Empire of the Sun

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.


We’re nearing the end of the year, and it’s about that time to sit back, and think about all the albums that made me dance/nod my head/or tap my foot throughout the year. In other words, the records that I felt myself compelled to come back to over and over again. As I perused the list in front of me, some albums were a given—if you know me that is—and others were quite a welcomed surprise (I’m looking at you, Nine Inch Nails.) So without further ado, here are the 15 albums, in alphabetical order, that made up the soundtrack to my 2013.

Arcade Fire-Reflektor

Tomorrow's Harvest

Boards of Canada- Tomorrow’s Harvest


Daft Punk- Random Access Memories

Ice on the Dune

Empire of the Sun- Ice On the Dune

Holy Fire

Foals- Holy Fire

Days Are Gone

Haim- Days Are Gone


James Blake- Overgrown


Local Natives- Hummingbird


My Bloody Valentine- MBV

In Rolling Waves

Naked And Famous- In Rolling Waves

Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails- Hesitation Marks


Rhye- Woman


Sigur Ros- Kveikur


Son Lux- Lanterns


Young Galaxy- Ultramarine

There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. See you next year.