Entries tagged with: Coachella
Coachella begins Friday and runs through Sunday and will be streaming live on YouTube on three channels (where you'll find the full webcast schedule posted).
The Weeknd, who makes his live debut next week at Coachella, and is also part of the just-announced Lollapalooza lineup, has announced a tour which he'll kick off after Coachella (like soon). That tour includes a pre-Lolla Chicago show and hits NYC on April 25 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 28 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those go on sale Thursday (tomorrow, 4/12) at
noon 10 am.
You can still download all three of The Weeknd's mixtapes at his website.
All dates and the video for "The Knowing" below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Gotye / Kimbra @ Webster Hall - 3/27/2012
New huge stars from Down Under, Gotye & Kimbra brought their sold out tour to Webster Hall in NYC last night (3/27), two nights after they did it at the bigger Terminal 5, and one night after Kimbra played her own small show at Mercury Lounge. Here are some pictures from the Webster show.
The tour, which is currently on its way north towards Canada, will continue west towards Coachella where Gotye will play the two-weekend festival on both April 15 & 22. Right before that, he'll head back to NYC (maybe with Kimbra) to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, April 14th (Josh Brolin is the host). But west coasters take note:
This special TV appearance has caused two changes to the original tour dates. Firstly, the show at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on April 12 has been moved to a bigger venue and rescheduled. You can now see Gotye at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, April 18. Tickets for the original date will be honored at the door. The general public can buy tickets on Friday, March 30. Please note that Kimbra will now not be performing at this show due to pre-existing European commitments however joining Gotye as special guest for this date will be fellow Australian singer/songwriter, Missy Higgins.Updated tour dates and more pictures from the Webster Hall show, below...
Also Gotye's show at The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR on April 11 has been rescheduled to Monday, April 9. Tickets for the original date will be honored at the door. Kimbra will still appear at this show. Full refunds will be available for those unable to attend the rescheduled shows.
Last but not least, one extra show has just been added to Gotye's North American tour. On April 19, he will perform in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre - L.A Live. Missy Higgins will be special guest on this date - previewing material from a new album she's planning to release over summer. Tickets for this L.A. show will go onsale to the general public on Friday, March 30.
Modeselektor at Bowery Ballroom in 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
Modeseletkor released Monkeytown last year and toured Europe in support of it. When they announced that tour, they promised that the US, Asia and Australia would get their own "Monkeytown" tour in 2012. That US tour has been announced and it will go down this April. It includes their appearances at the two Coachellas and NYC shows happening on April 17 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and April 18 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for both NYC shows are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/9) at noon.
Check out the video for Monkeytown track "Shipwreck," which features Thom Yorke (who is currently in Austin), along with all dates below...
T-Mobile, in celebration of their partnership with Google Music Magnified Artists Program, have announced their "Living the 4G Life Photo Contest" at Facebook. They write:
We've all got that photo, the shot that captured a concert or festival moment perfectly. Your friend on your shoulders, the crowd surfing, 20,000 people singing together with their hands in the air. Well, that photo could see you traveling to this year's hottest music festival in Coachella Valley on our dime.The contest is now open and runs through 11:59:59 pm ET on 3/18/12. More details with instructions on how to submit your photos at T-Mobile's Facebook.
One winner, with a guest of their choice, will be provided with festival tickets, round-trip travel, hotel accommodations and a $500 VISA gift card. The winner will also receive a brand new 4G smartphone with a year of free service, so they can capture and share photos of the festival's best moments in style.
What does BrooklynVegan have to do with this? Well, in addition to being a site that appreciates good concert photography (and chances to win free tickets to music festivals), a BrooklynVegan photographer will also be one of the judges of this contest. Stay tuned for more on that, and good luck!
Celebrate Brooklyn, aka the mostly-free concerts at the Prospect Park bandshell, announce:
JIMMY CLIFF TO KICK OFF 34th ANNUALStay tuned for more lineup announcements.
CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
WITH FREE OPENING NIGHT CONCERT ON TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Evening Begins with Opening Night Gala Benefiting Free Summer Performing Arts Festival
Brooklyn | February 27, 2012 - BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is pleased to announce that reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open the 2012 Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival on Tuesday, June 5 in a free performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Throughout the past 50 years, Cliff has helped shape modern music with his influential and socially conscious work. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his landmark hits, "You Can Get It If You Really Want" and "The Harder They Come," which helped to make reggae mainstream throughout the world. He is the only living musician to hold Jamaica's Order of Merit, the highest honor granted for achievement in the arts and sciences. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence and Cliff's performance will pay tribute, not only to his origins, but to the great Jamaican population of Brooklyn.
The free concert by Cliff starts at 8:00 P.M. It will kick off the 34th season of free Celebrate Brooklyn! performances presented by BRIC in Prospect Park. Announcement of other performers at the Festival will come later this spring.
He's also playing Coachellas this year.
A set of European tour dates is listed below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
We Were Promised Jetpacks, who were last in NYC to headline Webster Hall (and perform for our Green Room Sessions) (which was not long after they were here for CMJ), are currently on a European tour that goes through February. They'll follow that with a North American tour, which hasn't been announced in full yet but so far includes the sold out Coachellas and a few others including NYC shows happening on May 3 at Bowery Ballroom and and May 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (1/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting (1/25) at noon.
All currently known dates and our 'Green Room Sessions' videos in case you missed them below...
We all thought it was amazing when Coachella 2011 sold out in like 6 days. Now Coachella 2012, which is now happening TWICE and went on sale TODAY, sold out in a FEW HOURS (not counting all the pre-sales they did).
Well, sort of:
"A thousand passes to both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach country music festival will be made available to east valley residents...Stagecoach is also sold out.
These passes cost $326, including service fees, and must be purchased at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, or while supplies last.
At that time, 1,000 passes also will be available to Stagecoach, April 27-29. [MyDesert]
Anywhere L to R: Christian Eric Beaulieu, Mike Watt, Cedric Bixler Zavala
Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!) and Cedric Bixler Zavala. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, [Beaulieu] befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was DJing the event. The two exchanged numbers and... months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked an album's worth of material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on "The Watt from Pedro Show" as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen). After the show, before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass on the new material, and boldly asked Watt if he'd contribute. Watt agreed immediately, and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles.Anywhere are welcoming a new single, their second, via Valley King Records, a limited-to-500 pressing of 7"s featuring artwork by Alan Forbes. Preorder your copy at Valley King.
One of Mike Watt's many other projects, Spielgusher, also has an album coming out this month, and he's keeping busy playing shows as usual too. As previously mentioned, Mike is performing Minutemen songs as a duo with George Hurley at an ATP in the UK in March. Before then he also plays with the Missingmen in LA in February, and he's taking part in a memorial for his friend Doug Rockett in Memphis this Friday (1/13).
More importantly... We've already seen the lineup for Coachella 2012, so we know Anywhere WON'T be on hand for the festival (or Mike with the Minutemen), but Coachella WILL feature reunion performances from both fIREHOSE (with Mike Watt - their first show in 8 years) and, as you definitely know by now, At The Drive In (with Cedric Bixler Zavala). No word on any other scheduled fIREHOSE shows at the moment.
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of ATDI (and Mars Volta) will also do double duty at Coachella. He's also playing the festival as part of Les Butcherettes (like he did at Fun Fun Fun Fest). Check out an NPR Tiny Desk Concert of Le Butcherettes below alongside a Le Butcherettes LP stream.
Black Sabbath (more by Tim Griffin)
A birdie reports that the re-reunited Black Sabbath was actually supposed to be headlining one of the (two) days of Coachella this year, but that the band was forced to cancel today due to the sad revelation that Tony Iommi has cancer. Goldenvoice scrambled last minute to find a replacement and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg (or maybe it was the Black Keys) is what they came up with. Full 2012 lineup HERE. Poster below...
That's correct, you read right. And in a recent Facebook post they confirm that...
REFUSED ARE NOT FUCKIN' DEADRefused WILL reunite to play Coachella 2012. No word on any additional dates, but we'll keep an eye out. Refused called it quits in 1998 and reissued their landmark LP The Shape of Punk To Come in 2010.
Full Coachella lineup HERE.
UPDATED: The band has issued a statement... doesnt sound too promising for more touring.....
UPDATED AGAIN: The band has added a show at Way Out West festival in Sweden and according to a report, "additional dates will be made official".
As promised, Mazzy Star are playing 2012 gigs in support of new material. So far that includes the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Field Day in the UK, a show at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in the UK, Optimus Alive in Portugal, and now Coachella in the U.S. too! Stay tuned for more dates (I hope).
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
Pulp @ Way Out West in 2011
The Coachella 2012 lineup was supposed to be announced in full by now (update: ANNOUNCED), so that may explain why Pulp just announced that they will in fact be playing the festival on both of its weekends: April 13 & 20. Now let's hope that also means a North American tour that comes all the way east. The rumored end-of-2011 US shows obviously didn't happen.
I was lucky enough to catch Pulp during their reunion dates in Europe over the summer, at the Way Out West festival in Gothenburg, Sweden to be exact. Here are some pictures from that glorious show, the great Jarvis Cocker, special guest Charlie Fink from Noah & the Whale, and many Swedish fans included. They continue below...
a Sasquatch 2011 patron (more by Josh Darr)
The new year is approaching, and while you're making last minute plans and thinking up your resolutions, you can also start thinking about what festivals to attend in 2012. Here are some updates on next year's US festivals (not in any particular order).
SXSW, which is taking place from March 9-18 in Austin, with the music portion form March 13-18, has already announced a bunch of bands. If you register before January 13, you'll be able to save a bit.
New Orleans Jazz Fest is taking place from April 27 - May 6. The lineup includes The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Bon IverMy Morning Jacket, Feist, Janelle Monae, and others. The full lineup is below. Tickets are on sale now.
Sasquatch is taking place this year from May 25-28 in Gorge, Washington. 4-Day passes will be on presale through New Year's Eve, and general sale starts February 11. New for 2012, "Patrons who purchase a 4-day festival ticket will be allowed re-entry from the Festival grounds! This will not apply to any other ticket, only the 4-day pass."
Bonnaroo will be taking place from June 7-10 this year in Manchester, TN. Presale tickets have sold out but tickets will go on sale to the general public in the coming months. Also check out a Spotify playlist of the Bonnaroo staff's favorite songs of 2011.
Coachella, will take place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22). Other than a fake lineup poster that has been floating around, no artists have been officially announced yet.
Noise Pop will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2012 from February 21-26 in San Francisco. So far the lineup includes Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Big Freedia, Surfer Blood, Grimes, Bleached, John Vanderslice, Ume, and others. Check out the full list below.
Lollapalooza will take place in 2012 from August 3-5 in Grant Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this spring. As BVChicago mentioned, Lollapalooza is also taking place in Chile and Brazil this year.
Bamboozle, now in a new location, is taking place from May 18-20 in Asbury Park in New Jersey this year. So far the scary lineup includes Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Skrillex, Blink 182, Incubus, and Mac Miller. 3-Day wristbands are on sale now.
Bumbershoot is taking place from September 1-3 at Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. Tickets are available and Bumbershoot are currently having a holiday sale where single day tickets are half off (originally $150, now $75).
NYC's own Governors Ball, which took place at Governors Island in 2011, has been moved to the bigger Randall's Island and will take place over the course of two days, June 23 and 24. Like last year, there will be no overlapping sets. Compared to the others listed here, this is not quite a big "festival", but unlike anything else listed above, it does happen in NYC. Artist announcements and tickets are coming soon.
Current NoisePop and Jazz Fest lineups below...
By Bill Pearis
Enigmatic Aussie synthpop duo Monarchy are in the U.S. this weekend, playing Highline Ballroom on Saturday (12/10). (They play D.C. tonight). The group played Coachella and LA earlier this year but these are the group's first East Coast shows.
Sporting a slick, slinky New Romnatic sound, Monarchy got attention with early singles like "The Pheonix Alive" (which was on Kitsuné Maison 9) and rumors it was actually either actually Les Rhythms Digitales/Zoot Woman' Stuart Price or maybe Adele/Florence producer (and former Lomax frontman) Paul Epworth. (It wasn't.) After some label shuffles, Monarchy released their debut LP, Around the Sun, this August...though in America it's only available digitally.
BV photographer Diana Wong caught their Coachella set and says they're worth checking out (she's already got her tickets for Highline). The LA Times had this to say about the same show:
European synth act Monarchy likes to keep things mysterious. The band -- a three piece for much of its Coachella performance -- sported "Phantom of the Opera"-like masks to obscure their faces. A dancer outfitted in brassy gold, looking like something that belonged in a homemade credit sequence to a Bond film, performed slinky moves at center stage. Yet musically, there's little mystery here: It's '80s-influenced pop, albeit done well. What Monarchy has going for it is a sense of gracefulness, as the songs, stripped of their electronics, could easily work as blue-eyed soul.No other dates to report (outside of DC and NYC), but tou can check out a few of Monarchy's expensive-looking videos after the jump.
Coachella just announced....
We're excited to announce Coachella 2012 will be held over TWO WEEKENDS.Tickets go on sale Friday.
In an effort to try and accommodate everyone who wants to experience the festival, COACHELLA 2012 will be two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people.
We know many of you were unable to attend this year's festival because passes sold out much sooner than anticipated. We were truly surprised by the overwhelming response and remain honored by your passion and enthusiasm. We also know some of you purchased through non legitimate sources and were inconvenienced, gouged or totally scammed. We hope that these changes will give everyone the opportunity to purchase directly from Coachella.com.
Passes go on sale beginning this Friday, June 3rd, 2011, at 10am PST until the following Friday June 10th, 2011, at 10pm PST. This advance sale will be the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Payment Plan. Passes will be available through a payment plan of 10% down and 8 equal monthly payments OR by payment in full. The price of three-day passes remains at $269 plus fees for the sixth consecutive year.
Coachella Weekend 1 - April 13-15, 2012
Coachella Weekend 2 - April 20-22, 2012
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
The Kills @ Terminal 5
And then we were left with the man and woman of the hour. No, not William and Kate, but Jamie and Alison [of The Kills]. The two emerged from the shadows of the stage and stepped into the hazy blue light as cheers rang out. From the first note of Jamie's guitar, the party kicked into high gear and there was no looking back.Aided by an excellent supporting cast of The Entrance Band and Cold Cave, The Kills headlined Terminal 5 on Friday (4/29), the halfway point of their tour with the two bands that started at Coachella. Pictures of the Kills from both Coachella and Terminal 5 are in this post, a shot of the NYC setlist included (pics of the openers are HERE).
Mosshart prowled around the stage as she taunted the crowd with each lick of the guitar. She transformed into a human cyclone of tangled black hair and leather right before our eyes as she stood on top of speakers.
The set sampled heavily from "Blood Pressures" and included songs such as "Future Starts Slow," "Heart is a Beating Drum" and "Baby Says." But they also managed to work in fan favorites like "Sour Cherry," "Pull a U," "The Tape Song," and "No Wow."
At one point, Hince had to play bouncer in the middle of "Baby Says." One male audience member was getting into an altercation with a girl. As the scuffle broke out, Hince (while still playing) whistled for the guy and told him to "[expletive] off" and made a motion for security to kick him out as rousing cheers rose from the masses. Hince went on to unleash a fiery guitar solo soon after. At the conclusion, Hince justified his actions by saying, "it's a bad image when a guy wants to have a go with a girl. Don't be [expletive] stupid." Jamie Hince: underrated guitar player, bouncer and all-around good guy. -[The Ithacan]
The show at Terminal 5 was a sell-out, and now The Kills will go for round two at the venue... another headlining show at Terminal 5 on August 8th. No support has been announced but tickets go on regular sale at noon on Friday (5/6) with a fan pre-sale hitting at noon on Tuesday (5/3).
All tour dates and more pictures below...
Lightning Bolt at Brooklyn Bowl (more by Leia Jospe)
Tickets are "going fast" for the 4/27 Lightning Bolt show that was announced at Club Exit in Greenpoint but will actually go down at 285 Kent Ave (where Todd P says it actually always was). Head down to Record Grouch Records to get your tickets before they disappear. The show will feature support from Humanbeast, DOGLEATHER, and 80's Hardcore.
Tickets are also still available for Lightning Bolt's appearance at Le Poisson Rouge the next day (4/28) with Pterodactyl.
All remaining Lightning Bolt dates, and some videos, including footage from their recent set at Coachella, below.
"much love to our friends in the desert (and Danny DeVito) for making coachella a truly memorable one for us! Epic crowd, Epic sunshine. x" - Cut Copy
Cut Copy @ Terminal 5 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Cut Copy are currently finishing up a tour with Holy Ghost! that had them at Coachella Friday night. Check out videos of the crazy dance party that the Australian band brought to the California desert, below. Check out pictures of other bands who played Coachella that day, HERE.
Cut Copy's tour came to Terminal 5 in NYC three times in a row earlier in the month, and Cut Copy will return to NYC this August to, like Animal Collective, play a headlining show at the Prospect Park bandshell. Tickets for the August 11th 'Celebrate Brooklyn' benefit go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then regular sale on Friday. Foster the People, who also tour through NYC in June, open the outdoor show.
The new Brooklyn gig comes a day before a show Cut Copy are playing Arizona, and almost a month after they visit North America to, like Animal Collective, play the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. Most of their other announced dates are in Europe at the moment. They are all listed below...
It looks like the above-pictured limited edition "BIG STAR - Third - Test Pressing Edition - Box Set" (1 In Every 300 Sets Will Contain Actual Test Pressings From The 70s.) is the most expensive/most bid on item right now on Ebay from this past Saturday's Record Store Day. People are trying to get $200 for them, which is a bargain compared to how much someone wants for one of the Arcade Fire Coachella balls (note: if you recognize their eBay item description, that's because it's copy & pasted right out of the BV post).
photos by David Andrako
"While it was kind of a running joke that the gnarled dance-punk band was one of the biggest reunions at this year's Coachella (Death From Above 2005 jokes abounded), the band reasserted what made them such a strange and compelling commodity in the first place.Death From Above 1979's performance on Sunday was the second time the reunited band graced a public stage since announcing their return. The first was a semi-surprise appearance at this year's SXSW at March that got much more attention than anyone even anticipated due to a bit of violence that made the late night news. In May the band does it again at Sasquach.
Lacerating bass, Grainger's falsetto wails and a relentless rhythmic urgency both hearkened back to the mid-'00 dance punk craze, yet reminded the audience that their palpable violence set them apart from their more trend-minded peers.
"Romantic Rights" and "Blood on Our Hands" rode slithery, distortion-tangled bass lines over the kind of four-on-the-floor that bassist Jesse F. Keeler would explore more thoroughly in his disco aegis MSTRKRFT.The audience seemed simultaneously enthralled and a bit confused."
Coachella 2011 concluded on Sunday with a big headlining set by Kanye West. I already posted some pictures from that one, but a more proper set is also in this post which also includes our full set of pictures from the California festival's final day (day one pics HERE, day two HERE).
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon who played Friday night with Gayngs, made two guest appearances on Sunday, first with the National earlier in the day and then with Kanye West during one of the most high profile sets of the weekend.
The other big set of Sunday was by the Strokes who weren't afraid to play the hits. Their full setlist is below.
PJ Harvey (who arrives in NYC this week) played her headlining set on the "Outdoor Theatre." It overlapped with both The Strokes and Kanye...
"Backed by a nimble three piece band, Harvey, with the Strokes audible from the nearby main stage during the silences between songs, delivered the most emotionally intense performance I witnessed at this year's Coachella, singing songs of violence, war, love and lust (mostly from her harrowing new Let England Shake), before a crowd of rabid supporters...." [SPIN]a rabid supporter... (this pic not by David Andrako)...
More pictures from Sunday, below...
Kanye makes his grand entrance (this photo by David Andrako)
There were dancers, costume changes, Bon Iver...
Kanye West closed out Coachella 2011 in the only way he knows how, in a grand fashion and dedicated to his mama. We'll have more pictures and recaps from Sunday later, but in the meantime, check out more of what Kanye brought to the Indio stage, and the 27 song setlist, below...
the inside of the ball (via Paul Tao, thx Hiro!)
Ok, first of all, the correct term for them is "ball" and not "balloon" as I earlier referred to them, and this is how it happened, as described by a member of the Creators Project team...
"I never expected to be watching Arcade Fire play from backstage, but when the production team called for "all hands on deck," no one could argue. There to assist with the grand finale--launching some 2,000 LED-enhanced blow-up beach balls into the crowd--we were all giddy at the prospect of taking part in their performance. The idea for the visual spectacle, developed by director Chris Milk (who the band previously worked with on "The Wilderness Downtown"), was to release these balls in time for Arcade Fire's encore and use the embedded LEDs and IR transmitters to light paint all over the audience.Did you get one (and not rip it open)? What's your URL? A short video about the project featuring Chris Milk, and video of "Wake Up" when the balls all dropped, below...
A crane positioned at the top of the stage was set up to let the balls drop during the band's last song, "Wake Up," and our job was to throw them into the crowd and make sure they stayed there. There was also a giant cage to the right of the stage filled with hundreds more that we were responsible for tossing into the audience, which proved to be no easy task given that they were an unwieldy two or three feet in diameter. When the the balls finally did drop, the entire place turned into an epic ball pit, with these giant balls flying all over the place, changing colors all the while from red to blue to orange to pink. (My apologies to the people in the front who may have been pummeled in the face with a beach ball or two--my bad!). Standing on stage and taking it all in, it certainly was a sight to behold.
The interactive visual performance, entitled Summer Into Dust continues online. Those lucky few who managed to catch a ball can log on to the accompanying website and continue the experience. Each ball comes with a URL where fans can locate a user manual online and connect their ball to a greater community"
photos by David Andrako
Big Audio Dynamite
As you know, Arcade Fire played a light-up beach ball-filled headlining show on Saturday, and Odd Future made their presence known to crowd members, security and those watching Lil B, but other exciting stuff, like the reunited Big Audio Dynamite killing it (and bringing some to tears), happened too. The only unfortunate part of BAD's set was that Wire, who people keep reporting was "underattended," were on at the same time. Wire was also up against the very popular Mumford & Sons who played before Animal Collective who played before Arcade Fire.
Animal Collective got their usual mixed reaction thanks in part to their usual choice of playing whatever they want no matter how big the crowd and who's on before and after them. Anonymous | April 17, 2011 6:32 AM said, "fuck animal collective. people went to the festival to have fun [,not] to have images of cum projected for an hour while the boring drones. they had the deadest crowd i've seen on the main stage so far." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 8:25 AM basically agrees and said, "AC should have never been allowed on that stage in that time slot. The worst." Anonymous | April 17, 2011 1:33 PM says, "guys AC just sucks, this ain't no new mystery.... it's almost as if they try extra hard just to be that terrible and make the crowd feel like a bunch of tools for giving them money... They're prob just a social experiment by banksy anyway." But Anonymous | April 17, 2011 3:22 PM asks, "so AC sucks for trying to make innovative, artistically rewarding music instead of god-awful corporate college-rock like arcade fire? every song is like, the same four chords played over and over and over again."
Mumford & Sons went on after Bright Eyes who went on after Broken Social Scene who went on after Erykah Badu aka Erica Abi Wright aka Loretta Brown aka Annie aka Analog Girl in the Digital World aka Medulla Oblongata, etc. (she was great despite technical difficulties).
Neko Case helped make the New Pornographers shine under hot sun. Empire of the Suns won best costumes of the day. Phoenix New Times says...
"Also, I suppose yesterday was the "Fuck Arizona" day at Coachella -- Jenny & Johnny, Bright Eyes and One Day as a Lion all had sets during the day. I actually saw someone wearing a Sound Strike t-shirt on Friday. Wearing that shirt to a music festival is doing about as much as de la Rocha and Oberst are collectively doing to combat SB 1070."The third and final day of Coachella 2011 is underway and streaming on the internet as I type this. Our pictures from Friday are HERE. Check out more pictures from Saturday, below...