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Panorama NYC by Julia Walck

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A few weeks ago Emily and I went to our first East Coast music festival, Panorama NYC!

After a red eye flight from LAX to RDU, we landed at 6:20am and had to sprint through the airport to catch our connecting 6:20am flight to LGA. Yeah, you read those times right. Luckily our second flight was delayed, and we landed in NY a few hours later. 

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We went straight to our Airbnb, (which was super cute by the way), dropped our bags off, changed with superman-style speed, scarfed down some lunch, then headed to the ferry. Did I mention this festival was on an island? Well, it was. 

DAY 1

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Day one's lineup was insanely awesome... and we were insanely tired. But we were determined to push through!  

We got in with a bit of time to explore the lay of the land (figuring out how to get from Stage A to Stage B, etc.). We passed by the Rough Trade record booth when I noticed a sign. And what a sign it was! "Signing today: Spoon. 4:15PM"

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How unexpectedly awesome! The catch was you had to buy merch from Rough Trade to be signed. I bought Hot Thoughts on CD, (yes my car still has a CD player), and kept it safe in my backpack until later. 

We headed over to the main stage for Honne and watched from a shady spot on the side. It was ironic hearing him sing, "I'll keep you warm on a cold night" with the current weather being in the low 90's.

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Foxygen was up next. You know, like from that Google Home commercial where the dad tries to relate to his daughter's boyfriend by finding out what their latest album was?... It's "Hang" if you were wondering. 

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Emily and I grabbed some beer and enjoyed Foxygen before bouncing back to the Panorama stage for Vance Joy. By coincidence, my outfit was color coordinated to match the Panorama wristband and, apparently, beer. 

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I sat in the back on a sprawled out scarf on the grass for a bit before heading over to the Spoon signing. 

When it was time I grabbed my CD, Instax camera, and nervously walked over. I’ve been listening to these guys since 2005, and have seen them 5 times in total! And in 3 different states! This band seriously means so much to me and I definitely fangirled/froze in front of them at the signing.

There were no "posed" photos allowed, but I was able to snap a shot sans me in it. I only took one photo on my Instax camera and prayed to the indie music gods that it would develop. 

Luckily it did! And I came out with a signed CD and tangible photo from it all. 

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I walked back over to Vance Joy, sat down and basked in the happiness of all that had just happened. Riptide was playing and everyone was going crazy. 

During the 30 minute breakdown time in between sets, we made a beer run and then posted up in a good spot for Future Islands

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I've seen Future Islands a few times now and the energy in this band never ceases to amaze me. Samuel Herring, the lead singer, has a unique performance style about him that I've never seen before and it's entertaining to a whole other level. He runs back and forth on the stage pounding on his chest to really get that deep, raspy, howling voice out. He'll even break into that Russian jumpstyle Cossack dance once in a while and it never gets old.

Emily stayed for the full set, but I ducked out a bit early to see my guys Spoon play at The Pavilion stage. As I was walking over, I passed Alex (keys/guitar in Spoon); he recognized me from the signing and kind of stopped, motioning if I wanted to say hi. I sort of waved and just kept walking because sometimes I'm really stupid and walk right past musicians that mean a lot to me out of nervousness. (This has also happened with Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). I kick myself whenever I think about those times. 

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So this was actually the worst Spoon show I've ever been to. Not because of the performance, but because of the crowd. 

Tyler the Creator was the next act at this stage, and that's all people cared about. It was packed. Unfortunately it was packed for Tyler the entirety of Spoon's set and everyone was talking through the show. I looked around and I was the only one in my sight actually singing and dancing, let alone enjoying the music. I was a sardine in the midst of people who gave zero fucks about the show that was happening right in front of them.

I was so angry by the rudeness of everyone. Spoon was what drew me to this festival. They were basically the reason I came and to have it ruined by a sea full of bucket hats really sucked. 

But hey, at least I met them. And this wasn't my first time seeing them and it won't be my last. So that's okay. 

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Breakbot was going to be next, but they got rescheduled to the next day due to some technical difficulties in The Parlor. Apparently Cherry Glazerr also got caught up in the little tech mishap, but had to be on the road for another show so they just didn't get to play at all. Bummer.

In the meantime, we went to the craft cocktail garden and grabbed food. 

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When the sun was setting, Emily and I made our way over to Solange. I enjoyed her performance way more than I thought I would. So full of soul and emotion; not to mention great subtle choreography.

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We stayed in the same spot for Frank Ocean (probably because we were too exhausted to move), and headed back to the ferry after a few songs. 

7 acts on Day 1? Super jetlagged? Not too shabby if I do say so myself. 

We passed out immediately upon arrival at our Airbnb.

DAY 2

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Our alarm was set for late in the morning so we could catch up on sleep. We brunched and filled up on coffee at Mud before heading into the festival. 

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Our first stop was Sofi Tukker. I was crazy excited to see them again. They were at Coachella this year and it was one of the most high energy shows I've ever seen! (even in the 102 degree heat!)

Thankfully they were in an enclosed tent this time so it was on the cooler side and we didn't get as sweaty when we danced. Because this is dancing music.  

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Continuing with the dancing theme, Emily and I headed over to the Aussie duo, Jagwar Ma. We hung out in the shade, danced a bit and got ice cream in between acts. Mine was fruity pebble flavored.

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After devouring our ice cream, we headed to the rescheduled Breakbot set. They're known for their funky, electro remixes and "French-touch" to music. Good, groovin' tunes.

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Previously known as Chet FakerNick Murphy was next. I saw him at Red Rocks earlier this year, and this Panorama show was even better than the last. At one point in the show he ran down into the audience and everyone was singing and dancing together. There's just something special about being so close to the live performance, and "up in the vibe" as my friend Jen would say. 

PS if you haven't listened to his new album Missing Link yet you should do so. 

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The last act of the night was at a semi-hidden stage tucked away around a corner. Twirling lights hung above a giant, checkered dancefloor where a DJ was spinning tunes. 

I didn't exactly expect Motor City Drum Ensemble to be a DJ, but he appeared in the disco-ball-clad booth and started doin' his thing. What a fun show, though. Everyone was dancing together underneath the color changing lights on a warm, summer night. 

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It had been a long couple of days and this was only day 2! I fought the urge to go to sleep when we got back from the festival that night, and I dragged Emily out on the town, telling her, "This is our only night to go out!"

We made it to 4 bars and were out 'til 3am. I'd say we did New York right that night. 

Our first stop was McSoarleys Old Ale House. A friend suggested this and really talked it up. And I'm glad they did. Cash only, two beers at a time, light or dark. That's the drill. No fancy craft brews, Bud Lights or Stella. You throw your cash down on the beer-soaked bar and pick from the simplest two options. In a "tapper" style fashion they serve you your beer. 

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Next was Amor Y Amargo. The littlest bar I've ever been to, with one of the stiffest drinks I've ever had. Something with gin is all I remember. They also have a ton of bitters for purchase, and include bitters in pretty much all of their drinks. This place only has about 5 seats and standing room for maybe 10-15 more. 

We put our name down at Death & Company and while we were waiting, grabbed a drink at a tavern next door. The tavern wasn't really noteworthy, but Death & Company was. Odd to say, but my drink had the most perfect ice cube I've ever seen. Some solid craft cocktails. 

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DAY 3

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We brunched at Philip Marie Restaurant after our night of drinking, and I figured why not keep it going with bottomless Bloody Mary's? 

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There was a bit of time before the first act we wanted to see, so we took our time and checked out a few vintage shops in the area: Star Struck Vintage and Beacon's Closet. I found a pair of earrings that look like match sticks and Emily got a vintage tee. 

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The ferry ride over was crazy windy and I think the wind blew all the color out of my hair 💨🌈

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Once on the island we did our now routine drill of filling up our water bottles, finding food/beer and heading to the first show: Preoccupations. Noisy, grumbly rock which I enjoy every now and then.  

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The indoor show had been nice and cool, but it was time to venture over to a tented outdoor stage for Angel Olsen. As I type this I'm looking at an Angel Olsen flyer I have pinned up at my desk. God, she's so photogenic AND so talented. There's such a sweet presence to her/her music. I'm sure that everyone in the crowd, at some point during her performance, closed their eyes, swayed and smiled a little. 

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It felt like we were ping-ponging a bit from the inside tented stage to the outside tented stage. Strangely similar from hopping back and forth from pool to jacuzzi. 

We got to the next set a bit early and laid down on our scarves underneath the disco ball. 

The atmosphere was awoken by the lo-fi pop that is Cloud Nothings. The disco ball lights were thumping/pulsating to the beats. (Good thing that we magically didn't have hangovers from the night before).

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Glass Animals played the main stage next. They sing about pineapples a lot. And they threw a pineapple into the audience, which seems like a bad idea but the dude who caught it was super stoked. Fun fact: some festivals in the UK banned pineapples due to the amount of fans bringing them in to the grounds. 

Another really fun show where he jumped into the crowd and sang/danced with everyone. The roadie who had to carry his microphone cord (which was now very tangled) seemed way over it, though. As I could only imagine.

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We made a mad dash to grab some food, then held down our spot for A Tribe Called Quest

It was a lot more emotional of a show than I thought it would be. They had a microphone on stage for Phife Dawg, who passed away in March of 2016; when his part came up in song they showed the mic on screen with a photo of Phife in the background. 

I can't imagine how emotional that must be for them as a group, hearing his voice recorded like that. They paid respect to him and his family, and announced it would be their last NY show. Ever. 

It's understandable that it's just not the same without Phife Dawg. 

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We didn't stay for NIN. I ended up going to FYF the week prior and had caught a few songs there. Plus we were exhausted. 

The breeze on the ferry ride back felt nice, and I think gave us the energy to go out for one last drink. This was our last night in NY so we went to a rooftop bar to take in the view, and some tequila. 

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We walked back to our total artsy/90s-dream-world of an Airbnb for the final time. The space was perfect for any music or art lover who is also (bonus) fond of cats. Let me tell you, Blackie is the sweetest cat I've ever met! Don't let his half-cut ear, piercing yellow eyes and snaggle tooth fool you. He was a total cuddler and great buddy to chill with. It was going to be hard to leave.

On Monday morning we slept in and took our time leaving. We grabbed coffee and a bagel from a local shop, walked around and looked at street art, then hung out at the Ace Hotel until it was time to catch a cab. 

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'Til next time, New York. 

FYF '16 by Julia Walck

Fuck Yeah Fest (FYF) was really good this year! I remember it being an unorganized clusterfuck when I went back in 2014; they've totally cleaned up their act since then! (A bit of bottlenecking aside). 

I went both days and didn't get sunburnt! Patting myself on the back, and it doesn't even hurt. 

Here's what the weekend consisted of:

SATURDAY

  • Classixx
  • Todd Terje & the Olsens
  • Gerd Janson
  • Junior Boys
  • Tame Impala
  • Hot Chip (Live)
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • Moby (DJ)

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Bonnie, me, Jaz and Em

We watched Classixx from the beer garden; it was good, dancy, (drinky?) music for the background. While we were there, I creeped on this guy's "Dedicated to the Craft" shirt and I whipped out the sign I made for Hot Chip. 

I was 100% dedicated to the craft of this sign

Todd Terje and the Olsens

Junior Boys

Junior Boys

The stage for Junior Boys was sort of tucked away in the back, and at first we ended up grooving a bit in "The Woods" before heading to "The Club" (stage names). In doing so, we stumbled on this guy named Gerd Janson who I ended up really liking.

We made our way to "The Club" and caught my favorite Junior Boys song, In the Morning, just in time! Dancing our way under the disco balls, we headed to Tame Impala. I've seen them twice before so I didn't mind ducking out early for my main obsession, Hot Chip.

Hot Chip was labeled one of the best performances of FYF by LA Weekly. You can see me posted up front and center with my lil' Hot Chip sign in the article. I also found another photo of me on laist here

Because I was front and center, guess who got the set list!?!?! Hoping I can get another one from next week's show in Wales! 

Sidenote: On day 2 of the fest, I actually saw Alexis Taylor walking through the park with his wife and daughter. I choked and didn't say anything to him and I'm still slapping myself for it! 

Explosions in the sky filled the stage with vivid colors while exploding peoples' minds with their sound. Instrumental music always feels like a dreamscape to me and is really, really wonderful. It's refreshing to strip away all lyrics and dig deep into the sound.

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Moby

We danced to Moby and then stumbled home around 1:30. Getting a Lyft out of there was an absolute nightmare! 

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Me with my Hot Chip sign

SUNDAY

  • Preoccupations
  • Wild Nothing
  • Blood Orange
  • Father John Misty
  • Anohni: Presents Hopelessness
  • Mac Demarco
  • Beach House
  • LCD Soundsystem 
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Preoccupations

Saturday, I went solo to the festival and Emily met up with me later in the day. I caught the middle to end of Preoccupations' set. They're previously known as Viet Cong, but changed their name for obvious reasons. Starting my day off with a bit of grungy punk felt good. 

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Wild Nothing

Emily found me mid-Wild Nothing set. Having purple hair really does come in handy. 

Blood Orange was next. They brought out Carly Rae Jepsen and Nelly Furtado for a song each... which is quite possibly the most random combo of guests ever for Blood Orange. I mean, good, but odd. 

Father John Misty always puts on a hell of a show. Talk about drama. He kept flailing himself all over the stage, falling to his knees and completely on his back. 

We couldn't figure out if his graphics were malfunctioning or purposefully ironic. First, the screen quickly flashed to a desktop background of a baby with a mess of folders. Next was the software update failed message. Then a Windows start-up screen, and the set ended with a "Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2014" banner. It was then that we knew (or are pretty sure?) it was all on purpose. 

After grabbing some Fruity Pebble churro ice cream from Ridges, we met up with my coworker Zack and his girlfriend at Anohni. Her graphics were really powerful. I turned to Zack and said, "This feels like something that would be in a back room at MOCA or LACMA for an art installation". He's a copy-writer at work and does lots of artist bios, so knows lots of fun facts about the music scene. 

He explained to me that it probably was art-installation-esque because in the past, Anohni has worked with the likes of Lou Reed and Bjork on installations and projects. Plus, the show was called Anohni: Presents Hopelessness which in itself seems like an art piece with an underlying message. 

We went from Anohni to Mac Demarco and met up with a few more friends. Fighting our way through the crowd, we ended up to the side of the sound booth which was a pretty good spot.

Afterwards, we caught a few Beach House tunes and moseyed our way over to LCD Soundsystem. 

Hey, remember that time I waited for 8 hours to be very front row for LCD at Coachella? Me too. 

Anyways, LCD was AMAZING. I danced so hard, as soon as I got out of bed and stood up the next morning I felt my legs scream, "What have you done to us?!" Worth it though. Totally worth it. 

I metro-ed home, showered at like 1:30 or 2am, and tried to get some sleep for work the next morning. 

Speaking of mornings, I leave tomorrow morning (6am flight) for Festival Number 6 in Wales! I'm beyond excited but man is it going to be a long trek. 

Cross your fingers for us! 

Recently, in Summer by Julia Walck

Summer nights (and days) are really amazing. The sun might be hot in the daytime, but it's always worth it when you can kick back and relax in the warm summer nights. 

PS: "kick back" reminds me... We heard the song "Can I Kick It?" on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday while we were out.  

Here's what I've been up to this past week:

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

  • Ate at Border Grill downtown
  • Accidentally showed up 2 hours early at the Bootleg thanks to the wrong set time in an email (8:30 is the same as 10:30, right?)
  • Ubered over to Mohawk Bend for drinks and photo-booth-ing
  • Walked across the street to Bar Bandini to kill some more time
  • Headed to the Bootleg for real this time to see Kyle Craft, which was the BEST $9 show of my life

SATURDAY

  • Let's just say Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle, which consisted of watching A LOT of Game of Thrones... with the blinds shut and all of the lights off
  • Late afternoon, we went over to the Annenberg for the KCRW Sound in Focus concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  • Got a Dogtown Dog and some "ice cream of the future" from food trucks
  • Edward Sharpe wasn't super sharp that night and we went home before he even played it

SUNDAY

  • Stood in line at Eggslut, and the payoff was delicious
  • Shopped around at Renegade Craft Fair and snagged a sweet ampersand pin from a fellow ampersister, Katie Wilson of The Good Twin
  • Found out that pear sorbet ice cream is a thing and Jeni's makes it

Free Press Summer Festival by Julia Walck

This past weekend, I won tickets through work to attend Free Press Summer Festival in Houston, TX! 

The night before our flight out, I saw Digitalism at the El Rey. They were AWESOME, but whoa. Note to self you'll be exhausted when you have to wake up at 4:30am the next day. 

Our flight was delayed by 2 hours, but luckily we didn't miss anyone we wanted to see. Denise and I rolled up to the Air BnB, dropped off our things and headed to FPSF. 

During the weekend I think I tallied 26, "Oh my god I love your rain boots!" or "Where did you get those?!" on my Jeffery Campbell glitter ankle rain boots. Form AND function? Plus, who can say no to glitter? Cheers to that.

I'm really glad I brought them because Oh. My. God. The. Weather... Insanity. But we'll get into that later. 

Day 1

White Denim

White Denim

HOLY SHIT. If you ever have the chance to see White Denim live, do it!!! These guys seriously rock. One big massive jam sesh; they didn't even have a set list! (I know because I tried to snag one at the end). 

During the set, I was next to this drunk girl who was in love with the drummer. She kept yelling, "Drum solo, drum solo!" The lead guitarist, James Petralli, heard her and announced to the crowd, "Sounds like we have a request for a drum solo." Screams and applause followed in anticipation. The drummer, Joshua Block, laughed nervously and shied away. James smiled and said, "Drum solo. Joshua, play a solo drum, once."

Josh hit a drum and the crowd went wild. The band continued on to each do a "solo", which was basically doing one twang of a guitar or a single push on a keyboard. 

I love when a band has fun rocking out, and comes equipped with a sense of humor and interaction with the crowd. 

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Modest Mouse

We hung back at Jamie XX and people watched as the show went on. My favorite person was a guy intensely voguing yelling, "Twirl! And twirl! And twirl!"

Modest Mouse always delivers. And when I say always, I mean the two times that I've seen them were rad. I also realized they sort of have a similar sound to Interpol, but with way different vocals. 

During the day it rained every now and then, and there was even a rainbow!

Rainy days ain't so bad

Day 2

Sunday morning before the festival we brunched and walked around in the Montrose area, which was surprisingly artsy. We spotted like 4 thrift stores, 3 antique shops and (not even joking) 15 tattoo parlours. 

Summery vibes

A door that opens quietly

This was a bedding store...

OK now back to the good stuff: the music.

Wild Child

Allen Stone

Wild Child was a good, folksy start to our Sunday. Nice mellow jams to listen to while basking in the sun.

Denise and I took a break for a while and hit up the Skyy Vodka tent (they were giving out free shots! [don't ask how many we had]), Malibu Beach House, got some beer and grabbed some grub. 

Allen Stone was next. Um, great voice and even better hat! Man this guy has got some soul. I had never heard of him before, and I'm crazy happy I checked him out. They put on a REALLY good show. 

Leon Bridges

Continuing that soulful music was Leon Bridges. I don't need to say much here. He's fucking amazing.

Denise and I then went our separate ways so I could catch Young the Giant and she could see Big Grams. Ten minutes until showtime, a guy came out on stage with a mic, but wasn't from the band. He announced that everyone had to evacuate the park due to severe weather conditions and possible thunderstorms in our area as reported by the National Weather Service. Mostly everyone at the fest was a local, and it seemed 100% normal to them. 

Good thing it only lasted about an hour or so. 

Young the Giant

The National

Young the Giant came out and said something like, "We've never had a gig where we're backstage literally two minutes before the show not knowing if we're actually playing or not."

I NEED Sameer's sequin jacket in my life BTW.

Watching The National play while it rained was great, because people couldn't tell the difference between raindrops and tears. Kidding. I didn't cry. However, I did have a moment when they sang "I Need my Girl". I imagined the lyrics with "man" instead; Jackson's in Spain right now and I haven't seen him for a week. Sappy stuff, ya know?

Always looking up

For our flight back on Monday, wake up time was 3:30. Tired is an understatement. I'm writing this on the plane at the moment actually. We're landing really soon, and when we do I'm heading home, dropping off my bags and driving to work. Because yes, I am insane. #workhardplayhard

What a fun weekend though. Despite the travel, tiredness and weather, I'd do it again in a heartbeat (but first I'd invest in a sturdier poncho). 

Until next time, Texas. <3 

Coachella 2016 by Julia Walck

I told myself I wasn't going to Coachella this year. "Last year was the last time", I said. "It's getting too trendy", I said. "There's so many other better festivals out there," I said...

Then LCD Soundsystem was announced as a headliner and I changed my mind instantly. They had broken up before I ever had the chance to catch a show. This was redemption.

Jackson, Emily and I lucked out and all got Weekend 1 tickets off of friends and magically found a condo to stay in. 

Here's how the weekend went down:

FRIDAY

We rolled up just in time to catch a bit of Lapsley in the Mojave tent, then stayed there for HEALTH. Who you'll probably either love or hate. I have moments with them... sometimes they get a bit too screamy (like that time I saw them at the Echoplex and had a headache for like 4 days straight). 

Then we headed over to the Coachella stage where we obviously stayed until LCD came on so we could stake out our front row spots.

Years & Years sort of kept forgetting his lyrics? Which felt weird... I'm guessing it had something to do with stage fright / shock that he was actually performing at Coachella. Other than that though he put on a good show. 

Foals was awesome. The lead guy, Yannis Philippakis, ALWAYS crowdsurfs at his shows. So if you're into that I'd suggest getting front and center. (We chilled to the side a bit on this set before working our way in - the rail strategy is proven to work!)

Of Monsters and Men felt like one big sing-a-long and I loved it. M83's set was a total dream. I'm not super into her music, but Ellie Goulding REALLY knows how to work a stage. 

Now for the good part.

LCD-MOTHERFUCKING-SOUNDSYSTEM

All in all, we waited 8 hours to be front row.

Some girl in a group next to us legitimately peed into a bottle since there was no physical way she could make it out of the crowd and back to her same spot. That's commitment. But then she left to go see Jack U instead! On second thought, maybe it wasn't commitment... it was probably just drugs. 

I'm sort of sad I missed The Last Shadow Puppets and Sufjan Stevens, but sacrifices had to be made for James Murphy. 

The sacrifices were worth it because we got to front row for this glorious show. Look for me in this LCD Soundsystem Fans video that Coachella made: I'm the girl with the glitter smeared all over my face, obv. 

He played "Losing my Edge" and it felt way too real hearing muffled sounds from Jack U's show as James sang the lyrics "The kids are coming up from behind." The festival was sort of split with people who were either there for LCD Soundsystem, or Jack U which was pretty surprising to me.

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I aspire to have this giant disco ball in my life. I also really missed out on the opportunity to rock my disco ball make-up for this show. 

Other song highlights were Dance Yrself Clean, Tribulations, Daft Punk is Playing at my House and New York I Love You. 

I expected Daft Punk to actually show up for that song, but it was still great without that happening.

It was a legendary show; I can't wait to dance myself clean again at FYF

SATURDAY

On Saturday, we didn't get to the festival until 3ish. We had a nice, relaxing morning with a good amount of mimosa time. 

We started off with Gary Clark Jr. who absolutely shredded it. There's SO much soul in that guy; it made it worth the fact we were standing in around 90 degree weather with no shade to see him!

Here's a video I took of a massive jam sesh moment.

The Arcs and Unknown Mortal Orchestra were definitely my favorite performances of the day.

Dan Auerbach, (of Black Keys / lead guy in The Arcs), always delivers. He also had a couple of guest appearances: Joe Walsh of The Eagles, and 78 year old Glenn Schwartz formerly from Pacific Gas and Electric. 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a more mellow band, but they seriously step it up for a live show! Talk about a dance party. 

In the midst of all the music, we also had to find time to grab some food and drinks. Below are two very opposite things: coconut water and a gin craft cocktail. Both are necessities to surviving Coachella. 

If you're going weekend 2, you can find these cocktails in the Craft Beer Garden. They're $15 (yikes!) but might be a better deal than some of the beers. Pick your poison.

Here's me pre-festival (post-mimosas) with my Bando pineapple sunnies on. 

SUNDAY

The final day!

De Lux was the first show of the day; this is a band from LA with guys who look like they're fresh outta high school. I discovered them through KCRW last summer and even got to catch a free show at the Hammer Museum. They've got a Talking Heads disco-y vibe to their music and they're great! 

Tei Shi was the only time we made it to the Gobi tent (the one with the ceiling covered in chandeliers). When the lead singer first came out, she looked teary eyed when saying "The band was just backstage laughing nervously that there would only be like 3 people in the audience. Thank you SO much for coming out". There was definitely A LOT more than 3 people out there. 

Watching Matt and Kim from inside the beer garden was really fun. Their giant beach balls even made their way over at one point! Did you know they're together? And VERY open about their relationship? 

Cold War Kids! I'd never seen them before and have always wanted to, so this was a good moment. Here's me jumping around with our totem, Cornelius the Cactus to "Hang me up to Dry".

Sia's performance was absolutely stunning. It felt as if a music video was happening right before our eyes. She had special guest appearances from Tig Notaro, Kristen Wiig and Paul Dano (ft. in this neverending gif below).

And of course, Maddie Ziegler, the little girl from all of her music videos was there too. 

Miike Snow closed out our Coachella for us with a bang. I got to hear Animal, which is all I really need in life.

It felt like the weekend went by incredibly fast, and I definitely didn't want it to end. 

Depending on the lineup... I'd go to Coachella again.

Something I'm really looking forward to is end of August / beginning of September. Reason being is I'm going to have 6 days filled with music! FYF is on Aug. 27 and 28 and then I'm going to Wales for a 4 day festival called Festival No. 6.  The best part is Hot Chip is headlining both of them! AND it's during my birthday weekend. 

'Til then I'll be going to shows here and there to tie me over; like Blackbird Blackbird tonight!