Music Festivals

Ab-Soul
Ab-Soul pays fellow Top Dawg Entertainment performer Kendrick Lamar respect at Coachella

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Ab-Soul performed Friday night in the Gobi tent — and he did a little tribute to fellow TDE member Kendrick Lamar in his set. Ab-Soul performed Kendrick’s “King Kunta” from his recently-released and highly-acclaimed album To Pimp a Butterfly, showing that TDE are all ride or die together. Oddly conflicting with rapper […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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Lykke Li helps Coachella feel all their feels, and also covers Drake

“No Rest for the Wicked” could be the tagline to Coachella, but it was also a song that indie pop star Lykke Li used to help kick off her emotional rollercoaster of a set on Friday at the Mojave tent Lykke Li is an immensely talented songwriter and one of today’s best at tackling heartbreak, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Alabama-Shakes
Alabama Shakes bring their A-game to Coachella Outdoor Theatre

The Alabama Shakes have built a reputation as stellar performers, and Friday at Coachella on the Outdoor Theatre, they more than lived up to that with a wicked sunset set. Brittany Howard is a Jill-of-all-trades, her vocal prowess damn near unmatched and her guitar skills respectable. Their music was perfect for the time of day, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
ride band
Shoegaze fans get a full “Ride” to Coachella

They got a warm up gig at The Roxy out of the way last week, and legendary British shoegaze band Ride was on top of their game at Coachella on Friday. The Roxy gig was the first of theirs in 20 years and they were one of the auspiciously few reunion acts on this year’s […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Steely-Dan
Steely Dan at Coachella 2015: ‘We’ve still got it’

“We’re still here. We’ve still got it. And if you want it. You’ll have to come and get it,” said Steely Dan guitarist, Walter Becker, in an almost 1990’s pro wrestling promo during their highly-anticipated set at Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre. If you wanted to see your dad and his pals smoking some weed, there was […]

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The War On Drugs
The War on Drugs deliver glorious sunset performance at Coachella

Philly indie rock band The War on Drugs played lots of stuff off their critically-acclaimed third album Lost in the Dream, impressing fans both old and previously unfamiliar with their work during their main stage performance at Coachella on Friday. A blend of the styles of rock icons Dire Straits and Tom Petty, vocalist and […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
kimbra
Kimbra lights up Gobi tent at Coachella Day One

New Zealand’s Kimbra really knows how to put on a show. From her outfit to her vocal range to her stage presence, she had the full package working Friday late afternoon in the Gobi tent. Wearing another one of her spectacular outfits, a metallic looking dress underneath an interesting shawl-type thing, Kimbra electrified the crowd […]

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Day 1 Coachella 2015 Photos: AC / DC and Tame Impala prove victorious for Australia

AC / DC Our Coachella 2015 photos are in! Weekend one of the highly anticipated monster of music festivals, Coachella kicked off yesterday and judging by our photo gallery, it was an unforgettable live music experience. The music came in the best variety, from classic hard rock, to psychedelic rock, hip hop, electronic and more. […]

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Desert Hearts Festival photos
What Makes This Festival Stand Out From the Rest: Desert Hearts

When we first pulled into the forest the conglomeration of camps sprawled under and around trees brought to mind Tohu Wa-bohu.  But, far from being a mess, this primordial condition was one of the most relieving aspects of the weekend. You could camp pretty much wherever you wanted. You could wear anything, you could be […]

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Thee-Oh-Sees
Burgerama 4 delivers a successful festival weekend full of good music and good vibes

In it’s fourth year, Burgerama has evolved to represent a hot bed mashup of angst-y teen culture and retro musical resurgence. Pulling in a line-up that impresses with it’s musical diversity (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Dengue Fever to Ty Segall) and inspires with its up and coming greats (The Garden, Michael Rault to Jacco Gardner). But what Burgerama really […]

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The-Coathangers
Burgerama 4 turns up the heat with teen-pleasing rock ‘n’ punk

First and foremost, the Burgerama at the Observatory in Santa Ana is a music festival cluttered with teens and college kids, and I have NEVER been to a festival so tightly curated and audience pleasing. From the easy access to the highway and lots of free parking, to the short lines and cordial security/festival workers, […]

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Ryn Weaver
SXSW Wednesday: Courtney Barnett, Ryn Weaver, Action Bronson & more

After taking a bus from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and flying into Austin from there (cheaper flight, y’all), I hit the ground running for South by Southwest (SXSW) on Wednesday. After waiting in line at the House of Vans at Mohawk for about an hour, I finally got in and was able to see […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Phantogram
Air + Style Day One: Kendrick Lamar gets cut 45 minutes early, Diplo lacks in decibels

Phantogram For the last week a monolithic structure has been growing out of the Rose Bowl lawn. On Saturday, the enormous apatosaurus of snow was complete and overlooked an impressively constructed main stage all in preparation for the North American debut of Shaun White’s Air + Style festival. It was a pretty novel idea complete […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |