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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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April 21, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Goldenvoice recently reached a long-term agreement with the desert city of Indio to stage its Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club through at least 2030. But what, if anything, does that mean for Arizona's Zia Records, the pop-up shop that's been a regular at Coachella since troubles with the Virgin Megastore in the late '00s? GM Brian Faber says talks with Goldenvoice won't pick up until the conclusion of next week's Stagecoach, but he pointed to new lighting fixtures and a new sign out front.
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August 31, 2012 | By Todd Martens
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.
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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.
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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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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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January 9, 2014 | By August Brown
Last year, the story out of Coachella dance-land was the inauguration of a swank new indoor tent and a shift away from superstars to more underground sensibilities. This year? It's a bit more of, well, everything. Unlike last year, there are a few mega-Vegas-residency stars atop the bill. Calvin Harris and Skrillex need no introduction here, and peers like Alesso, Krewella and a ( much-improving ) Dillon Francis are waiting in the wings. Martin Garrix is this year's Avicii-circa-2012 entry: a dashing and frightfully young (17!
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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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April 20, 2013 | By Todd Martens
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.
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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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