September 1, 2012 |
It was less than one week until the FYF Fest, the two-day celebration of underground music that starts Saturday for which he is the architect, and Sean Carlson was bummed that the phone company had thwarted his plans for a caller ID prank. The 27-year-old concert promoter hasn't even bothered to learn the number for his land line. What's the point, he says, if the Man is just going to force him to be identified as a private caller? “They asked what I wanted my name to be,” Carlson said, remembering when he was giving the telecom rep his account information.
April 20, 2013 |
As late Friday night was turning Saturday morning at the Coachella festival, on-again-off-again and currently-on Brit-pop band Blur left festivalgoers with arguably the night's most poignant moment. Hunched over a piano, lead singer Damon Albarn, with his face sometimes so low that his ears seemed in danger of hitting the keys, pounded away at a song's handful of notes. With the same keys struck repeatedly, Blur's “Sing” was less about creating a melody than it was being frozen in time, a slow-moving, heavily atmospheric quest for the meaning of life.
April 14, 2011 |
The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is not one that would seem in need of a tune-up. After all, the 2011 edition, which opens Friday and will be headlined by the likes of rap star Kanye West and indie-rock heavyweights the Arcade Fire, sold-out in a record six days. But the 2010 edition had its share of fissures. Thousands of gate-crashers cut through the fencing and holders of counterfeit tickets got past overburdened security, swelling the crowd to some 15,000 beyond the permitted capacity and creating what a festival security official called "a borderline riot situation.
April 17, 2011 |
Those who think the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has lost some of its luster in its 12th year, whether because of sell-out crowds, ticket prices or increased competition in the festival market, have not met college-age Yorba Linda residents Michael Burke and Riley Dahlson. The two are skilled in the art of trespassing, and after two years of sneaking into the Indio grounds, Coachella — which concludes Sunday night — persuaded them to go legit. "We owed it to them," said Dahlson, a music fan who shelled out for a ticket that topped $300 after service fees.
June 15, 2011
Marked by a lack of water, interminable lines and an overall dearth of organization, 2010's FYF Fest wasn't the Labor Day celebration of underground music that promoter Sean Carlson had hoped for. Yet Carlson promises a more grown-up fest for 2011, having turned to local promotion powerhouse Goldenvoice to anchor Sept. 3's FYF Fest, to be headlined by punk vets the Descendants, alt-rock forebears Guided by Voices and gloomy instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky. "We wanted their expertise," Carlson said Tuesday of Goldenvoice, the AEG-owned promoter behind the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
April 20, 2014 |
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.
June 25, 1992 |
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.
March 27, 2014 |
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.
December 18, 2012 |
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.
January 22, 2013 |
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.