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.
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! ❃