Fleet Foxes

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!

Earlier today, BBC 1 DJ Zane Lowe, played a track off the highly-anticipated sophomore album, Helplessness Blues, from Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes.

The track is “Battery Kinzie,” and as it tends to happen now-a-days, a radio rip immediately surfaced. That’s it below.

[Via One Thirty BPM]

I have to say, after listening to “Battery Kinzie” and “Helplessness Blues,” for the umpteenth time, would it be too early to throw this album in the “candidate for Album of the Year” hat?  I know it’s only two songs, but damn, these songs are too good to think otherwise.

The Phil Ek produced Helplessness Blues is out May 3, via Sub Pop.

[Stream] Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”[Stream] Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”

Finally, there’s some concrete news on the new Fleet Foxes album. The follow-up to the bands 08′ self-titled stellar debut is called Helplessness Blues and is set for a May release (May 3 in the U.S. and May 2 in the UK) via Sub Pop.  The 12-song album was co-produced and mixed...