Ok. I’m a little disappointed I missed Little Green Carsat Coachella this past year. C’mon though..a 12:30 set on the very last day. Unfortunate luck.
But! The Dublin group filmed their latest video for song, “Big Red Dragon,” while they were recently out debuting their sound on this side of the pond. Check out all of the footage of them traveling around the States above, it’s actually pretty adorable.
Also be sure to grab the pre-order on their first official release, Absolute Zero, which is due out this July. And if you haven’t downloaded your own copy “The John Wayne,” you can have your second chance here.
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And finally, I’m back. I’m not going to lie, Tuesday was an incredibly rough start.
A scratchy throat to wake up with, a looming inbox that I keep trying to prolong taking care of, and realizing I barely have anything to eat in the cupboards. As fast as Coachella did arrive on the calendar, it no sooner got the fuck out and dropped me back into reality.
I really hate writing recaps of these sorts of experiences. Sometimes, I just don’t want to reflect. I want to keep the good memories alive and well within my head. But, I feel there’s such a bad stereotype on these things. I think a lot of my friends believe I’m crazy for going year after year, buying the tickets almost 365 days in advance, and spending hellishly hot days out in the desert sun.
It’s no secret that these festivals are on the pricey side of things. They even offer installment payment plans. But you get what you pay for. Hundreds of live acts from an eclectic array of musicians. I can go from hardcore hip-hop to fuzzy, lo-fi bedroom rock and old school legends in the matter of a handful of hours. All within walking distance on lush, isolated polo grounds – this place is painstakingly put together from the art installations to the flow of traffic, they do a wonderful job.
One of my favorite things about this now-becoming-annual-trip is the camping. Coming from gritty Philadelphia to panoramic Southern California really opens my eyes and has become a fun getaway. Sure, waking up before 7 am every day solely due to the fact that you’re baking inside your tent can probably get old but the element of roughing it up for the next 4-5 days with plenty of friends is enough to make me forget.
Being an extremely obsessed music lover, I’m always asked who I’m going to see. There’s definitely plenty of artists I’d love to see live…but I know chances are that it probably won’t happen. I found the best way to enjoy myself is to go with the flow, have a rough idea but always be open to plan B.
Well gang, the oasis that lands dead in the middle of my hectic spring schedule is finally here. Just before 6am I will already be on a plane headed for LAX where I will be meeting friends to continue the drive East into the desert.
Music festivals come in all different shapes and sizes but Coachella has been my most favorite of them all. It’s more than the fashion, who you saw, etc. It’s about being in a gorgeous environment with nothing but music all day and all night. Surrounded by dozens of friends, camping under the Indio sky, it’s simply just nice to be in the moment and off of any electronic devices and away from life’s responsibilities.
So with that being said, the blog will return at some point next week when I can peel myself off of the ground. Catch the festival live via YouTube or see if I somehow emerge onto the Internet during my 5-day stay.
With heavy shoegaze tones and textures alongside rough and raw guitars, the group’s effect is an immediate wall of sound for your ears. I can only imagine seeing these guys for a night set with some crazy lights. Although the band’s lineup has changed a number of times, the sound has remained pristine over the years.
With Sweet Heart Sweet Light having been dropped around this time last year, I’m hoping to see if there will be any new material played for this upcoming festival season. Check out the group’s single, “Hey Jane,” below (yes, that is their album artwork) and be sure check out this weird promo site I found.
I really can’t believe Coachella is upon us in less than 2 weeks. In 11 days I will be finding myself under the Indio sky among the lush polo grounds with music all around me. It’s a pretty incredible experience.
Another group I’ve stumbled upon during my annual pre-Coachella research period is LA’s Vintage Kicks. A group that sounds like a rougher Michael Kiwanuka with crunchier guitars and a hell of lot more percussion. The rock and soul sound is recorded incredibly tight in their album, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, which is the culmination of a 3-day long sessions recording many of the songs straight through. If this is how their chemistry translates in such a short amount of time, I can only imagine the bond I’ll witness on stage.
Listen to the album below and be sure to check out the video for their song, “Blues Hand Me Down.”
I’m a bit happy Justin Vernon has put away the auto-tune for once and has truly brought back those rootsy-raw vocals that were made for lo-fi anthems.
Tune your ears into The Shouting Matches, a bluesy-rock trio consisting of Mr. Vernon, Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier), and Phillip Cook (Megafaun). It’s pretty much a power group that’s loosely been together for years, and finally, coming back on stage for an epic Coachella performance. I love the vast and stark difference in tone from the rest of these gentleman’s other bands – there’s an immense amount of thrashing and aggression being taken out on these instruments sure to lead into one rowdy live show.
Listen below to a live cut of their song, “I Had A Real Good Lover,” that gives you a perfect taste of what’s yet to come.
Allen Stoneis the filler to my Aloe Blacc/Mayer Hawthorne/(and even a bit of Ray LaMontagne) void. His voice is soulful and lush, his range is impressive, but what I love most is that heavy use of the organ.
Hailing from the state of Washington, Stone refers to himself as “a hippie with soul.” And you know what? It undoubtedly works for him. With the release of his self-titled album last year, the singer-songwriter is embarking on an impressive world tour, finally landing back in America to perform at the Coachella music festival in April. Even though I feel he may get a late afternoon slot (when it’s still so god damn hot), I’m curious to see what he brings to the Coachella table.
Listen and grab your own copy of his single, “Sleep,” below and be sure to grab the free sampler he released via NoiseTrade.
One of my favorite things to do as Coachella soon approaches is to peruse through the extensive lineup and find artists and bands that I haven’t heard of – or perhaps, not enough of.
Chicago’s Wild Belleare a snazzy two-piece that completely bend genres, taking an already overdone sound and instead, infusing it with warm, reggae tones. I love the tropical vibes, steel drums and plenty of brass that can be heard in their few singles teasing their debut, Isles, due out in March.
Also check the outrageous video for track, “Keep You,” below.
What I love most about Coachella is the blend of genres and artists they feature and how seamlessly it all comes together. Even the way they tailor and organize each day has got to be some sort of scientific discipline.
From top alternative acts, to small foreign indie rockers, to even the biggest DJ’s taking the stage – there’s something for everyone’s ears. I may not be the first one to the club each weekend but when it’s Coachella season, there’s no way better to spend those desert nights then underneath a canopy amidst flashing lights.
Adrian Luxcomes from the land of house music, otherwise known as Sweden. He’s got electronica deep within his blood and surely knows how to get a crowd moving. Coming from an eclectic upbringing, it was only until he made a trip to Brazil and experienced heavy drum ‘n bass that really put the gears in motion.
Thankfully for us, he hasn’t slowed down one bit. Proving his ground with singles like “Teenage Crime” and “Can’t Sleep,” there’s no question in my mind how much his sound will fit with those Indio nights in April. Download and stream a handful of tracks below, enjoy.