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.
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November 20, 2013 |
A 70-year-old bicyclist was killed Tuesday while riding down a street in Coachella. Authorities say Ruben de la Cruz Miramontes was struck in the southbound lane of Van Buren Street, between Avenue 48 and Avenue 49. Miramontes, a Mexican citizen, died at the scene. The vehicle's driver and passengers were not injured. Anyone with information about the collision was asked to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at (760) 863-8990. ALSO: Costco in Simi Valley labels Bibles as fiction; pastor disagrees Relative arrested in beating death of 84-year-old Glendale man McStay family mystery: Crosses, remembrance planned at desert site Twitter: @katelinthicum
April 20, 2013 |
Third Man Records celebrated Record Store Day with a pop-up party at the Ace Hotel on Saturday, featuring Carly Ritter, Courtney Jaye and the Dough Rollers. It was a laid-back, sun-soaked affair, with the Dough Rollers playing last at the peak of mid-afternoon heat. Their jagged blues rock set fit perfectly with the sweltering heat, as the crowd lolled in yellow inner tube floaties in the crystalline pool. The skin on display -- and there was much of it -- was reddened by sun. A life guard that looked suspiciously like Josh Tillman of Father John Misty fame looked on with sullen concentration.
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 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.
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 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, 2013 |
Fans who stayed on the polo field until nearly 1 a.m. Sunday for the very end of French electro-rock band Phoenix's set probably did so because of the rumor that French house-music duo Daft Punk was going to make a surprise appearance. No such luck. Last week the same rumor circulated, but with a tasty surprise center in that R&B and hip-hop king R. Kelly made a totally unexpected appearance with Phoenix. Maybe the Daft Punk rumor was planted as a red herring to keep the R. Kelly thing a secret.