The Ultimate Coachella Survival Guide

Hey, Aztecs! Excited for weekend two of Coachella 2017? Before you go out and make new memories, be sure to follow my personal “do’s and don’t’s” for Coachella 2017 for the optimal time of your life.

Don’t be afraid to wear whatever you want.
I hear people say, “Coachella is turning into more of a fashion show than a music festival,” (or something along those lines) all the time. My response to that? Wear whatever you want. If you want to dress boho chic? Go for it. Want to wear your heels? It might be a little painful if you’re standing all day, but if you really want to wear them, go for it! Dress for yourself, and don’t think twice about what others think.

Just keep in mind that it’s going to be really warm (especially when you’re deep inside a crowd of hundreds of people), and that there will be a lot of walking, standing around and dancing!

Create a meet-up spot for you and your friends.
Do you and your friends want to see different sets that are happening at the same time? Before you split up and head to your respective stages, create a meet-up place. Whether it be at different art installations, bathrooms or some other area, this will help reunite the group without any worries. It’ll also save you a lot of battery on your phone because you won’t have to constantly check up on everyone. Just simply arrange to meet somewhere at a specific time.

Being present in the moment is better than being on your phone.
As much as I love being on my social media accounts, I always follow this one rule: don’t drown everyone in excessive concert postings. I find it best to limit yourself to a couple posts a day, so that you can be present and really enjoy the festival. It’s better to become entranced in the different music, light shows and awesome surroundings that Coachella provides. I’d also like to add that people spend $400 on a ticket, and should really take in every little moment.

Create a game-plan for each day – but break that plan too.
To really get the most out of the three days of Coachella, it’s best to figure out in the morning (or night before) what sets you want to see, and plan out which stages you’re going to. However, Coachella’s about relaxing, having fun and spontaneity. If you’re passing by an artist or band who has an appealing sound, check them out! You never know what new music you might discover. It’s Coachella – just go with the flow.

Chill out at the Do Lab.

An incredibly underrated stage, being at the Do Lab is possibly the best memory I have of Coachella. If you’re tired, exhausted, hot, and in dire need of some fresh air… head on over to the Do Lab. Not only does the Do Lab feature weird characters spraying you with these strange, misting guns (pictured above), but they also have great music from underground DJs. For example, I was cooling down at the Do Lab when I discovered Tokimonsta, in 2015. Tokimonsta brought out Anderson .Paak, and then I realized how awesome Anderson .Paak was. The moral of the story is that you can discover a lot of new music. And, the Do Lab is a pretty spacious place compared to the other stages, which can only mean one thing: more dancing!

That’s all I have for today, Aztecs! Be sure to wear your sunscreen, charge your phones and bring your own toilet paper and seat covers!

Ashley Bajet,
signing out.

Featured Image: The Odyssey

 

FYF 2017 Line-Up

The FYF Lineup has arrived and it is truly a blessing from above. With Missy Elliott and Björk headlining on the same day (July 21) and Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails headlining on the two other days (July 22-23), FYF is sure to be packed full of a diverse group of youngsters. However, the big-name stars performing at FYF come at a cost: tickets are on sale for $299 rather than $199.

FYF has evolved from a single-day attraction in 2009, to a three-day festival that features many mainstream and iconic names. Unlike Coachella, most of the people that attend FYF are there mainly for the music, not for the Instagram boomerangs and the fashion. Located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, FYF will please fans of older music (with the #throwback hits of Tribe Called Quest and Iggy Pop), fans of current music (with Solange and Anderson.Paak) and fans of artists on the rise (such as Cherry Glazerr and Mitski).

So, below are a few artists playing at FYF that I highly suggest you check out!

Frank Ocean

It’s a no-brainer. Frank Ocean has been AWOL for a little too long, so any time he is in town or playing a show nearby, it’s basically mandatory! He dropped an album last year called “Blonde” and has so many great hits within that album, such as “Solo” and “Ivy.” He still has the iconic album “Channel Orange” under his belt, as well. When he performs the songs “Thinking of You” and “Super Rich Kids,” I’ll definitely be there screaming the words.

Photo (A Seat at the Table) by Dani Miller. Click image to view source. Photo unchanged. License

Solange

The goddess herself is sharing her beautiful music with us at FYF. Solange is known for her pop/R&B album, “A Seat At The Table,” which covers many subjects ranging from the Black Lives Matter protests to black culture in general. It’s refreshing to see Solange making a name for herself, other than “Beyonce’s sister.” I, for one, am a firm believer that her music proves to be genuine and unique, rather than commercialized and stereotypical. Not to mention, she has really good dance moves. So, go see Solange at FYF to feel #empowered.

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen, an angel herself, will be blessing us with hits such as “Shut Up, Kiss Me” and “Intern” from her latest album, “My Woman.” With a more pop/gritty sound that showcases pain, love and self reflection, her music will sound beautiful live at FYF. I was able to watch some of her set at Coachella 2014, and it’s true that her music definitely has changed from “sad girl” music to a more upbeat sound. Because of that, I’m even more excited to see and hear her new music live at FYF.

I could talk about this line-up for hours, but this would turn into a novel, so I won’t. However, a few other notable performers playing at FYF that I think you should see are Tribe Called Quest, King Krule, Hannibal Buress, Björk and Cherry Glazerr! Have a great rest of your week, Aztecs!

Ashley Bajet,

signing out.

 

Featured Image by FYF.

 

Programming Preview

KCR is in the midst of the first week of shows for the 2017 Spring semester. With so much programming to choose from, it is impossible to pick just one show to listen to. Here’s a quick preview of a few shows to listen for this semester. Beware of some shameless self-promotion ahead…

The Road Less Traveled, Tuesdays 8-9 pm with Kelsey Donahue

Genre: Music

The title says it all, this show takes you down the musical road less traveled by the general and musically challenged public. From punk to classic rock and everywhere in between, the only top 40 songs on this show are the ones that ended up there on accident. Solo host Kelsey rants about random music knowledge, her personal irritations and provides the occasional wise words of wisdom.

I’m Shook Radio, Wednesday 7-8 pm with Alex Piscatelli and Will Fritz

Genre: Entertainment

I’m Shook Radio with Alex Piscatelli and Will Fritz is a nationally-renowned show about friendship, love, happiness and being yourself. Just kidding. They mostly rant and make jokes about their lives.

Brett & Mackee In The Morning, Thursdays 7-9 am

Genre: Variety Morning Show

The show is hosted by Brett Michel and Mackee Dimick, two friends from Southern California who met in their first year at State. Every week, they’ll be playing games, reading news and providing you with entertaining talk radio for your morning! If you’re looking for music, they’ll be playing a unique mix of punk, rock, electronic and hip hop. Whether you’re in the car, at home or on campus, Brett and Mackee In The Morning will be there to help you start your Thursday right!

 

 

21 & Not Pregnant, Thursdays 8-9 pm

Genre: Entertainment

21 and not pregnant is a ghettofab perspective on important issues like reality television, dumplings and our lord and savior Kanye. Tony and Daisy have blessed the airwaves since they were 18 and not pregnant.

 

These are just a few of the dozens of shows on KCR this semester. Tune in 24/7 for all of the great programming that KCR has to offer!

Albums to look out for in 2017 (PART 1)

2016 has been one of the worst years ever.

So many awful things have happened that the mere thought of putting every one of those disasters on a single list is overwhelming. This world has lost too many innocent souls through violence — police brutality, shootings, terror attacks — while the lives of legendary tastemakers like Prince, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen ended, prompting the heartache of millions. To make matters worse, most Americans now suffer from great disillusionment with the values of which their nation was supposedly built on. It’s safe to say that everyone would like a second chance at 2016, a chance to make things right. But as reality fails to provide us with a time machine, we have no choice but to continue with optimism. This shortlist of anticipated 2017 albums will remind you of a few musical gems to look forward to in the coming year, but don’t fret if you don’t see the record you’re most excited about. Part two of this list is coming out next week (detailing the forecasted projects of Gorillaz, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, and The Flaming Lips), so don’t forget to check in to the KCR Blog after you awaken from your Thanksgiving food coma.

Blue — Communions

communions-blueIt’s been a bit over a year since Communions dazzled listeners with their self-titled EP, a collection of guitar-driven pop songs that sonically distanced the young Copenhagen band from the Danish punk scene that gave us the noise of Iceage or Lust For Youth’s earliest recordings. There was a time, circa-2014, that Communions embraced a lo-fi sound comparable to that of their peers — a tuning into the outfit’s first EP, Cobblestones, is evidence. Although the debut certainly wasn’t deserving of universal acclaim, it was good enough to make everyone wonder what Communions was capable of. Such a question has been answered with every bit of the band’s material since then. No longer does it sound like the act is trying to imitate its rambunctious, yet successful associates with grated vocals or crashing cymbals. Martin Rehof’s singing has taken a turn for the androgynous, while guitar riffs and percussion are distinguishably cleaner in the band’s twinkling July release, “Don’t Hold Anything Back,” along with the newest single from Blue, titled “Come On, I’m Waiting.” It’s anticipated that the entirety of Communions’ first full-length (via Fat Possum in 2/17) will carry an equally gorgeous tone, obviously influenced by the pop of the ‘80s.

 

To Fall Out of Love To — Mura Masa

Alex Crossan, the 20-year-old producer behind bedroom electronica act Mura Masa, is the kind of guy whose accomplishments make you feel like you should be pursuing your dream with an increased amount of fervor (instead of binge-watching whatever trending Netflix series). At the tender age of 17, the musician has his breakthrough track, “Lotus Eater,” on BBC 1’s rotation, soon after signing a deal with Polydor to distribute his 2015 EP, Someday Somewhere. The release included collaborations with East London’s finest talents, most notably Nao, whose vocals — fairy-like and almost too fantastic for reality — were included on the EP’s biggest hit, “Firefly.”

In an interview with Urban Outfitters’ UO Blog, Crossan said that To Fall Out of Love To (via Anchor Records) is a chronology of a love story, “expressed through the medium of difficult, challenging music.” An official release date has yet to be announced, so there’s probably plenty of time to mentally prepare ourselves for the emotive story arc that Crossan promises.

 

 

I See You — the xx

the-xx-i-see-youThe xx say they’re ecstatic to release their third record, I See You, at the beginning of next year, as they should be. After all, until last Thursday, the trio hadn’t released a single song crafted by all three musicians in a lengthy four years. Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx) teased fans by featuring his longtime bandmates — the xx’s characteristically gentle vocalists — Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft on his 2015 debut LP, In Colour, but those pairings failed to satisfy listeners who craved the triangular musicality that only the xx could achieve as a whole. So of course, when the xx released the lead single from the upcoming album “On Hold,” it was no shock that some diehards fell in love with the dance track immediately. Unlike the act’s latest album, Coexist, production for I See You will be credited to not only Jamie Smith, but Rodaidh McDonald, who co-produced the band’s first record, xx, released back in ’09. However, McDonald’s inclusion doesn’t mean the band’s reverting back to their sound from seven years ago. When talking with Digital Spy back in 2015, Smith hinted that this third record will have a “completely different concept” than the other two. The validity of that statement will be determined when I See You comes out January 13 via Young Turks.

 

TBA — Pond

pond-sweepIn a perfect version of 2017, Kevin Parker would release a collection of Currents B-sides. But sadly, the world is inestimably far from perfect — the election of Donald Trump has proven that the planet we live on isn’t even much of a decent place. Hence, there will be no Tame Impala record next year, and judging by the timespan between the band’s sophomore album, Lonerism, and 2015’s Currents, there won’t be a new Tame Impala record in 2018, either. Eventually it’ll happen (pun intended), and Parker will once again emerge from his home studio in Perth with some sort of mind-blowing, objectively wonderful, psychedelic creation for fans to either adore or despise. Until then, we’ll have to work with the upcoming album that Pond, a quartet mostly sharing its members with Tame Impala, plans to hand over early next year.

Pond’s discography is very much like Tame’s — emphasis on either guitars or synthesizers vary from album to album, single to single — so the band is most likely to attract ears that obsessed over the sounds of all three of Parker’s solo records: the fuzzy guitars of InnerSpeaker, the ambience of Lonerism, the full-bodied bass of Currents. In fact, Pond’s “Sweep Me Off My Feet,” released in October and produced by Parker, sparkles quite similarly “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The act hasn’t publicized their forthcoming album’s title, but it’ll be released via Spinning Top Records.

 

Process — Sampha

sampha-processNestled in 2016’s plethora of praiseworthy new hip hop and R&B was a distinct croon, belonging to UK-based artist Sampha. If you came across Frank Ocean’s visual album, “Endless,” the ending of Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, or “Don’t Touch My Hair” — Solange’s pledge to identity off her latest album — and fail to recognize the Londoner’s unique moniker, you’re surely familiar with his voice. Sampha has become a man whose numerous collaborations with luminaries like Drake or Kanye West can deceive the myopic into believing that his talents are second-rate, confined to the vision of a seemingly more important artist. But on his own, Sampha is a dynamic musician whose ability to capture the forlorn through both organic and electronic sounds puts him at the top of today’s most underrated soloists. His debut full-length, Process (via Young Turks), will be an album of existential lyricism and haunting resonances, as previewed on its August-released single, “Blood on Me.” The debut will drop on February 3, and it will only intensify the outstanding artistic permanence that Sampha’s already crafted over the last five years.


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