January 25, 2013 |
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.
February 26, 2013 |
When the 9-year-old rapper Lil Poopy refers to himself as a "Coke Boy" on an official remix of French Montana's hit "Pop That," you might think the young MC is alluding to his favorite fizzy beverage. Alas, the rap-scene double-entendre is intentional -- and the child MC's tawdry music videos have landed his father in hot water with Massachusetts authorities, according to the Enterprise News in Brockton. Lil Poopy, born Luie Rivera Jr., was given his rap nom de guerre as a reference to the fact that he was an infant just a few years ago. But don't let the boyish grin deceive you. Poopy's videos can compete with anything by Rick Ross or Lil Wayne for glorifying the trap-star life. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Oscars 2013: Winner list | Red carpet | Highlights In his clips, Poopy is seen spanking video vixens, riding in Ferraris and boasting of his (fictional, we hopefully assume)
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.
August 31, 2012 |
A limited number of single day tickets for downtown's indie-focused FYF Fest will be placed on sale Saturday at 11 a.m. at the venue site. Day passes, according to Goldenvoice, will be sold for $60, cash only. Weekend passes will continue to be sold on site for those interested in both days of the FYF Fest, and they will sell for $100 at the door, also cash only. As reported in Friday's Calendar , t his year's event, featuring adventurous rock and electronic acts such as Refused, M83, Purity Ring and Warpaint, marks the second time the fest has been a partnership between FYF and Goldenvoice.
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.
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 8, 2012 |
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)
April 8, 2014 |
If you've ever watched a smaller tent show at Coachella and been bugged by the bass emanating from the DoLaB tent, this year's fest should offer some relief. Goldenvoice released the official maps of this year's festival layout ( via Buzzbands.la ), and it clearly shows that they're creating a corner of the grounds specifically for thumping electronic music. The Burning Man-ish DoLab has long been a haven for bass-music fans to vibe out amidst burlesque acrobatics, water cannons and a general self-contained atmosphere.
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 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.