Music Festivals

Radiohead’s Philip Selway brings life to stellar Coachella set

One thinks he would have been better attended had the Coachella schedule simply read “Drummer for Radiohead,” but despite playing to a rather sparse crowd at the Gobi tent on Sunday, Philip Selway brought to life a stellar set. You could have counted up all the people in the room by the time he completed […]

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Ryan Adams provides Sunday’s alt-rock vibes and witty banter

Most of Sunday’s performances at Coachella were electronic flavored and the main headliner Drake was hip-hop, but festival stalwart Ryan Adams made it clear rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay. Adams poked fun at the noise bleed from across the way and provided sarcastic banter in between performing songs from his fantastic self-titled album […]

MØ turns an early Sunday at Coachella into MØchella

Despite an early Sunday set, breakthrough Danish singer MØ performed to a packed Gobi tent and was one of the early favorites of the day. Joining MØ on stage at one point was Swedish singer Elliphant and the two performed their song “One More” to much appreciation. MØ has seen her profile raise drastically in recent months […]

Gesaffelstein flips bird to Coachella’s set time limit

The word on the street is that Gesaffelstein‘s two Coachella performances will be his last live festival sets ever. Sunday’s set in the Mojave tent nailed home the thought that this should be sad news for everyone. Providing one of the best light shows of the entire weekend, Gesaffestein’s crowd was serviceable considering many people […]

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Jenny Lewis delivers mini Rilo Kiley-reunion, HAIM collab at Coachella

Longtime Jenny Lewis fans like myself had been waiting for what happened Sunday at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre for a long time. Fellow former Rilo Kiley member Blake Sennett showed up to play guitar on “Portions for Foxes,” as his new project Night Terrors of 1927 performed earlier in the day. Sennett gave a spirited effort, […]

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Marina and the Diamonds is the cherry on top at Coachella

Sometimes, even the performers can’t help but get caught up in the moment at Coachella. Towards the end of her set Sunday, British pop star Marina and the Diamonds experienced this. “Can you take a selfie with me?” the British pop star asked the assembled crowd. “Coachella, thank you, you’re so sweet.” Marina came out […]

Desaparecidos rattle bones at Coachella

Conor Oberst’s old punk band Desaparecidos played old material as well as new jams from an upcoming album to a reasonably-sized crowd in the Gobi tent Sunday afternoon. They haven’t released an album since 2002’s Read Music/Speak Spanish and have only played a few select shows since that time. I took a seat in the middle of […]

St. Vincent turns into a superhero at Coachella

What makes Annie Clark aka St. Vincent such a compelling performer is that she isn’t just portraying a character. On stage, Clark IS St. Vincent and she blew people away — people walked away feeling as though they were leaving an experience and not just a festival set. St. Vincent’s crowd wasn’t large as people […]

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Saint Motel give spirited Coachella performance (with added babes)

An early set time on Coachella Sunday can be a difficult thing for a band to take control of. The crowd (and maybe the band) that did show up are two full days hungover and you can’t count on a large turnout. Los Angeles indie rockers, Saint Motel took the glass half full approach and […]

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Mac DeMarco charms Coachella with fun singalong and comedy

A lot of the headlines that come out of Coachella tend to be who the special guests in a given day were. One of the best from Sunday? Comedian Eric Andre coming on stage during psych-folk rocker Mac DeMarco’s early afternoon set and shaking a comically-sized dildo for a few minutes before proclaiming he just […]

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Coachella 2015 Photos: Sunday dazzles with Drake, St. Vincent, Florence + The Machine and more

Well, kids. Coachella 2015, weekend one has come to an end. Yesterday was an incredible day full of thrilling performances. We spent our day covering Chicano Batman, Circa Survive, Jenny Lewis, Marina & The Diamonds, Mac DeMarco, MO, Off!, Desaparecidos, Philip Selway, Florence + The Machine, Ryan Adams, Gessaffelstein, Jamie XX, Saint Motel, St. Vincent, […]

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Jack White plays all at Coachella: White Stripes, Raconteurs and more

Some were a bit wishy-washy when the lineup came out and Jack White was one of the headliners. Those that took in his performance Saturday night probably walked back that opinion just a few minutes into his mesmerizing set on the main stage. “Put your cell phones down for five f*cking seconds and have a […]

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The Weeknd tops Coachella main stage with baby-making jams

Nine months from Saturday night, there are going to be a lot of babies that are born as a result of the Weeknd’s main stage closing set. “This is the greatest night of my entire life,” Abel Tesfaye said at one point during his set. Tesfaye’s bedroom ballads were the perfect setting for many couples […]