Coachella: Band and Drug Pairings Guide

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Timothy Norris
By Adam Lovinus

Ever since sunshine acid saturated Woodstock back in 1969, music festivals and recreational pharmaceuticals have gone together like wine and cheese. Which is why we'd like to recommend a few pairings for those so chemically inclined, a fine list of musical acts coupled with good stuff sure to provide complementary and contrasting flavors for your mind's palette at this year's festival.

Now of course, all of this is at your own risk, we don't endorse any of it, and the author is speaking strictly from a SWIM's (someone who isn't me) sense of experience here cobbled together from the stories of others. That said, the festival is two weekends. Plenty of time to get a solid drug collection together.

See also: Staying Sober at Coachella

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Timothy Norris
Band: Beck
Drugs: Cannabis (Indica) + Ritalin
With its lush orchestral arrangements and cello drones, Beck's latest album Morning Phase complements perfectly the dreamy body buzz brought about by a bong load of sexy purple buds. Since this is a festival and not a plush sofa, a quick sniff of study drugs will do the trick for keeping up the proper headspace for the Odelay-era material.


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Erik Hess
Band: The Replacements
Drugs: Whiskey + Celebrex
At age 54, Paul Westerberg is alt-rock's elder statesman (he's five days older than Michael Stipe). Chances are if you're a fan of the band, you're no spring chicken yourself. At this stage in the game, proper pre-show precautions are critical for enduring three days of hard partying in the desert. Stretch, hydrate at a 1:1 ratio, and take your arthritis meds. No need to blow out the lumbar ground-pounding on the first night.


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3 comments
Eric Eddy
Eric Eddy

Annnd that was dumb. Didn't the Voice like, lose it's entire staff years ago, and get absorbed into a media conglomerate? Apparently, all their writers now are 30-something hipsters who couldn't hack it at BuzzFeed. Shame.

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

It's definitely got to be Maker's Mark when it comes down to the 'Mats.

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