Coachella Weekend Two

After last weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Coachella has made it onto my list of the most unforgettable experiences ever. Coachella is a three day music festival in Indio, California, and it happens over two weekends in April. Every year, the headliners and lineup get released a few months before April, and it’s hard not to get excited when the countdown starts and the hype builds. Three of my friends and I packed up a day early and headed out to Palm Springs for Weekend Two. Once we got to the festival, it was hard not to run wild. Music was playing constantly from seven different stages, interesting art figures were displayed all throughout the grounds and the variety of fair food was endless (the Monster Fries and freshly squeezed lemonade were my favorites).

The headliners this year were Radiohead, Lady Gaga (who replaced Beyonce) and Kendrick Lamar. With the release of Kendrick’s new album, “DAMN.,” he was my favorite headliner. Although he didn’t bring out Rihanna as a guest to perform “Loyalty” like I was praying he would, he did sing my favorite song on his new album, “Love,” as well as a lot of his classics. Although, I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Gaga, she was a fun performer and sounded amazing live. I saw Francis and the Lights when he opened for Chance the Rapper at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater last fall semester, and he’s such a quirky, energetic performer; I loved seeing him again. I didn’t catch many full performances because a lot of artists overlapped, but I got to see a few of my favorite songs from each artist: NAO’s “Bad Blood,” Glass Animals’s “Gooey,” Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied,” Porter Robinson’s “Shelter.” The most memorable experience of Coachella was being front row for Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” (I pushed through waves of people and waited an hour and a half to be that close!). He played at the Coachella Stage, and the whole crowd was silent throughout the performance – it was awe-inspiring.

If you’re looking to go to Coachella next year, they do have an advance sale that goes on in the summer. The nice thing about the advance sale is that you can sign up for the payment plan. You can find more information about that on their website! If you’re not sure about getting a ticket that early and want to see the lineup first, tickets go on sale again around January.

Featured Image by Trent Croci.

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.

FRIDAY

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!

 

SATURDAY

Alvvays

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!

 

SUNDAY

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.