Entries tagged with: Coachella
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...
Trent Reznor's title-case-adverse project How to destroy angels_ have been teasing us with singles and EPs but are plotting a full length coming out this spring. On March 5, the band -- which features Reznor's wife Mariqueen Maandig and soundtrack collaborator Atticus Ross -- will release their debut album, Welcome oblivion, via Columbia. That's the cover art to the vinyl version above; the CD will have different artwork. The vinyl also has a couple extra tracks not on the CD/digital release and the song order varies between formats as well. Track lists for both are below
The group have also released the video for single "How long?" which was directed by talented collective Shynola, who have helmed clips for Radiohead, Junior Senior and Blur, not to mention title sequences for The IT Crowd and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. You can watch the video below.
A month or so after the album's release, How to destroy angels_ will make their live debut at Coachella 2013, which is now sold-out.
Coachella (more by David Andrako)
Tickets for the first weekend of this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival reportedly sold out within 15 minutes, even as computer users reported widespread issues in attempting to purchase weekend passes.Coachella announced the lineup for days ago.
Long wait times and site crashes plagued those attempting to purchase tickets for the more-in-demand April 12 weekend of the desert festival in Indio, Calif. Tickets for the weekend of April 19 still appeared available at the time of this posting.
There was, however, a happy ending for many. Tickets for April 12 continued to be purchased up to two hours after they were said to be sold out. It's not entirely uncommon for tickets to reenter the purchase queue after an event is said to be sold out, as not everyone who places tickets in an online shopping cart will ultimately buy them. [LA Times]
I have to admit I did wonder a bit if enough people actually knew who Blur and The Stone Roses were when I saw them placed very prominently on top of this year's Coachella lineup. Then we just came across this Tumblr which reinforces the idea that maybe the Stone Roses, like Arcade Fire (at the Grammys) and Bonny Bear before them, are not exactly part of the mainstream consciousness.
P.S., as the above-pictured tweet reinforces, The Rolling Stones did not end up being a part of this year's Coachella lineup, despite that weird date that showed up momentarily on their app.
We briefly mentioned in our post of bands reuniting at Coachella 2013, LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are reuniting after breaking up in 2007 (one year after the release of their fourth album, Feedback). There's no insight yet as to whether or not this reunion will go beyond the Coachella slot but fingers crossed! They play on the Fridays (April 12 and 19).
Another big one on the lineup is Wu-Tang Clan, who play the Sundays of the festival (April 14 and 21). This one's not exactly a "reunion," like Jurassic 5 is, but it's worth noting that while Wu-Tang Clan members play shows a lot, it's not every day that they all join forces on stage.
Other rappers at the festival include Aesop Rock and Earl Sweatshirt on the Fridays, and El-P, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, 2 Chainz, and Theophilus London on the Saturdays. R&B singer Janelle Monae also plays on the Saturdays.
A classic Jurassic 5 video below...
Violent Femmes, who called it quits in 2009, appeared on the lineup announcement. Unlike Blur or The Stone Roses, this is the first we're hearing about them getting back together, so hopefully we'll get some more shows from them. They last played NYC in 2007. Some classic Violent Femmes videos are below.
It wasn't even two full years ago that Nick Cave said he was done with his Grinderman project for a while, and we know that The Bad Seeds are back this year (and also playing Coachella), but he's got Grinderman on the lineup too. Grinderman plays day 1 and the Bad Seeds play day 3.
One of Ian Svenonius' many bands, The Make-Up, reunited last year and played ATP NYC, and they're also included on this year's Coachella lineup. Meanwhile, you can catch Ian in NYC on his book tour tonight (1/25) at LPR and Monday (1/28) at WORD Bookstore.
New Order (without Peter Hook) made their live return last year, and after releasing their "lost" album, Lost Sirens, this year, they were announced for Coachella as well. The way things have been going, we probably can't count on Hook being there, but like Ian Svenonius, you can catch him in NYC on Monday (1/28) for his book talk.
Fellow new wave icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (aka OMD) returned in 2010 and they're promising a new album out on April 9, just before Coachella begins. They've also talked about a North American tour, which presumably will be announced soon with dates surrounding the festival.
Dead Can Dance have been back for a bit too, having released a new album, Anastasis, and gone on a tour last year, and they'll be at Coachella this year as well. They're also playing Primavera Sound and just launched a video competition.
Two-Tone legends The Selector (they shared a side of the label's first-ever 7") will play as well. The band have reformed a few times over the years, with different members offer rival versions of the band. Singer Pauline Black and Gaps Hendrickson feature in the line-up coming to Coachella.
And maybe most surprsingly on this list of Coachella reunions is The Three O'Clock who were intregral in the '80s "paisley underground" scene in Los Angeles. Fronted by bassist Michael Querico, the band made 1985's cult classic Arrive Without Traveling, ended up signed to Prince's Paisley Park records where they made one album before breaking up in 1988.
LA hip hop collective Jurassic 5 are also reuniting for Coachella. More on that and other hip hop at this year's festival coming later.
Violent Femmes videos below...
Blur at Hyde Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Last night, the Coachella 2013 lineup was announced, and as usual, there are some exciting reunions planned for the festival.
After we thought Blur might be done with their reunion without ever having played the US, they announced plans for 2013 and now we finally know that Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming.
Fellow britpop legends The Stone Roses have also been reunited for a bit and Coachella is their first scheduled US date since reforming as well. The band have only ever played a handful of U.S. shows in the first place, most of those without original drummer Reni. They played there hometown shows last summer, and if you missed it, you can check out videos, the setlist, and a review HERE.
Since reuniting, and even before, people have been speculating and hoping that Blur and The Stone Roses would play Coachella, and now both bands are not only finally playing the same year, but co-headlining the Friday(s) of the festival (April 12 and 19). Some videos of both bands' 2012 reunions below...
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photos by Greg Cristman
Hot Chip / Grimes / people dancing
Before the new year, we posted pictures of day 1 of the second of two S.S. Coachella cruises (this being the one that set sail from Jamaica). Now here's a set of pics of day 2 which includes Grimes, Hot Chip, and Bang & Olufsen which was a "secret" performance by Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and touring member Rob Smoughton (aka Grovesnor) who played at the ship's small bar at 2:30 AM.
The second day also featured Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp, who played the first day) who gave a surprise presentation of his lyircs book, Mother, Brother, Lover, plus Tokimonsta and more. Check out more shots from day 2 of the cruise below.
photos by Greg Cristman, reviews by Nathan Stout
James Murphy, El-P, Jarvis Cocker
The second of two S.S. Coachella cruises set sail off the coast of Jamaica last week (12/19) and returned on Sunday (12/23). (The first set sail from the Bahamas on 12/16.)
Day 1, pictured in this post, was headlined by reunited britpop greats Pulp and also included sets by The Rapture, Cloud Nothings, James Murphy (DJ), El-P, Simian Mobile Disco, and others. We didn't catch Grimes on day 1 but pictures of her set at day 2 are on the way. Killer Mike also played day 1 but unfortunately we missed him. The venues on the cruise were all pretty intimate, which was especially great for Pulp fans who got to see them in a 1,400 capacity theater with great lighting. The other venues had darker lighting but the sound and intimacy made up for any other shortcomings.
Before S.S. Coachella, Pulp played a hometown show in Sheffield where they gave their fans Christmas cards which sent them to this link, which was activated with a download to a new song on Christmas Eve at midnight, according to Pulp fansite Bar Italia. The song was actually a re-recording of an old Pulp demo, "After You," and it was done with fellow S.S. Coachella sailor James Murphy.
Writer Nathan Stout was aboard the cruise as well and he told us a bit about Pulp's set:
A neon sign reading 'PULP' in huge letters swings back and forth on stage as Jarvis Cocker rips off another piece of clothing. He shakes his hips then falls on his back, puts his forearm on his brow, squirms, and thrusts the air...all to the pleasure of hundreds of screaming fans. It is the first night of the S.S. Coachella. We are front and center, proudly wearing our neon hats. Only a few feet separate us from Jarvis and Pulp. We are drunk (but not belligerent or reckless) and living in the moment; every ridiculous moment. We dance. We yell. We exchange glances of excitement and approval. Welcome to music fan heaven. Welcome aboard the S.S. Coachella!He also wrote about the ship itself...
The Celebrity Silhouette is largest and newest of the Celebrity Cruise Lines' fleet. The vessel weighs a whopping 122,400 tons and holds 2886 people. It was obviously built with luxury in mind. There are two large swimming pools on the top deck, four hot tubs, a lawn made of real grass, chairs, hammocks, basketball courts, a theater, restaurants, clubs, food everywhere, drinks everywhere, and as many servants as cruise patrons. Aboard this ship we lived like rock stars for four glorious days.You can stream the Pulp song and check out more pics from day 1 of S.S. Coachella below...
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 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...