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Coachella 2016: This 52-Song Playlist Is Your Guide to Must-See Festival Performers!

April 12, 2016

CoachellaImageWe all know the Empire Polo Fields are a destination we can rely upon yearly to bring music aficionados performances from their favorite artists – big and small.

2016 is no exception, as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off its first of two weekends in Indio, CA, on Friday, April 15 with Calvin Harris as a headliner, along with Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem – who are both coming together (separately) for reunion performances.

My excitement particularly lies in a few of the other highly touted acts (Flume, Miike Snow, The 1975), a handful of my standard under-the-radar go-tos (Goldroom, Tensnake, Miami Horror, Rhye) and a couple of on-the-risers (Zella Day, SOPHIE).

But festival goodness isn’t limited to just the artists listed above. Click the playlist below for 52 songs by acts skyelyfe suggests lending an ear to at the annual event! (And if you’re feeling especially nostalgic for last year’s dance party in the desert, check out my Coachella 2015 playlist.)

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Be sure to check back next week, as I will be hitting the hottest parties in the heat this weekend and giving you the lowdown on everything you need to know about what you may have missed!

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Zella Day: a Sweet Holiday Season Treat at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre

December 9, 2015

Zella_Day_skyelyfe_2With 2015 coming to a close, it’s safe to say Zella Day can remain on your radar in the coming year.

The incredibly beautiful and talented singer (who is only 20 years old!) proved last night that she’s here to stay when she perfectly performed a multi-song set for a packed crowd at Hollywood’s Fonda Theatre, where the band Harriet opened.

Bred in the tiny town of Pinetop, Ariz., the superstar-on-the-rise, who was clad in a sexy, low-cut red velvet jumpsuit, gave an ode to her father and to the country music he was fond of during her upbringing.

Zella_Day_skyelyfe_1Although indie-pop is much more Day’s forte, she also recognized classics, including The Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses,” which she said she performed at her best friend’s wedding before she hit it big – and Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rhiannon,” which she covered gracefully last night.

Day, who released Kicker in June, also performed a selection of songs from her 12-track LP, including “East of Eden,” “Hypnotic” and “Compass.”

And in the spirit of the season, she closed out the show with what else, but a Christmas song, of course!

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SXSW 2015: From the Performances, to the Swag and V.I.P. Services, Go Inside the Hottest Music Parties!

March 24, 2015

I can’t stress enough how much incredible music talent was at SXSW this year – but as is the case with so many festivals, the parties were just as worthy as the shows themselves.

Guests at some of these top-tier fetes (which took place in the middle of the day through the wee hours of the morning) were treated to specialty cocktails, luxury swag and beauty services. Read on to go inside some of the hottest happenings in Austin, Texas, over the weekend!

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The Nylon party was everything you’d expect it to be: the perfect blend of music, arts and fashion. Zella Day was a highlight performer at the fete, which featured other live acts, including Holychild, Tove Styrke, Safia and darling Cody Simpson, who had pals singing along to his songs. V.I.P. guests covered themselves with removable Flash Tattoos and swooped up swag from SkullCandy, Gibson, Pax Labs, Inc. and Original Penguin.

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Neon Gold Presents Neon Golden at Empire Control Room

Neon Gold‘s Neon Golden party had an insane music lineup. Featuring live performances by ASTR, The Knocks, Years & Years, MS MR, Marina & the DiamondsVerite and Cathedrals (just to name a few), this bash was off the hook! In between catching the acts, guests got beautified with the help of PRIV, a straight-to-your-door beauty service, currently available L.A., NYC and London, which launched in Sept. 2014 with a chic fete in West Hollywood. In celebration of SXSW, the company (whose app is available on your iPhone) made its services permanently available in Austin and kicked things off with manicures and hairstyling at the Neon Golden party!

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GQ x Jam in the Van Sessions Presented by Stillhouse Moonshine

Any event put on by GQ is bound to be a success, and such was indeed the case when the mag partnered up with  Jam In the Van for SXSW. During the two-day shindig, guests were able to let their hair down in a relaxed environment, taking in the sounds of a slew of acts, including Plain White T’s, Surfer Blood, Cody Simpson, Zella Day, X Ambassadors and Jukebox the Ghost. They sipped on specialty cocktails by Stillhouse Moonshine whiskey and had a peek of what goes down in the world’s first solar-powered music discovery vehicle. PRIV (short for PRIVileged) was on hand yet again, for massages, his and hers manicures and man-bun styling galore!

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Goldroom & Zella Day Help Lincoln Motor Launch Their Black Label Program with Chic Soiree in the Hollywood Hills

November 19, 2014

I am typically in no mood to get dolled up for an event on a Monday night, but when I heard Goldroom was spinning and Zella Day was performing at Lincoln Motor‘s Black Label launch party co-hosted by Conde Nast, how could I resist?

Well, it was totally worth it. Not only was the music throughout the night obviously on point, but the classy crowd of slightly older folks than I’m used to seeing at these shindigs, along with the chic, but not overly ostentatious Hollywood Hills home where the event took place, just created a calming aura I thoroughly enjoyed being in the midst of.

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Upon arriving at the event check-in, guests hopped in Lincoln SUV shuttles regularly going back and forth between the initial spot and the actual residence of the party. When I hopped out of my vehicle, Goldroom was spinning his hit “Fifteen,” and I knew the night was off to a good start.

Before I get to the rest of the fete, let me give a quick rundown of what exactly we were celebrating here.

“The Black Label program will be available on the MKC crossover and the MKZ sedan for $5,995 on top of the purchase price,” Autoblog explains of the luxury motor company’s new plan. “It includes custom design themes – with colors and materials only available through Black Label – plus free routine service and car washes for four years or 50,000 miles. It will be offered through dealerships in California, Michigan, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Florida.”

When I entered the party, there was tray pass after tray pass of everything from Parmesan-topped risotto, to mac-n-cheese topped with short-rib. The small bites – provided by Along Came Mary catering – just kept on coming. The kitchen table was filled was plates of various cheeses, crackers, nuts, chocolate, you name it. Good thing I came hungry! The event had two bars featuring chardonnay and a specialty gin cocktail.

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It was refreshing not to see too many familiar faces and just being able to roam around the party, taking in the beautiful view and checking out the lavish bedrooms upstairs. Meanwhile, massage therapist Paul Metra of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel‘s Exhale spa was walking around with towels and lotion and giving hand massages to guests.

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When Goldroom took a DJ break, Zella Day took on a high-energy, several-song performance with her band on a stage, which was raised only slightly above the pool (I was nervous just watching!).

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As much as I was enjoying myself, as 11p.m. neared, I had to remind myself it was indeed a Monday and it was time to hop in a Lincoln and head on home.

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New Music Monday: Week of 9.29.14

September 1, 2014

FIckle-Friends-For-YouAs we dive into what tends to unanimously be the least favorite day of the week, skyelyfe brings you New Music Monday, which will be a recurring 3-6 song feature giving my readers at least a little something to look forward to when that case of the blues kicks in.

To coincide with the kickoff to fall, this week’s list is a four-song collection of mellow tracks to keep minds at ease.

Indie-pop fans will enjoy “For You” by Fickle Friends. Easy melody, easy vocals, pretty much a win all around. Those who enjoy the former will certainly also enjoy recent Sunset Strip Music Festival performer Lincoln Jesser‘s “Untold,” which comes from Modern Color, the debut full-length album follow-up to his In My Dreams EP, which I also listen to frequently.

For an acoustic sound with beautiful female vocals, Zella Days “Compass” has been added to the list, which concludes with Lane8 and Bipolar Sunshine‘s electro-pop track “I Got What You Need (Every Night).”

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