Let’s not beat around the bush, the Show of the Week this week is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Rather than bore you with the details of something you already know about, I’m just gonna get right to it. Here are Pat’s Picks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I feel sorry for anyone that has to share a set time with Outkast on Friday. Everyone, I mean, EVERYONE is going to be at the main stage for this show. Outkast playing on Friday is a pretty freaking big deal. It’s their first show since Andre 3000 and Big Boi split ways back in 2006. It was pretty much ruled impossible that the group would ever get back together, but here they are. Outkast’s collection of songs is way deeper than you ever remembered, so I encourage you to go back and hit up some of those older tracks before you head out to the Polo Fields on Thursday night. Here are two of my personal favorites to get you going:
Saturday: RL Grime
Yeah I said it. He’s on the fourth line down on the lineup, and Saturday’s stacked as it is, but RL Grime is gonna be sick. There’s no better way of putting it. RL Grime is the trap incarnation of the Los Angeles based DJ, Clockwork, also known by his human name, Henry Steinway. Steinway has been around for a while, and his song selection is much more eclectic than your run of the mill trap act. However, you can expect Saturday’s set to be heavy on the bass and the hip-hop. I mean common, it’s Coachella.
Steinway’s got mastery of the mix tables that gets overshadowed by a lot of tasteful, yet absolutely disgusting beat drops. So if you’re looking for musical integrity, it might sound, shall we say, odd, but RL Grime is actually one of the more intelligent acts taking to the Sahara tent’s tables this weekend. Go get your dance on, your groove on, and you mind melted.
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to see:
There are a lot of distractions on Sunday, but Disclosure is not a group to miss. The Grammy nominated electronic duo from the UK is halfway a band and halfway a DJ act. Unlike most electronic acts, Disclosure’s set is not just about creating an environment where you can dance. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great beats to groove on at a Disclosure show. But because they incorporate instruments and vocals into their performance, there’s a level of musicality there that just really stands out.
You might have caught Disclosure closing out last year’s festival on the Mojave stage. Disclosure is back this year, and they’ve been bumped up on the lineup. Why? Because Disclosure has been killing it this year. What does that mean for you? It means that this year’s show is gonna be that much better. They’ve got more money, more practice, and a bigger stage this time around. Let’s just hope their set time doesn’t conflict with The Arcade Fire’s. Because that would suuuuck.
Don’t believe me? Check out their full set from the Pitchfork Festival in Paris: