April. Blog people know that this means all productivity goes out the window. Kyle’s brain goes into Coachella mode and everything else is just noise.
This year has been a strange one. I was 90% certain I was not attending, was fine with that because I HATED the lineup. GoldenVoice went all mumble rap Spotify stream numbers on us at the expense of the cool indie/weird music that made Coachella the best festival in the US.
1. Well I am going now, so that changes things a bit… (Tel Aviv -> Polo Grounds)
2. While I still think this lineup is weaker than previous years, the deep-dive has turned up some world class gems and I am back to 100% hype mode. While Sunday is the worst day in Coachella history, Friday is solid, and Saturday is so stacked you could repeat three times in a row and still miss acts you want to see.
2018 Coachella Hype List:
Surreal Mega Show: BEYONCE
Alright we knew this was coming. I’m a casual Beyonce fan at best but even I know this is a treat. Queen Bey simply does not do her thing for us common folk and after having to cancel last year she is going to bring the good shit. Don’t miss for spectacle alone.
Dance Your Face Off: Tie between CHIC FT NILE RODGERS and JAMIROQUAI
Chic is basically every funky Bar Mitzvah song you and grandma both got down to on the dancefloor. You will know every song and it will be a glorious 100k person boogie. DO NOT MISS.
Jamiroquai is the British funk group that was cool before I was born. They almost never play in the US and it’s a massive get for Coachella. Rare card.
Damn Son: TASH SULTANA
Tash is one of those people that just radiates talent. She is insanely gifted (plays 20+ instruments), makes cool songs, and has a seemingly spiritual relationship with her guitar. She is only 22 and after drug addiction and related psychosis she played on the streets before being discovered on youtube.
If you watch nothing else watch this:
Mind Scrambler: Tie between SOULWAX and REZZ
This is the live show Soulwax is bringing ->
Last year Moderate was the best live show you’ve never heard of. This year it’s Soulwax. Go in blind and embrace the weird epicness.
If Porter Robinson had an evil female twin who lived in the darkest recesses of his most twisted nightmares, it would be REZZ. Think slowed down, dark, mind melting Dubstep. Probably the one show that would motivate me to step foot inside the Sahara tent. Sidenote: New Sahara tent is a freaking beast and supposedly will have 3d screens which Rezz designed a custom show for. Take that as you will.
Epic like only Coachella can be: ODESZA
The biggest electronic show of the weekend with good reason. This tour is insane.
Watch this and tell me it won’t be the biggest production of the whole thang:
New Kids Taking Over the Block: Tie between TANK AND THE BANGAS, SIGRID, and PETIT BISCUIT
Sigrid: Home-girl is 21 and exploding on to the pop scene. Think Ellie Goulding or Halsey but with better production and less bullshit. She’s so normal seeming it hurts which just makes her awesomeness on stage even better. Sidenote: I am more stoked on her than the crew. We shall see if I overhype it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Gwk71z1e8
Petit Biscuit: Think of baby Odesza but more Piano melodic vibe.
Avoid at all costs haters only 2018: CARDI B, DEORRO, MIGOS, LOUIS THE CHILD, KYGO, POST MALONE and 80% of all rap shows (Note: a good hip/hop show is amazing but most are constantly terrible)
Go see even without winning a prize:
DAVID BYRNE: I MEAN WE GOT THE TALKING HEADS (lite) HOW AREN’T WE ALL LOSING OUT COLLECTIVE MINDS OVER THIS?! Damn Saturday.
ALT-J: Honestly one of the most consistently solid live acts out there. Never miss if possible. Will always deliver
LEON: Mostly because Surround Me is the song that I will most embarrass myself to the whole weekend.
TOM MISCH: New album dropped today. It is good. Another amazing act that might get screwed in the Saturday massacre.
THE WAR ON DRUGS: Sunset.
HUNDRED WATERS: IDK.
GRETA VAN FLEET: Not a Led Zeplin cover band. Literally Robert Plant reincarnate. Deserve some respect in their own right.
ST VINCENT: Annie shreds.
EMINEM: Hello childhood.
First Aid Kit
Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever
Surprise Guests AKA Jay-Z and ZHU
Alright.. Now im hyped. BRB going to watch Odesza’s whole live show.
See you in next weekend team.