One of the things I do here at TicketLiquidator is look at search statistics to see which acts most people are interested in. This past week, the mega-tours (One Direction, George Strait, Miley Cyrus) that had dominated the recent charts were pushed down the list by a number of other bands. It's not that I didn't know the names--some of them were pretty big acts--but it was unusual to have such a big change all at once. Then, I realized what was happening.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival® has announced its 2014 lineup.
Since it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go personally this year (sniff) I decided to give myself a virtual mini-concert and listen to some of the many (there's something like 165) bands who will appear there. And I had waaaay too much fun not to share.
Pharrell Williams Makes Me "Happy"
In a bad mood? Snap out of it! Trust me--there is no way you can listen to this song and keep frowning. In fact, so many people fell in love with the catchy vibe that Pharrell Williams released a 24-hour music video for this Oscar®-nominated song. It features many of the dancers you see in the shorter version, just bopping along and feeling, well, happy. I have watched it sporadically but I love the song so much I don't want to burn myself out with too many repitions.
Src: 2013 Happy via YouTube
Lorde Amazes with "Royals"
Unless you've been living in a cave--make that a cave without cable or internet--you've heard this song. As good as the 17-year-old Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Conner's performance is, that's not the most amazing thing about the multiple-Grammy®-nominated "Royals." It's that the New Zealand native wrote it. Well, okay, Lorde has an older writing partner but he claims the lyrics are all hers. Like the other songs on Pure Heroin, "Royals" shows amazing sophistication.
Src: 2013 Royals via YouTube
Aloe Blacc is Definitely "The Man"
Aloe Blacc has been on the scene for ten years, but I admit I hadn't heard of him until he released "I Need a Dollar" in 2010. But it's his most recent album, Lift Your Spirit, that's really caught my attention. And, even though the first time I heard the first few bars of "The Man," I thought he was about to sample Elton John's classic "Your Song," I quickly realized that the song was Blacc's own, with a riff that's totally contagious.
Src:2013 The Man via YouTube
Trombone Shorty Rains Down "Fire and Brimstone"
When, on one of this season's episodes of HBO's Treme, D.J. Davis hears Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' latest album on his car stereo, the music's so good he's unable to get out of the car. When I first heard the following track, it's a good thing I was already in my house, because I couldn't stop listening, either.
Src: 2013 Fire and Brimstone via YouTube
I could go on and on, but let's get down to what you really want to know: Who's playing this year?
Coachella 2014 Lineup