So unless your internet access was out until today, or your Facebook feed isn’t just music blogs for some reason, you probably know that last week the Coachella 2017 Lineup dropped. Playlists were promptly made, and time was wasted. I decided since I was already spending way too much time in dark corners of the internet figuring this thing out, might as well blog summarizing my thoughts and predictions. Spoiler Alert: This is a niche music post.
So first and foremost, let me just say this lineup is good. Very very good. Possibly the best in the five years I have been going (2012 was unreal and I cry each night realizing I missed it). So many awesome names and incredible performers. That said, Goldenvoice basically fired a golden bullet straight into the heart of a couple of genres this year. RIP (for now) Rock, Punk, Trap, Future Bass, and Metal. Instead, they went all in on indie pop, basic EDM, rap (oh my gawd so much rap), and techo. Luckily those aren’t my top genres, but I know that sucks for a lot of people. They also got a wee bit lazy catering to the flower-crown crowd. While I actually am a big fan of most of these; Grouplove, Bastille, Capital Cities, Empire of the Sun, the Head and the Heart, and even Kendrick Lamar definitely come across as sloppy bookings. Coachella prides itself as the fresh and unique lineup to kick off festival season, and a lot of this lineup feels safe and used. Still though, taken as a whole, this is a beautiful and eclectic genre mixing lineup that full of epic shows, and randomly fun acts. Also.. I am not a huge fan, but booking queen Bey herself is a power move that deserves mad props. Beyonce is at such a level of star power that she has absolutely no reason to play chella. In some ways a show like this can only hurt her, so all props to our Coachella overlords for convincing her to grace us with her anointed presence.
Can’t miss live shows
- Hans Zimmer: Are you kidding me. This is absolutely legendary and could go down as the most epic and huge set of the weekend. Dude brings his 80+ member orchestra and plays the best soundtracks ever. Hello Pirates. Praying for a sunset slot on the main.
- Bon Iver: According to an inside source whose last name rhymes with boy, this show is unbelievable. Bon Iver does not have a single bad song, and 22, A Million is easily one of the best and most unique albums of the year. Come be blown away.(he won’t even play this live:( )
- Porter Robinson and Madeon: If you know me you know this is the electronic show I have been dreaming about. Porter is one of the greatest live shows on the planet, and all reviews of this combined live show with fellow wunderkind, Madeon, can be summed up with; ‘ELECTRIFYING’. Seriously don’t miss this. Porter specializes in slowed down, powerful, storytelling through music and art, and this show is no exception. (seeing it in 3 weeks in London as a warm up:)
- The XX: “It feels like they are pulling the notes out of my soul”- Julia K during the XX in 2013. These guys make beautiful, haunting, epic music.
- Beyonce: I mean Bey is Bey. A ticket to one of her shows can cost more than your whole Coachella ticket. Only miss for Bon Iver.
- Phantogram: One of the dopest groups out there. Fresh off a year long tour and album with Big Boi from Outkast, they will absolutely kill this set. Think indie pop meets earth-shaking, nasty, beats.(ya we all want Big Boi to come out.. I know)
Other Big Wins
- Mura Masa: Fun weird music with a great live show. Sorted.
- Future Islands: So much props to these guys. Constantly good jams and the most passionate singer on earth.
- Big Gigantic: Do you like fun or dancing? If yes to either one than this is your show.
- Glass Animals: Used to be meh but new album is fire and supposedly new show is great. TBD.
- Justice: D.A.N.C.E
- Oh Wonder: Great live duo. Basic and I love it
New Discoveries I Hope Kick Ass
- SOHN: Abstract electronic beats with soul music. IDK but every song I hear I like. Stoked.
- Arkells: Just a good sounding band. Straightforward.
- Goldlink: R&B/HipHop with fun beats and vibes.
- Kungs: I mean tropical house is tropical house.
- Joseph: Catchy folk music will be a daytime delight.
- The Avalanches: Took 16 years to make their second album and this sound is fuuuuun.
- Honne: This year’s ‘Pretty and pleasantly soft music that sounds like a chick but is actually a dude’ act. See Wet.
- Francis and the Lights: I mean you don’t just feature Bon Iver on a track and not be great.
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Toots and the Maytals: This years ‘Woah that feels like it is from a different era but will be pleasant A F’ acts.
Honorable Mentions (aka other acts I want to see or have seen and know are winners)
- Jack Garratt
- Capital Cities
- The Head and the Heart
- Two Door Cinema Club
- Zipper Club
- Mac DeMarco
- Tove Lo
- Anna Lunoe
- Rae Sremmurd
- Martin Garrix (That one song is so catchy:( )
See you in April world. Also seeing the best live band on the planet Thursday night before Coachella. @SigurRos