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 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 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)
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?
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 12, 2013 |
With headlining performances due later by the Stone Roses and Blur, Coachella's gigantic main stage is the place to be Friday night for fans of vintage Brit pop. But earlier on Day 1 the smaller Mojave Tent was packed with English artists as well, including Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr, who played back-to-back sets full of ringing guitar hooks. A 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Nottingham, Bugg offered some of the bracingly acerbic folk-rock ditties from his self-titled debut, which came out in the U.S. this week following its initial appearance at home in 2012.
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 9, 2013 |
Coachella drew more than 650,000 people to its grounds in Indio last year and organizers anticipate even more for this year's festivities that start Friday and go on for two weekends. With such a mass of humanity in one place, attendees will need all the help they can get to survive and enjoy the music. Smartphone apps Some say leave the smartphone at home, but ignore that advice; there are too many apps that could help improve your Coachella experience. For starters, you'll want to use Shazam any time you hear a song you like but don't know its name. The app, using the smartphone's mic, listens to the tune and then scours its database to identify the song or the artist. At night, having a flashlight app will come in handy.