Entries tagged with: Coachella
photos by Wei Shi, words by Andrew Sacher
Janelle @ Coachella
Janelle Monae recently wrapped up two weekends at Coachella 2013, having played both Saturdays of the festival. We missed her the first weekend, but caught her set during the second one, and pictures from that are in this post. Janelle stuck mainly to material from her excellent 2010 debut LP, The ArchAndroid, save for a track off of her first EP and a cover of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which you can watch a video of below.
Janelle's debut is one of those arty R&B albums that just predated the explosion of the genre. While it still holds up, it had been feeling like high time that she gets on releasing that followup, and after Coachella ended, she did just that. Janelle announced that her new album is called The Electric Lady (release date TBA) and revealed its very good first single, "Q.U.E.E.N.," which features guest vocals form Erykah Badu.
Check out that song, along with more pictures, the setlist and that video from her Coachella set, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 Weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Good news and bad news. Good news first: melodic punk legends Descendents just wrapped up their second weekend at Coachella 2013 (pictures of them from weekend 1 are HERE), and have since announced that they'll be playing more dates for this year, including one in the NYC-area. The bad news? The dates are support slots for -- wait for it... Sublime with Rome. And you thought The Hives and Pink was going to be the weirdest tour matchup this year.
The Sublime with Rome/Descendents dates hit the NYC-area on July 14 at Nikon Theater at Jones Beach and Pennywise is on the bill too. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday, May 2 at 11 AM with Live Nation/LN Mobile App presales starting Tuesday (4/23) at 11 AM, and a Ticketmaster presale starting Monday, 4/29 at 10 AM.
All dates are listed, along with some videos of Descendents at Coachella, below...
Father John Misty at Coachella 2013 weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We knew that Father John Misty was quickly moving up in the world, but after his sold out Webster Hall show, he decided to scale things back a bit by announcing a tour with
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and Jessica Pratt (Adam Green & Binki Shapiro dropped off) which brings him back to the NYC-area for a more intimate show on May 17 at Maxwell's, the day before FJM plays The Great GoogaMooga in Prospect Park. Not surprisingly, that show is long sold out (and so is GoogaMooga), but Father John Misty has expanded his tour to include his largest headlining show in NYC yet, Terminal 5 on July 24. Dream poppers Wild Nothing will be providing support at the show. Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/24) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with some videos of Father John Misty's set at Coachella yesterday (4/21), below...
photos by Wei Shi
Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 is currently going down in Indio, CA for its second weekend after kicking off this past Friday (4/19). We've already posted pics of day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE) from weekend 1, and now we've got pictures of day 1 from weekend 2 in this post. This time around we caught sets by Passion Pit, Earl Sweatshirt, Polica, Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, (who were joined by Danny Brown, whose new album they appear on), Foals, Modest Mouse, Alt-J and more.
Check out more pictures from 4/19, along with a "Coachellavated" video of the festival filmed from the top of director Chris Crutchfield's head and a video of Passion Pit's full set from weekend 1, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Did you have a good time at Coachella last weekend? If so, did you catch as many bands as our photographer (pics from day 1 HERE and HERE, day 2, day 3)? Hopefully you caught a rare surprise performance from the "Coachella Rave Dad" while you were there, making his first known appearance at the festival. Check out video -- via Vine -- of his amazing dance set below.
If you missed Coachella Rave Dad the first time around, maybe he'll be back for Weekend 2 so keep an eye out. He'll be the one killing it in the crowd with the wraparound shades and flip flops, just like in the videos below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr, the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.
It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.
It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]
Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis
The Stone Roses @ Coachella, 4/12/2013
The biggest surprise of the day, however, came with the Stone Roses. As you approached the main stage the crowd seemed smaller and smaller until you realised that - with barely 10 minutes before showtime - it was quite possible to walk all the way up to the front barriers. Things did fill up slightly by the time Ian Brown et al emerged but there was something strange about seeing this most iconic of bands shuffling through Fools Gold to a crowd one fifth of the size of Tegan and Sara's next door. It's hard to say if the band themselves were off form - this could have been the exact same performance as their Heaton Park show, yet without the frenzied atmosphere of their fans the whole thing fell a bit flat. Any band who sing I Wanna Be Adored demand to be the main event ... and when they're not? Well, it's yet another perfect example of the need for music to suit its surroundings. - [The Guardian]The Stone Roses played their first American show since 1995 as Friday night headliners at Coachella (4/12). Well the whole "Who the hell are the Stone Roses?" tweets seemed prophetic as the veteran (and much loved in some circles) Manchester band played, reportedly, to about 5000 people on the main Coachella stage Friday night. It was certainly noble of Coachella to treat their reunion as one deserving the top line on the first released poster, even if didn't translate into sheer numbers.
That said, those in attendance were a "dedicated crowd," most of whom had waited nearly two decades to see the band in America. Opening with their classic "I Wanna Be Adored," the band's 11-song set hit most of their short discography's highlights, including "Fool's Gold," "Waterfall," "She Bangs the Drums," and epic rock-out "I Am the Resurrection" which closed their set. (No "Elephant Stone" or, more crucially, "What the World is Waiting For," though.) You can watch video of "Fools Gold" and "Made of Stone" below. The band sounded great. As for frontman Ian Brown's vocals...the band sounded great.
Their two Coachella sets (the second being this Friday [4/19)]) and a show in Mexico City last week (4/9) are the only North American shows the band have for now. Setlist, more pictures (originally posted on BV Chicago), and videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
Disclosure w/ Jessie Ware at Coachella 2013 (via John Fransella)
We recently mentioned that Baauer dropped his remix of a currently unreleased Disclosure and Jessie Ware track during his set at Coachella 2013, and in related but even more exciting news, later on when Disclosure played, they brought out Jessie Ware to sing lead on their remix of her song, "Running." It's as awesome as you'd expect it to be. Check out a video of the on-stage collaboration, along with videos of "White Noise," "Boiling," "Tenderly," and a new song from their Coachella set, below.
by Andrew Sacher
"thanks everyone for the kind words today.
really fun show and festival." - Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings at Coachella 2013 (via @kacytwist)
Cloud Nothings played Coachella 2013 yesterday (4/14) as a three-piece (we hope this doesn't mean Joe left the band!) and dished out six tracks from 2012's excellent Attack on Memory, in addition to two new great sounding new songs (also heard at SXSW). Watch a video of their entire set, along with a picture of the setlist, below.
Japandroids at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Governors Ball after parties are being planned to happen across various venues in NYC, and it's just been announced that one of those happens on Friday, June 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Japandroids. Doors for the show are at 11 PM and the show starts at 11:30. This show will be almost exactly a year since Japandroids last played Music Hall of Williamsburg, but they've gotten way bigger since, so it should be a pretty intimate (aka sweaty) show for the band at this point. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (4/19) at noon.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday of Governors Ball are still available. If you're planning on going to Governors Ball and trying to make the afterparty, Kings of Leon headline the fest that night if that helps in decision-making.
Japandroids are over on the West Coast right now for Coachella 2013, which they played over the weekend, and some shows with Cloud Nothings. Check out a video of the band playing "Fire's Highway" at the festival, along with their updated tour schedule, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Polica w/ Justin Vernon at Coachella 2013 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
At Coachella 2013 this past week, Polica were joined on stage by singer Channy Channy Leaneagh's Gayngs bandmate Justin Vernon (who was there not with Bon Iver, but with his side project The Shouting Matches) to play a new track, "TIff," which they've just released the studio version of. It's a great track that should appeal to any fans of their debut album, Give You the Ghost, and it probably comes as no surprise that Justin's cameo fits the song perfectly. The track will appear on their second album, which is due at some point this year. Meanwhile, you can stream it below and purchase it on iTunes. Also below are videos of Polica playing "Wandering Star" and "Amongster" at Coachella.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Sigur Ros / Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized
"It was a mixed bag for veteran acts on Saturday. On one hand, The Evens, featuring ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi man Ian MacKaye, drew a respectable (and respectful) Gobi Tent crowd early in the day; the Descendents' influential melodic-punk found a fairly large following at the Outdoor Theatre under the stars; and New Order brought a solid throng along for its night-capping Mojave Tent performance (despite going up against headlining Phoenix and post-rock favorites Sigur Rós, among others). But reunited D.C. garage-soul outfit The Make-Up, underground hip-hop icon El-P and British ska survivors The Selecter played to some of the weekend's sparsest audiences in the Gobi Tent." [Las Vegas Weekly]Coachella 2013, now streaming live, continued on Saturday with the previously discussed sets by Phoenix (and R Kelly) and The Postal Service (Jenny Lewis included), as well as Sigur Ros, Bat For Lashes, Major Lazer, Descendents, 2 Chainz, Savages, The Evens, and many more. Pictures from Friday are HERE and HERE.
UPDATE: Pictures from Sunday are HERE.
Saturday photos are in this post and continue below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Phoenix, who were recently in NYC, made their way over to California where they played a pre-Coachella show at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Thursday (pictures on BV Austin) before hitting Coachella last night (4/13). During their Coachella set (pictures in this post), they brought out R. Kelly to sing the lyrics to "Ignition" over Phoenix's "1901." The collaboration also included parts of Phoenix's "Chloroform" and R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt." Check out a video of that performance with more pictures of Phoenix below.
More pictures of Phoenix at Coachella, the video and some R Kelly tour dates below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Postal Service brought their reunion tour (with Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis in tow) to Coachella last night (4/13). The tour's in support of the 10th anniversary reissue of their only album, Give Up, and they played 8 of its 10 original songs, switching out "Recycled Air" and "Natural Anthem" for "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around," both of which appear as previously-unreleased tracks on the reissue (listen on Spotify). Check out a video of their full set, along with more pictures from the show and the setlist below.
Postal Service pics, video and setlist below...
Stone Roses / How to Destroy Angels / Johnny Marr
Friday's lineup was teeming with such line-jumpers, performing with various degrees of laurel-resting. Early in the day came the Shouting Matches, a shambolic blues-esque outfit whose sales pitch is that it includes Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The group took almost a half-hour for sound check, and its set was almost as loose. Mr. Vernon, such a precise and processed singer in Bon Iver, was here far more at ease, pushing his vocals no harder than the amiable songs demanded.There was also Divine Fits (Britt Daniel of Spoon + Dan from Wolf Parade), Deathfix (Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums), Grinderman with Nick Cave, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, Trent Reznor of NIN in How to Destroy Angels (who made their live debut days earlier), Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys with his band The Guantanamo School of Medicine, and more. And of course reunions and britrock galore with Blur, The Stone Roses, Sparks, and Jurassic 5 all also playing Friday. Here are our pictures from day one (which do not include Polica, but check out our instagram for a shot of Justin Vernon joining them on stage).
Later, in the dance-centric Sahara tent, Dog Blood performed a loud but not thunderous set. It's a collaborative project of Skrillex and Boys Noize, and does not quite live up to Skrillex's typical punishment or Boys Noize's characteristic exuberance.
Day One pics continue at BV Chicago and below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Jónsi of Sigur Rós @ Cedar Park Center - 4/10/2013
If you've been reading BV regularly or other music sites in the past week, you are aware that Coachella 2013 starts today (4/12), the first of two mostly identical weekends of music and extreme heat in Indio, CA. The fun/sweating starts at noon PDT and you can stream it live too. One of the big acts performing is Sigur Ros, who'll headline the Outdoor Theatre stage on Saturday (4/13). On their way to Coachella, the Icelandic band's tour stopped in Austin on Wednesday (4/10) for a show at Cedar Park Center. The night opened with frontman Jonsi playing solo behind a giant mesh curtain while projections illuminated the fabric. The curtain dropped and the rest of the band appeared for their set which was pretty identical to what other cities (like NYC at MSG) have gotten. Quite a show.
Setting a relaxed mood for the evening was opener Oneohtrix Point Never. Check out more pictures from the Austin show, plus the setlist and current tour schedule, below...
Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lindsay Lohan and others who love watching band after band for three days in a row in the sweltering sun rejoice! The first weekend of Coachella 2013 is here, and with set times even. Luckily for those of us who hate the sun, the festival is also available in a dfiferent form from the comfort of our own computer screens. Stream it live at YouTube. Check out the complete three day, three channel schedule, below...
photos by Lina Shteyn
The 2 Bears @ LPR
The day before Hot Chip's show at Roseland Ballroom, singer Joe Goddard and cohort Raf Rundell brought their 2 Bears party machine DJ set to Le Poisson Rouge (4/8). Opening were another DJ duo, Ladies Night (aka Liv Spencer of Still Going / House of House, and Geoff Renaud). Did you go? If so how was it?
By the way, how was Hot Chip last night?
The 2 Bears will be at Coachella this weekend, playing Saturday afternoon (4/13) right after BBC DJ Zane Lowe's set on the Yuma Stage. Ladies Night will be there too, spinning tunes before Jamie xx on Sunday afternoon (4/14, Yuma Stage). That's according to the just-announced, conflict-filled set times. Same goes for the second Coachella weekend as well. Hot Chip are playing too, of course (Saturday evening, Coachella Stage).
More pics from LPR are below.
Get there early on Friday to see Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver's new-sort-of band.
Good luck trying to catch The Stone Roses and Trent Reznor's new project How to Destroy Angels.
Sucks if you were hoping to catch Phoenix, New Order and Sigur Ros.
OMD vs Wu-Tang vs Nick Cave.
Lindsay Lohan in practical desert wear at Coachella 2012
During the last minute plea talks between Lindsay Lohan's attorney, Mark Heller, and prosecutors handling her lying to cops case, the wayward actress told him to keep her out of rehab until AFTER the Coachella music festival so she could attend...The online site is hinting that it may be related to a budding romance that LiLo has with an "NYC musician and club promoter," but that is just supposition. Or maybe she's just trying to fit in one last desert party before the rehab gets its hooks in her. #priorities
"Lindsay was adamant that she not be forced to go to rehab until after the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the Palm Springs area on successive weekends in April. Lindsay LOVES going to the musical festival, and she's determined to go this year. She didn't want a little thing like rehab to get in her way of attending. Linds refused to sign off on any deal that would have prevented her from going to Coachella, period. Yes, it's that important to her, for some strange reason," -[RadarOnline]
by Bill Pearis
Well we had kind of been touring in different ways since 'Little Beethoven' time. We've been doing a lot of theatrical things to kind of expand on what we were doing as a band, we were using a lot of projections and computer sounds and all sorts of things to kind of.. we felt that we had taken the band approach as far as we could and we kind of wanted to make things as big and theatrical as we possibly could. We kind of felt that we had taken that as far as it could be taken so we thought that the only next semi-logical approach was to really go in the opposite direction and to try and do something just as a two piece with no computers and have even the appearance of the thing being less of a grand scale. The other side of it is that we didn't want it to be mellow at all, we wanted it to have the same aggression that we had in the previous state. In Los Angeles we went through.. we originally had about 50 songs and we just tried to figure out what worked out best doing it like this. It was hard to figure out keyboard parts which would compensate for all kinds of guitars and computers and that sort of thing. These are the ones that we thought worked best that way. - Ron Mael [Clash Music]Legendary avant-pop duo Sparks are playing Coachella next month and are making a tour out of it. That includes a show in NYC at Highline Ballroom on April 25. Tickets are still available.
The show is part of their "Two Hands, One Mouth" tour where Ron and Russell Mael strip down their 40-year catalog to just keybords and voice. Video of that tour's stop in Olso last year -- featuring their classic "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" -- is below. Sparks' most recent album is 2009's The Seduction of Igman Bergman, which is finds them as wonderfully strange as ever.
All Sparks North American tour dates are listed below...
German house vets Booka Shade will be in North America this spring for both weekends of teh Ultra Music Festival in Miami in March. In between the two weekends, the duo of Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier will play an NYC show at Irving Plaza on March 19. Tickets to that show go on Live Nation and Music Geeks presale on Thursday (2/14) with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/15) at 10 AM.
Booka Shade will also be in America for both weekends of Coachella. Their most recent release is the Haleshop EP which you can stream below and download via their website for the price of your email address.
Tour dates and EP stream are below...
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Foals' new album, Holy Fire, is out next week (Feb. 12) and that's the cover art above. A logical progression from 2010's excellent Total Life Forever, the new album finds the band going from widescreen to Cinemascope while remaining danceable. The band will be streaming Holy Fire on their website beginning at 3:30 PM today (2/7), where it will play through three times and then be gone.
Meanwhile, you can check out videos from the album's two singles, "Inhaler" and "My Number," below. Foals will also be playing Coachella this year, though no other North American dates have been announced yet.
Jessie Ware @ Bowery Ballroom, 1/17/2013 (more by Jason Bergman)
Jessie Ware is movin' on up. She just played here last month and is has just announced another round of North American tour dates with two NYC: April 3 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 5 at Webster Hall. Tickets for Webster Hall go on AmEx presale on Wednesday (2/6) at noon with the regular on-sale happening Friday (2/8) at noon. No word on MHOW just yet.
From NYC, Jessie heads to the West Coast finishing up at both weekends of Coachella 2013. A list of all North American dates, plus video of Jessie at The Brit Awards, are below.
Check out the dates, Coachella, Irving Plaza and Music Hall of Williamsburg included (ticket info forthcoming), below...