The 6th annual festival will again take place the first weekend of August in downtown L.A.'s State Historic Park, and will feature headliners that include Knife Party, Justice (performing a DJ set), Duck Sauce, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire Of The Sun, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Flux Pavilion, Flying Lotus, 2 Chainz, Baauer, Dillon Francis, Azealia Banks, Sbtrkt (Dj Set), Disclosure, Kill The Noise, Alvin Risk, Just Blaze and many more acts.Read More »from Hard Summer Announces Festival Lineup, Including Justice, Zedd, Empire Of The Sun: Awesome New Trailer Released
Hard Summer Announces Festival Lineup, Including Justice, Zedd, Empire Of The Sun: Awesome New Trailer ReleasedBy Jeremy Blacklow | Maximum Performance – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 1:53 PM EDT
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
Red Hot Chili Peppers [Photo by Debi Del Grande]We did it kids, Coachella 2013 is a wrap! There's a certain well-deserved satisfaction that comes with deleting the Coachella app from your phone. The last night of the desert music bender didn't lose a bit of momentum despite the surely burned and beaten crowds. As myself, your faceless Weekend 2 narrator, my rubber legs were given a break once I finally figured out the golf cart situation backstage.
Weekend 2's Sunday highlights were once again Tanlines' Brooklyn beats, Tame Impala's swaying rock, La Roux's heat-seeking dance tunes, and more from the deliciously sinister Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (accompanied by a children's chorus whom likely has no idea who he is). Everyone I saw was in top shape, surely correcting errors and adding flairs after last weekend's performances. But oh, the hologram jokes ran rampant during onstage banter. Note to Coachella 2014: It's over.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers deserve a shout-out since the usually music-discerning Coachella crowd came out in hoards to the main stage, singing along to every song. They are likely the most commercial act to ever headline the festival, and as much as I want to stick my nose up at the band as a music writer, I couldn't help but realize that I, too, knew all the words. Plus, Anthony Kiedis was wearing a hat with punk super group Off!, so that was pretty cool.
Well party people, slather on some aloe, pop some aspirin, and check out some moments that made us smile, stoked, and shed a tear of happiness at Weekend 2, Sunday!Read More »from 5 Things That Made Us :), :D, and :’) at Coachella 2013 Sunday, Weekend 2
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 21, 2013 3:48 PM EDT
Portugal. The Man [Photo by Debi Del Grande]"My legs!" she cried! No bother, the music extravaganza known as Coachella raged on for Saturday, Weekend 2. The Violent Femmes played their debut album again, Baauer dropped "Harlem Shake" again (as production people bit their nails that he would run out of time), The Make-Up's Ian Svenonius choked on mics atop the audience again, and Phoenix was alas R. Kelly-less and the xx was Solange-less the second time around. But there was more, oh so much more to experience that we haven't covered during Weekend 1.
We're breaking from the :), :/, and :( format, because really, there wasn't anything to :( about -- except seeing the completely naked dude being escorted out of the main stage. It was "eh". Otherwise, we saw 2 Chainz pack out his tent wearing three chains, Portugal. The Man made a perfect sunset performance, Simian Mobile Disco got the crowd pumped while playing an assortment of vintage boards, and experienced some more particularly high highlights from Saturday, Weekend 2!Read More »from 5 Things That Made Us :), :D, and :’) at Coachella 2013 Saturday, Weekend 2
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 21, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
photo courtesy of Mount Analog"Saturday Night Live"/"Portlandia" star Fred Armisen was out in full force to celebrate Record Store Day in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 20, playing an impromptu set of punk covers and engaging in a fan Q&A at Highland Park's all-vinyl/cassette indie store Mount Analog.Read More »from Fred Armisen Celebrates Record Store Day With Punk-Covers Instore Gig
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 21, 2013 1:42 AM EDT
Nick Cave at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios [photo: Larry Hirshowitz]Last year, when Southern California's Coachella festival expanded to two identical consecutive weekends, the musicfest's participating artists were faced with a conundrum: what to do with themselves during their days off in Cali between weekends one and two? But this year, Los Angeles's KCRW solved that problem for three of Coachella's top-draw acts, when the tastemaker radio station hosted private "mini-Coachella" showcases at famed engineer/mixer Bob Clearmountain's refreshingly air-conditioned, no-sunscreen-required Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios.Read More »from KCRW Stages “Mini-Coachella” With Nick Cave, James Blake, Vampire Weekend
- Tiffany Lee | Maximum Performance – Fri, Apr 19, 2013 3:49 PM EDT
"wow" factor than Weekend 1 with it's clear lack of star-studded surprise guests, but I like to consider the second weekend to be the main show to last weekend's warm-up!For the second year in a row, Coachella throws us for a Groundhog's Day loop, giving festival-goers the (almost) identical lineup from last weekend's severely wind-swept music extravaganza. Weekend 2 has historically brought much less in
The usual highlights went to the same winners as last Friday -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blur, Johnny Marr -- but this week we were able to catch exceptional sets from a hypnotizing Tegan and Sara, a well-needed hip-hop break from Jurassic 5, and even the Stone Roses (despite their slot switcheroo) performed better than their poorly attended headlining set last Friday.
But let's get into the granular moments of Coachella Weekend 2, Friday with some fun highlights, awkward moments, and "I'm outta here" times!Read More »from 5 Things That Made Us :), :/, and :( at Coachella 2013 Friday, Weekend 2
- Craig Rosen | Maximum Performance – Thu, Apr 18, 2013 7:56 PM EDT
(Kevin Mazur, Getty Images)Britain's Stone Roses may be best known for their 1989 modern rock hit "I Wanna Be Adored," but apparently during the first weekend of this year's Coachella Music Festival, they weren't adored quite enough.
The turnout for the band's headlining set last Friday night (April 12) was noticeably thinner than the crowds that turned out for the weekend's other headliners. In fact, fellow reunited '90s Brit-rockers Blur pulled a larger and more enthusiastic crowd. With that the case, the bands have swapped spots for this Friday's fest (April 19), leading some to assume that the Stone Roses had been demoted from the headlining spot.
However, Paul Tollet, president of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, told Rolling Stone that's not the case. It was also planned to have the two acts switch spots over the two weekends all along.
"When the [lineup] poster came out, when we announced the show, each weekend's poster was different," Tollet said. "The firstRead More »from Were the Stone Roses Demoted for Blur to Headline Coachella’s Second Weekend?
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
Wu-Tang Clan [photo: Debi Del Grande]As weekend one of Southern California's Coachella music festival wrapped up on Sunday, the two side stages were the perfect places to see and be scene--not only because those tents offered some of the coolest buzz acts of the entire festival (Cloud Nothings, DIIV, Deap Vally, Thee Oh Sees), but because they offered much-needed shelter from the Indio desert's bizarrely sudden gusts of eyeball-exfoliating sandy wind. At times it seemed like Sunday's sandstorm would loosen the smaller Mojave and Gobi stages' moorings and send the tents skyward, a la Dorothy's house in The Wizard of Oz (side note: I'm not kidding, at one point a blast of wind literally lifted me off my feet and hurled me a couple yards across the field). But maybe, just maybe, some of the Sunday Coachella acts' stormily forceful rocking was partially to blame for all the commotion.
These were some of the highlights from the Coachella festival's wild and windblown final day:Read More »from Five Cool Things Witnessed on Coachella 2013 Sunday, Weekend 1
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 14, 2013 3:38 PM EDTNew Order, Photo by Paul A. Hebert/WireImage
Southern California's musicfest Coachella went into warp-speed mode after the sun set on the Indio desert Saturday evening, bringing on an absolute cluster-eff of conflicting gigs that one would have needed a jetpack and/or cloning machine to fully experience. (Seriously, whose bright idea was it to book Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Spiritualized, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, and Janelle Monae, all within a two-hour block of Saturday prime time?) Anyway, along with a bizarre-but-awesome surprise collaboration between French band Phoenix and R&B crooner R. Kelly (yes, that actually happened), there were a couple of other unexpected superstar pairings, a tribute to a fallen post-punk superstar, and a quietly triumphant comeback by an indie-pop supergroup. Here are four cool observations from the first half of day one in the desert:Read More »from Four Cool Things Witnessed on Coachella 2013 Saturday Night, Weekend 1
- Lyndsey Parker | Maximum Performance – Sun, Apr 14, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
Baauer at Coachella 2013 [photo: Paul A. Hebert/WireImage]The elephant in the room--or, more specifically, in the dance tent--on Saturday afternoon at the Southern California music festival Coachella was "Harlem Shake," the viral dance-craze hit popularized by New York producer Baauer. For literally the first 56 minutes of the superstar DJ's hour-long set on the Sahara stage, there was a whole lot of shaking going on among the dancing masses, but no actual Harlem-Shaking.
As Bauuer shied away from the song than made him a meme, he seemed out to prove that he's no one-hit wonder, instead filling his set with crowd-pleasing samples of hits by Outkast, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z. It was beginning to look like he wouldn't spin "Harlem Shake" at all.Read More »from Watch an Entire Coachella Dance Tent Do the Harlem Shake
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