- Chris Willman at Maximum Performance1 day ago
Is it time for the most celebrated music festival in the United States to just give up the "rock" ghost and rename itself the Coachella Rave?
That’s what some music fans are wondering after the first weekend of the 2014 event, which was marked by beyond-capacity crowds for electronic dance music acts and spotty attendance for beloved, high-profile rock bands. The divide between rock hounds and electronic dance music is starting to look like the California desert’s own version of a civil war.
Although Arcade Fire drew a big enough crowd for their closing set Sunday night, frontman Win Butler made reference to the split in some pointed remarks from the main stage: "Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival."
The previous night, the band Muse had trouble drawing a quorum of attendees to their headlining set. Noted the Los Angeles Times: “While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent,” where "one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave,” Skrillex, "led a beyond-capacity crowd.”
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance2 days ago
Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival was a cameo-filled affair this year, with surprise appearances by everyone from Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, and Mary J. Blige to Slash, Drake, and even Justin Bieber. But the cutest cameo of the weekend took place Sunday during Beck's Main Stage set, when he was joined by his adorable lookalike son, 10-year-old Cosimo.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance2 days ago
Call it "Cameochella." At this point, the special guests at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival generate more buzz than any of the actual official headliners. After Saturday featured surprise appearances by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and many others, the cameos kept coming on Sunday. Really, only at Coachella would Justin Bieber and Slash ever grace stages on the same field on the same day.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance3 days ago
Saturday at Southern California's Coachella Music & Arts Festival boasted more cameos than a grandmother's jewelry box — led by Coachella's reigning, returning power couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z.
At Coachella 2010, when Jay Z headlined, Beyoncé performed a surprise duet with him on "Forever Young." This year, she kept it in the family — dashing out during her little sister Solange's Gobi Tent show to bust some adorable synchronized-sibling moves on Solange's hit "Losing You," as the crowd went predictably ballistic.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance4 days ago
Outkast's appearance this Friday at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was perhaps the most hyped Coachella reunion show since the Pixies played the Southern California desert festival in 2004. But you wouldn't have known that from Friday's shockingly apathetic audience, composed of mostly unappreciative, casual fans who probably only wanted to hear "Hey Ya!"
[Photos: Coachella 2014 Music & Arts Festival]
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance6 days ago
Weekend one of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival commences this Friday on the sun-bleached polo fields of Indio, Calif. And with acts ranging from massive (Outkast, Muse, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Pharrell) to old-school (the Replacements, Afghan Whigs, Bryan Ferry) to up–and-coming (check out our top 10 recommended rising Coachella acts here), it's sure to be a festival to remember.
But will any moment of Coachella 2014 be as memorable as our top 10 picks from the past 15 years? We'll soon find out…
10. Kanye West Literally Touches the Sky (2011)
Coachella has always been a massive affair, but leave it to 2011's Sunday headliner to elevate the fest to an entire new level — literally , by arriving to the main stage via a glowing crane, rotating 30 feet above thousands of amazed spectators, and asking the musical question, "Can we get much higher?" Let's see if 'Ye can top this stunt when he headlines Bonnaroo this June or Outside Lands this fall.
9. Madonna Gets Into the Dance Tent Groove (2006)
- Billy Johnson, Jr. at Maximum Performance11 days ago
Janelle Monáe and M.I.A. performed two duets together Thursday night...without actually being in the same place. Janelle played a set at Los Angeles's Quixote Studios as a hologram of her image was broadcast in New York alongside M.I.A. while she sang at SIR Stage 37. Digital footage of M.I.A. simultaneously played with Janelle in Los Angeles.
[Related: Why Janelle Monáe Loves Prince and Androids]
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance11 days ago
Scottish indie darlings Glasvegas burst onto the scene in 2008 with their Mercury Music Prize-nominated, self-titled debut album. But after that promising start, they experienced setback after setback — the overdose and mysterious disappearance of mercurial frontman James Allan; the departure of original drummer Caroline McKay; the under-promotion of their 2011 sophomore album, "Euphoric Heartbreak"; and an acrimonious from their longtime record label, Columbia.
But now, with a new partnership between BMG and their own label imprint, Go Wow Records, and a critically acclaimed new album, "Later...When the TV Turns to Static," things are looking up for the band. Theirs is the ultimate rising-from-ashes story arc, like something right out of an indie-rock "Behind the Music," and it's wonderful to see the moody Scots' story get the happy ending they deserve.
Glasvegas recently stopped by Yahoo Music to play tracks off "Later..." and reflect on their highest highs and lowest lows. Check out the footage here, and experience all the euphoria and heartbreak for yourself.
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance15 days ago
Leeds band Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the Britpop scene back in 2005 with "I Predict a Riot"...and their prediction pretty much came true, with enthusiastic fans making them one of the biggest acts in the United Kingdom. The Chiefs have continued to rule since then, releasing five albums and winning three BRIT Awards; frontman Ricky Wilson was even recently recruited to judge "The Voice U.K." alongside legends Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones.
So imagine the thrill when the Kaiser Chiefs recently visited Yahoo HQ to treat our staff to an intimate acoustic performance of three new songs ("Coming Home," "Misery Company," and "Bows & Arrows") from their fifth album, "Education, Education, Education & War." If you're not already familiar with the group, do yourself a favor and educate yourself, by checking out the clips below!
- Lyndsey Parker at Maximum Performance25 days ago
It's fair to say that without Kraftwerk, there would be no Daft Punk. Or, really, any other new wave, "electronica," or "EDM" artist, period. So it was entirely appropriate this week when the techno legends (sole original member Ralf Hütter plus relatively recent recruits Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, and Falk Grieffenhagen, all squeezed into neoprene, glow-in-the-dark "TRON" unitards) took over Los Angeles's Walt Disney Hall. The hallowed venue may usually be the domain of orchestras interpreting the classic works of Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, but the music of Kraftwerk is undeniably just as classic.
Or, klassic .