The largest outdoor music festival in the country (or at least what feels like the largest outdoor music festival) gets set to kickoff in just under three weeks and the line-up is making it look like missing the event and adventure would be a poor, poor mistake.
With over a 100 artists playing – narrowing down the list on who to see over whom can be an arduous task – so we’re going to promote a few piecemeal, starting with some hometown (LA) heroes: Kendrick Lamar, Fitz & The Tantrums and Orgone. Each is different – but they’ve all got some flavor of California soul…
Kendrick Lamar is perhaps the hip-hop catch of the summer. Its Kendrick Lamar who just graced Coachella’s stage with Dre and Snoop, just inked a deal that turned him from indie to major artist over night and has leaked tracks off of Good Kid in a Mad City that includes “The Recipe” with Dr. Dre and “Cartoons & Cereal” featuring Gunplay of Triple C’s.
Fitz & The Tantrums are Los Angelenos coveted version of Brooklyn indie soul. Michael Fitzpatrick blended the best of the city of angels indie rock influences with a Daptone-esque sound that birthed international hits like “Moneygrabber” and “Winds of Change.” Fitzpatrick and co-vocalist Noelle Scaggs belt out throwback ballads on their debut release Pickin’ Up The Pieces. Having recently released a teaser EP of live material and acknowledged a return to the studio – ‘Roo heads are in for a treat with this quintet!
Orgone are L.A.’s homegrown funk band. With over a decade of stripes under their belt and lots of history dropping their own original funk (+ some nasty dope covers and backing up some hip-hop bands) – they are finally becoming a force in the touring world after some successful supporting roles with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Rebelution and Galactic. Although they dropped original soul sister Fanny Franklin – they’ve retooled with a new vocalist and their leader and percussionist, Stewart Killen, continues to slay percussion worldwide.