BANKS

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here. Like last year, this year’s trio of headliners—Radiohead, Beyoncé, and Kendrick Lamar—come as no surprise seeing as they leaked several months ago.

That aside, the line-up has its share of surprises. Case in point: Hans Zimmer. Yes. The film composer Hans Zimmer. This performance is one I’m looking forward to seeing. Other surprises of note come in the form of Toots & the Maytals, Lee Fields and the Expressions, and Röyksopp. Other notable artists performing at Coachella 2017 are, Bon Iver, The xx, Lorde, New Order, BANKS, Justice, The Avalanches, S U R V I V E, Four Tet, Richie Hawtin, Kaytranada, Mitski, and Car Seat Headrest.

For those who are looking to score a wristband for either weekend of Coachella, the remaining allotment goes on sale 1/4 at 10am. Good luck! If you need to some background music for your wait, click here.

Banks

In 2014, BANKS released Goddess, one of my favorite albums of the year, and I’ve been waiting for some new material since then. Thankfully, the wait is over. The song is called “Better” and it’s more of that sultry R&B-esque pop that she does so well.

Other than the video below, there isn’t a lot of info, but my take is that there’s an album coming out early next year. Until then, it’s hit play. Again, and again.

2014

Every year, without fail, when I look back on everything that I’ve listened to this year one thought comes to mind: that was a lot of music. It may just be me (or it may be a valid perception) but, it certainly feels like this year had a lot of releases come out, and some solid ones at that. Some of them hooked me in from their opening notes, and others, revealed themselves and their charms more and more with each visit. In the end, both camps contributed notes to my 2014 soundtrack. Here are, in alphabetical order, those albums.

Aphex Twin-Syro
Aphex Twin-Syro

Banks-Goddess
Banks-Goddess

Beck-Morning Phase
Beck-Morning Phase

Caribou-Our Love
Caribou-Our Love

Grouper-Ruins
Grouper-Ruins

Jack White-Lazaretto
Jack White-Lazaretto

James Vincent McMorrow-Post Tropical
James Vincent McMorrow-Post Tropical

Jessie Ware-Tough Love
Jessie Ware-Tough Love

Marissa Nadler-July
Marissa Nadler-July

Phantogram-Voices
Phantogram-Voices

Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2
Run the Jewels- Run the Jewels 2

Spoon-They Want My Soul
Spoon-They Want My Soul

Sharon Van Etten-Are We There
Sharon Van Etten-Are We There

Todd Terje-It's Album Time
Todd Terje-It’s Album Time

The War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream
The War On Drugs-Lost In The Dream

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