December 12, 2005 |
In early 1999, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was just a dream set in the desert -- a dream that was doubted by many in the music industry. Promoter Paul Tollett's task then was to persuade others to share his belief in creating a massive, annual music festival that would be set in oven-baked Indio and geared to satisfy discerning music fans. The first year he lost money; the second year, he almost lost his house.
May 8, 2005 |
Who's that playing? As a first-time attendee at Coachella, I wasn't prepared for the Cineplex Syndrome -- the sound from one stage intruding on another. I'd assumed that each of the five locations would be sonically isolated, but the music from the two outdoor stages was in frequent competition, and there was always the dance-music mecca, the Sahara tent, lurking like a neighborhood bully who parks his car and cranks up his mega-bass system.
May 3, 2005 |
"Did everyone see a show today you're going to remember the rest of your lives?" That wasn't an unfair question from indie-rapper Aesop Rock, addressing a Sunday night crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He wasn't performing on the main stage, but the New Yorker clearly understood it's not headliners alone that make the annual festival in the desert a worthwhile destination for connoisseurs of rock, hip-hop and dance music.
May 2, 2005 |
Think of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as the rock 'n' roll equivalent of TiVo. It's a way of seeing your favorite acts and exerting control over the clock.
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May 1, 2005 |
A lifestyle both rural and retiree sets the low-desert rhythm of Indio with its equestrian trails, golf courses and sun-baked subdivisions. But Saturday an amplified, young and urban beat took over. It was those kids again -- the 50,000 or so music fans who piled into town for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
April 28, 2005 |
There is hot. Then there is hot. And then there was the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2001. It was 105 degrees in Indio, but, according to our instruments, it felt about 1,005. This year the desert festival looks mighty cool, with 90-plus acts -- veterans like Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails, newcomers like Bright Eyes and the Arcade Fire -- and temperatures in the 80s. There are other winds of change: People looking for their cars may actually find them.
April 28, 2005 |
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is held on the lush expanse of the Empire Polo Field, but it's no walk in the park. Some tips for surviving: The jam Indio is not a big town. Coachella draws a lot of people, and they usually arrive in cars. No matter how you add up those factors, the result is traffic snarls. This year the promoters and venue worked with local officials to find some relief.
January 31, 2005 |
Bono, who has taken over Pete Townshend's role of resident philosopher in rock, believes the hardest thing in pop music isn't creating hits but remaining relevant -- and the challenge doesn't apply to just musicians.
May 4, 2004 |
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been praised to the desert skies for redefining the American rock festival, but on Sunday the affair also tweaked the meaning of "record heat." When the DJ called Luckyiam capped a midday performance by flipping his vinyl into the crowd like ebony Frisbees, it was a gesture of frustration. "Why not toss them? They all melted -- they warped right on the turntable," he said of his set with the group Atmosphere. "I've never seen anything like it.