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Sleater-Kinney begin their reunion tour in Spokane, Washington in February before visiting NYC for two sold out shows at Terminal 5. By the end of March they'll have already toured Europe. Now they've announced another North American run that begins in April and ends in May. Many thought that Coachella would probably be included on their itinerary, but they'll actually be playing Texas on every night of the fest's second weekend (unless they're only playing the first).

A pre-sale for the new dates, which are all listed below, begins 10 AM local time this Wednesday (12/10).

Though they didn't perform music, the band recently appeared on the Chris Gethard show. Check that out, and listen to a new song too.

Continue reading "Sleater-Kinney expand tour (dates, presale & no Coachella?)"

Coachella 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Coachella wrapped up another big year this past April and the festival has now announced its 2015 dates. It returns to Indio, CA again for two weekends, April 10-12 and April 17-19. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM PDT.

Billie Joe filling in for & helping carry Paul @ Coachella
Billie Joe

After what was regarded as a lackluster first weekend set, the Replacements returned to Coachella's Outdoor Stage with a vengeance, recruiting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong to fill in for ailing frontman Paul Westerberg, who was laid up on the couch -- literally. [Billboard]
The reunited Replacements now played Riot Fest in multiple cities and Coachella twice including the second week which was this past weekend when they were joined by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (see above).

Their upcoming festival dates continue to get announced and include Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Forecastle in KY, Boston Calling, Osheaga in Montreal, and two weekends of Austin City Limits. They are being picky. The Boston Globe reports that, "Westerberg's manager, Darren Hill, said the band has been invited to play at every major festival, but is only playing a few."

Meanwhile still no NY, but the band today announced their "long-anticipated homecoming show at St. Paul's Midway Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Tickets for the show, taking place at the home of the Saint Paul Saints, go on sale Saturday, May 3 at 10 AM CDT." Opening acts TBA.

Get well soon Paul!. All dates are listed along with both of their Coachella setlists below....

Continue reading "Replacements tour keeps growing; no NY, but homecoming MN show announced (updated dates & Coachella setlists)"

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Coachella 2014 has featured a slew of unannounced guests over its two-weekend bow, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed its headlining slot.

It was then that frontman Win Butler announced "some very special guests and we're just going to bring them up up front." Some in the crowd claim to have heard Butler say "Paft Dunk." [Billboard]

Coachella 2014 weekend 2 just wrapped up, and like last week, featured a ton of guest appearances. This time headliners Arcade Fire, who brought out Debbie Harry at weekend 1, brought out two people dressed as the Daft Punk robots (but most likely not the actual members) for a slowed-down version of "Get Lucky." Not the first time that song was performed at the festival, considering Pharrell played it in his set a day earlier. Video below.

Arcade Fire also brought out Beck, who had covered Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" during his set that day, to sing with them on their cover of Prince's "Controversy." No video of this one yet.

Now that Coachella is behind them, they've added two LA dates to their ongoing tour, which hits Brooklyn for three nights at Barclays Center in August (tickets). Updated dates are listed, with the "Get Lucky" video, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire brought out "Daft Punk" for "Get Lucky" (video) and Beck for Prince's "Controversy" at Coachella"

Coachella 2014 Weekend 1 Day 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Coachella 2014 wrapped up its first weekend this past Sunday, and the second weekend is underway as we speak (set times). If you're not in California braving the desert, you can stream many of the sets starting today (4/18) at 9 PM EST.

Last week's stream was hosted on Coachella's YouTube channel, but this week's will be air on television on the AXS TV channel. Sets that will stream today include Haim, Neko Case, Broken Bells, Kate Nash and more.

Sets that stream on Saturday include Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, Future Islands, MGMT, Fatboy Slim and more; and on Sunday, they'll air Beck, Arcade Fire, Muse (from Saturday), Fishbone, Daughter, Pet Shop Boys (from Saturday), and more. Each day's stream will also re-air the following day at 2 PM EST.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Coachella coverage, check out day 1 pictures, day 2 pictures, and day 3 pictures of weekend 1.

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Motörhead / Chance the Rapper / Little Dragon / Toy Dolls
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3
Coachella 2014 - Day 3

However, Sunday's lineup thankfully featured some guitar-brandishing acts, besides Motörhead, who proved that rock is not dead at Coachella -- or in general. For instance, British punk veterans the Toy Dolls pulled a respectable crowd to the Mojave Tent (opposite the very different Calvin Harris's set) and kept a proper counter-clockwise, Doc-Martens-kicking-up-dust slam pit going at full churn throughout their high-energy performance. "Do you think I'm getting too old for this?" spiky-haired frontman Michael "Olga" Algar asked the crowd. It was likely a rhetorical question, but fans ceased their slam-dancing just long enough to shout back, "Noooooo!" - [Yahoo! Music]
The first weekend of Coachella 2014 wrapped up Sunday night (4/13) with dance music and Arcade Fire, but there was lots of other stuff going on too. Motörhead, with Lemmy back in action after some health issues, was there to show them how it's done and brought out Slash for a few songs; punk pranksters Toy Dolls and indie rock vets Superchunk both played a high energy set that would tire bands 20 years their junior; and Chicago's Chance the Rapper brought out, um, Justin Beiber.

There were also Swedish pop charmers Little Dragon, Australia's very talented Courtney Barnett, photoshy North Carolinians Neutral Milk Hotel, industrial-techno outfit Factory Floor, and lots lots more. Pictures from Coachella weekend 1, day 3 are in this post.

Check out day 1 pics HERE and day 2 pics HERE, and Arcade Fire's day 3 headlining set HERE. More pics from day 3 below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 3 in pics (Motorhead, Chance the Rapper, Little Dragon, Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, Toy Dolls, Arcade Fire, more)"

Arcade Fire photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, Aaron Paul photo via Scott Rodger

Coachella 2014 - Day 3
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We already posted day 1 pictures and day 2 pictures of the first weekend of Coachella 2014, and a set of day 3 is HERE, but here's a separate set of pics of Arcade Fire's headlining set that day. We already talked about their set, including the fact that Blondie singer Debbie Harry joined them for a cover of her own band's "Heart of Glass" and stayed to sing backup on "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." We also mentioned that Barack Obama bobbleheads and Pope Francis bobbleheads (which debuted in Austin) joined them, but what we didn't know is the actual person wearing the Pope Francis bobblehead was Aaron Paul, aka Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman, who was one of the many celebrities at the festival. That's a picture of Jesse with the Pope bobblehead above, via CoS, via Arcade Fire's manager.

More pictures of Arcade Fire's Coachella set below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Pharrell / Future Islands / Ty Segall / mean girls
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2
Coachella 2014 - Day 2

Watching Ty Segall at the Outdoor Theatre to kick off my Saturday drove home a 2014 Coachella reality: the relative lack of noisy, guitar-driven bands. While the bill is loaded with synthy, electronic-leaning indie types, traditional rock acts are few and far between this year. As if to illustrate the point, late in his gloriously loud and raucous set, Segall covered "Mötörhead" by Mötörhead, one of a handful of truly heavy bands at the fest.

...I arrived 20 minutes early Saturday night [for the Pixies], just in case, but while the Mojave eventually filled and then some, things never got ugly. As for the set itself, I doubt I'll ever adjust to seeing Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering on a stage without Kim Deal, but the new-look Pixies produced a quality set nonetheless, bashing out extra-ferocious versions of "Gouge Away," "Nimrod's Son," "Crackity Jones" and more. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Coachella 2014 recently wrapped up its first of two weekends. You already saw pictures of day 1, and we've got a set of day 2 pics in this post, including shots of Pet Shop Boys, Pharrell, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Lorde, Future Islands, Warpaint, Julian Casablancas, Ty Segall, Graveyard, Foxygen, Laura Mvula and more.

Of course there's too much to catch everything, but many other great artists played the second day too, including Solange whose sister Beyonce came on stage to dance with her (video below), Nas whose frenemy Jay Z joined him for "Dead Presidents II" and "Where I'm From" and Diddy (I mean Puff Daddy) joined him for "Hate Me Now" (full set video below), indie legends The Dismemberment Plan, post-rock vets Mogwai, plus sets from MGMT, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Holy Ghost and many more.

One of the big talks of the day was Pharrell (and his hat), who brought out loads of guests who reminded the crowd that Pharrell wasn't a nobody before "Happy," "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines" (all three of which he played). He produced or co-produced huge hits for Snoop Dogg ("Drop It Like It's Hot"), Gwen Stefani ("Hollaback Girl"), Busta Rhymes ("Pass the Courvoisier") and Nelly ("Hot in Herre"), all of who joined him for said songs. A few videos from his set below.

Day 1 pics here. Day 3 pics here. More day 2 pictures, Blake Anderson of Workaholics moshing to Ty Segall included, and videos below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 day 2 pics & videos (Pharrell w/ huge guests, Nas w/ Jay Z, Solange w/ Beyonce, Pixies, QOTSA, Ty Segall, Pet Shop Boys, Future Islands & more)"

Kevin Whittemore (right) w/ La Dispute at Acheron, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
La Dispute

La Dispute just wrapped up their tour in support of this year's excellent Rooms of the House in Cleveland last night (4/14). (We caught the tour in NYC a few days earlier at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg.) It's now been confirmed by the band's publicist that those were the last shows for guitarist Kevin Whittemore, who has chosen to leave the band. Kevin co-founded La Dispute along with current vocalist Jordan Dreyer and current drummer Brad Vander Lugt back in 2004, and this is the band's first lineup change since before the release of their first album. UPDATE (4/18): Official statement released. Read it below.

In other "New Wave of Post-Hardcore" news, Title Fight played Coachella over the weekend, much to the confusion of some in the crowd who weren't ready for a mosh pit to break out. Check out our full set of pictures from Friday at Coachella for more from their set.

Watch La Dispute's video for "For Mayor In Splitsville" from the new LP, below...

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Courtney Barnett @ Coachella 2014 (photo by Sarah Polly Parker)
Courtney Barnett

Australian psychedelic folk rocker Courtney Barnett finally gave her double EP, A Sea of Split Peas, a US release today (4/15) via Mom + Pop. She's currently in the US for Coachella, which she played this past weekend and will play again this coming weekend, and she's also got a few other dates here surrounding the festival. After it ends, she'll play a Connecticut show on 4/22 and then hit NYC's Other Music on April 23 for an in-store to celebrate the US release of her album. The only way to gain entry to that show is to order the album from Other Music, and space is very limited.

Courtney will be back in North America for a full tour later in the year which includes NYC shows happening on June 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg (part of Northside Festival) and June 17 at Bowery Ballroom. Both of those shows are with Benjamin Booker, and tickets are still available. Updated dates are listed below.

Courtney also just debuted a new song, "Depreston," in her NPR Tiny Desk Concert which premiered this week. Not long before that, she covered The Lemonheads' "Bein' Around" during an acoustic session at the Brooklyn waterfront. You can videos of both of those, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Courtney Barnett debuted a new song, covered Lemonheads, playing Other Music after Coachella (updated dates, videos)"

Austin photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire w/ Debbie Harry / mirror man @ Coachella / "Obama" in Austin


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Arcade Fire were introduced by a man wearing a suit made of shattered mirrors and opened up their set with 'Reflektor', with Chassagne shining mirror discs strapped onto her hands into the crowd. "Alright guys, we're gonna give you every ounce of what we've got if you give it back to us," said frontman Butler before 'Rebellion (Lies)'.

Butler later railed against the various VIP areas at the festival to cheers from the crowd, commenting: "I just want to say that there's a lot of fake VIP room bullshit happening at this festival, and sometimes people dream of being there - but it super sucks in there, so don't worry about it." He also made a sly dig about the electronica/EDM heavy aspect of the festival, giving a "shout out to all the bands playing instruments this weekend" at the end of the set. [NME]

Coachella wrapped up its first weekend yesterday (4/13), after kicking off this past Friday (day 1 pics). Among the day 3 performers were Arcade Fire, who have played Coachella before, but this was their first time there as headliners. Among the bobbleheads that Arcade Fire have been featuring in their shows were President Obama and Pope Francis, who both made their debuts at Arcade Fire's recent show in Austin. Also like at that show, they played a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" into the similarly '70s new wave-style "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." But this time was more exciting because they were joined by Blondie singer Debbie Harry who was a guest singer at SXSW for the Dum Dum Girls (who also played Coachella). Debbie sang "Heart of Glass" with them, and she stuck around to sing backup on "Sprawl II" too. Watch a full set video of Arcade Fire's Coachella set, along with their setlist, below.

Speaking of Debbie Harry and covers, she's on the cover of the May issue of MOJO which is available now. Pictures of Coachella day 3 are coming soon, but meanwhile you can check out some pics from the recent Austin show (Obama bobblehead included) in this post. More below and many more at BV Austin.

Continue reading "Debbie Harry joined Arcade Fire at Coachella (setlist, video); Obama was introduced in Austin (pics)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

astronaut / Kate Nash / Replacements / Haim / Girl Talk
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At 68, Bryan Ferry is one of the oldest performers at this weekend's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and one of the most debonair. But the former Roxy Music singer and veteran solo artist was one of at least two artists who wore a tuxedo for their performance at the annual festival in Indio Friday night.

The other, a bit surprisingly considering his raucous musical legacy, was Paul Westerberg, 54, the perpetually tousled leader of The Replacments, who reunited last year after a 22-year hiatus to perform three shows (Coachella was the fourth). Yet, while Westerberg was quick to doff his tuxedo jacket, Ferry kept his on, although he undid his tie. Their sartorial style notwithstanding, Ferry and Westerberg have little in common, but both delivered winning performances that represented two very different -- and influential -- chapters in rock history. [UTSanDiego]

We already posted Outkast and Dum Dum Girls. Here are the rest of the pictures from the first dusty day of the first weekend of Coachella 2014 (which is also streaming online). The photos continue, Replacements and Bryan Ferry included, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2014 Day 1 pics (Replacements, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Afghan Whigs, †††, Waxahatchee, Kate Nash The Knife, more) "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

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Like Outkast and a lot of other artists, Dum Dum Girls played Coachella on Friday (and will play the festival's second weekend next Friday). Pictures from their weekend-one set are in this post. Bigger versions are on our Facebook page.

Coachella weekend one is streaming on YouTube through Sunday night.

More photos of Dee Dee and band below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls @ Coachella 2014 (pics) "

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Outkast
Outkast

After a high-energy day on the main stage at Coachella that also included performances from Ellie Goulding, Chromeo and Girl Talk, Andre 3000 and Big Boi emerged from the center of a hollow cube that remained propped up onstage throughout their set. The duo fulfilled every promise of an Outkast reunion in the set's first third, starting with "B.O.B." and jumping from "Gasoline Dreams" to "ATLiens" to a run of "Aquemini" songs, including "Skew It On The Bar-B," "Rosa Parks" and the title track. With material that strong, details like the stage show, live band and the duo's vocal delivery could be waved off as fairly inconsequential. But those aspects were on-point too, with the giant cube flashing some neat graphics when it wasn't transparent, the brass section adding pop to "Spottieottiedopaliscious" and Andrew and Big palling around like old times (or that's how it seemed, at least). With Three-Stacks wearing overalls and a hoodie and Big Boi rocking a massive gold chain, Outkast came out looking fresh and sounding reinvigorated, as they proceeded to check off some of their classic songs. - [The Hollywood Reporter]
Hip hop duo Outkast played their first show in years last night (4/11) as headliners of the first day of Coachella 2014 (Weekend 1). Opening with "B.O.B." André 3000 and Big Boi gave the crowd hits and deep cuts, and each had a solo set. Big Boi brought out Janelle Monae during his to do "Tightrope." When they both returned for the closing Outkast set, they brought out Atlanta rapper Future for three songs.

The night finished with "Ms Jackson," "So Fresh So Clean," "I Like the Way You Move" and "Hey Ya!" A planned collaboration with Killer Mike was aborted as the 1 AM curfew hit. They'll do it again -- and maybe fit everything in before curfew -- this Friday (4/18) for Coachella's second weekend. You can watch Outkast's whole Coachella performance, and check out the setlist, below.

Coachella day 2 (with headliners Muse) is underway as we speak and you can watch online via their YouTube channel. More Outkast Coachella pics, their performance video and setlist below...

Continue reading "Outkast played first show in years @ Coachella (pics, full performance video & setlist)"

the calm before the storm @ Coachella 2014 (photo by Dana "distortion" Yavin)
Coachella 2014

The first weekend of Coachella 2014 is underway as we speak. If you're there, you probably already know who you're seeing (but if not, here's the set times), and if you're at home you can stream many of the sets live starting today (4/11) at 6:30 PM EST.

The stream is being hosted at Coachella's YouTube channel and sets that will stream today include Outkast, The Cult, Bryan Ferry, Broken Bells, Haim, The Afghan Whigs, GOAT, A$AP Ferg, Dum Dum Girls, Wye Oak and more.

Sets that stream on Saturday include Pharrell, MGMT, QOTSA, Pixies, Future Islands, Ty Segall and more; and on Sunday there's Disclosure, Arcade Fire, Nas, Beck, Little Dragon, Darkside, Blood Orange and more. The full streaming schedule is at the YouTube page as well.

UPDATE: Check out our pictures from day one.

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The Coachella 2014 Set Times are now HERE. Notice new surprise additions of Pixies and Julian Casablancas.

Make your schedule while listening to a Coachella 2014 Spotify playlist we put together.

If you run into any celebrities, keep in mind they might be on the clock.

Not going, stream it from home.

to quote Jesse Pinkman, "It's a whole lot of cheddar"
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Coachella starts this weekend (April 11 - 13) and amongst the sold-out throngs are a few famous people too. Some because they party while seeing Outkast, Arcade Fire and/or Muse, and some because they're...paid to be there. The Daily News reports that corporations (not the festival itself) are paying huge amounts for celebrities to attend on their behalf (and flash their products). Among them: Glee star Lea Michele reportedly is getting $20,000 from Lacoste to wear its crocodile clothes, and Vanessa Hudgens will receive $15k from McDonalds (will she have to hold a shake the whole time?). Other celebs are, according to the Daily News' source, actively looking for similar deals, like Breaking Bad star music festival regular and Betty Who fan Aaron Paul who, according to the story, is asking for "$15,000 and at least 2 VIP passes" to the fest.

You can coordinate your own VIP experience from the comfort of your home as the first weekend streams on Coachella's YouTube page and the second weekend (April 18 - 20) will air on cable channel AXS TV.

Coachella

Coachella is about to hit California for two weekends (April 11-13 & April 18-20), and for the first time ever, both weekends will be streaming live.

The first weekend streams on Coachella's YouTube page as usual, and the second weekend will air on AXS TV, "television's premier destination for live music festivals." Both broadcasts include live footage of the bands, in addition to artist interviews and editorial segments courtesy of KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley (host of "Morning Becomes Eclectic").

AXS TV Coachella trailer below...

Continue reading "Coachella to stream both weekends (one online, one on TV)"

Kastle

LA producer Kastle has some tour dates coming up this year, including appearances in Austin for SXSW and The Do LaB stage at Coachella. He was last in NYC for the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and he'll return to the area for a different kind of electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, which goes down on May 24 and 25 at Metlife Stadium. In addition to Kastle, the lineup features AraabMuzik, Rudimental, Skream, Claude Vonstroke, MK, Boys Noize, Calvin Harris and more. Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Kastle also plays a FREE NYC show sooner than that on April 5 at Slake (251 W. 30th St) with Druid Cloak, Figgy, Alex English and guests. As long as you RSVP, entry is free until midnight. Show flyer for that show, and the list of all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Kastle tour dates +++ Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 NY lineup"

Jagwar Ma

Australian baggy scene revivalists Jagwar Ma will be in North America next week, starting in Austin during SXSW playing one of Red Bull Sound Select's shows on 3/13 (RSVPs are open for these shows) and then touring around till Coachella. Those dates do not include a NYC date, but the band will be visiting again this summer, playing Webster Hall on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (3/5) at noon. It's the only summer date in North American at the current time.

If you haven't heard the band's debut album, Howlin', you can stream it via Rdio. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Jagwar Ma touring between SXSW and Coachella, playing NYC in July (dates)"

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UK techno/acid/postpunk trio Factory Floor, who played NYC back in December, have scheduled their first-ever North American tour around appearances at Coachella and Moogfest. Those include a NYC date on April 23 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today (2/12) at noon with the general on-sale beginning Friday (2/14).

All dates are listed, along with a couple song streams, below...

Continue reading "Factory Floor announce North American tour around Coachella and Moogfest (dates)"

Big Boi of Outkast in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Outkast

We already knew that Arcade Fire are playing Coachella 2014, and more clues about the lineup are trickling in, including the very exciting announcement there will be an Outkast reunion! Billboard reports that they've heard from multiple sources that the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi will indeed rejoin forces at the upcoming festival and then play additional festival dates in 2014. We heard the same. Stay tuned.

Revisit their video for "ATLiens" below...

Continue reading "Outkast reuniting for Coachella and other 2014 shows"

Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Arcade Fire's big tour announcement today pretty much confirms what we already thought. The Montreal band will be one of the big acts at this year's Coachella.

Who else do you think is playing this year's 2-weekend California music festival in April?

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