April 21, 2013 |
Jay Mascis plays the most satisfyingly whiny, teen-angst-filled laments on his guitar. The sound - like a weary, taut wail - perfectly matches his sorrowful, oddly atonal voice. His once-black hair is still long and still hangs in his face. Only now it's gray: a harbinger of what lies ahead for the band's core group of thirty- and fortysomething hardcore fans (if it hasn't arrived already), for whom skating suburban pools and skipping school has given way to office cubicles. Early on Saturday evening at Coachella, Mascis seemed more present as a performer than ever before.
April 13, 2013 |
What's the most important instrument of contemporary beat music? A thumping kick drum? An oxygen-sucking bass line? A tastefully choppy vocal edit? Nope. It's something much simpler: an 808 snare drum. Two acts playing back-to-back sets in the Gobi smashed up hip-hop beat making, experimentalist noise samples and a mix of goth moods and party-hard pheromones. But TNGHT and Purity Ring each got through purposefully gratuitous smacks of digital snares. COACHELLA 2013: What to see and do | Timeline | Full coverage For the last year or so, the Southern sound of "trap music" has been the default mode of smart hip-hop and producers winding their way out of dubstep.
April 19, 2013 |
As the nation is glued to the coverage of the recent bombing in Boston and the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, music lovers filing into the Polo Grounds are ready to enjoy three packed days of nonstop music - but they are walking with a bit more American pride. At an ID check near the mainstage - that's where festivalgoers get wristbands to buy alcohol - a worker was clad in a Boston Red Sox jersey. “I flew out here to work the festival and that … happened in between the weekends.
April 14, 2013 |
No other genre has benefited more from EDM's current notch on the cultural landscape than urban pop. The global, four-on-the-floor Europop that dance DJs used to become superstars first circled the genre, then sunk its claws in deep thanks to smash singles from Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. Now John Legend is the latest, and most unsuspecting, visitor to the genre-blending world. COACHELLA: Festival photos since 2004 | Day 2 photos Recent club-savvy releases from R&B crooners like Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo have reflected a major shift toward more Europop textures of EDM, even as acts like Frank Ocean and Miguel have aggressively pulled away from the sounds in a bid to craft electronic-dipped R&B that doesn't cater to the dance crowd in search of pulsating synths. The soul crooner surprised sweat-soaked festival-goers who crammed the Sahara tent for Italian spinster Benny Benassi.
April 15, 2011 |
The Coachella Valley will be abloom with celebrities and their acolytes at this weekend's annual music and arts festival. Acts like Kanye West, Sleigh Bells, Cold War Kids and Cee Lo Green are going to attract enormous entourages and also-inviteds, decked out for performances in their casual wear. And what would such a constellation of stars do without a weekend of exclusive parties? Here's a list of this year's high-profile fetes; because they're strictly invite-only, we're sworn to semi-secrecy about their locations.
April 19, 2012 |
Lost your phone at Coachella? You are not alone. A new study from mobile security company Lookout said there was a 37% spike in the number of people who were searching for a lost phone on the festival grounds and in nearby neighborhoods. What a surprise. A spokeswoman for Lookout said the increase was calculated based on phone locates from Lookout's users in the area surrounding the Coachella venue during last weekend's festival. The company mapped its anonymized data with Foursquare's API and compared the findings with the number of locates happening in the area when Coachella isn't in town.
April 17, 2012 |
The late Tupac Shakur rose again last weekend at Coachella -- brought to life by James Cameron's visual production house Digital Domain, and two hologram-imaging companies, AV Concepts and the U.K.-based Musion Systems. The capacity crowd reportedly went silent with shock when Shakur appeared to rise from the stage, shout a profanity filled version of "What's up Coachella?" and then joined headliners Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre for two songs. But that shock value will only last so long as holographic images are poised to increasingly feature in mainstream music performances.
April 11, 2013 |
Launching Friday at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, the Goldenvoice-promoted Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has been a spring staple for more than a decade. Could it soon have some company in the fall? Indio recently signed off on a 17-year agreement with Goldenvoice that will allow the promoter to keep Coachella and the country-focused Stagecoach in the town through at least 2030. The approved proposal also lays the groundwork for Goldenvoice to expand from three high-capacity yearly events to five.
April 12, 2013 |
While the main body of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival lies on the Empire Polo Field, a connected, but far-flung grouping of parties act as a titillating extension of the main event. In order to get your party on in the most organized and extensive way possible this weekend, here's a rundown of some of the best shindigs in the desert. If all goes well your dance card will be packed four days straight. Note: Locations are often kept secret until you RSVP, and getting an invite often depends on who you know - just like back home.
April 22, 2013 |
The Lumineers knew what would win over the Coachella crowd Sunday afternoon. They didn't tuck “Ho Hey,” the feel-good, Top 10 anthem that broke the Denver folk-revival trio less than a year ago, deep into their main-stage showing. They put it very early in their performance. A steady flow of stragglers ran toward the Grammy-nominated breakout band to capture the moment on smartphones and help them shout “Hey” during the song's sinfully irresistible chorus. COACHELLA: Festival photos since 2004 “We're just getting started,” lead singer Wesley Schultz promised.