The Coachella lineup was announced on Thursday night, and it’s kind of...well...meh. Raver kids everywhere are crying neon tears, while hipsters are going crazy trying to figure out whether it's cool or uncool to like the bands on the list. While I'm not super excited about this year's acts, a few of them are definitely deserving of praise for their charity work.
+ The Lumineers Support Struggling Artists
The Lumineers recently played a show in Nashville, and gave a portion of the ticket sales to MusiCares -- an organization that supports musicians that need aid -- ranging from medical care costs to from those affected by Hurricane Sandy. And let's not forget that the band too, were once starving artists, who performed at tons of creepy old man bars before they became Grammy nominated artists with songs titled "Ho Hey."
+ Bassnectar Cares For Communities
During a 2011 tour, raven-haired Bassnectar donated $1 from every ticket sale to charity. He donated a total of $50,000 to charities that focused on health, education, and community. It’s always nice when dance music DJs spread real love rather than uh, chemical love.
+ Red Hot Chili Peppers Give The Sound Of Music
Last summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea released a solo EP titled Helen Burns and 100% of the proceeds from the album went to The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The conservatory offers free and discounted music lessons to Los Angeles residents. It was founded by Flea and his friends.
+ Passion Pit Speaks Out On Bipolar Disorder
Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos is extremely open with fans about living with bipolar disorder since he was 17. "It's not just debilitating. It's all-encompassing. It's something you have to work on your entire life," he told Rolling Stone. And how does he handle depression in a a high-pressure industry? “I have people who care about me and want me to be well,” he explained. If you or someone you know is having a tough time, check out MTV’s Half Of Us for some helpful resources
+ Moby Reps The 99%
Moby has a passion for music and politics. When the 99% movement was at its peak, he often spoke up for…everyone in the country with less money than him. And when it comes to voting, Moby has something to say too: “It's heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day. Elections matter. Voting matters. Being involved in the political process matters. If people choose not to vote they pretty much give up any right to complain about the demise of our country.”