I have to admit, I can’t remember the last time I became this enthralled with an R.Kelly song. No, seriously, I can’t. If I were to throw out a guess, I’d say it was probably, a good fifteen years ago the last time that that happened. I mean, “Trapped in the Closet” felt more like a joke to me than a legitimate song, so I passed on that. But this song, “Feelin’ Single,” wow! I was hooked within the first minute or so of its classic soulful sound. A sound that, according to what I’ve read about Write Me Back—the album from which this song comes from—is influenced by the sounds of Ray Charles, Smokey Robinson, Barry White, Teddy Pendergrass, and Michael Jackson. Which, if you’re asking me, are some quality artists to be influenced by.

Write Me Back is out on June 26, with another album entitled, Black Panties coming out after the latter’s release. And, if you can’t tell what Black Panties is going to sound like based off the title alone, then don’t worry. It’s, according to R.Kelly, the new 12 Play—the classic album from the early nineties that gave us songs like, “Your Body’s Callin’,” “Bump N’ Grind,” “Homie, Lover, Friend” and “It Seems Like Your Ready.” In other words, R.Kelly is saying it’s a classic.

Whether or not that turns out to be true remains to be seen. However, one thing is for certain, I’m going to have a hard time trying not to play this song over and over again until then.

Well, it looks like the rumor may be true; Beach House have a new record coming out and it’s called Bloom. It’s hitting stores in May and last night, the band, posted what may be a track off of it. The song is called “Myth” and it’s what you’ve come to expect from the Baltimore duo; dreamy, and hypnotic indie-pop. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest. Check it out below.

[MP3] Beach House — Myth

Bloom is, allegedly, out May 15 via Sup Pop.

Here it is. The lineup for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (in short, Coachella). And depending on who you ask, it’s either insanely good or insanely bad. Since this is my blog and all, I’m going with good. Even though, some of the names—or their placement—have me a little perplexed.

There’s the headliners: The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Aside from Radiohead, the other two come as a surprise to me. Of all the rumors that I heard in person or read throughout the internet, none of them pointed to those two. Sure the Black Keys had a massively successful 2011, and their newest album El Camino is solid and they deserve the headlining spot but, I thought that was going to happen in a year or two from now. As for Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, well, that one is just surprising. Dr. Dre’s (long-time) impending album Detox has become the Chinese Democracy of Hip-Hop (in other words, a running joke) and well, Snoop in my opinion, hasn’t released anything of caliber since his Death Row days. Here’s to hoping it’s a massive Death Row-era greatest-hits set.

The Reunions: This is the part where my head exploded (figuratively speaking of course). And here’s why: Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, AND At the Drive-In! I mean, wow. As far as reunions go, this years Coachella line-up borders on epic.

Earlier I mentioned that some of the names—or their placement—have me a little perplexed because in fact, they do. For example: the Hives. Their last album came out in 2007(!), and yet, there they are. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Hives. I’ve seen them several times with my friend Jorge—who’s a big fan. However, as far as I know, they’re still working on album and who knows if when it comes out anyone is going to be interested in it.  Also, the Buzzcocks should have been higher up (because of their legacy) and Atari Teenage Riot, well that’s just going to be insane.

Which brings me to my plan for the weekend. Every year, I devise (or attempt to devise) a plan of action, a plan of attack. See band X for 15 minutes, go check out DJ Y for the remaining 10 minutes of his/her set. However, this year, I’m taking a different approach. This year I plan to focus on bands/DJ’s that I have never seen before. Of course, the exception to this plan being Radiohead and maybe the Black Keys. Hopefully, because of this my schedule would look a little less hectic. At least I hope. Fingers crossed.

So, are you going? If so, who are you excited to see?