People come to Coachella for the escapism. But what if you need an escape from Coachella?
Dede and Jesse Flemming, the co-founders of Coachella's Do LaB Stage, have been providing a refuge within Coachella since its inception. The Burner-inspired mini-stage has grown up, from a welcome spritz of water and techno in the middle of the Coachella field to its own little universe in the upper terrace.
This weekend, it's been a popular refuge for the Coachellans who want to stay in one place and avoid the maw at the main stages.
One of the highlights of the opening day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Friday was a ravishing showing from Sampha.
His still-fresh debut album, “Process,” is a sweet, heartfelt listen that sees the British singer tenderly navigating love, loss, loneliness and even a battle with sleep paralysis (the condition inspired his throbbing hit "Blood on Me”).
It’s heavy terrain, and the crowd — which spilled out of all sides of the Mojave tent — sang every word back to him during a set that was exhilarating as it was moving.
"Good morning, Coachella!" the British singer Shura said as she came onstage to begin her 2 p.m. set in the Mojave tent.
She was commenting on the hour — daybreak-early by festival standards — but quickly revised her thinking: More people had shown up to see her than she'd expected, she noted happily, adding that she'd feared only her twin brother would turn up.
Shura's music was equally knowing about time, borrowing glossy textures from 1980s pop to soundtrack nuanced thoughts on modern love.
"This song's called 'Indecision,'" she said. "It's not about a boy."
When Beyoncé announced she was sitting out Coachella per doctor’s orders, there were lots of tears and no doubt a disinterest from members of the Beyhive in attending this year’s fest.
At least that was this writer’s overly dramatic way of coping with the pop diva getting sidelined. Ultimately, she was replaced by Lady Gaga, who headlines tonight. After all, Beyoncé is probably the only human on the planet who could have slayed Coachella while being pregnant with twins.
But the cancelation didn’t damper everyone’s festival experience — definitely not repeat attendee Michael Hernandez, who admittedly didn’t plan on catching the year’s most highly anticipated set.
“Honestly I was kind of OK with it,” the 26-year-old Long Beach native said. “Me and a few friends had a plan to venture off and see the rest of the festival while she was playing.”
Hans Zimmer’s natural habitat is a dark, windowless room.
As one of Hollywood’s most successful film composers — with scores for dozens of movies stretching from “Interstellar” and “The Dark Knight” to “The Lion King” and “Driving Miss Daisy” — the 59-year-old Oscar winner spends untold hours in screening rooms and recording studios, including his own private space tucked into a larger complex on a quiet industrial street in Santa Monica.
Filled with polished woodwork and red velvet furniture, it has proved to be an inspiring spot for the man whose music combines lush orchestral arrangements with unconventional electronic textures.
A rare technical difficulty struck the typically smooth-running Coachella festival Friday night when the main-stage sound system failed only a few songs into Radiohead's headlining set.
Initially the band played on, evidently unaware that it couldn't be heard. A stagehand appeared to tell frontman Thom Yorke of the situation, after which the band left the stage for several minutes before returning to resume its performance.
Roughly 20 minutes into the band's set, a loud popping sound emitted from the console at the front of house, silencing the group. The sound quickly came back, but then went out again. And again. And again. And again. Each time a jarring "pop" coming from the front of house.
After his sundown set, it's finally time to admit that Father John Misty isn't joking anymore — he's maybe the finest rock act L.A. has going for it right now.
Misty, of course, is the wiseacre former folkie Josh Tillman, whose first two LP's as Misty tweaked L.A. life while trying to find some real romance underneath. It was a character, but one we needed to hang out in the corner of the party shooting spitballs at the scene.
His third, however, "Pure Comedy," is more harrowing. It's bummed about the present, terrified about the future and funny in the way that the inevitability of death is a cosmic joke.