Now Listening: Coachella PART TWO

Happy hump day homies! I hope everyone surviving the stress of the end of the semester thus far. In addition, I hope all you Coachella goers had a super dope time. To all the Weekend 2 goers, good luck, have fun, and drink lots of water! If you tuned in last week, you were able to read two set  recommendations for each day at ‘Chella 2016. This week you’ll be treated to a part 2! Here’s a whole new list of top notch sets.


Sufjan Stevens

Pronounced Soof-Yawn, not Suf-Jan, Stevens is a Detroit based singer/songwriter whose musical talent varies from lo-fi folk to electronica. His most popular song Chicago, came from his number one album Illinois. Sufjan Stevens released an Carrie & Lowell in 2015 after a three year hiatus. Refined and exploratory of the narrative of his life, this album was accredited as Best New Music from Pitchfork. Stevens will be playing at 8:45 on Friday to all of you trying to catch his set.


Purity Ring

Electro pop duo from Alberta, Canada, Purity Ring pulls inspiration from contemporary R&B and hip hop to create a dynamic sound. The future of electronica music, Megan James’ vocals combined with Corin Roddick’s instrumentals creates a sound that borders both delicacy and danger. A novelty to say the least, this sonic sound will play at midnight on Friday!




An indie pop band from Toronto, Canada, pronounced like “always”, this band creates sound that is fuzzy, jangly, and collective of how one feels throughout their quarter-life crisis. Combining the tunes of a 60’s AM radio and an 80’s post punk discord, Alvvays captures the woozy feelings attached to the humor and heartache of seeking intimacy in a large and foreign place. The achingly liberating lyrics provide some sort of sentiment to youth. Playing at 3:25 on Saturday, this band is definitely worth checking out!


Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels is a hip-hop duo consisting of NYC rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta based rapper Killer Mike. The underground hip hop rappers are a crossover between new school and old school and are surely evolving the game with their bold lyrics, sick beats, and no BS attitude. Viciously aware and proud supporters of Bernie Sanders (!!), Run the Jewels has a sound out there that is yet to be touched. Definitely check out their set on Saturday at 4:55!



Matt and Kim

Formed in 2004, the American indie duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are full of infinite energy. Dancey  beats and anthemic lyrics, this is the band you’ll want to play at your next party. Explosive with synthy riffs, their most popular track Daylight is perfect for that feel good playlist. With surprisingly simple song melodies and hooks that you can’t help but to sing along to, Matt and Kim are upbeat, easygoing, and energetic. Playing at 4:55 on Sunday, this set is definitely worth checking out.


Beach House-

Dream pop duo from Baltimore, Beach House is both dark and alluring when it comes to their sound. Formed in 2004, Beach House has six full length albums and an incredible discography. Poetic and fascinating, this band has an ability to tell a story and evoke emotions that play with idle youth and the bittersweet residue left after it’s gone. A truly magical sound and fantastic band, Beach House is playing at 8:15 on Sunday evening and they are definitely a set worth seeing.

Now Listening: Coachella 2016

Hey All! Welcome to another week of Now Listening with Lala. For those of you who live under a rock, Coachella weekend one is in TWO DAYS!! Countless artists, both old and new, including  upcoming and established performers are headed to the Polo Grounds right now. The lineup is jam packed with artists ranging from electronic house to dream pop to urban contemporary rap. So I’m going to give you the low down on the must-see artists for this magical weekend.



Playing at 7:55 on the Coachella Stage, M83 are not newcomers to the ‘Chella scene. Performing in both 2005 and 2012, this will be their third rodeo.Known for their track Midnight City, The ambient pop group just released a new album called Junk. Glitchy, sleek, and psychedelic, M83 is sure to put on an amazing set that will not want to be missed. Here is one of M83’s new tracks below.


Sheer Mag

Make your way over to the Mojave stage at noon to check out this up and coming rock band. Formed in Philadelphia in 2014, Sheer Mag embodies punk and 70’s classic rock. Riffy and soulful, these fuzzy soda pop punk rockers are both dynamic and gritty. Believe me when I tell you that Sheer Mag is the next big thing.




Playing at 10:55 on the Gobi Stage, BADBADNOTGOOD are an instrumental hip hop group from Toronto, Canada. Known for collaborations with rappers like Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean, BBNG are all keyboards, all synthesizers, and all around awesome. Their jazzy interpretations of hip hop tracks are both mesmerizing and funky. Sure to be a great opportunity to dance the rest of the night away, BBNG is sure to be a highlight of Coachella this year.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra-

On at the Mojave Stage at 8:10, this is the first Coachella for Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Although these babes are not new to festival scenes, UMO has played for both Outsidelands and FYF in the past. Formed in 2010, this psychedelic and experimental pop group has jazzy vibes and standout lyrics. Synthy and saturated, I can’t imagine anything less than an amazing set from this band. Make sure to catch em!



Melody’s Echo Chamber-

Catch this French musician at 7:15 on the Mojave stage if you’d like to be mesmerized out of this world. A dream pop/psychedelic project of Melody Prophet, Melody’s Echo Chamber started as Prophet had a dream that the acoustics in her bedroom projected an endless delay. Collaborating and working with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, MEC includes enchanting synth and dreamy lyrics. Be sure to check her out this weekend!



On at 1 o’clock at the Outdoor Theatre, Girlpool is a alt punk band from L.A. This drummerless duo is nothing but electric riff and rock. Taking from sounds of the early 90’s and empowering it with playful punk and flair, Girlpool has mysterious power. I would highly recommend checking out this set.


That’s all from me this week. If you’re going to Coachella this weekend, have fun and stay hydrated homies! ❃

Brianna’s Fauxchella

The sun is getting warmer; the flowers are starting to bloom; the fringe is coming out of storage! A combination of all three of these elements can only mean one thing… festival season is now upon us.  This weekend will be Weekend 1 at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Now I’m a struggling college student trying to stay on top of my Netflix bills, so with that being said, no. I have never been to Coachella, but I hope one day I can dance in the desert to the sounds of EDM and classic rock. Since I can only dream about this music festival I was offered to do a collaboration with TickPick since they are my resource for purchasing tickets fee-free.  Together we came up with a personal “fauxchella” that will fill my eardrums for this weekend. Here is my pick if I were to come up with a festival lineup:

Pearl Jam 

Now I am a big, BIG fan of Pearl Jam. They have been playing and performing together for ever 25 years. They have been on multiple world tours, selling out venues all over the globe. Now I haven’t seen them perform live, but it is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve read about their concerts, and I’ve seen tons of snippets online. Performing live is in their blood, and they know how to do it. Frontman, Eddie Vedder, instantly connects with the audience by singing straight into their eyes, giving away tons of tambourines, and sharing his setlist with the crowd. He is also known for sharing multiple bottles of wine with whoever is closest with an empty glass. Pearl Jam continues to rock, and they would be that perfect classic rock to headline for my line up. Sidenote: It is one of my dreams to get a tambourine from Eddie… so Eddie, if you’re reading this I am your biggest fan. Come over to my house for dinner after the show – whenever you’re in San Diego next.


Fleetwood Mac

I’m keeping that classic rock vibe going and to co-headline my lineup next would be Fleetwood Mac. I feel like they have some real happy grooves that will get the crowd going. Many songs from their 1977 album Rumours would be absolutely perfect. Also Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe from the late seventies will fit in just right from the flowy wraps and flower patterns.


Before you even say it, yes I know. Two classic rock bands and then Drake?! Yes! His rap songs will round out perfectly. The grooves to his songs will give a nice combination of different musical genres. Some of my personal favorite songs are Energy and one of his more recent tunes Right Hand. I feel like his lyrics are relatable, and the crowd would have fun watching him.

Ellie Goulding

I would be so excited to finally see Ellie Goulding perform live since she is like a festival queen! Some of my favorite songs from her are Army, I Need Your Love, and Love Me Like You Do. She is also able to collaborate will various DJs like Calvin Harris. She would be awesome at my festival because the whole crowd could jump up and down in anticipation of the beat getting dropped.

The Chainsmokers

Lastly I would have The Chainsmokers to add some more electric tunes to my festival. I like them a lot because their music is upbeat and deep. I can totally imagine myself checking out the art side of the festival with some Roses in the background.


I think that my personal fauxchella would be fun to go to – lots of options for any music lover out there. I want to give a big thanks to TickPick for reaching out to me and giving me something to think about! My personalized graphic is amazing! If my festival ever were to actually happen you could pick up your concert tickets on their website or if you are more into sports you could get the hookup on their NFL tickets page!

Have fun at all the music festivals coming up! Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!

A Tale of Two Coachellas

In October of 1999, the very first Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The headliners were Beck, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Morrissey, and the Chemical Brothers, groups still popular 17 years later. In 1999, Coachella tickets sold for $50 per day for a two day festival. So if a person wanted to attend both days, they would  only be paying $100. This year Coachella is being held at the end of April and tickets start at a painful $399. A lot has changed since the first Coachella, most notably the price of the festival and the time of the year it is held. But recent news from The Desert Sun suggests that Goldenvoice, the company that runs the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, wants to hold another music festival at the Empire Polo Club in the fall.

Now, this doesn’t mean that it will be a music festival similar to the Coachella that we know today. Goldenvoice produces Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival in the Coachella Valley as well, so it could be a music festival of yet another musical genre. In the fall of 2000 they moved Coachella to the Spring of the next year and the Empire Polo Club played host to Nocturnal Wonderland, an EDM festival in the fall spot that Coachella was originally in. Another EDM festival could be held in the fall spot again the future, if Indio allows.

As of right now, we can only speculate what Goldenvoice may do for the fall in Indio. But Indio’s mayor, Glenn Miller, says at least one more festival in the fall is “imminent”. And although all of the announcements are exciting, it is pretty unlikely that any festivals will happen this coming fall. So for now, all festival-lovers will just have to sit and wait for their wallets to be emptied once again by yet another music festival.