Jan 29



Well, it’s that time of year again. Yep, Coachella tickets go on sale tomorrow morning already. And though I personally will not be joining my fellow music sojourners yonder to Indio, CA this year, it got me to thinking, is the west coast really the best coast?

All biases toward the Cali weather aside, I thought I’d delve into NYC’s always-fabulous Governors Ball for some inspiration in this battle of the coasts.

First of all, let me say this, Coachella always impresses with the depth of amazing artists they are able to host in one desert land, however that is also the problem with Coachella: There are too many darn musical acts!

While Governor’s Ball may not have the dearth of artists in the lineup, they manage to pack a pretty serious punch in just, wait for it, 3 days, rather than two entire weekends.

It seems that what Coachella provides in quantity, Governor’s Ball brings in quality, grabbing some of music’s biggest acts such as Kanye West, The Avett Brothers, Kings of Leon etc.  Also, Governor’s Ball will be hosting my girls of Icona Pop. Talk about a party.

All qualms aside, each festival will be featuring tons of music’s best and brightest, kicking off 2013 with much excitement.

So, If I were to attend either festival, which in reality I am not, here are some of the artists I’d be most excited to see:


Allen Stone:  The ever-soulful crooner I’ve had a vocal crush on for quite some time. Glad to see him hitting the festival this year.
Passion Pit:  Perhaps one of my favorite bands to jam to while I walk around the lovely streets of Santa Barbara or dance along in my living room.
James Blake: James Blake. Enough said.
Janelle Monaé: She’s just so dang cool.
Last but not least, the dreamy melodica that is Purity Ring.

Governor’s Ball NYC

The Avett Brothers: The bearded men who make folk something to believe in have been a staple in my iTunes library for quite some time now.
Beirut: Just can’t get enough of that brass.
Bloc Party: My Junior High self would thank me.
The Lumineers: Because Ho, Hey, why not?