Predicting Coachella 2017: Hello old friends, acts due to return

 

By Leighton Ginn

Here’s a few acts I’ve caught at Coachella, which I hope will return.

At least, these are the acts I’m feeling right now. I’m sure there’s more I’ll be able to think of afterwards.

GROUPLOVE

 

I caught Grouplove both times they were at Coachella and they were fantastic performers, a hippy band with the energy of a death metal band.

I read somewhere that “Shark Attack” is a song they wrote from their first time at Coachella, so it only seems natural they would be a regular.

They released “Big Mess” this fall, so they’ll have new music.

Outside of Coachella, I caught them at the Troubadour and the Jimmy Kimmel Show and they never fail to bring the fun.

Looking at their tour schedule, they will end their spring tour on April 13 in Santa Cruz, Ca. The first weekend of Coachella begins April 14.

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

Fitz and the Tantrums have been on a little unusual schedule at Coachella, as they never hit this festival right after releasing new music. It usually comes at the tail end of a run for a CD.

So last year, Fitz and the Tantrums didn’t play as they performed in 2015. And during 2016, they released their self-titled “Fitz and the Tantrum,” which included the hit “Handclap.” The LA Times declared it the song of the summer.

So far, the band doesn’t have its schedule made out for 2017, but if Coachella comes calling, you would expect the LA-based band will return.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

One of the great indie-rock bands, Two Door Cinema Club has come up with more of a pop sound in their new CD, “Gameshow.”

It shows their diversity, particularly with the disco sounds of “Bad Decision,” although some fans were still longing their indie-rock sound.

But even critics of the new sound can’t deny the songs are catchy. And Two Door Cinema Club has a deep catalog.

In their last Coachella performance in 2013 was dazzling.

THE KILLERS

The Las Vegas natives were dazzling headliners in 2009, sandwiched between Paul McCartney and the Cure. But that was the last time they played Coachella as a group, although lead singer Brandon Flowers has returned as a solo act.

The Killers will have new music in 2017, and a return to the Empire Polo Grounds would be an overdue return.

PETER BJORN AND JOHN

These guys are much more than the theme song to “Two Broke Girls.”

They are a great Swedish band. Admittedly, when they last played Coachella, it was after their first CD, and playing the main state seemed a little big for the trio.

But their sound got bigger and they’ve been even more dynamic.

In the summer, they released a new CD “Breaking Point” and played FYF festival on the USC campus.

While they have a great array of hits, I really loved this cover they did with the AV Club and wish they would include it on their setlists.

I caught them on the Sunset Strip the day before their FYF festival and they were glorious.

Gin Wigmore stirs up echoes at legendary Troubadour to end US Tour run

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When this blog shares the same name as Gin Wigmore, of course we’re going to review this show. And she lives up to the high standards of the first name (I have an extra N, but pronounced the same).

Gin Blossoms, you guys are on deck.

I had become a fan of Wigmore thanks to her big hits from her sophomore album “Gravel and Wine,” which is a brilliant title and gives a hint of her uniquely fabulous voice. The big hits I’m talking about are “Black Sheep” and “Man Like That.”

Admittedly, I didn’t know as much about Wigmore as her many adoring fans at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. Wigmore has a much larger catalog than I thought, and some impressive additions, thanks to her recently released third album “Blood to Bone.”

Her style is classic and raw, inspired my a multitude of genres.

Her presentation is pure 60s class. At times, listening to her voice, she reminded me of Shirley Bassey, best known for singing the theme song of three James Bond movies. I can easily see Wigmore selected to do a theme for a current Bond movie. But Wigmore also has a distinct punk vibe as well.

I could also see some Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse. I can see a lot of great stars that influenced her.

At one point, I was thinking about how she was stirring up the echoes of the Troubadour, where legends play. The Troubadour is known to be an important part in the careers of Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses.

Watching the show, I learned that she also voiced “Kill of the Night” and “Don’t Stop,” two songs I had loved, but didn’t know the artist until then.

“Blood to Bone,” is available for download after going on sale overseas. “New Rush” is the first single off the CD and it is another winner for Wigmore.

Throughout the night, Wigmore’s show was high energy fun. She kept saying how playing in Los Angeles meant a lot to her and it showed in her face and her performance.

Wigmore ended the night with another new song that was a big change of pace with the new song, “I Will Love You,” a love song that is dark, haunting and lovely all the same. It’s one song that still sticks in my head.

To me, Wigmore is another one of those performers who should be even bigger than she is in the US. Her songs are used in a lot of commercials, but her talent is so sublime that people need to talk about her more.

And on a personal note, I do hope Wigmore plays Coachella in April. Are you listening Goldenvoice?

I Will Love You

New Rush

KT Tunstall charms and dazzles in “home” show at legendary Troubadour

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For a long time, KT Tunstall has been on my must-see list of performers, so when I found out she was playing Sept. 2 at the intimate Troubadour, there was no way I was going to miss it.

But there was some apprehension. My favorite song, “Suddenly I See” came out a decade ago, and I lost track of her a bit. And when Tunstall hit it big, she really hit it big.

“Suddenly I See,” was used in the opening of the hit movie “The Devil Wears Prada,” and Tunstall performed in several big festivals, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2007.

But Tunstall, who recently moved to Los Angeles, was a one-woman tour de force.

It was just Tunstall and her loop pedal, with the exception of a duet with opening act Teitur in cover of “Boy of Summer.”

Having lost track of Tunstall was my own loss. She has a rich catalog of great songs that are very diverse.

But in between songs, Tunstall would tell stories about her life on tour and interactions with people such as Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, or sharing stories of going from England to Los Angeles, and her fears about that gap in the doors to public toilets.

Tunstall also announced she would have a new album out next year.

Throughout the night, Tunstall talked about the show as being a first date, bringing on a bunch of “I love you” shouts and even a wedding proposal.

And she even wove in some other hits in her own songs, like The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” into “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” and even a little “Walk Like An Egyptian.” One of my favorite covers from her is the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” but she didn’t perform it that night.

But when I watch KT Tunstall, I think it’s best described in the opening of “Suddenly I See,” making the song seem a little autobiographical.

“Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she’s a beautiful girl
She’s a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm”

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