Music Festivals

Lana Del Rey coachella 2014 photos
Lana Del Rey fans teach a course in being a terrible crowd

I’m still trying to figure out where Lana Del Rey’s fans got their superhuman strength to push their way to the front of a packed crowd to see their idol play her Coachella weekend two set at the Outdoor Stage on Sunday night. I had the experience of being with a group of people set […]

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Neutral Milk Hotel pitch perfect at Coachella sundown

Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum has such a perfect voice live that it actually sounds like it has auto tune applied to it. No, Mangum was just pitch perfect at Sunday sundown at Coachella weekend two, though it felt a bit disrespectful to have their set lead into Lana Del Rey’s at the Outdoor Theatre on the […]

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2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Day 3
Naked & Famous blend rock and electro pop beautifully at Coachella

New Zealand band, The Naked & Famous put on one of Sunday’s best performances at Coachella weekend two and proved that they might be ready to start headlining the big arenas next time they tour a new album. Their early evening main stage set was well attended and well received. “Punching in a Dream” and […]

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Poolside brings early afternoon chill vibes to Coachella

Described on their Wikipedia page as “daytime disco”, Poolside brought the right kind of vibes to an early afternoon Coachella audience on Sunday of the second weekend. With a substantial number of attendees nursing wicked hangovers from partying hard on Saturday, Poolside provided laid back dance tracks that didn’t exacerbate those dreaded headaches. Poolside kept […]

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Bombino brings international flavor to Coachella

International axe man, Bombino helped get things started on day three of Coachella weekend two as he brought a different flavor to the festival than most. Dressed in a variety of robes that must have been sweltering hot (but not as hot as the Sahara Desert, which is near Niger where they originate), Bombino rocked […]

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Nas celebrates Illmatic 20th anniversary to end Coachella day two

Brooklyn rapper Nas shared a special anniversary with a sizable crowd at the outdoor stage on Coachella day two of the second weekend. April 19 marked the 20th anniversary of Nas’ legendary Illmatic album, and the emcee played through the entire album before being joined on stage by a couple of very special guests in […]

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Pharrell coachella 2014 photos
Pharrell pulls a bunch of special rabbits out of hat at Coachella weekend two

Pharrell may have been the best all-around talent to be featured on the bill for Coachella 2014, and if that wasn’t obvious before Saturday’s performance on the outdoor stage, it became quite clear then when he brought out a star studded shuffle of A-listers like Jay-Z, Usher and T.I. (as well as Busta Rhymes, Pusha […]

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Empire of the Sun storms Coachella with sensational showmanship

Those that were still tripping off their psychedelics when they wandered into the Sahara tent at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night at Coachella day two were treated to an energetic set from Australia’s Empire of the Sun. Empire had the misfortune of going head-to-head with part of Pharrell’s set and was noticeably disappointed when […]

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Lorde coachella 2014 photos
Lorde delivers in front of biggest crowd of weekend two

Saturday evening, New Zealand pop princess Lorde brought in the biggest crowd of Coachella weekend two to that point at the Outdoor Theatre. Lorde has come a long ways as a performer since just a year ago and delivered the goods to what seemed like 50,000 people or more. Lorde played through most of her […]

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Future Islands help give Saturday crowd their second wind

Saturday, Baltimore synth pop trio Future Islands helped give Coachella weekend two attendees their second wind at the Gobi stage as their dance-fueled tunes got people up off the floor and back to moving their feet. A 9 p.m. set is right around the time many people hit a wall at a music festival, having […]

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