Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Official Coachella Music Lineup

Coachella is like Mecca for music lovers. If you've never heard of it, the Coachella Valley Music and arts Festival is an annual twoweekend music and arts fest held in California. Every year, the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley transforms to the ultimate music bash, and music lovers from all over the world flock to this spot for an all-you-can-attend concert. I've attended before, and it's like this mashup of hippie/Indie/hipsters and everything else in between. Coachella is the ultimate smorgasbord of genres, bands, and tunes, so there's something for everyone.
There is definitely a true euphoria that comes from riding a non-stop music wave, so it's a great time to say the least. And, it's important to add that the festival draws not only music fanatics from all over the world, but also some of the best musicians as well. The lineup is consistently awesome every year.

Not surprisingly, tickets always sell out ridiculously fast (and there notsocheap) so it's no surprise that none are available on the official Coachella website, but they've joined up with Spotify to produce a playlist of the bands who are featured on their lineup. It's a pretty sweet playlist, and a good way to sample to flavor and experience of Coachella (minus the famous ferris wheel, Boho crowd, and pricey tix...), and if you're heart is set on attending this famous music fest, then mark your calendar for 2016 and sign up for their email alerts. Have a wonderful, music filled day!


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Noteworthy Artist: Kina Grannis

I collect new music in the way some women collect shoes. I have specific categories, special artists, and beloved songs. While I remain OCD in my compulsion to remain hyper-organized and clutter free, I'm a bona fide hoarder when it comes to my songs and vinyl records. I frequently go on Spotify binges to discover new tracks to tuck away into my increasingly growing stash. Ask me if I feel like I have a problem. Go ahead...ask. I know I do.

I recently came across the lovely singer-song writer Kina Grannis, and I just loved her right away. She has this breathy style of music that isn't overladen with the electronic beats and synthesized sounds of today's ridiculously vapid pop music. Emotionally meaningful and easy to listen to, her vocals are reminiscent of Ingrid Michaelson (another favorite of mine). And if I've said it once, I'll say it again and again and again: singers who write their own music will always have a superior edge in my opinion. There is a great mental and emotional collaboration that occurs when they sing their own music, because they're basically singing out their own diary. In addition to the incredible vulnerability this lends a song, who can interpret a song better than the actual writer? Great examples of this are Sam Smith, Adele, The Beatles and so many others.

Some of my current favorite Kina songs are "The Fire," "Write It in the Sky," "Oh, Father," and her cover of "Chandelier." Never heard her music? Catch it here, and have an amazing Sunday!