April 3, 2003 |
For Roddy Woomble, 26-year-old singer and songwriter for the alt-rock band Idlewild, growing up cool and Scottish is to grow up with a conflict. Not a political conflict so much but a personal and even musical one. On the band's new album, "The Remote Part," Woomble's sublimated, introspective lyrics wrestle with the idea of belonging in a place with such a strong identity as the Scottish Highlands, while real contemporary identity is cobbled together from elsewhere. Woomble should know.
April 24, 2003 |
This weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio offers so many tempting musical choices that it's both glorious and maddening. With more than 75 acts on competing stages over two days (plus art and film components), resign yourself to not being able to see everything. Don't fret. The endless choices are part of the fun. Even if you work out a schedule that allows you to catch most of your favorites, be prepared for last-minute changes of mind.