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 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 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 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.
April 13, 2013 |
Leave it to Daft Punk to bring excitement to Day One of Coachella - without even being present. The rumors were flowing fast and furious that the highly regarded (and amazingly mysterious) EDM duo would play a secret gig at Coachella, and it was clear the Frenchmen were on the mind of festival-goers: There were dozens of fans roaming the grounds in Daft Punk shirts. Those fans got a boost Friday when a teaser for the duo's hugely anticipated album, “Random Access Memories,” played out on the jumbotrons at the Main Stage, right before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs rocked their set. The short clip also played for fans in the Mojave Tent.
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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.