Whether you had the privilege of attending this amazing music festival in Indio, California last weekend, watched it streaming live on YouTube, or missed its greatness altogether, the Coachella lineup had a little something for everyone this year. That’s not to say that the lineup of previous years wasn’t as diverse, but this year had an outstanding lineup. (Seriously: Phoenix and R. Kelly?! WHAT!!?!?!?11!!!!) I would travel across Middle Earth to be sent to this festival on its second weekend, but unfortunately I don’t have that opportunity. Instead, here is a playlist that showcases the artists I would have liked to see at this year’s Coachella, and even some other artists that would be big for other genre diehards.
“Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand – This is the song that got me into Guitar Hero, and subsequently got me into all genres of rock and metal music. Thanks guys. Major shout out to you.
“Cold War” by Janelle Monae
“Verbal Gunfight” by Jurassic 5
“Going Out in Style” by Dropkick Murphys – Dropkicks at Summerfest 2011 was my first legitimate concert, and I had the fortune of being able to sing into singer/bassist Ken Casey’s mic during their encore. Life = made.
“Song 2” by Blur – Just a little UW Badger turnover song love here.
“Bass Head” by Bassnectar
“Love Like a Sunset, Part 1” by Phoenix
“Hope” by Descendants
“The Funeral” by Band of Horses
“Snow (Hey Oh)” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“I’m Different” by 2 Chainz – I have to admit that this song is a guilty pleasure of mine. Sorry.
“Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes
“Ring of Fire” by Social Distortion – Solid cover. ‘Nuff said.
“Never Mind” by Infected Mushroom
“Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
No, as far as I have heard there was nothing as crazy as a Tupac hologram that appeared at the festival this year. But, despite this, I think we can all agree that Coachella continues to impress, and definitely sets a standard for music festivals everywhere. Here’s to hoping that someday we may all have a chance to go to Coachella and experience its awesomeness.