Kendrick Lamar

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.

FYF 2016

Earlier today, the folks behind LA’s FYF Fest unveiled the line-up for this years edition, and it is stacked. Headlining the fest are Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, and Grace Jones.

The undercard features Air, Andy Stott, ANOHNI (joined by Oneohtrix Point Never), Beach House Blood Orange, DIIV, Explosions in the Sky, Father John Misty, Floating Points, Gold Panda, Grimes, Head Wound City, Hop Along, Hot Chip, Julia Holter, Kelela, a Moby DJ set, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peter Bjorn and John, Rae Sremmurd, Saves The Day (performing Stay What You Are), Sheer Mag, Shellac, Todd Terje & the Olsens, Ty Segall & the Muggers, Viet Cong, Vince Staples, Wild Nothing, Wolf Parade, Boogie, Chelsea Wolfe, and Young Thug.

The fest will take place August 27-28 at the (often criticized) Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. Tickets for the event go on-sale Friday 4/1 at 12pm.

2015

2015 was a great year for music; we saw the return of old favorites—Sleater-Kinney, Kendrick Lamar, Beach House—and the appearance of some new ones—Leon Bridges, Julien Baker, and Beach Slang. As it tends to happen every year, there was a lot to take in; singles, ep’s, mixtape’s, and albums. In the end, the list of albums below are the ones that provided the soundtrack to my year.

 bh-depression

Beach House-Depression Cherry

bs-things

Beach Slang- The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

BSGIPWTD

 Belle & Sebastian- Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

vulnicura1

Björk-Vulnicura

cb-sit

Courtney Barnett-Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

DCFCKintsugi

Death Cab For Cutie-Kintsugi

EverythingEverything

Everything Everything-Get To Heaven

FoalsWWD

Foals-What Went Down

grimes-art

Grimes-Art Angels

jamie-xx-colour

Jamie xx-In Colour

jb-sprained

Julien Baker-Sprained Ankle

kl-pimp

Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly

lb-coming

Leon Bridges-Coming Home

Outfit

Outfit-Slowness

PBMTGR

Panda Bear-Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

Adams1989

Ryan Adams-1989

NoCities

Sleater-Kinney-No Cities To Love

CarrieLowell

Sufjan Stevens-Carrie & Lowell

TameImpalaCurrents

Tame Impala-Currents

Hyperview

Title Fight-Hyperview

There they are. The 20 albums that I played consistently throughout 2015. To those of you that read this, thanks for sticking around. I’ll see you next year.