Coachella Eve


By: Connor Lenahan

Nestled away in Indio, California, the Coachella music festival is only one day away. The beauty and spectacle of the premier music festival for all of the United States is almost upon us. If you are fortunate enough to go, I hate you. If you are stuck slumming it like me, or were unwilling to pay the ridiculously high ticket prices, than you will not get to physically experience the Californian desert whilst jamming to “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire.

Thankfully, all is not lost. YouTube continuously live streams the festival. Tomorrow you will be able to watch your favorite artists perform from the comfort of your snuggie. What a wonderful, lazy age we live in.

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This is the schedule for tomorrow at the festival. Don’t try to figure out the odd stacking of artists. Tonight, I have compiled a quick quid on what to watch online from the concert.

Yes, my guide is really just “what I’m watching/who I like,” why do you ask?

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(All times are for the West Coast… I think)

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2-2:40: ZZ Ward

I owe my brother Chase credit for finding ZZ Ward. She is a pretty talented country rock artist with a few good songs that I know. She’s not as incredible as some of the acts later in the day, but ZZ Ward should make for a great way to start to the day. “Put The Gun Down” is a fantastic song. She has the potential to kill it live. I’m excited.

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3:40-4:30: A$AP Ferg

Now we’re talking. Ferg has a similar energy to his fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Rocky. It’s simultaneously a party, yet a chill vibe whenever their music is on. Unlike Rocky, Ferg has a couple of truly “strong” songs. Whereas “Goldie” and “Wild for the Night” will get Rocky’s crowd bouncing and dancing, Ferg will quite possibly incite a riot with “Murda Something” or “Work.” I wish I were a part of that. It’d be the most fun black eye I’d ever get.

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4:15-5: Aloe Blacc

Our first conflict of the day. Do you stick around for the conclusion of Ferg’s set or catch the beginning of Blacc’s? If I were at the festival, I’d have a legitimate problem. I wouldn’t want to miss “Shabba,” but something tells me Blacc would open with one of his three hit songs: “Wake Me Up,” “The Man,” or “I Need a Dollar.” Thank God for the internet so I can simply pause and catch up on each set. I love the interweb.

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5:25-6:15: Bastille

If you like Bastille, enjoy the set. I’m ducking my head in to see “Pompeii” before heading to…

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5:50-6:35: Kate Nash

No seriously, have you heard “Merry Happy?” I can’t quite place what makes this song perfect, but it is. Everything about it is terrific. I genuine love it. It’s a sleeper pick for one of my most played songs over the past two years. A huge thank you to Molly Dietz for showing it to me.

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6:40-7:30: Ellie Goulding

I’m giving Ellie a watch for two reasons. 1. My friends Jessica Pease and Kira Feinstein saw her here at Boston University and said she was awesome. 2. What else am I going to do? I like “Lights,” I’m in.

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7:30-8:15: Broken Bells

I only know their song “October,” but that was enough to have me buy that entire Broken Bells album. They have an intriguing sound to me. I like it. I want more from them. Seeing as I stupidly forgot to ever listen to said album, what better way to introduce myself to Broken Bells’s discography than their Coachella performance?

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8:45-9:45: Martin Garrix

We’ve had “Animals” on our playlist for every single athletic competition I’ve worked here at BU. I have an unhealthy admiration for this song. I need this set.

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11:30: Outkast

Nothing else matters. I’ve been waiting months upon months for this moment. This isn’t “Coachella Eve,” it’s “Outkast Eve.” This will be the best moment of 2014. The ATLiens are back. Andre. Antwan. Same stage. “B.O.B.” “Rosa Parks.” “Hey Ya.” Yes. This is happening. I’m losing my mind. Everything else is secondary. Outkast is back. The world is a great place.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at