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 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 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 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.
January 8, 2013 |
As was often the case, television personality Huell Howser captured the Coachella scene perfectly. Howser, who died Sunday at age 67 , traveled throughout Southern California during a career highlighting its myriad cultural offerings. As such, he journeyed to Indio, Calif., with typically boundless curiosity for a segment on KCET-TV in 2008 on the annual festival. Howser's take comes near the end of the feature: "It's just a beautiful, beautiful feeling here. Everybody is mellow and kind of chilling out here waiting for the particular group that they're here to listen to. It's all good.
April 14, 2013 |
During a between-song break during their first-ever live performance at Coachella on Saturday night, singer Ben Gibbard introduced the unit he co-founded with Jimmy Tamborello as "an imaginary band called the Postal Service. " He was acknowledging the group's unlikely rise, but the reaction to its music was very real, whether delivered by a make-believe band or a platinum artist. Ten years ago the two made what they thought would be a one-off side project. Gibbard was taking a break from his day job in Death Cab for Cutie, and Tamborello was looking to further examine a sound he'd forged as Dntel with the underground hit "The Dream of Evan and Chan.
April 13, 2013 |
First-world problems were evident Saturday afternoon at Coachella as a spate of daytime parties erupted in the desert sunshine like so many alcohol-soaked fireworks. The H&M party took off at 1 p.m. when the young and beautiful converged on the Merv Griffin estate to catch a spirited performance by Santigold. Dressed in a green mesh bathing suit with two dancers who resembled the troops from an alterna-universe Emerald City, the brash singer strutted on the poolside stage, belting out her electronic hits.
April 13, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. INDIO -- Anyone wondering if the lack of dance megastars at this year's Coachella means that they've de-emphasized big dance music, don't worry. This year's Sahara tent somehow managed to be even bigger than in years prior, by an obvious margin. Gone is the typical A-frame enclosure -- instead there's a positively titanic, rounded arena for rave gladiators. The digital wall of visuals expanded to the upper nooks of the roof to make an aquarium of sub-bass topped with throbbing LEDs.
December 16, 2012 |
If the S.S. Coachella is going to last, it's going to need its own rituals. On the night before the inaugural Coachella cruise sets off (I'm currently pregaming in a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., hotel room) I'm missing all the usual signposts of an impending Coachella back in California. The buying of sunglasses, the selection of driving music for the 10, the debates about after-parties and the congratulations-you-made-it-to-Indio rounds at the Beer Hunter bar (OK, maybe that last one is just me)
April 14, 2010 |
Some things about Coachella are obvious. The headliners deliver, and this year they're particularly pro: rap's Warren Buffett, Jay-Z, and stadium rock saviors Muse, plus the multimedia blitz of Gorillaz. The bill's middle is packed with great stuff that you will miss because you're standing in line to recycle your water bottles. One night, you will happen upon a mostly empty tent and from it will pour music that changes your life. As for specifics, here are four on this year's thick lineup that I wouldn't miss.