April 15, 2013 |
With apologies to "Portlandia," the dream of the '90s is alive in the Coachella dance tents this year. Both the lineups and sonics Sunday were indebted to Clinton-era sounds and that decade's mix of smarts and populism in dance music. In the Sahara tent, acts new and old mined that era for inspiration. German producer Paul Kalkbrenner owed debts to Underworld for his rousing but spacious and emotional house. His single "Sky and Sand" in particular built heady storms of soulful vocals punctuated by big liftoff moments and sad minor-key chords.
April 12, 2013 |
After a three-hour survey of Coachella 2013, the changes on the grounds are many, chief among them a new feeling of permanence. The festival, now in its 14th year, is visibly changed and is showing signs of its new extended commitment to the Indio location: There's a new (sixth) stage, a more festive grand entryway and a better organized food and merchandising area. The dance tents have phenomenal surround sound and a massive light system that in the dark will surely trip out many of the ultra-excited dance kids already sweaty at 3 p.m. COACHELLA 2013: What to see and do | Timeline | Full coverage Security has certainly changed, at least in my experience.
April 15, 2013 |
There is something gratifying about pool parties and daytime drinking, where the sun acts as the great equalizer and melts every body down to its most simple form. Human flaws become real, and even the most beautiful girl can look washed out and stripped down. And so it was on Sunday afternoon at Chevy's Volt Valley at the Mirage and the Guess Hotel pool parties, where groups of Coachella refugees bonded over Patron Popsicles and garish displays of fun. At Chevy's Volt Valley at the Mirage, which took place at a private estate on the outskirts of the festival, guests were partaking in the pleasures of a zip line over a small, muddy lake.
April 21, 2014 |
Lana Del Rey was in no way afraid of the selfie. At three different points in the alt-torch singer's 45-minute Outdoor Stage set Sunday night, Del Rey descended into the audience to vamp and pose with fans, allowing - encouraging, even - the rampant repurposing of her image across social media. She even prolongued one cinematically sexy smooch with a male fan who couldn't seem to get his phone-camera game together quickly enough to simply point and shoot. Given Del Rey's nostalgia-tinged sex appeal, who could have blamed him?
April 13, 2013 |
A lot has changed in the 11 years since Eve issued her last record. The world of female rap became a veritable ghost town as nimble voices like the self-proclaimed “pit bull in a skirt," Foxy Brown, Da Brat, Rah Digga, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, et al. either took a backseat or shifted their focus behind the scenes. The already largely male dominant world got an extra boost of testosterone with a surplus of new faces - until Nicki Minaj burst on the scene and helped unpack a new era of femcees.
April 25, 2014 |
You did it. You survived Coachella 2014 . Here's a look back at the festival's most memorable moments and the most popular musicians there - according to our readers. While our music staff compiled its list of "must see" talent, we asked you to plot your stage-hopping journey with our interactive schedule . With those results, we've narrowed down the acts L.A. Times readers were most excited to see. L.A. Times readers' top 10 Coachella picks (multiple bands on a line indicate ties)
January 9, 2014 |
Five quick reactions to the Coachella 2014 lineup announcement. 1. The Daft Punk factor : The presence of vocalist/Neptune/producer Pharrell Williams as a headliner is notable for a few rumor-fueling reasons. First, he's not necessarily performing in support of a new solo album, but he's been ubiquitous on the charts over the last year. Among his most prominent hits? His vocals on two tracks on Daft Punk's “Random Access Memories,” most memorably “Get Lucky.” That fact will no doubt spark rumors that the two Frenchmen might make a cameo.
April 10, 2014 |
One of the major draws of this year's Coachella - and the whole of the upcoming festival season - is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," helped define the late 1990s and '00s. Outkast, which headlines Coachella's opening night Friday, is one of America's great hip-hop exports. A smart, sonically curious Southern concern, the team reveled in pushing the boundaries of a genre that was trying to recover from the twin deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
April 19, 2013 |
Shortly after the gates opened for the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, those waiting to get in bore witness to a rare site at the now annual music party in the desert: patience. Security lines at 12:15 p.m. weren't all moving incredibly brisk - a 20-to 25-minute wait to get into the grounds seemed about right - but everyone was on their best behavior as security made its way through the backpacks of attendees. Perhaps the second week, in which most every band will perform in the same time slot it had last week, doesn't bring as much anticipation at the gate.
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April 3, 2014 |
When she first saw him, cuts covered his beaten body, fear shimmered in his eyes. Whoever owned the starving pit bull had abandoned him near the Coachella desert, possibly for months, before Annie Hart of the Bill Foundation drove from Los Angeles to rescue him in late December. "Truly, he was one of the sickest dogs I've ever seen," Hart says. She named him Gideon, "for warrior - because I felt that he needed everything to help him win this fight" for survival. That story of survival has since become an Internet sensation on YouTube and Facebook, with media outlets and supporters tracking Gideon's transformation.