For the first time in Coachella history, the sprawling, heat stroke-inducing festival based in the Southern California desert made the initially insane-sounding decision to make the event even bigger: Clone itself to add a second, identically lined-up weekend. Giving the artists a chance to improve upon their first weekend performances, some took the opportunity to make tributes to the great loss of legendary rock drummer and vocalist Levon Helm of The Band. Most notably was a surprise appearance by John Fogerty during the Black Keys' set!Read More »from Coachella 2012 Weekend 2, Friday: John Fogerty Joins The Black Keys In Levon Helm Tribute, Pulp Celebrates 420
Coachella 2012 Weekend 2, Friday: John Fogerty Joins The Black Keys In Levon Helm Tribute, Pulp Celebrates 420By Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Sat, Apr 21, 2012 2:56 PM EDT
- Dave DiMartino | Maximum Performance – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 7:45 PM EDT
The creation of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson and now in its eighth year, the festival has consistently featured an interesting array of internationally acclaimed artists, all for the benefit of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation--a nonprofit foundation founded by the singer and his wife supporting environmental education in Hawaiian school and communities.
Those who've heard of the event but have never managed to attend will thus be enlightened--and quite pleased--by the newly released Best Of Kokua Festival: A Benefit For The Kokua Hawaii Foundation album.
A live anthology featuring some of the most memorable musical moments from the festival--featuring Johnson and a number of acclaimed guests--the album boasts the same warmth, precision and musicality that pervades all of Johnson's music and, cliché as itRead More »from Jack Johnson And Friends Celebrate The Kokua Festival
- Billy Johnson, Jr. | Maximum Performance – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 7:31 AM EDT
Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real paid homage to Levon Helm, The Band drummer and vocalist, Tuesday night during a 2 hour and 30 minute live webcast from Bob Weir's state of the art TRI Studios in San Rafael, Ca.Read More »from Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Master Blues, Rock, Folk and Soul in Webcast
Lukas Nelson Chats And Jams With Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Plus Weir & The National’s Full Live Set!By Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 4:57 PM EDT
In anticipation for Yahoo! and TRI Studio's live stream of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real tonight at 7pm PT / 10pm ET, we've got exclusive rehearsal clips of the Willie Nelson progeny and his band hanging out with none other than the venerable Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead (not to mention a special bonus video at the end)! Watch the up-and-coming rock musician and the legendary artist jam and chat about Buddy Holly and Jerry Garcia while you get stoked for tonight's live stream!Read More »from Lukas Nelson Chats And Jams With Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Plus Weir & The National’s Full Live Set!
- Wendy Geller | Maximum Performance – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 3:56 PM EDT
Lukas NelsonLukas Nelson sounds like just any average kid out there who decided to start a band. One night while in college, he met some guys at a Los Angeles Neil Young concert, and that's how things got rolling.
"Me and [drummer] Anthony [LoGerfo] were the most hardcore fans there--we were headbanging the whole time," he explains. "That night we went on a midnight surf at the pier and I got stung by a stingray. And I was having so much fun I kept on surfing. And we kept playing music together and that's when I knew it was gonna be fun.Read More »from Lukas Nelson ‘Keeps It Real’ With Band Promise Of The Real
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 6:35 AM EDT
The superstars came out on the third and final day of Southern California's Coachella festival--and really, only at Coachella would a surprise dance tent performance by a superstar like Rihanna (more on that later) not be THE most talked-about event of the day. Instead, everyone was talking about another, much more surprising superstar cameo, by Tupac. Yes, the late Tupac Shakur. In hologram form.Read More »from Coachella 2012 Sunday: Hologram Tupac, Flesh & Blood Rihanna
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 15, 2012 1:23 PM EDT
After an unseasonably cold, damp, and blustery first day at California's Coachella festival, day two of Coachella finally brought the sunshine. And surprisingly, one of the day's brightest and hottest sensations was Childish Gambino, the rap alter ego of charismatic "Community" actor Donald Glover. NBC's "Community" has been rumored to be in danger of cancellation for months now, and this writer surely hopes that doesn't happen--but suffice to say, if that sitcom ever does go off the air, Donald clearly has a career plan B to fall back on. His hip-hop-career is clearly no vanity project--and judging by how strong his Saturday Coachella set was, he might want to consider making hip-hop his plan A.
Gambino/Glover hit the main stage Saturday afternoon wearing a black boot on his broken foot, but the injury hardly slowed him down; the man was so energetic onstage, it was entirely believable when he threatened, "I'm gonna break the other one!" (Later, when trying to rile up theRead More »from Coachella 2012 Saturday: English Gentlemen, American Girls & Childish Gambino
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sat, Apr 14, 2012 12:57 PM EDT
Coachella, the giant three-day music festival that takes place every April in Southern California's (normally scorching) Indio desert, for all intents and purposes kicked off 2012's entire summer music festival season on Friday, April 13. But the weather was so un-summery this year, confused festival-goers might've thought they'd somehow accidentally teleported to Britain's rainy Glastonbury when they boarded the free Coachella shuttle. Rain? At Coachella? A festival famous for dry heat in the near triple-digits? It really almost didn't feel like Coachella at all, as shivering music fans huddled together in scarves and woolly hats instead of their usual sundresses and teeny American Apparel bikinis; the video screens on the two outdoor stages were lowered out of fear that the harsh desert winds might topple them over; and the queues for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate snaked considerably longer than the lines for frozen margaritas (definitely a Coachella first). It was enough that whenRead More »from Coachella 2012 Friday: ’90s Nostalgia, But No 90-Degree Weather
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Sun, Mar 25, 2012 7:06 PM EDT
Madonna and Avicii [Photo: Seth Browarnik/Worldredeye.com]"Electronic music has been a part of my life, since the beginning of my career," Madonna told an enormous crowd at he 2012 Ultra Music Festival in Miami Saturday night. She pandered, " I can honestly say that a DJ saved my life," referencing the classic Indeep song that became a dance music mantra. The pop queen made a surprise appearance before Swedish producer and DJ Avicii's set, who kicked it off with his remix of Madonna's latest dance floor banger, "Girl Gone Wild."Read More »from Madonna Surprises Avicii’s Crowd At Ultra Music Festival
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Sun, Mar 25, 2012 3:07 AM EDT
Does anyone have some toast? Because Saturday night's event was oh-so jammy sweet! Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and members of indie rock ensemble The National teamed up for an intimate show entitled "The Bridge Session" at Weir's TRI Studios in San Francisco, CA. Bridging the gap between east and west coasts, the band blended together beautifully for the special event benefiting voter registration group HeadCount.org. Yahoo! Music streamed the entire show live, so viewers could catch every juicy moment of classic rock goodness!
[ Photos: More images from Saturday night's show ]
With Weir front and center, the band launched into two hearty, head swaying sets of Grateful Dead tunes with the National's songs and covers of Bob Dylan's "Most of the Time" and Cass McCombs' "Love Thine Enemy" peppered in. For the encore, the band went acoustic, dimmed the lights and made the already intimate show even more so. Huddling the small audience around the band, the studio had an eyes-closed, feel-good sing-along of some of the Grateful Dead's biggest hits that must've had Deadheads watching the stream turn greener with envy.Read More »from Bob Weir and the National’s Intimate Show at TRI Studios, Watch the Videos!
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