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April 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country music tends to pay a lot more attention to tradition than many other strains of pop music, and that trait comes through loud and clear every time country loses another veteran. They don't come any bigger than George Jones, and his death on the same day the three-day Stagecoach Country Music Festival opened Friday in Indio was felt across the festival, from his classic recordings being played between sets by the weekend's performers to shout-outs to the memory of Possum from various stages to the heightened appreciation for the long-timers who are still with us. TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach You could feel it Sunday during the raucous ovation given to Don Williams, the laid-back singer and songwriter from Texas who had his greatest run of hits in the 1970s.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town" blared over the main-stage loudspeakers before Trace Adkins' performance Friday evening at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, and that song title turned out to be a portent for what was to come. With back-to-back sets by Adkins, Hank Williams Jr. and headliner Toby Keith, Stagecoach on opening night felt like an old-fashioned guys' club full of gun talk, sex jokes and plenty of songs about trucks and booze. "Who's your daddy, who's your baby?"
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April 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- It didn't take long Friday for Stagecoach -- the three-day country-music jamboree set to run through Sunday night at the Empire Polo Club -- to differentiate itself from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which took over the same sun-scorched setting for two weekends earlier this month. "I kind of think of this next one as if Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter went on a blind date -- with an open bar," said Hayes Carll, introducing his song "Another Like You. " The wry Texas-based singer-songwriter was only a few tunes into his early-afternoon set on the Palomino Stage, but already he was injecting a shot of politics that Coachella, with its entitled-hippie vibe, seemed to lack this year.
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April 23, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sure, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival offers enough music for every fan -- despite whatever gripes purists have about the year's lineup -- but the festival has become just as good for people-watching. And not just innocuous gaping at the attention-seeking outfits or the gloriously sun-kissed taut bodies wearing next to nothing - the festival grounds is a hotbed for an array of archetypes that are easy to make fun of, especially the folks who, as a reader commented , “go to be seen - to show their friends that they are 'cool' (which they most assuredly are NOT)
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April 23, 2013 | By August Brown
If you liked the Sahara tent at Coachella , you're going to love the lineup at this year's HARD Summer. Several of the fest's major dance headliners, including neo-dubsteppers Knife Party, the Skrillex/Boys Noize project Dog Blood and the hirsute low-end wrangler Bassnectar, will make return Southern California appearances at the annual summer electronica festival. It hits Los Angeles State Historic Park on Aug. 3-4, and tickets are currently on sale. Some other notable Coachella crossovers?
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April 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Southern Californians who missed Vampire Weekend at Coachella over the last two weekends will get another chance to see the New York indie-pop band before long. On Sept. 28, Vampire Weekend is to play the Hollywood Bowl, the venerable outdoor venue announced Monday, adding to a summer season that already includes shows by She & Him with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell (on June 23), Damian & Stephen Marley (on June 30) and Diana Ross (on Aug. 3). Tickets for the concert -- which will also feature Beirut, the globe-tripping gypsy-folk band led by singer-songwriter Zach Condon -- go on sale May 4. Following closely on its Coachella appearances, Vampire Weekend is set to release a new studio album, "Modern Vampires of the City," on May 14. The disc was recorded partly in L.A. with producer Ariel Rechtshaid and serves as the anticipated follow-up to 2010's "Contra," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Look for a feature on Vampire Weekend in Calendar in the coming weeks, and listen to "Step," from the new album, below.
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April 22, 2013 | By August Brown
Judging by the title of his new tour, Bob Dylan's droll self-awareness remains intact. The singer-songwriter is joining younger acolytes Wilco and My Morning Jacket on what Dylan is deeming the AmericanaramA Festival of Music. The exciting triple bill connects the lines between generations of American acts who use folk as a starting point to explore the full range of American music. Dylan, of course, needs no introduction. But teaming up with the experimental Chicago act Wilco and the Southern-soul explorers My Morning Jacket instantly makes this package tour one of the year's must-see shows.  PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners The tour starts June 26 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and ends Aug. 4 in Mountain View, Calif.
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April 22, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
Actor Russell Crowe said his final goodbyes to Divinyls lead singer and Australian musical icon Chrissy Amphlett Sunday night. Amphlett passed away in her New York City home on Sunday at age 53 after a protracted battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Though she was best known in America for her confessional Divinyls hit single "I Touch Myself," she was also an actress. She made her film debut in 1982's “Monkey Grip” and later went on to play Crowe's mother in the Australian version of the stage musical "Blood Brothers.
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April 22, 2013 | By Todd Martens
There were two questions heading into the xx's set on the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night. Could a band that's evolving by stripping more out of its songs hold the attention of a large festival crowd? And would R&B singer Solange make a guest appearance for a second week in a row? Both were clearly answered. Solange unfortunately didn't appear, once again making Weekend 1 the hotter ticket, but the xx continues to transfix by turning its songs into mini pieces of performance art. The xx didn't duet.
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April 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
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.
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