“Dancing is a vertical expression of a horizontal desire.”
― Robert Frost
Have you ever experienced one of those breakthrough moments where you feel like FINALLY you’ve reached what you’ve been trying to get to for so long? I had one of those today. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been in a funk for a while now – just not really feeling like myself. Work hasn’t been exciting me, and I’ve been letting that affect my personal life. But I turned 27 yesterday and I told myself that 27 is going to be better than 26. And I woke up this morning, and somehow I just felt giddy. I’ve been cheery all morning, and a big part of it has been fueled by the music I’ve been listening to. So I wanted to share 10 songs that I’m playing on repeat today (some new, some old). I don’t usually get into remixes or heavy beats, but I’m feeling it today, so why the hell not! Let the beat build!
With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, it’s no secret that the must-see performance of the festival is OutKast on Friday night. The dynamic duo is celebrating their 20th anniversary and haven’t hit the stage together in years. Muse and Arcade Fire will be sure to hold it down as the other two top bills on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but what everybody else?
If you’re heading down to the desert this weekend, be sure to check out these other great non-headlining acts.
Sexy and sultry, Banks’ mysterious sound will remind you of a female version of the Weeknd. This alternative r&b songstress hails from L.A., so expect a hometown crowd cheering her on.
The young crooner from New Zealand absolutely took over the charts last year with her moody, yet pop-friendly hits. Although she’s only 17, she’s helmed the spotlight smoothly, playing on stages as big as the Grammy’s. Plus, her awkward, jerky dance movements are a sight to be seen.
5. Chance The Rapper
Hailing from Chicago, Chance has made big waves off a couple of mixtapes that have landed him features with the likes of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. But where the young MC really shines is under the stage lights. His raw energy and passion is contagious.
4. Calvin Harris
If you’ve been out to any bar, venue, stadium or outing in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve danced foolishly to a Calvin Harris jam. The Scottish DJ just knows how to make a crowd move, and the Sahara Tent will be no exception.
Beck is a true living legend. Making his rounds in the 90s, Beck infused hip-hop, soul, funk and rock with seamless ease. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see a this veteran, American musician in sunny California.
Love him or hate him, Skrillex knows how to throw a party. The energy he brings to his shows is infectious and his drops will definitely melt your face off. Be ready to rage if you’re going to catch this set on Saturday.
1. Pharell Williams
Skateboard P has been sculpting pop’s landscape for the past couple of decades, but this past year has been his best yet. His slot at Coachella should be a surefire party of number one hits. Don’t be shocked if he brings a surprise or two on stage with him either. The guy has probably worked with half of the festival’s lineup, after all.
Not going to lie, I’m itching to get this post up so I can go rock out at the Rosebuds/Bon Iver concert tonight. Yeah, rock out to Bon Iver. Something tells me his live show will allow rocking out, even though his music can often be a sad love song. I’ll be rocking out. Here’s some music for you to rock out to. Yep, they’re all remixes. I’m in the mood. Let loose and please, for the love of god, have a fun weekend. Thank me later.
Shook puts a little disco feeling in Phoenix’s classic hit, “Lisztomania.” Mmhmm, I can get my groove on to this.
So when I was little I thought I started the whole trend of crossing your fingers when you were lying. These days, I seem to think I started the trend of playing this song on Turntable FM. Just go with me, okay?
Well shit, Calvin Harris did it again. Made suchhhhh a good song. Finger lickin’, drool drippin’, soul shakin’ good. Then what happened? Benny Benassi went, picked up the piece, flipped it over, shook it up, beat the shit out of it, popped it in the microwave and ended up with a version of the song that might even compete with the original. Damn.
Tell me this track doesn’t make you want to turn the lights out, install some black lights in your basement, and dance your brains out. No really, tell me that. Right around the 4:00 mark, I start to melt.
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