Coachella is only 49 Days away. Are you getting excited yet? I know I sure am. To pass the time, here is a video from each of three artists performing at this year’s sold out Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to get your fix until then.
Flogging Molly have been mixing traditional Irish sounds with a punk aesthetic for fourteen years. They are one of the best live bands of the last 10 years, and they will bring the ruckus to Coachella on Day One, April 15th.
Fat Freddy’s Drop is a band that fuses the sounds of jazz, reggae, and more together for a great old-school roots sound. The collective will take the stage on Day Two, April 16th.
Fun. is a band formed by former frontman of the Format and features members of Steel Train and Anatholo. They play Broadway influence indie pop. A great live band, they will put on a great show on Day Three, April 17th.
Friday, April 15th Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Interpol, the Chemical Brothers, Caifanes, Robyn, Sasha, Lauren Hill, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Erick Morillo, Cee-Lo Green, Cut Copy, Cold War Kids, Sleigh Bells, Boyz Noize, Afrojack, Flogging Molly, Warpaint, Ozomatli, Tame Impala, Nosaj Thing, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, !!!, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kele, Marina and the Diamonds, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Monarchy, Here We Go Magic, Klaxons, Titus Andronicus, Cold Cave, the Drums, the Morning Benders, Kleinenberg, Glasser, Moving Units, Excision, OFWGKTA, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, the Aquabats, Skrillex, Brandt Brauer Frick, Scala & Kolancy Bros., Gypsy & the Cat, 12th Planet, Breakage, Hurts, Clare Maguire, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Beardyman, Mount Kimbie, Jakes, Kyle Hall, Emicida
Saturday, April 16th Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Mumford & Sons, Bright Eyes, Empire of the Sun, Big Audio Dynamite, Steve Angello, the Kills, the London Suede, Broken Social Scene, One Day as a Lion, Erykah Badu, Paul van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, Scissor Sisters, the New Pornographers, Gogol Bordello, Cage the Elephant, the Swell Season, Shpongle, Laidback Luke, Elbow, Daedelus, Delta Spirit, Two Door Cinema Club, Jenny and Johnny, Foals, Fat Freddy’s Drop, the Tallest Man on Earth, Cults, the Radio Dept., Chuckie, Raphael Saadiq, Lil’ B, Yacht, Wire, Electric Touch, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, the Joy Formidable, Phosphorescent, Francis and the Lights, the Love Language, Gayngs, DJ Hype, DJ Marky, Joachim Garraud, the Henry Clay People, Freelance Whales, Mariachi El Bronx, the Twelves, EE, Bomba Estéreo, Andy C, SBTRKT, the Felice Brothers, Trampled By Turtles, Mary Anne Hobbs, Alf Alpha
Sunday, April 17th Kanye West, the Strokes, Duran Duran, the National, PJ Harvey, Death From Above 1979, Wiz Khalifa, Ratatat, Nas & Damian Marley, Jimmy Eat World, Axwell, Sven Väth, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Chromeo, Duck Sauce, Neon Trees, the Presets, Leftfield, Best Coast, Lightning Bolt, She Wants Revenge, Jack’s Mannequin, Green Velvet, Fistful of Mercy, HEALTH, Jack Beats, CSS, MEN, City and Colour, Foster the People, Angus and Julia Stone, Yelle, Delorean, Trentemøller, Phantogram, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Tinie Tempah, Plan B, Caspa, Riva Starr, Joy Orbison, Menomena, fun., Good Old War, Ellie Goulding, Rye Rye, Eliza Doolittle, Los Bunkers, High Contrast, DJ Zinc, New Pants, Thunderball, Gord Downie, Tokimonsta
I’ve done these Twenty-some posts a coupletimes before. Here are twenty-some more albums that will tickle your ear drums:
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I discovered these guys when they were on a promotional tour and stopped in the End studio for an interview and brief performance. Their album is dancey emo-pop, and is very well produced. “I Like To Dance” has an infectious groove that cannot be denied. The band hails from, of all places, Nashville, which apparently has a burgeoning dance rock scene that recently spawned Ke$ha.
I was first introduced to these guys by Marco Collins. He posted the video for “Let’s Go Surfing” on his Twitter and I instantly downloaded this EP. There are some real gems on here. “Don’t Be a Jerk, Johnny” and “Saddest Summer” are equally infectious indie-pop tunes that will make you get up and dance. Unless you’re dead. I don’t know if it will work on the dead.
I’ve been a fan of Flogging Molly for some years now. In college, when Kazaa (remember that?!) blew up in the wake of Napster, Flogging Molly was one of the first bands I remember downloading. Since then they have become a staple of my iPod. Their latest album, Float, includes today’s Spotlight song “Punch Drunk Grinning Soul”.
Response to today’s Spotlight was very split. Jack called in to say, “it is fucking awesome!” Jim also called to say he loved it, but he didn’t curse. Dez called and said it sounded like a bad Flogging Molly cover band. Not sure how a band sounds like a bad cover version of themselves, but to each their own. Texts were similarly split with several agreeing with the person that sent, “I loved it!” While others were in the “Don’t play it again!” camp.
If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can hear the song on the band’s MySpace page. You can also connect with Flogging Molly on Facebook, Twitter and their official website.
Nathen Maxwell is perhaps best known for his work as the bassist in Celtic-punk band Flogging Molly. As that band has taken some time off recently, Maxwell has recorded a solo album composed of songs written over the last 10 years. Dave King, lead singer of Flogging Molly, suggested to Maxwell that he record his songs while that band was recording its last album, Float. Now with his solo album out, Maxwell has become a troubadour once again as he tours the country currently as the opener for Ozomatli. He’ll take on the role again tonight at the State Room.
Reaction to the song was very positive. Tiffany called in to say, “I really dug that song. I didn’t even realize that he was associated with Flogging Molly, and then I was like ‘Oh my gosh! That makes sense!’” One text response read, “am really liking the Nathan Maxwell track. Definitely want to hear more of his stuff played on The End”. And another text said, “i liked it. Chill and relaxed.”
If you missed today’s Spotlight, you can listen to “Working For the Man” on Maxwell’s MySpace page (or watch the video below). You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.