The Coachella Arts and Music Festival has been host to some of the most groundbreaking talent in music throughout its 15 year history. Although relatively modest, this year’s electronic dance music presence at Coachella is the largest since its 1999 debut. Staying true to form, Goldenvoice’s bookings represent some of the most exciting artists in electronic music today – a group whose talents extend across a broad swathe of sound and styles. With the 2013 lineup heavily expanding its electronic offerings, we felt it only appropriate to share our must-see picks from the viewpoint of four fans heading out to Indio for the type of musical experience only three days in the desert could provide.
Paul Kalkbrenner released Sky & Sand with his brother in 2009, but as is the case with all of our Weekend Rewind choices it has a timeless quality. The tune is one of the first I remember hearing when I began my descent down dance music’s rabbit hole and thus it remains engrained in my consciousness. Like last week’s Weekend Rewind selection — “Alone With You” — the track is repetitive, relaxing, and an easy listen. Each brother played an integral part in the techno creation with Paul acting as producer and Fritz lending vocals. Let “Sky & Sand” act as a mellow beginning to your crazy Saturday evenings.
Barcelona’s Sonar Festival is coming to North America for an eight-city tour set to kick off on Halloween. Making stops in major cities across the US and Canada, Sonar, along with its star-studded line up, brings a unique musical trend to the table. Headliners vary by city, but include Seth Troxler, Die Antwood, Paul Kalkbrenner, and more.
As the scene continues to grow in the US and underground artists gain the recognition that they rightfully deserve, two questions remain: How long can the ‘underground’ stay underground, and what are the larger implications for the scene? Jump past the break for a full list of dates and venues.