The Coachella 2013 lineup is finally here and finally official. There are a couple little surprises here and a couple things worth paying attention to for the rest of the year. Here is my knee jerk, initial reaction.
First the good. With Phoenix and Vampire Weekend playing that means only one thing: they are armed with new music. It will be fun to follow their trajectory this year as both band's previous albums were really stinking good. Can they, especially Phoenix, live up to the hype? As a fan of both bands I hope so.
Dinosaur Jr. seems to have new life so their set will be interesting. I'm also curious what the crowds will be like for chart toppers Of Monsters and Men and the Lumineers. Former Smiths guitaris Johnny Marr could be on double duty as he will be playing solo and his former band Modest Mouse both play on Friday. Might they collaborate again?
Now the surprises. Who's excited for the English quartet The Stone Roses? The band hasn't really been active since 1996 but I guess the promised world tour and new album is finally happening. What about the Postal Service? Ben Gibbard doesn't play festivals with his main and more popular band Death Cab for Cutie but does with a side project that only released one album back in 2003? Curious. I'm also surprised by the lack of a big name DJs to blow the roof off the legendary Sahara Tent Stage. Last year they had Swedish House Mafia, Avicii, David Guetta, Martin Solveig, Afrojack, and Kaskade. That's massive. Hardwell and Bassnectar are great but hardly matchup to last year.
As usual the lineup is pretty stacked so if you are headed out to the desert there will once again be no shortage of great options.
The other day my friend and bandmate was talking about this crazy Swedish movie "Sound of Noise." The movie is about music hating and tone-deaf cop named Amadeus, and his pursuit of a group of guerilla percussionists "terrorizing" the city with their public performances. For the percussionists everything is an instrument. Coins, bulldozers, jack hammers, a car engine, stamps, an operating room, blenders, cabinet doors, a tooth brush, etc...
I can't speak for the quality of the entire movie but we checked out several performances and they are extremely creative. The music pieces are certainly avant-garde but all fans of music will appreciate the fact that literally anything can be turned into an instrument. Here is a peek at the group performing a piece in a kitchen. Enjoy.
It's a big week for music here in Grand Junction. So far I count at least four different shows worth checking out this Friday and Saturday and none of them are any bigger than the Reverend Horton Heat with Shotgun Hodown and Reno Divorce (Check out my full show preview in this Friday's Out and About).
If you are a gear head like me then you will get a kick out of this video. Want to get that signature Rev sound? Well it's going to cost you. Here is Jim Heath talking about the gear he uses on stage including his custom Gretsch hollowbody and his Gretsch Executive amp. Just between the two, you are looking at about $5,000 and that's not including the effect pedal set you would need to add.
The sound is a little spotty in this video but I think it's always cool to hear from musicians about what they look for in gear and how much energy they put in to get that perfect sound.
Check out the latest news in the local music scene. Just announced, two Denver DJs, The Digital Connection and Joman, hit the Mesa Theater Main Stage next Saturday. Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection has been headlining shows/festivals in the Denver area for the better part of a decade including Snowball 2012, Sonic Bloom 2011-12 - and most recently smashing NYE with the Isam Live creator Amon Tobin. As the poster implies, Shine plays all original bone crushing bass and sweet melodies.
Fresh off playing Decadence NYE in Denver, CO. Joman is no stranger to the big arenas. His signature style of filthy Electro House has made him one of the top DJs in Denver, playing nearly every Triad Dragons Massive including Global Dance Festival last year. Local DJ ZionXX (aka Epicstep) will open the night with his heavy style of Dubstep.
The show is free for everyone 21 and up and $8 for those 18 and up.