Coachella Check List

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By: Connor Lenahan

So things got real last night. Coachella, the premier music festival in the country, announced its lineup for the 2014 festival. When I saw the poster, I almost cried. It’s incredible. Seriously amazing. So let’s try to figure out what I’m going to see when I go to Coachella in April (Note: I’m not going to Coachella in April.) Think of it as a concert bucket list.

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Friday

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I was asked the other day about which artist I would most like to see in concert that I haven’t seen yet. My first answer was a reunited OutKast. I got to see the spectacular Big Boi in concert back in September, however it just didn’t feel right without Andre 3000. It was amazing, but it wasn’t the same. Now, with the announcement that OutKast is reuniting at Coachella (and the Governor’s Ball in New York two months later) the world is back to its happy place. The Dungeon Family is reunited. Benjamin Three Stacks and Sir Luscious Left Foot shall bring world peace in April.

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I heard “Bastille” for the first time at a Red Sox game this past fall. It’s that perfect kind of pop hit that gets everyone in the crowd singing along while not becoming blatantly annoying after a while. I love “Pompeii.” That said, I might skip it (and everything else Friday) in anticipation of OutKast. No shame.

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I don’t know how Aloe Blacc showed up in my iTunes, but I wasn’t complaining about having him there. “I Need A Dollar,” the former theme song to the HBO show How to Make It in America, reminds me of Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey in that it sounds like a track out a different era. Seeing as I love both Winehouse and Del Rey, I’m on board with Blacc immediately.

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Yeah it would be nice to see the Hood Pope in concert but I’d really be waiting on the inevitable appearance by A$AP Rocky during his set. No disrespect to Ferg, I just haven’t listened to as much of Trap Lord as I have Long. Live. A$AP. Plus, how can you not like “Shabba?” Seriously, this song is a ton of fun.

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Shout out to Molly Dietz for showing me this song a couple of years ago in high school. I know no other Kate Nash songs, but I love “Merry Happy” so I could just pop my head in for this song and be on my way. I’m not complaining at all about that plan.

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Saturday

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Matt Bellamy is a guitar god and sings like an angel. My friend Val Koch, who saw Muse last year, claimed their show was akin to a religious experience. Sold. Sold. Sold. I would die. Muse had a concert film back in 2009 that I watched around a trillion times, so you could say I’ve been hoping to see them for a while.

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I actually saw Queens of the Stone Age at Boston University back in December with my friend Susana. They melted my brain. I could go for a round two anytime now. They dominated my iPod for most of 2013, so I could see them everyday and probably never tire of them.

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A live performance of the music I played at obnoxiously loud volumes for the majority of 2012? Count me in twice. A few people I know have seen Skrillex and say his live shows are fantastic. I’m game for bouncing up and down for the hour and a half of his set.

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Pharrell is perfect. Enough said.

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Like I’d seriously pass up seeing “Royals” in person, come on. Lorde is really talented, so I’d want to see how she handles herself on a bigger stage. She is two years younger than me after all. I’d be crying up there. No doubt. Where was I? Oh yeah, “Royals” is good.

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“Kids” has one of the catchier hooks of any song in history, so I would pay good money to be front row for this. My friend Mary Chuff, who saw MGMT at Penn State, told me they didn’t play “Kids” live. I’d be willing to gamble on them playing it, and if they don’t it’ll still be a good show overall.

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Fatboy Slim is way better than I ever realized. “Praise You,” “Right Here, Right Now,” “Weapon of Choice,” and “The Rockafeller Skank” are all terrific. This set would be a crazy amount of fun. I would spend an abnormally large amount of time at this show. Don’t you judge me.

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“If I had one wish, it’d be to have more wishes, duh… fuck tryin’ to make it rhyme.” LONG. LIVE. CUDI. FOREVER.

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My brother Chase and I both loved this song off of 2012’s The Of Tape Vol. 2. The Internet was a surprisingly good addition to the Odd Future tape, one that stuck out from the absurdity of the rest of the record. Enough writers I’ve read have told me they have other quality music that I’d be elated to see them live.

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Sunday

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I listen to way less Arcade Fire than I should. I think I may own every album they’ve ever released in my iTunes. Yet I have only really listened to “Keep The Car Running,” “Rebellion (Lies),” “Ready to Start,” “Deep Blue,” and “Reflektor.” Seeing as they sound largely like LCD Soundsystem on “Reflektor” and consistently excellent throughout every other song I’ve heard from them I need to be at this concert yesterday.

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Beck is very odd. I am very odd. Therefore, I would love his show. Simple logic.

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I don’t think I have a clear way of expressing how excited I would be for this show other than to shout “LANAAAAAA” at people. Would they be scared and confused? Yes. Would I care? No.

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Chance the Rapper’s 2013 mixtape Acid Rap was a critical darling. I have loved everything I have heard off of the tape, especially “Acid Rain,” “Favorite Song,” and “NaNa.” I’m 10000% in on this set.

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Coachella is April 11-13th. I can’t wait. Even if I don’t go in person, I’ll be glued to the online feed for three days. This can’t get here fast enough.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at lenahan@bu.edu