Some quick Coachella 2014 act descriptions and thoughts

coachella2014The 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup was released Wednesday evening and here are some quick descriptions for each day:

Friday (April 11 & 18)

Atlanta hip-hop megastars OutKast and Minneapolis alternative rock pioneers The Replacements are absolutely HUGE gets (but not completely surprising as rumors have been out for awhile) while plenty of standouts in the undercard such as rock’s HAIM, electronic duo The Knife, indie pop’s Ellie Goulding, electrofunk’s Chromeo, indie rock’s Neko Case, soul singer Aloe Blacc (of Avicii fame) and even the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Other acts include Kate Nash, Anti-Flag, the Cult, Broken Bells and more.

Saturday (April 12 & 19)

English rock band (and Coachella veterans) Muse returns as a headliner with Coachella veteran rock act Queens of the Stone Age (from nearby Palm Desert) but the biggest buzz might be for New Zealand indie/art pop’s Lorde (known for massive 2013 hit “Royals.” Additionally, dub step’s Skrillex, singer Pharrell Williams, DJ Fatboy Slim, hip-hop’s Nas (as well as Kid Cudi), electro pop’s Chvrches, garage rock’s Ty Segall, electronic pop’s Pet Shop Boys … the list of talented acts goes on and on.

Sunday (April 13 & 20)

Canadian indie rock stars Arcade Fire returns as Coachella headliners as well as Los Angeles alternative rock’s Beck, Scotland electro house DJ Calvin Harris, a reunion of indie rock’s Neutral Milk Hotel and even English heavy metal band Motorhead. This doesn’t even take into account for new stars like Disclosure, veterans like Fishbone and rising stars like Chance the Rapper and Jhene Aiko.

Outside of OutKast, one can argue the headliners (and a good chunk of the acts actually) aren’t anything new but all three days look really interesting this year (at least initially). I would have liked to see David Bowie, Daft Punk, Black Sabbath, Beyoncé, Rihanna or Kanye West on the bill but you can’t have it all I guess. It seems like they tried to add some more hip-hop this year also which I approve of.

Festival passes for both weekends go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday but general admission passes for weekend one must be purchased as a shuttle combination, according to Coachella officials.

The passes with shuttle combination are $435.

All types of passes are available for weekend two (a general admission ticket is $375 with no shuttle combination), according to officials.

Additionally, the price you see is the price you pay, according to officials.

The festival is at 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio.

To purchase tickets or for more information, head to

Our music picks for 2013

Here is our office’s music selections for 2013

Columnist David Allen

  1. Best Coast “Fade Away” (Jewel City)
  2. Bombino “Nomad” (Nonesuch)
  3. Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” (XL)
  4. Bleached “Ride Your Heart” (Dead Oceans)
  5. Arcade Fire “Reflektor” (Merge Records)
  6. Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You” (Anti-)
  7. Girls Names “The New Life” (Slumberland)
  8. The Julie Ruin “Run Fast” (Dischord)
  9. David Bowie “The Next Day” (Columbia)
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Mosquito” (Interscope)

Journalist Liset Marquez

  1. The National,Trouble Will Find Me” (album)
  2. San Fermin, “San Fermin” (album)
  3. London Grammar, “If You Wait” (album)
  4. The Head and the Heart, “Let’s Be Still” (album)
  5. Guards, “In Guards We Trust” (album)
  6. The Avett Brothers, “Magpipe and the Dandelion” (album)
  7. Local Natives, “Hummingbird”(album)
  8. Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”(album)
  9. Arcade Fire, “Reflektor” (album)
  10. The Civil Wars, “The Civil Wars” (album)

Honorable mention:

  1. The Lone Below, “The Lone Below” (album)
  2. Valerie June, “Pushin’ Against a Stone” (album)
  3. Lorde, “Pure Heroine” (album)

Sports reporter J.P. Hoonstra (these are all songs) OR

1. The Strokes – Call it fate, call it karma

2. The Holydrug Couple – Paisley

3. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song

4. Castle – Rotten Sushi / The Mushroom Of Course!

5. Tame Impala ~ Prototype [Outkast Cover]

6. Beautiful Eulogy – Release Me From This Snare (@beautifuleulogy)

7. Midlake – Provider

8. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Official Video)

9. The Stepkids – Moving Pictures (Official Video)

10. Thundercat – “Heartbreaks + Setbacks”

Journalist Beau Yarbrough (songs)

1. “Party Kids” by Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside off of “Untamed Beast”

2. “The Sword by My Side” by the Thermals off of “Desperate Ground”

3. “Awkward” by San Cisco off of the “Awkward” EP

4. “Black Sheep” by Gin Wigmore off of “Man Like That”

5. “Holy Roller” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

6. “Delicate Cycle” by The Uncluded off of “Hokey Fright”

Reporter Wes Woods II

1. Kanye West “Yeezus” (album)

2. Valerie June, “Pushin’ Against a Stone” (album)

3. Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires of the City” (album)

4. Run The Jewels “Run the Jewels” (free album)

5. The National “Trouble Will Find Me” (album)

6. Youth Lagoon “Wondrous Bughouse” (album)

7. Bombino “Nomad” (album)

8. Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You” (album)

9. Earl Sweatshirt “Doris” (album)

10. David Bowie “The Next Day” (album)

11. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down “We The Common” (album)

12. Pusha-T “My Name Is My Name” (album)

Honorable mention:

Chance the Rapper “Acid Rap” and Danny Brown “Old” because their voices annoy me but you can’t deny their writing abilities.

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