Now that the calendar has officially progressed to 2019, we’re looking down the barrel at another festival season. This year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup has been revealed and we’re excited to see some great Ernie Ball talent hitting the stage this spring!
The 1975 have recently released their highly anticipated record, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, at the end of last year to a very eager fan base. Press outlets and reviewers have credited the album as one of the more daring and honest records in the quartet’s career. The record was mainly produced by bandleader/vocalist Matt Healy and drummer George Daniel, who gave it the more purposeful theme of coexisting in today’s technological world, where we live faster than our minds can process the narrative, and in order to make a connection, we must spend time away from our screens and reach out for a connection. The 1975 will be playing both Fridays at the Coachella Music Festival.
Sam Sugarman of Childish Gambino
Magnified as a full powerhouse of endless talent between singing, entertainment, and award-winning acting, sits Donald Glover, also known as his hip-hop alter ego, Childish Gambino. From starring in A Star Wars Story film titled Solo as Lando Calrissian, to the viral video of his single, “This Is America,” which has been dissected and highly regarded as a work of art that touches on cultural awareness for tons of hot-button metaphors about race, and how it is woven into entertainment and modern American culture. Guitarist Sam Sugarman will be on stage performing with the dynamic headliner Childish Gambino, who has been awarded the headlining slot for both Fridays of the Coachella Valley Music Festival.
Sam plays Regular Slinky.
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San Diego punkers The Frights’ latest release, Hypochondriac, which was released on Epitaph Records, has made some great traction being added to various must listen to Spotify playlists. Be sure to catch The Frights set as they bring their west coast punk energy to the Coachella Valley Festival.
Always dynamic and highly energetic, EB artists Turnstile have also made the Coachella Valley Line up. If you have never seen them live, their set is a firm “Do Not Miss!” Their latest record, Time & Space, was released last year to high praise in both the hardcore/punk community and beyond. Check out the video for “Bomb/ I Don’t Want To Be Blind” above.
Listen to Turnstile below.
Genre: Rock/Pop Rock
A band that needs no introduction, has been pumping out jams since the ’90s with their iconic records such as The Blue Album and Pinkerton. In 2018, Weezer seemed to be everywhere after releasing a cover of “Africa” by fellow Ernie Ball artists, Toto.
Bursting onto the Billboard Top 40 charts, 16-year-old Gloom Pop songstress Billie Eilish brings a magical alluring mesh of breathy soulful songs and crooning to your ears. Since dropping her debut single “Ocean Eyes” in 2018, Billie has become one of the biggest names to look out for in music and a guaranteed must watch for the festival.
Billie Eilish uses Regular Slinky Guitar.
The always corky Mac DeMarco has made the Coachella line up this year. Mac has recently finished his European tour and released a single titled “Honey Moon” in August 2018. Demarco has a reputation for pulling off prank-filled acts on bigger stages, which has his loyal fanbase excited to see what he will be doing on the big Coachella stage.
Finding Ska Punk on the charts takes us straight back to the early 2000s. The Interrupters have been skanking and punking their way onto the airwaves with their single “She’s Kerosene,” which you can watch the music video for above.
Genre: Emo/Indie Rock
When the rush of a cool wave hits, it’s similar to the sound of the band Turnover, the perfect marriage of Emo meets Indie. The band has seen some major successes in the past year with their more mature single of “Super Natural” off their latest record, Good Nature.
Listen to Turnover below.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
UMO has built a continuous reputation for hooky, genre-blending, and soulful sounds. The project by Ruben Neilson has had success with singles like “Multi-Love” and “So Good At Being in Trouble.” UMO has taken it from a bedroom project, to bringing their best vibes all around the world on tour, and now to the desert of Coachella Valley. Their latest record was released in 2018 and is titled Sex and Food.
Listen to UMO below.
Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, creates a voice both confrontational and vulnerable, backed by over distorted guitars and grinding bass. Soccer Mommy thrives in that duality on the latest release titled Clean. Sophie’s mature writing style at her young age is the perfect example of how fragility and openness can be a sign of strength.
Genre: Drum and Bass, Jungle, Alt
Brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears have been relentlessly touring, releasing 3 LPs and 4 Eps since 2011. The duo, with their unique Punk influenced drum and bass sound, have gone from Southern California indie label Burger Records to the Coachella Music Festival.
Wyatt Shears uses Ernie Ball Regular Bass Slinky
Listen to The Garden’s unique sound below.
Hailing from overseas, the rockers Shame have been riling up underground clubs all over Europe and now look forward to bringing that energy to their Coachella set. Their latest record, Songs To Praise, have won over critics at NME Magazine with Shame’s custom-made edge of angst and punk energy.