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Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones, who played Prudential Center last night (12/13) with guests Mick Taylor and John Mayer, and will play again Saturday night (12/15) with guests Mick Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Lady Gaga (that one streams live via pay-per-view) may have just revealed that they'll be playing Coachella 2013. The screenshot above is of the tour page on Rolling Stones official iPhone app, which no longer lists Coachella but luckily multiple fans caught the Stones red-handed (via Rolling Stone). And if you're wondering what that Huntington, NY show is, it's just a movie theatre showing a screening of The Rolling Stones: The Ron Wood Years later this month.

The Stones join Sigur Ros, Atoms for Peace, Passion Pit and many others on the speculated list for this year's Coachella festival which goes down from April 12-14 and again from April 19-21. Any other guesses?

Bjork

Bjork posted the following message to her website last week:

A few years ago doctors found a vocal polyp on me chords ... i decided to go the natural way and for 4 years did stretches and tackled it with different foods and what not . then they discovered better technology and i got tempted into hi tech lazer stuff and i have to say , in my case anyway : surgery rocks ! i stayed quiet for 3 weeks and then started singing and definitely feel like my chords are as good as pre nodule ! it´s been very satisfying to sing all them clear notes again . im sorry i had to cancel stuff earlier in the year , didnt want to talk about this until i knew for sure if it would work . so looking forward to singing for you in 2013 all the warmth ,björk.
That sounds like good news! The Independent has even more:
"[Bjork]is now considering adopting the fan-funding model to raise money to reprogram Biophilia for Android. "It was always our target that it wouldn't be a coffee-table thing for rich kids. We are going to go to Paris in February and the West Coast of the States in the spring. And then we could go to South Central. And teach them about scales and chords. I'm kidding... No, I'm not, actually!""
The article also points out that her new favorite band is Death Grips who are responsible for two remixes on her new Biophilia remix album.

The France Biophilia shows were officially announced today. Check out the exact dates and venues below. The "West Coast of the States" dates mentioned above, have still not been announced, but perhaps there is some Coachella in her future? If so, and Sigur Ros in fact are playing too, it will be a good year for fans of Icelandic music. Oh, and she told NY Mag earlier this year, when she was in NYC for her residency here, that she was planning on San Francisco (which would fit nicely between Coachella's two weekends).

More info on Paris below...

Continue reading "Bjork had vocal surgery, announces Paris shows, loves Death Grips, planning more US gigs (maybe Coachella?)"

Sigur Ros at Prospect Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sigur Ros

As we just posted, Sigur Ros are heading out on their biggest, most-ambitious tour of their career next year, including Madison Square Garden on March 25. The tour wraps up on the West Coast in April, with convenient availability during Coachella 2013's two weekends (4/12-14, 4/19-21). Hmmmm.

Who else do you think might be playing this year?

Per Consequence of Sound, two acts have confirmed their slots on the 2013 fest in interviews. They are EDM artists Kill the Noise and Paul Kalkbrenner. For various reasons, CoS also speculates that Atoms For Peace, Local Natives, Passion Pit, Tegan and Sara, and Wu-Tang Clan all might be playing.

Sigur Ros's full list of international tour dates is below.

Continue reading "Sigur Ros playing Coachella 2013? Who else?"

Morrissey

In an interview with Herald Sun (via FACT), Morrissey claims that Coachella offered to go "100% vegetarian" if he would reunite with Johnny Marr and headline the festival as The Smiths:

At Coachella a few years you complained about the waft of burning flesh from a nearby barbeque. Has that been a problem since at outdoor shows?

Not at all, and interestingly the agents for Coachella offered a 100-per-cent vegetarian event for the following year if I would agree to headline with Johnny Marr as the Smiths. Fascinatingly they made it clear that they would 'not require' the Smiths' bass player or drummer ... which I thought certainly said something.

The Moz always has to get in a little barb at Smiths rhythm section Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke, doesn't he? For more on the Smiths, you can pick up the October issue of MOJO which details the band's formation. And of course Morrissey will be in NYC next week for three sold out shows on his upcoming tour.

AEG

"Anschutz Co is considering the sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), whose portfolio of assets ranges from sports teams to concert venues, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Owned by billionaire Phillip Anschutz, AEG owns a concert division called AEG Live that ranks as the nation's second-largest show promoter behind Live Nation Entertainment (LYV.N), controlling such venues as London's famous O2 arena and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Its other assets include the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the L.A. Galaxy soccer team.

A sale of AEG could fetch several billion dollars, the source said.

This is not the first time that Anschutz has explored a sale of some or all of AEG. In 2008, IAC's (IACI.O) Ticketmaster and Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) came close to acquiring 49 percent of the AEG Live concert division for roughly $400 million. But those talks eventually flamed out and Ticketmaster went on to merge with Live Nation." [Reuters]

AEG Live owns Goldenvoice who does Coachella, handles tours like Justin Bieber, Leonard Cohen, and Paul McCartney, and owns/runs venues around the country like Best Buy Theater in NYC where it also exclusively books the new Williamsburg Park. They got a lot of press after Michael Jackson died. The LA Times focuses their story on AEG's ownership of the Kings and Staples Center, and points out that "other bidders could include Madison Square Garden Co., which owns the iconic New York sports arena and the Knicks basketball team, sports consultant Ganis said."

AEG recently partnered with C3, owner of Lolla and ACL, to buy Front Gate Tickets.

Coachella

We are excited to introduce the inaugural S.S. COACHELLA - two separate sailings with the same great line up. S.S. COACHELLA is a rare opportunity to see artists in an intimate setting. Choose from two exotic itineraries aboard the luxury cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette:
o Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, December 16-19, 2012 or
o Fort Lauderdale to Jamaica, December 19-23, 2012.
S.S. Coachella goes on sale Saturday at 10am PDT.

Coachella

Concert cruises are all the rage lately, and this is in fact real.

Indio, CA music festival Coachella continues for two weekends in April, 2013. But just because they've decided to keep the fest in Indio, doesn't mean they can't take it on a couple of cruises as well. As seen in the picture above, S.S. Coachella will set set sail off of the Bahamas from December 16-19 and off of Jamaica from December 19-23. The lineup (thus far at least) includes Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, James Murphy (DJ set), Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Killer Mike, El-P, Sleigh Bells, Father John Misty, and more.

Holy Ship sails in January too.

Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

As mentioned earlier this week, Coachella were threatening to move their location out of Indio, CA due to a proposed tax from the city. That proposal has since been dropped. A letter on the city of Indio's website from Council Member Ascencion "Sam" Torres reads:

Indio, Calif., (July 5, 2012) - Today, Council Member Ascencion "Sam" Torres announced the decision to suspend activity on the proposed admission tax ballot initiative. Along with the committee, his efforts were based on the desire to generate additional revenue to support city services in these tough economic times.

According to Council Member Torres, "the potential for the music festivals to move out of the city exists, and if this should occur it would negatively impact the region; I cannot in good conscience allow this to happen no matter how dire the city's circumstances." Mr. Torres adds, "My sincere hope is that we can now move past this episode and I personally look forward to working to enhance relationships."

"I applaud Mr. Torres' decision and thank him for putting the city's long term prosperity first," said Indio Mayor, Glenn Miller. "We are committed to working with Goldenvoice to identify mutually beneficial solutions to ensure that the music festival economic engine stays in Indio and continues to boost the regional economy," continued Mayor Miller.

The music promoters commitment to Indio and the Coachella Valley have gone far beyond the music world as they support several important charitable, non-profit, civic, and arts organizations in the region. In addition, Goldenvoice has gradually become a major regional employer through its festivals for the months of March and April and their festivals have resulted in millions of dollars in revenue to support the local community.

Coachella 2013 (April 12 - 14 and April 19 - 21) and more to follow will go on as planned.

Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Coachella

"Promoters of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, two of America's premier music events, are threatening to move the shows -- possibly out of the Coachella Valley -- if a proposed admissions tax is enacted by the host city.

Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett said next year's festivals would be the last in Indio.

The threat comes in response to a string of text messages obtained by The Desert Sun in which Goldenvoice vice president Skip Paige tells an Indio official that organizers are seriously considering moving the festival out of the city.

Polo club owner Alex Haagen III said he and Goldenvoice would build a new venue somewhere else.

"If the tax initiative of putting $4million to $6 million onto Coachella gets on the ballot," said Tollett, "we're going to take off 2014; 2015 we'll be at a new facility outside of Indio." [Desert Sun]

Coachella 2013 is currently scheduled for April 12 - 14 and then April 19 - 21.

Coachella

As hinted at last week, Coachella just announced initial details of its 2013 events that, like they did this year, happen on two consecutive weekends: April 12 - 14 and then April 19 - 21. Advance passes go on sale starting Thursday, May 17 at 10AM PDT. Details -- including price plans and other things -- are at Coachella's website.

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"PSSSSST....... PASS IT ON", says Coachella.

by Andrew Sacher

Badbadnotgood

Jazz leaning instrumental hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, made up of pianist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski, released their second album, BBNG2, last month for free on their website. Their first album, live material, and singles, are also all available for free on their bandcamp.

The new album's got live instrument/jazzy takes on Odd Future (who they've collaborated with), James Blake, My Bloody Valentine, and Kanye West instrumentals, and a handful of originals as well. And if those covers just sound like a way for the group to get our attention...I can't say it isn't working. These kids (the whole band is under 21) can really play and the arrangements are tight. Also, somebody tell them to do a Death Grips track on their next record.

BADBADNOTGOOD have some dates coming up including a NYC show at TONIGHT (5/4) at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ Still Life. Tickets are available.

They recently played Coachella (but weren't part of the initial lineup announcement) and while they were there they also did some backing for Frank Ocean during his set. Check out videos of them from Coachella, along with music videos, other live videos, and a session with Tyler, the Creator below, along with all dates...

Continue reading "BADBADNOTGOOD touring (NYC tonight), cover James Blake, My Bloody Valentine & Odd Future (who they also play with)"

Mazzy Star/Hope Sandoval @ Coachella Week 2 (more by David Andrako)
Mazzy Star

One of my all time most anticipated reunions happened earlier this month when Mazzy Star (a band, not a person) once again took the stage six times across California (two of those times were Coachella). The touring continues this summer with a few select shows and festivals in Europe - Oya, Primavera Sound, Field Day, Optimus Alive, and Way Out West included. All dates are listed below. While we patiently await for more North American dates to be announced, let's recap what the reunion has looked (and sounded) like so far.

To quote Wikipedia, "On October 12, 2011, [it was] confirmed the duo would release their first new material in fifteen years later that same month. The double a-sided single 'Common Burn/'Lay Myself Down' was released digitally on October 31, 2011. A limited edition blue-coloured 7" vinyl was also announced for release on November 8, though a manufacturing delay resulted in its release being pushed back to January 24, 2012. Their fourth studio album is expected to be released in the latter half of 2012, following completion of a tour earlier in the year."

The first live show was April 6th in Petaluma, CA, and the live lineup for all six shows has been primary Mazzy Star writer, producer and band member David Roback along with vocalist Hope Sandoval, original keyboardist Suki Ewers, original drummer Keith Mitchell, and two more touring musicians playing bass and guitar: Paul McQuillan and Colm Ó Cíosóig. You also know Colm as the drummer of My Bloody Valentine and 1/2 of Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions (who were active again in 2009 and 2010).

The setlists were very similar at all the shows and ranged between 9 songs (Coachella week one) to 12 songs (Sacramento and Santa Cruz). The setlists included new/unreleased songs "Spoon" and "Flyin' Low", and every show got hit song "Fade Into You". Check out the exact setlists below.

Audio, video and pictures of the shows have been popping up, and I compiled a lot of it in this post too. Previously posted week 2 Coachella pics are HERE and week 1 Coachella pics are HERE. The rest, including bootleg links, full videos, the setlists and tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Mazzy Star reunion megapost - they played 6 shows in California (videos, bootlegs, setlists, pics, dates & more)"

by Klaus Kinski

Fred Armisen & a fan @ Coachella
Fred Armisen

Did you go to Coachella this year? I didn't. More importantly, just like he did back in February, Klaus favorite and Buzzcocks fan Fred Armisen will have another 3 Sunday long residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool! The shows will take place May 6, 13, and 20 and are currently on sale now!

photos by David Andrako

Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein & the Hives @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

"The second weekend brought record heat. Festival-goers jockeyed for patches of grass around the shaded perimeters. They pounded frozen lemonade at $6 a cup.

"It feels like a different world from last weekend," The Shins frontman James Mercer said. "It was Iceland last week."

While the weather forced some practical fashion choices, Coachella's sartorial influence was noted well beyond Indio. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne debated Coachella-inspired fashion trends, and the wider cultural significance of the festival, on the E! Channel program, "The Fashion Police."

Osbourne, a Coachella regular, proclaimed, "When you go to Coachella, all the girls are half-naked and 22." Rivers, who joked that she goes to Coachella, too, quipped, "If David Hasselhoff was there, this means officially Coachella is no longer cool."" [MYDesert.com]

How was your Coachella?

After DJing a party on Friday night and headlining with his band Radiohead on Saturday, Thom Yorke kept busy on Sunday by DJing a Rolling Stone pool party with Nigel Godrich, and then showing up as a not-so-surprise, special guest during Modeselektor's Sunday night set in the Mojave tent while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the main Coachella stage.

Modeselektor (pre-Thom) @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

You saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, all of last week, and of Dre & Snoop from yesterday (Sunday, 4/22/12). Here are the rest from yesterday, Coachella 2012's final day. More below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 3 pics (Modeselektor, Hives, Wild Flag, At the Drive-In, Le Butcherettes, Gotye, Beirut, more)"

photos by David Andrako

Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 3

"The biggest difference between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set tonight and last Sunday was that everyone knew about the Tupac Shakur hologram [or is it?] and had their smartphones and cameras ready to capture the hologram for "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."

Beyond that, the hip-hop legends delivered a parade of hip-hop stars again, including Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and Tony Yayo.
Kurupt didn't make the trip this week, though.

That being said, while the set list was just like last week, it still delivered in an epic way and was a fitting end to the most epic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival yet, one that saw the ever-popular taste-making pop culture event expand to two weekends with identical lineups." [PE]

Dre & Snoop once again closed down as weekend of Coachella 2012 last night (4/22), but this time for good. It also may be the last time we ever see hologram Tupac, according to Dre (though he doesn't seem that convincing). Watch him talk about it along with more pictures from (the first three songs of) their Sunday night festival set, below...

Continue reading "Dre & Snoop played Coachella with hologram Tupac again (possibly for the last time though) -- pics"

photos by David Andrako

"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS

hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 2

"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.

"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."

Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.

Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]

Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.

You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.

As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.

More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 2 pics (Radiohead, ASAP Rocky, Azealia Banks, Feist, Firehose, Grace Potter, Squeeze & more)"

Radiohead @ Coachella - 4/21/2012 (photo via tamaradhia)
Coachella

One night after Thom Yorke played a DJ set at the Ace Hotel, Radiohead played Coachella again (pictures HERE). This week's setlist was 21 songs vs. last week's 20. Order of songs aside, this week's crowd heard six different tunes. They got You And Whose Army?, Nude, Kid A, Feral, House of Cards, and Exit Music (for a film), but didn't hear Daily Mail, Myxomatosis, Identikit, Lucky, or Everything in Its Right Place. Check out the entire 4/21 setlist, below...

Continue reading "Radiohead's Coachella 2012 (week 2) setlist"

Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Thom Yorke @ Ace Hotel on 4/20 (via)
Yorke

As I type this, Radiohead just opened their second Saturday night Coachella headlining set in a row with "Bloom". I wonder how/if their setlist will vary from last week (pics from last time HERE). We'll know soon (update: we know now).

Meanwhile, check out the video of Thom Yorke DJing the Coachella Brainfeeder party with Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs last night (4/20), along with a video of Thom dancing during GK's set, below...

Continue reading "Thom Yorke DJ'd a Brainfeeder party @ Coachella w/ Flying Lotus & Gaslamp Killer (video & pics)"

John Fogerty with the Black Keys @ Coachella 2012
Fogerty

"...a special appearance from John Fogerty, making his Coachella debut (he's already co-headlined a night at Stagecoach). The Creedence Clearwater Revival legend, who played Woodstock alongside the Band back in '69, joined Dan & Pat for the day's second touching tribute to the late Levon Helm, with a warm and appreciative handling of "The Weight." Fogerty handled the final verse, Rick Danko's bit about Crazy Chester and Jack his dog; Auerbach called Helm, a crucial figure for roots-rock, "amazing and inspiring."

I had foolishly walked away to write this while listening to Explosions in the Sky at the Outdoor Theatre, which still smells like a 10-acre pot farm on fire well after that momentarily mesmerizing band left the stage. Things suddenly got quiet over here, I glanced to the right (thanks to a texted tip from faithful reader April McBride) and instantly caught the "take a load off, Annie" refrain ... then went SPRINTING back to the main.

It was SO worth the charley horse I have now. As was the Black Keys' finish, a ripping chant-along for "Lonely Boy" and another scorching finish with "I Got Mine." [OC Register]

Refused weren't the only ones paying tribute to Levon Helm at Coachella Friday (4/20). Watch the video of Fogerty covering "The Weight" with the Black Keys, below...

Continue reading "John Fogerty joined the Black Keys at Coachella for a Levon Helm tribute cover of "The Weight" (video)"

photos by David Andrako

Refused/Levon Helm RIP - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

The second week of Coachella 2012 (and unfortunately not streaming online this time around) kicked off on 4/20 and continues today, Saturday, Record Store Day...

Once again this year, Record Store Day will be a big part of the festival and is on Saturday, April 21st! ZIA will be celebrating in style by having great music exclusives and special RSD pieces available at the ZIA tent.

Well over 200 Record Store Day Exclusive releases will be available this year and on sale at the Zia tent on the second weekend of Coachella (April 20-22). Zia will also have a limited amount of RSD Exclusives from prior years available both weekends.

Many bands performing this year at Coachella will be releasing Record Store Day Exclusive pieces this year including The Black Keys, Santigold, Feist, The Hives, M83, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Refused, Miike Snow, Childish Gambino, Mike Watt, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Kimbra, Gary Clark Jr., Laura Marling, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Real Estate, M. Ward, Death Grips, fIREHOSE and St. Vincent.

We will also have a few exclusives that will only be available both weekends of Coachella. First is At The Drive-In's amazing Vaya EP is being repressed on colored vinyl and will be limited to only 500 copies. Also Ximena Sarinana will be releasing a Coachella only 7" limited to 500. More exclusives are in the works so stop by and check us out.

ZIA Records will be offering shipping for items purchased over both festival weekends. ZIA will also have an option for customers who would like to have their items put on hold in the comfy, cool ZIA tent.

More info on Record Store Day at Coachella HERE. More info on Record Store Day in general, HERE

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Mazzy Star/Frank Ocean - Friday @ Coachella
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1
Coachella 2012 - Second Week Day 1

This week we're mixing up the photo coverage a bit. We wouldn't normally go to a festival Pulp is playing and miss them, but after seeing them at Coachella last week and two times in NYC, it seemed like it would be better to give others on the five-stage lineup a chance. That's also why you won't find any Black Keys (who were joined by John Fogerty), Madness and Amon Tobin in this post. Unlike last week though, you will find Explosions in the Sky, WU LYF, Frank Ocean & Yuck. No Hasselhof this time, but David did spot Richie Sambora checking out Gary Clark Jr.. More pictures from Friday (4/20), below...

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Week 2 - Day 1 pics (Mazzy Star, Refused, M. Ward, M83, Dawes, EITS, Kendrick Lamar, WU LYF & more)"

what do you think happens next...
Slip n slide

Hard to grasp, but Coachella starts again today. The three-day California festival is making history by throwing an exact replica of their festival one week later, and as you might remember, both weekends sold out almost instantly. Unfortunately for those of us who can't attend, especially those of us stuck at desks today, Saturday or Sunday, the festival will not be streaming again this weekend. However, you can repeatedly watch this video of a poor girl on a slip-n-slide from Coachella last weekend, below...

Continue reading "Coachella begins again today. No webcast, but you can watch this girl on a Slip-n-Slide"

Tupac

"The "resurrection" of rapper Tupac Shakur wowed audiences at the Coachella music festival. But the illusion isn't a hologram, as some have reported -- it's actually a 2-dimensional video cleverly projected using technology based on an old theatre trick." [Roxanne Palmer @ IBTimes]
Not-hologram Tupac performed with Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre at Coachella over the weekend (and presumably will again at Coachella this coming weekend). Watch the video HERE.

And check out more pictures from Coachella HERE, HERE and HERE.

Continue reading "Hologram Tupac is not a hologram"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

dolphin rider / Wild Flag / At the Drive-In
Coachella 2012 - Day 3
Coachella 2012 - Day 3
Coachella 2012 - Day 3

"Weekend one of Coachella 2012 not only confirmed rock fans' rabid appetite for live music but reminded the music industry that the past is a lot closer than it used to be. There were no rock acts from the 1960s or early '70s on the bill. The look back was dedicated to Coachella's continuing affection for reuniting British bands from the late '70s and early '80s--this year, it was Buzzcocks, James, Madness, Pulp and Squeeze. Other reuniting bands on the bill included American alt-rock bands Firehose, Mazzy Star and At the Drive-In; and Refused, a punk group from Sweden that hadn't been heard from since 1998. One could argue that the "appearance" by the late Shakur was an admission that to become a musical force again, West Coast rap needs a resurrection. Though the beats conceived and developed by Dr. Dre, Shakur, Snoop Dogg and others are now woven into rock and pop's vocabulary, rap had little presence at Coachella 2012, save for the ingenuity of the late Sunday-night oldies show.

And if there was any doubt that electronic dance music is a dominating force, even if it's still underappreciated by the mainstream, Swedish House Mafia and Justice played the main stage. The big tent dedicated to dance music was rarely less than filled to a boisterous overflow." [Wall Street Journal]

It's actually hard to believe that after all that went on over the weekend THE EXACT SAME COACHELLA IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN. But back to last weekend for a second...

You already saw pictures from Friday and Saturday, video of an idiot falling off a wooden structure, watched Frank Ocean's set, and Azealia Banks's. The Weeknd's too. You saw Refused's setlist and some videos. You already know what At The Drive-In played on Sunday, and streamed their set in full after you were done watching Real Estate's and M83's, not to mention parts of Bon Iver's and Andrew Bird's. You're already well aware that Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg and many special guests headlined on Sunday, and you even saw the pictures of them and watched the Tupac hologram video. Now here are the rest of the Sunday pictures, and they continue, below....

Continue reading "Coachella 2012 Day 3 pics -- ATDI, Wild Flag, Justice, Hives, Weeknd, Fitz, Company Flow, Florence & the Machine & more)"

Refused @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Refused

One day before Coachella on Friday, the reunited Refused played a warm up show at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. At that more-intimate show, their first US show in fourteen years (but not their first reunion show), they played fourteen songs which is only one more than they played the next night to a giant crowd at the desert festival. OC Weekly was at the smaller gig:

"Introduced by foreboding background music that sent anticipation skyrocketing and lights perfectly set for an intimate rock 'n' roll show, Refused hit the stage to anxious claps and a powerfully active crowd. Beginning with "The Shape of Punk to Come" and the drum beat backed proclamation "Hey baby you never felt this good," the long awaited veterans set their sights and sharpened teeth on Pomona. Following this was another one of the band's beloved favorites, "The Refused Party Program," which transitioned itself perfectly to a twenty twelve live setting. In those first initial torrents of songs being performed, Lyxzen's energy expenditures were left without a penny unspent and the band's vise-tightened stranglehold on the fans and speakers was indestructible. "
Refused will now hang out in California and play San Francisco and then Coachella again next weekend before heading to NYC for two sold out shows at Terminal 5. They then return to North America for more touring over the summer with Off!. Tickets for the Brooklyn show at Williamsburg Park are still on sale.

You saw pictures from Coachella. Check out some live videos along with the setlists from both California shows so far, below...

Continue reading "Refused played the Glass House & Coachella (setlists/videos)"