By DONNA BALANCIA
Coachella Music Festival brings talent from all over the United States and abroad to Indio, Calif., and this year, international-sounding music is more evident than ever.
Check out the California Rocker “Coachella Select” Video Playlist, which will be continuously updated during the Festival. Come back over the next week as we add music videos by well-known and soon-to-be-known Coachella 2019 musical artists.
Janelle Monae: ‘Electric Lady’
Janelle Monae shines on the stage. And she shines in movies. If possible her remarkable multi-costume, dance party stage act is getting even tighter. Her R&B-pop is upbeat and fun and her rap is lyrically powerful and impressive. From Music Tastes Good last year to Coachella this year, she’s a true entertainer, through and through. What can’t this great lady do?
Gorgon City: ‘In My Motorola’
Ranging from white ruffles latin dance style to electro pop, Gorgon City the UK Chernih matt berry, Kye, todd, have a large international following. The hypnotizing electro latin spoken rap
Kacey Musgraves: Slow Burn
Kacey Musgraves brings an alternative sensibility to traditional country. Her appearance and sweet vocals belie a range of songs about heartbreak and yearning.
Tierra Whack: ‘Silly Sam’
Tierra Whack tells the story to the crowds with a range of animated videos on the screen behind her. With flowing bright yellow dress, the varied rap songs come fast and furious. DJ partner Zach Whack is a style buff also, wearing a rainbow colored tye-die shirt gets the crowd going.
Childish Gambino: ‘Feels Like Summer’
Donald Glover is not just a one trick pony. “Feels Like Summer” is a wistful walk through the neighborhood and done in throwback animation style. At Coachella he took the same casual attitude, even jumping into the audience to share a smoke with fans.
Rosalia: ‘Pienso Tu Mira’
Rosalia is both torch singer and physical performer, she captivates her devoted audience, who know her songs word for word. For her Coachella appearance she’s clad in a red leather matador’s outfit. Her charisma is boundless and her heartfelt version of “Pienso En Tu Mira” draws emotion. The Barcelona beauty thanked the crowd and practiced her English.
Polo and Pan
The French electro dance duo certainly enjoy what they do and they’re good at it. They bring a lot of throwback sounds added to modern pop and the result is funky electro pop.
RUFUS DU SOL: ‘Treat You Better’
Searing and dark with electronic influences, the group holds it own against others in the dance genre. There is a hypnotic effect to the music, reminiscent of the sounds of the renowned 1970s electro-industrial outfit Kraftwerk.
The 1975: ‘Sincerity Is Scary’
The 1975 has such a devoted following the fans think even sleeping on the sidewalks in front of the Roxy on Sunset Strip is not a sacrifice. That was the scene last week before the UK band’s appearance at the famous club. Many of those same people were at Coachella Friday night to see the Manchester lads.
Beach Fossils: ‘This Year’
The dreamy alt-pop of Beach Fossils stands out among the rest. The band had an early set on Friday at Coachella on Friday.
Hooray for the Riff Raff: ‘Pa’lante’
Hooray for the Riff Raff was formed by Alynda Segarra, a singer-songwriter from the Bronx, New York, after she had moved to New Orleans in 2007. Her style is folk with a modern twist and she has a longtime following.
U.S. Girls: ‘Rosebud’
U.S. Girls had an 8:30 p.m. Friday night set overlapping with The 1975 and Rufus Du Sol. But anyone familiar with this talented band was on hand to see the show.
Mon Laferte: ‘Tu Falta De Querer’
Mon Laferte may not be a household name in America, but the Chilean singer and actress is well-known the world over with millions of fans. The modern torch song singer is a sultry brunette beauty with a powerful style.
Khruangbin: ‘Evan Finds the Third Room’
Khruangbin has captured the hearts of fans around the world, and despite the exotic name, they’re an American band from Houston. The music has been influenced by their travels with pop and psychedelic flavors blended into soul.
Let’s Eat Grandma: ‘It’s Not Just Me’
Let’s Eat Grandma has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple of years. And it’s no surprise, with great voices, quirky sound and fun melodies these two British gals have been friends and bandmates since 2013.