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Music For Your Weekend: First Impressions of Coachella Edition

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Happy New Year! I hope you welcomed this next revolution around the sun in good spirits. If by chance you didn’t, I’m sure the recently announced Coachella lineup did the trick.

I thought it might be nice to highlight a few of the acts that you should check out not named Beyoncé 🙂

Tom Misch – Tom Misch earned the distinction of “Best New Artist” by KCRW this past year. That should be enough of a qualification to make this list right? Check out the video for “Movie”, the first single from his forthcoming debut album Geography which is due to be released a week before Coachella kicks off.

Helado Negro – Roberto Carlos Lange, better known as Helado Negro, has been a station favorite for several years now. His ability to fuse psychedelic melodies with electronic pop and a dash of tropicalia, makes his music perfectly suited for sunny Southern California.

Moses Sumney – If you’re a fan of KCRW you are definitely familiar with Moses Sumney. We’ve championed this local artist since he burst onto the scene in 2013. Moses is a phenomenal talent! Angelic voice, exquisite songwriter, great stage presence, and is simply striking to look at. His long awaited debut full-length Aromanticism made my top 5 of 2017.

Buscabulla – Raquel Barrios & Luis Alfredo del Valle, better known as Buscabulla, are Puerto Rican born and raised and now based in New York. Their sound is truly a reflection of both locales. Imagine a mix of 80s pop, funk, and tropicalia. Well, good thing for us, we don’t have to 🙂 Check out their live version of “Tátaro” on MBE last Feb.

Kelela – I’ve been a big fan and supporter of Kelela for several years now. Her seductive voice combined with tantalizing production provides the quintessential soundtrack for particular activities…usually reserved for the P.M. 🙂 In fact, being on at 12-3am every Thursday, I can personally attest to Kelela’s music being perfect for the late night. I imagine her sound will go down well in the middle of the desert.