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April 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing. Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice.  Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store.
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June 25, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM
A good concert promoter tries to get an accurate reading of the numbers before an event. Gary Tovar is widely credited with having been an especially good promoter: Observers in the music business say he was a key force in fostering the Southern California punk and alternative rock concert scene since 1981, when he founded the production company, Goldenvoice. Now Tovar has a big event coming, and he says the numbers don't look good.
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December 18, 2012 | By August Brown
Give Goldenvoice honcho Paul Tollett credit -- he knows how fans feel at the end of his festivals. "You need a full weekend. By day three, you're tired, you're hungry, and you're cursing Coachella. But then the sun sets and you're like 'Oh, that's what this is all about.'" That's about how the passengers on the S.S. Coachella are feeling on their second night. Tollett made those comments at an afternoon panel discussion with several upper-brass staffers at Goldenvoice and KCRW's Jason Bentley, and he's right about how festivals have a rhythm of pleasure and pain that needs to be seen to the end. That's why Coachella has become an all-in three-day package, and why the S.S. Coachella is proving more and more a logical extension of that idea.
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January 22, 2013 | By Todd Martens
This is what Pop & Hiss knows about the 2013 lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival: We are told it is not being announced today, and it was not leaked this morning by this newspaper. And now, no doubt, we have lost a big chunk of our readers for the day.  Speculation as to who is and isn't playing Coachella always runs high this time of year -- fake Coachella posters are something of a festival pastime, after all -- and this morning, a Coachella message board user who goes by the name "Krakenhead" claimed to have uncovered a major gaffe on our part.
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April 8, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Those of us who attended Coachella in 2010 understand the reasons why the annual music and arts festival had to change. Two years ago, the three-day concert in Indio, Calif., was so overcrowded with sun-baked, drunken revelers that many of those in attendance vowed to not return. And if you were lucky enough to have access to the VIP area, it was so packed that many under that giant canopy felt more claustrophobic than important. This year? The festival, which begins Friday and features headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Radiohead and the Black Keys, has thankfully reduced the number of tickets for sale (a smart move implemented in 2011 by the promoter, the AEG-owned Goldenvoice)
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January 25, 2013 | By Todd Martens
It was supposed to be a sure thing. The Rolling Stones, celebrating their 50th anniversary, were coming to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The evidence was all there -- or so a bunch of amateur detectives believed. First, a purported screenshot from the Rolling Stones smartphone app listed the desert city of Indio among the band's dates in mid-December. When asked, any member of the Rolling Stones would plead ignorance, but then what was believed to be the smoking gun arrived.
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April 15, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Imagine the scene: It's late Saturday night at Coachella and you're tired. The sound of Phoenix echoes in the distance as you walk away from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, because to save time and avoid the parking quagmire, you had a friend drop you off. It can happen, because it happened to me. I needed a cab, but my phone was dead. Surely, however, with a festival this size there must be a wealth of taxis waiting for those who might have overindulged on more than just music after a full day in the desert?
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June 1, 2011 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
In a bold expansion of what has become the premier pop music gathering in the West, organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival said Tuesday that they would stage the event as two mirror-image concerts over consecutive three-day weekends next year and will begin selling tickets Friday, some 10 months before the festival and long before any of the performing acts are announced. The move, by promoter Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based AEG Live, caught the music industry by surprise, though initial reaction was mostly positive.
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December 20, 2012 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
The S.S. Coachella cruise is the exact opposite of what the landlocked Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is for most fans. Imagine what that weekend in Indio would be like without the parking hassles and dehydration, but instead with breakfast in bed and an entire ecosystem devoted to keeping you drunk at all times. You get some staple bands of recent landlocked Coachellas - Brit pop veterans Pulp, disco kings Hot Chip and Electro-rockers Yeasayer - and then you drink with them, play cards with them and never once worry about driving home.
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March 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Phillip K. Smith III's art installation “Lucid Stead” lighted up the Joshua Tree desert for two weekends in October. The wooden shack, tricked out with mirrored slats and multicolored LEDs, stood alone in a dusty clearing where about 400 people trekked to ogle it. The shimmering shack lived far longer online, however, where it became an Internet sensation. A video of it garnered more than 300,000 views on lucidstead.com. Now Smith has been commissioned to produce an even more elaborate light installation at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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