JEWELS
* Hip-hop, known to produce incredible show sets.
SIA>>
* I feel bad for whoever is next to me when I belt this 
shit out.
SNAILS
* DUB. Turn up.
SNAKEHIPS
* Big song right now 'I'll my friends are wasted'. 
Probably good.
THE CHAINSMOKERS
* #6 on the charts 'sayyou'llneverletmego' + good stuff.
VINCE STAPLES>>
* Excited.
ZELLA DAY
* Indie pop, good songs… 
ALESSIA CARA
* R&B, Alicia Keys style, young, reached top 5 in 
US, might be cool to check out.
ALVVAYS
* Really cool 70's sounding hippie.
ANDERSON .PAAK
* Solid rapper, old school sort of R&B/slow.
BØRNS
* Cool drunk dance music. I like it.
COURTNEY BARNETT
* Grungey oldies-sounding Aussie, could be chill, 
at the least a solid performance - she won a grammy.
EDWARD SHARPE AND 
THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
* One hit wonder right now, big song though.
KSHMR
* Dimitri Vegas...is that you?
MATOMA
* Cool DJ, probably plays a solid set, big song has B.I.G.
MR. CARMACK
* Solid party beats.
PETE YORN
* Early 2000's singer songwriter. You know the song.
PROTOJE
* Reggae, good stuff.
PURITY RING
* Canadian electronic. Not bad. I like this one.
SHAMIR
* Hip hop house…interesting, not sure. Party. Jamiroquai 
would be proud.
THE KILLS
* Cool rock group. Probably a solid set.
THE LAST SHADOW 
PUPPETS
* Another solid rock group. Definitely worth checking out.
THE VANDALS
* Dope punk group. Probably opening/playing with Rancid.
TOKIMONSTA
* Hip-hop DJ, sounds like pretty good stuff - some 
dubstep too.
VANIC
* Solid DJ who will mix top 40 songs.
ZEDD
* Definitely solid but seen 'em.
AUTOLUX
* I would have loved them at 15, smashing pumpkins style, 
prob a bit boring to watch, but cool to just chill.
BAT FOR LASHES
* They're alright, another hippie, more sing-y.
CARLA MORRISON
* Mexican Jewel. I like it but prob not concert material.
COLD WAR KIDS
* It's tough being obsessed with Weaser, they prob rock out.
CHRIS STAPLETON
* Country. Pretty good, could be a nice break up.
DEATH GRIPS
* Sounds like a mistake, better on drugs. Computer music...
I don't know why I like it.
DJ MUSTARD
* Solid DJ, songs depend on which collaborator - so/so, the 
lil wayne song is good.
EPIK HIGH
* Decent rapper - kid kudi style, not fussed to see him.
HALSEY
* I like them. Alternative & cool, but won't be sad to miss 
them either.
JOEY BADA$$
* Another decent rapper, not fussed to see him.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
* Sort of annoying actually, but why does everyone 
love them? Hopefully something else is going on.
LOUIS THE CHILD
* R&B, chill vibes, probably not bad but doubt it's an 
amazing show.
M83
* The background DJ's use to make songs sound cool.
MACEO PLEX
* House, 80's vibes, not so horrible, still house.
MATT AND KIM
* Pop music, bit of a one hit wonder with that 
daylight song.
MATTHEW DEAR
* Interesting techno, 90's vibes, Benny Benassi. Probably 
pretty good.
PAROV STELAR
* Electro swing…this is interesting.
SAM FELDT
* Show me love, has that big song right now, eh.
SKEPTA
* He tries too hard but could be cool.
SOUL CLAP
* Pretty funky electronica, could be good.
THE HEAVY
* British indie pop band..kind of big band-ish. Not horrible.
THOMAS JACK
* Electronic and good, party jams.
YEARS & YEARS
* Electronic pop, kinda good.
YOUNG FATHERS
* Good music. Not sure how good for a show. Softer Outcast.
2MANYDJS (LIVE)
* House. Blegh.
ALGIERS
* Weird. Shit.
AMINE EDGE & DANCE
* Bit better than house but still thumbs down.
BADBADNOTGOOD
* Instrumental? Ew. Worst nightmare.
BEACH HOUSE
* Boring serenady trance crap.
BLACK COFFEE
* Is this music? Can't be sure it's such shit.
BOB MOSES
* Slow trance meets early 2000's emo?
CASSY
* No.
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
* Slow trance meets early 2000's emo? + girls.
CHVRCHES
* Avril Lavigne with less edge meets Postal Service.
CLAPTONE IMMORTAL LIVE
* House.
CLOVES
* sudonym Adele.
CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
* Don't understand, don't like. Tambourine?
DE LUX
* Brady bunch twinkle lights.
DEAFHEAVEN
* You go deaf listening to this bullshit - goths will come
out of the woodwork.
DEERHUNTER
* Marcy Playground…in a bad way.
DJ KOZE
* Instrumental, barf.
DMAS
* Emo, not bad just don't care.
DUBFIRE
* Instrumental, their name is lie.
EX HEX
* Angry rock women.
FOALS
* Alternative rock with electro mixes, its fine.
FRANCES
* Slow, nice, dinner party jams.
FUR COAT
* Dancing fairies.
GALLANT
* Sam Smith type, whatever.
GEORGE FITZGERALD
* Yuckie.
GIRLPOOL
* Female Blink 182.
GOGO PENGUIN
* Elevator music.
GOLDROOM
* House, okay.
GRIMES
* House.
HÆLOS
* Boring trancey.
HEALTH
* Booooring tracey…how do people listen to this stuff?
HUDSON MOHAWKE
* Electronic, sometimes instrumental but still good.
IBEYI
* Electronic pop trancey girl group.
IDA ENGBERG
* House.
JAMES BAY
* Daniel Powter.
JOHN DIGWEED
* House.
JOYWAVE
* Alternative rock, nothing special.
JUSTIN MARTIN
* House.
KAMASI WASHINGTON
* Jazz…?
LEMAITRE
* Trance Twinkles.
LIDO
* House.
LORD HURON
* Countryish, eh.
LOST FREQUENCIES
* Basic electro.
LUCENT DOSSIER EXPERIENCE
* wtf?
LUSH
* British alternative rock group and old…no.
MANO LE TOUGH
* House. No no noooo.
MARCO CAROLA
* LED gloves.
MASHA
* Pretty singing on top of house.
MEG MYERS
* Pop rock girl, not bad, not amazing.
MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER
* Hippie  psychedelic rock, prob great on drugs.
MIAMI HORROR
* Disco, yes, seriously.
MIIKE SNOW
* Robbie Williams.
MINT FIELD
* Electronic, slow, ick.
NIC FANCIULLI
* House.
NICOLE MOUDABER
* House.
NINA KRAVIZ
* Good DJ, sadly she mixes house music.
NINA LAS VEGAS
* Another good female DJ, good party beats, but nothing
special.
NOSAJ THING
* Slow house. I hope this isn't a think now.
PHASES
* Indie pop, nothing to write home about.
PRAYERS
* Electronic rock. Music I giggle at.
RÜFÜS DU SOL
* Dance, better than house but nah.
RHYE
* Frou Frou is that you?
ROBERT DELONG
* Houseishhhh could be better sometimes.
SASHA
* Reggaeish R&B...I want to like it, but no.
SAVAGES
* Basic rock band.
SG LEWIS
* Pop, electronic, bieber-y.
SHEER MAG
* Rock band, they're whatever.
SILVERSUN PICKUPS
* Rock band…I think you gotta know them to enjoy.
SKIN
* The 90's one? Either way: no.
SOPHIE
* Is that a mouse or music?
ST. GERMAIN
* French house…with jazz. Why?
STEADY HOLIDAY
* Bluesy and sweet. I like it but not really for a show.
STRANGERS YOU KNOW
* Indie rock, it's no Grace Potter that's for sure.
SUFJAN STEVENS
* Wanna be Keane.
SZA
* Neo soul…Erykah Badu vibes, not good enough to seek out.
TCHAMI
* House.
TEI SHI
* Indie pop, wouldn't mind a jam out in the car but not a goal
for a fest like this.
TENSNAKE
* House.
THE 1975
* Boring.
THE ARCS
* Rock. I just don't like the Black Keys…doubtful to like
this whiney business.
THE BLACK MADONNA
* House with cute electro bits, still not good.
THE DAMNED
* Old dudes trying to catch the coat tails of G&R.
THE DEAD SHIPS
* Nope.
THE FRONT BOTTOMS
* Wanna be Green Day. It's been done, folks.
UNDERWORLD
* House.
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA
* Nope.
VOLBEAT
* Metal.
WOLF ALICE
* British alternative rock/pop band playing their music in
the wrong decade.
ZHU
* House.

Overall Feedback: Wow, Coachella. What a job well done in terms of bringing all kinds of music to the venue. I would have taken half those house DJ's and replaced them with folk/country/singer songwriters, but hey! you can't deny a solid effort. I'm impressed.

New Found Stand-outs: AC Slater sounds great. He definitely took a page or two from the book of Skrillex and I'm loving it. I really hope we catch him. Baauer did a song with M.I.A. - that's quite enough to peak my interest. Chronixx turn down for WHAT...how did I not know about this? Already purchased on iTunes. Mbongwana Star, I am so glad I looked this up before hitting the fest. I would not have gone to this stage by the name alone. Traditional African drums...yes please. What a cool thing to throw in the mix. RL Grime...another one I can't believe I hadn't listened to. Cha ching! Purchased. Snails...wow, and that's all I have to say about that.

I'm out about $15 in downloads but I'm so PUMPED for the show. Will definitely compare notes on my return :)

#grinning, E