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Last year, Kendrick Lamar and SZA released albums that ended up on many Best Of/Favorite Albums of 2017 lists; for Kendrick that was his album DAMN, and for SZA that was her album Ctrl. Both were solid from beginning to end and were a force to be reckoned with in their respective genres. Earlier today, the duo dropped a collaboration in the form of “All the Stars,” a song off the upcoming Marvel movie, Black Panther. While the partnership doesn’t match the ferocity of their respective albums, it does still show what talents the two of them are, despite the tame outcome.

The line-up for the 2018 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is here. As we’ve grown accustomed to in the past few years, it’s a mixed bag. Some surprises, some not-so-surprising, and some real headscratchers.

Headliner-wise, it’s the Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem. Beyoncé was a given seeing as she canceled last year to give birth to twins, and her booking got moved to 2018. Eminem just released a new album—judging from the reviews, it’s his worst—and his booking makes sense regardless of the lame record. The Weeknd performed in 2015, and the performance was lackluster to say the least, so it’s surprising that they would bring him back.

Undercard-wise, there are some surprises and a lot of repeats from previous years. Left-field bookings this year are David Byrne, the frontman for the seminal rock band the Talking Heads. Chic, the 80’s disco and funk group that wrote such catchy hits like “Good Times,” and “Le Freak.” And rounding it out, Jamiroquai, the acid-jazz/funk-pop band from the 90’s that had that cool video for their song “Virtual Insanity.” 

That aside, other Something For All Of Us favorites, are SZA, St. Vincent, HAIM, Portugal. The Man, the War On Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Angel Olsen, Miguel, Kamasi Washington, Jessie Ware, Jungle, Chromeo, LANY, Hundred Waters, Greta Van Fleet, and the Drums, to name a few,

For those of you without a wristband for (either) weekend, the remaining allotment of them goes on-sale Friday at 12. Good luck! See you in four months, Indio!

The first day of the New Year and the Music Festival Season is already visible on the horizon. Goldenvoice‘s Arroyo Seco Weekend, which saw its debut last year, has announced its dates for this year’s edition. The two-day fest which takes place in Brookside at the Rose Bowl will take place on June 23 and 24. Passes for the fest, and the actual line-up will more than likely pop up a couple of weeks after Goldenvoice reveals the line-up for that other fest of theirs in the coming days. You know which one. Yep. That one.

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