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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...

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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.


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"

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 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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

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...

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Coachella (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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?

Coachella lost and found

We're just about three months past the end of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2013 (and hopefully you have your tickets to Coachella 2014 already). That means the Coachella Lost & Found is going to donate your stuff to charity if you don't claim it quick! Are those your glasses pictured above? Lost them while raving, dad? Missing keys, bags, phones, cameras or anything else? Hurry up and take a look.

Meanwhile, speaking of festivals, Lollapalooza 2013 is less than a month away and Pitchfork Fest 2013 is this weekend!

Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

Coachella wrapped up another successful year this past April, and they've just announced the dates for their 2014 installment of the festival. Weekend one happens from April 11-13, 2014 and weekend two happens from April 18-20. An advance sale for the 2014 festival begins at Coachella's site on Friday (5/24) at 1 PM EST.

photos by Wei Shi

Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 3
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 3
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 3

After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.

We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.

In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).

More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...

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photos by Wei Shi

New Order / The xx / Danny Brown
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 2
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 2

Weekend 2 of Coachella 2013 continued on Saturday (4/20), and this time around we caught sets by New Order, The xx, Hot Chip, Danny Brown (who debuted a new Rustie-produced track, "Dope Song," during his set which you can watch a video of below), Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Janelle Monae and more. Pictures of Weekend 2 Day 2 are in this post.

In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).

More Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2 pictures and the Danny Brown video below...

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photos by Wei Shi, words by Andrew Sacher

Janelle @ Coachella
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 2

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...

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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...

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Father John Misty at Coachella 2013 weekend 1 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Father John Misty

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...

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photos by Wei Shi

Passion Pit / Alt-J / Purity Ring & Danny Brown / crowd
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1
Coachella 2013 - Week 2 in Pictures - Day 1

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...

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Coachella Rave Dad

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.

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3
Coachella 2013, Day 3

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.

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]

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.

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.

Pictures from day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures from day 2 are HERE. More day 3 Coachella pictures below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Bill Pearis

The Stone Roses @ Coachella, 4/12/2013
Stone Roses

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...

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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.

In case you haven't been keeping up with our Coachella coverage, pictures of Day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures of Day 2 are HERE, and pictures of Day 3 are HERE.

Videos below...

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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

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.

In case you haven't been keeping up with our Coachella coverage, pictures of Day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures of Day 2 are HERE, and pictures of Day 3 are HERE.

Video below...

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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...

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