Rhye & Coachella

Monday.

This time last year we had just spent the weekend watching the likes of Radiohead, Bon Iver, Calvin Harris, Black Keys, and of course, how could I forget: Tupac. Last year the sun was hardly bearable and the crowds were often obnoxious. This year I particularly loved the sets by Blur, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Infected Mushroom, the Lumineers, the DJ set by Moby, and Nick Cave. Sure, maybe I missed the heat and the crowd’s energy, but this year I could see the stage, hear the music, have a drink in my hand and catch sets by artists on different stages at the same time – all from the comfort of my couch.

For the entire weekend, Coachella streamed sets live on YouTube, and if you didn’t know, now you do and you can catch it all for the festival’s second weekend starting this Friday. Just remember the time difference between California and Toronto – I had some pretty late nights this weekend waiting for my favorite acts to hit the stage!

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Go See: Paper Bag Records 10th Anniversary Concert Series

I’ve been holding off blogging about this event since it’s not until the end of September, but for fear of tickets selling out (and because of its sheer awesomeness), here it is: 3 days, 1 label, 12 bands, 1 awesome venue, 2 low pricing options, & 1 great cause.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, MusiCounts is a charitable music education program that seeks to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances and cultural background, have access to a music program through their school.  Can you think of a better way to spend your hard earned concert dollars?

Check out all of the label’s bands, including those playing the Anniversary show, here.