The Sahara tent was packed for the performance of Showtek, a brother DJ team of Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, on the third and final day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, on April 20, 2014.

Coachella 2014: Weekend 2, Day 3

Performances and scenes from Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

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Coachella 2014: Fashion

Desert chic from Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Chance the Rapper performs on the main stage during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. His second weekend performance was canceled.

Coachella 2014: Chance the Rapper hospitalized, cancels show

Chance the Rapper was forced to cancel his Weekend 2 appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival after he was admitted to a hospital Sunday, his management said.

A little more than an hour before the Chicago emcee was to hit the main stage in Indio, the festival’s official smartphone app sent a dispatch with the news.

“Chance the Rapper unable to perform today,” the alert said. “Check out Classixx, Showtek, Scuba or Frank Turner instead.”

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The rapper, 21, born Chancelor Bennett, fell ill Friday night and was admitted to a hospital Sunday, according to tweets sent on his behalf from his management.  

“On behalf of @chancetherapper and our entire team- We sincerely regret to have to cancel our 2nd weekend at coachella,” his management tweeted Sunday afternoon.

No reason for the hospitalized was given. On Friday, Chance had tweeted that he was sick following a gig in Las Vegas but said he thought he...

Dancers take in DJ Dillon Francis as the sun sets during the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Abandoning game plan and getting lost in festival

For those lucky, or crazy, enough to take in both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, the biggest struggle is mapping out who you’re going to see.

Everyone’s plan of attack seems to be different.

Giving priority to acts missed the previous week is a safe plan. So is trotting over to something new that Weekend 1 critics, or friends, raved about. And don’t forget those favorites from last week that you must catch again.

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No matter the game plan, taking in all 166 acts on the bill is just an impossible feat -- no matter what substance, legal or otherwise, is providing the fuel.

But I decided to challenge myself. How much could I experience in one exhausting stroll around the festival grounds?

I started at the Coachella stage and continued until I ended back there. This is what I discovered.

At the Coachella Stage, Kid Cudi was commanding yet another enormous crowd at his set...

A much more comfortable Pharrell Williams performing Saturday, sans dust storm, during the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams vs. the desert, now with Jay Z

During his Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival debut last week, Pharrell Williams looked miserable. His voice was shot, his head was hung, he said the high desert winds were "stupid" and if the weather conditions didn't improve he threatened to come back a week later wearing a gas mask.

Last night was round two of Pharrell versus the Coachella elements, and Williams declared himself the victor. No designer gas masks were needed, his voice didn't fail him and the producer-singer-rapper brought out another round of celebrity guests -- Jay Z one moment, Usher the next, as Williams once again viewed the live music experience as something akin to one long all-star medley on the Grammy Awards.  

As confetti rained on the crowd and inflatable air dancers sprang to life, making Coachella's Outdoor Stage look like the most festive, celebratory car dealership in all the land, Williams concluded his set with "Happy" and then declared that the previous 60 minutes were the "best" live...

Music fans try to cool off inside the Do Lab as the temperature approached 90 on the second day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Fear and FOMO under the sun in Indio

I was somewhere around the Sahara Tent on the edge of the festival when the FOMO took hold.

The Fear of Missing Out. The unbearable heaviness of being that is part and parcel of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival when a minimum of six performances — of 166 acts on the official festival lineup — are going on at any given moment.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing at North America’s preeminent “big footprint” summer music event doesn’t ultimately matter. There is always the unshakable sense that something else better and buzzier — the topic of conversation that will no doubt dominate all discussion of Coachella Weekend 2 for perpetuity — is unfolding several hundred feet away despite all of your better efforts.

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Around 4 p.m. Saturday, as Carbon Airways bludgeoned the Sahara Tent masses with the teenage sibling duo’s signature blend of electronic and rock-inspired sounds, the sense that...

A Zia Records employee pulls a 7" vinyl version of Jimmy Fallon's "Tebowie" at their onsite location on Record Store Day, the second day of week two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2013.

Coachella 2014: Record Store Day arrives, but Zia is gone

Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing.

Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice. 

Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store. Just last year Faber spoke excitedly to Pop & Hiss about the prospect of working long-term with Goldenvoice now that the latter has a deal to keep Coachella in Indio through at least 2030. 

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"To be honest, it was just bad timing for us to be involved this year," Faber wrote in an email on...

Empire of the Sun performs in the Sahara Tent, on the second day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, April 19, 2014.

Coachella 2014: Empire of the Sun brings pomp and circumstance to the rave tent

You couldn’t really blame Luke Steele for being annoyed.

At this point, the frontman for the Australian synth-pop dance outfit Empire of the Sun is probably more than a little tired of being upstaged by a certain robot mask-wearing electronic music act.

And Empire of the Sun’s prime-time Saturday night gig in Coachella’s Sahara Tent had this misfortune of being programmed against a buzzy set by Pharrell Williams on the festival’s Outdoor Stage that had many in the crowd of 90,000 paying attendees wondering if his frequent collaborators Daft Punk would turn up as surprise guests for the multi-platinum-selling producer-turned-performer’s Weekend 2 rendition of his chart-topping single with the robots, “Get Lucky.”

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You’ll recall that last June, Steele complained to NME that Daft Punk’s album “Random Access Memories” was outselling Empire of the Sun’s LP “Ice on the Dune” more...

Lead singer Ian Astbury performs with the Cult on the first night of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: The Cult keeps it obscure in the Mojave Tent

There are certain long-dormant rock acts and broken-up bands that cause fans to wring their hands in anticipation of musical detente. These are bands that fairly demand to be reunited in the service of a career-defining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

And then there was the Cult’s performance on opening night of the fest’s second weekend: an exercise in Dad Rock gone wrong that left most of its audience dazed and disappointed with the British band’s baffling decision to omit most of its biggest hits in favor of catalog fare and new “compositions” that left the faithful scratching their heads.

Rage Against the Machine set the template for this kind of ballyhooed Coachella reunion slot in 2007, when the agit-prop rock quartet set aside its differences after a seven-year “hiatus” to rock the fest’s Main Stage before an appropriately raucous crowd.

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And last year, the Stone Roses...

Music fans, some with elaborately painted faces, wait for Kate Nash to begin on the first day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Going native at the festival's makeover tent

Here's a telling statistic about the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: On the first of two three-day weekends more than 3,000 people paused to have their makeup or hair styled by professionals.

With approximately 90,000 people attending per weekend, that is, of course, a small minority, but it is a colorful minority. It also in no way reflects how many opt to go the do-it-yourself route. This reporter is no amateur anthropologist, but after a day and a half in the desert it was becoming increasingly clear that the most endangered species at Coachella were soon likely to be those attendees without rainbow adornments on their face or in the hair. 

Not wanting to go the way of rock bands without keyboards, on Saturday morning it was my time to assimilate and become a Coachellian. Maybe a little unicorn on my cheek? Maybe some streaks of "Fantasia"-like stars and Pixie dust around my eyes?

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I soon learned I would have to dial down my expectations.



Coachella 2014: Watch an exclusive acoustic performance by ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward is admittedly overwhelmed.

The 27-year-old native of Roseburg, Ore., is trying to unwind after her debut at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival last week, but she’s distracted.

Her cute puppy, Muddy -- named after the blues great, of course -- is swimming in the pool at her rented Coachella house as Ward, still dressed in her onstage ensemble (a sparkly romper and her signature fedora) is keeping a close eye on the pup and desperately trying to cool down.

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Pop & Hiss was there, helping set up for an acoustic performance.

Though exhausted, Ward was glowing from her earlier Coachella debut. “It all happened so fast. With festivals you don’t get a lot of time,” Ward said, noshing on yogurt. “All of a sudden you’re on and you have to figure it out.”

Her set might have been early in the day, when the blistering heat is at its most unforgiving and fans are slowly pouring in, but she drew a sizable crowd in...

A file photo of The Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg.

Coachella 2014: Replacements call on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong

"We're the world's greatest Replacements cover band," Paul Westerberg cracked as his band took the stage Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. He may have been joking, but there was more than a little truth to his remark, in part because Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong would arrive a few songs later and take over vocal duties. 

On the first day of the second weekend of the desert festival, a number of the marquee acts were seeking to recapture the magic of days gone by, including headliners Outkast. If reports from the first weekend of Coachella are to be believed, then the Replacements were also out to prove that the band could simply capture a share of the Coachella audience. 

If the crowd was, shall we say, respectably quaint, the Replacements had more than a little fun toying with it. Less than 10 minutes in, Westerberg was on his back, his legs splayed across the armrests of a couch that was placed in front of the drum kit. Telling the crowd he had a sore...

A file photo of The Afghan Whigs.

Coachella 2014: Afghan Whigs keep firing on all cylinders

Coachella is a festival of contradictions. Hippie vibe, but the cool kids have VIP wristbands. A place to hear new, cutting-edge music by bands just finding their way alongside recent chart-toppers taking a victory lap.

But for those who like their music with a bit of hair on it, one of the pleasures of the Friday night card was the presence of hard-rocking journeymen the Replacements, the Cult and the Afghan Whigs.

These three outfits are like big predatory muscle cars on a freeway cluttered with hybrids. Whereas so many acts get by with one guitar, this trio of bands rocked with two or three, redundance be damned. The same chord progressions being played by two different people across the stage may sound excessive, but that’s the point. Why chug along with four fuel-sipping cylinders when you can roar down the road with an unquenchable eight?

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The Afghan Whigs are masters of the form. Three guitarists all playing old-school Gibsons through a line of...

DJ Gregg Gillis, center, performs with Girl Talk along with more than 100 fans brought up on Main Stage to dance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Weekend 2, Day 1

Performances and scenes from the opening day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 18, 2014.

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Cameron Doss, 24, performs hoop dancing during the OutKast performance to close the Main Stage, on the first day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Outkast finds redemption the second time around

Let’s all agree on this: Outkast’s big reunion got off to a rough start.  

Last week the Atlanta duo kicked off an extensive anniversary run with a headlining slot at the Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival. And it wasn’t quite what you’d expect from the groundbreaking group revered for their bouncy and trippy Southern fried rap.

Depending on whom you asked, the crowd wasn’t into it, and André 3000 wasn’t into it. The duo lacked chemistry, the production was spotty and the show as a whole was seriously underrehearsed.

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But this is Coachella redux and on Friday the guys gave it another shot.

Crowd expectations (or lack thereof for all the cynics out there) for Friday’s set was nothing short of redemptive.

For starters, the production had obviously worked out the kinks that bogged down their first set, and  Outkast certainly seemed to have listened to all those complaints on social media following...

Jagwar Ma performs on the Gobi stage at Coachella on Friday.

The Second Coming: Jagwar Ma the new generation of Britpop

I have seen the future (and the past) of Britpop and its name is Jagwar Ma.

Never mind that the band isn't even British. These three young Australians look like they were barely alive when Oasis hit it big, but they managed to channel Primal Scream, Beta Band and (yes!) the Stone Roses on the Gobi stage at Coachella on Friday.

Lead singer Gabriel Winterfield even wore a Kangol-style hat (but no baggy trousers), and gangly bassist Jack Freeman did a bit of a Bez of Happy Mondays dance routine when he wasn't playing. I could feel the reverb from the soles of my feet to my heart (did it change its rhythm?) as the synth started out solo with a jungle sounds jam that had a 1990 vibe.

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Then the band opened with "What Love," a psychedelic dance track that launches one of the best series of album-opening songs in recent memory. I've had the band's debut album, "Jagwar Ma," on repeat in recent weeks, and it's that utter rarity: not a dud on the disc.

You know those...

People take in the view of the car camping area from one of the art installations along "Main Street," on the first day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Coachella 2014: Plenty of creature comforts at campgrounds

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival continues to find new and incredibly pricey ways to turn the weekend into a mini luxury vacation. Plenty of attention has been paid to the 5-star VIP experience, but what about the campgrounds?

Outside the festival gates, the campgrounds reveal a much different world. It's from there that campers and general admission passholders make the lengthy trek to the festival events in the unforgiving heat.

Main Street, the major artery of this makeshift city, is dotted with faux houses. This year's installations include a lighthouse, a colorful gingerbread house, a log cabin, a shiny rocket (which guests can climb into for cute pictures), a tepee and a dwelling fashioned out of oversized Popsicle sticks.

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But it is the small comforts that matter, and there are plenty of those to make "roughing it" a lot more fabulous than a tent and a stocked cooler.

A general store has plenty of essentials (socks, clothing, packaged...

Blood Orange, fronted by Devonte Hynes plays at the Coachella festival.

Coachella 2014: Devonte Hynes hits a creative groove as Blood Orange

Devonté Hynes was probably the only person at last weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to sing about the troubles of homeless New Yorkers and pose for a backstage photo with the pop star Katy Perry.

But for Hynes, such contrast is the norm.

Beloved by tastemakers for his work in a series of disparate indie bands — including the punky Test Icicles and the folky Lightspeed Champion — the 28-year-old musician has also affected the pop mainstream through collaborations with Solange, Kylie Minogue and Florence & the Machine. He even wrote songs for Britney Spears' most recent album, though they didn't make the final cut.

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Hynes performed at Coachella, as he will again Sunday during the festival's encore weekend, with his latest project, the experimental R&B outfit Blood Orange. It's a well-oiled groove machine, complete with saxophone and slap bass, that can trigger memories of '80s-era hits by Sade and Luther Vandross. 


An overflowing crowd inside the Sahara Tent celebrates the DJ known as Skrillex on the second day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Weekend 2, Day 2

Performances and scenes from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

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The crowd sings along to ZZ Ward, performing the first day of the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Weekend 2 is not just for schmucks

The bloom was off the rose. The genie, out of the bottle. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s big reveals – its giant roving spaceman art piece and special guests Slash, Justin Bieber and Beyonce – had long since emerged from the wings and into cultural memory.

In its second back-to-back weekend, the festival was no longer the new new thing it had been in the breathless months leading up to the grand unveiling of Coachella’s 2014 lineup. It was no longer the new new thing compelling fan wonderment at how OutKast’s reunion might pan out (comme si, comme ca, if we’re being generous) or whether Daft Punk would show up during Pharrell Williams’ Main Stage performance of “Get Lucky” (nope).

Moreover, it was no longer the new new thing requiring saturation coverage from music magazines, fashion blogs, gossip websites and national news concerns that commandeered so much social media attention just a few days earlier.


Singer Isabella Manfredi of The Preatures as seen during the first week of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Replacements? Pharrell? Wye Oak? Choices abound

And on this week's episode of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ...

As attendees happily filed into the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Friday for the second and final weekend of the Goldenvoice-promoted Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, there were a few cliff-hangers left over from last weekend. Among them: Will Pharrell Williams bring out another all-star parade of guest stars? Will every artist on Saturday be in a significantly better mood without the threat of a dust storm? Is Beyonce here again? 

It's not exactly cause for high drama, and the been-here, done-that vibe lent a relatively relaxed mood to the desert festival, which draws about 90,000 people per day. While news broke Friday morning that a 24 year-old woman had died of an apparent overdose, it didn't cast a pall over the festival, as few on the ground in Indio seemed aware of the incident.

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There was, however, some concern that the guest roster would change, but no...

Samuel T. Herring fronts Future Islands on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 12.

Coachella 2014: Future Islands goes late at Pappy & Harriet's

Early Friday morning in the high desert outside of Palm Springs, menacing Baltimore synth pop band Future Islands was responsible for a memorably challenging, if ultimately victorious, sold-out gig.

Drawing a wild bunch of uber-fans to journey up a winding, moonlit road to Pappy

Shara Soo, 27, left, and friend Tyler Kiefer, 23, of San Francisco, stand in a sea of moving people on the first weekend of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella festival-goer dies of suspected overdose

Before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off on Friday, Indio police were investigating a death connected to last weekend’s festivities. The Riverside County sheriff-coroner called it the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose.

A 24-year-old woman in Indio at last weekend's festival died Thursday, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday morning.

Kimchi Truong of Oakland collapsed while attending Coachella on Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.

Truong was then transferred to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, where she remained until she was pronounced dead on Thursday.

Indio police spokesman Benjamin Guitron said authorities were investigating and said more information would be released. The coroner's office will run toxicology tests to determine what caused the woman’s death. 

In 2008, a 21-year-old La Mesa man who attended the festival died after being found unresponsive at a...

Prince, shown during his performance in March at the Hollywood Palladium, has signed a new contract with Warner Bros. Records and will release a new studio album at an unspecified date.

Prince returns to Warner Bros., new album due soon

After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to  Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the ‘90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date.

"A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a statement issued Friday, “and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."

His use of “Eye” is a playful allusion to his latest project, a stripped-down ensemble called 3rdEyeGirl. Prince recently announced his next album would feature 3rdEyeGirl and be called "Plectrumelectrum," but Friday's announcement didn't specify if that would be the new studio album to which he alluded.

The new contract, announced by Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Cameron Strang, coincides with this year’s 30thanniversary...

The rapper Future in his new video for "I Won."

Future and Kanye West's video for 'I Won' is now playing

There are "trophy wives," and then there the prizes on offer in Future and Kanye West's new video.

In the new clip for "I Won," Future extrapolates on that old women-as-prizes-for-music-success canard. While decked out in a Tom Wolfe-worthy white suit ensemble, he promises a potential amour, "Ever since I been with you, I feel like I won me a trophy."

Well, it seems like Future means that as a genuine compliment. And heck, if you play with OutKast at its  Coachella reunion, you probably deserve a medal of some sort. 

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Kanye West also shows up for a guest verse, promising to "Take you to the south France / so you can run around without them pants," and declaring the hotness of the entire extended Kardashian clan.

The single is the first off the Atlanta singer/rapper/pitch-shifting warbler's much-anticipated new album "Honest," out April 22. More...

Este  Haim from the band Haim  performs on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Women play second fiddle at summer music festivals like Coachella

INDIO, Calif. — Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans.

She was just one of an eclectic roster of female artists who galvanized Coachella audiences. Teenage provocateur Lorde dazzled amid a howling dust storm in her summer music festival debut. R&B diva Solange got a surprise assist from her superstar sister, Beyoncé Knowles. Alt-torch singer Lana Del Rey turned in a transfixing trip-hop set. And pop-rock sisters Haim were local conquering heroes as they celebrated the success of their 2013 debut, "Days Are Gone," which embodies the Coachella spirit by contemporizing retro sounds with hipster/hippie chic.

It's a benchmark year for Coachella. More solo female artists and all-female bands were on the lineup — 16 — than at any other time in the...

One of the limited-edition releases on the annual Record Store Day, which occurs Saturday, will be this split-single featuring the Cure and Dinosaur Jr.

Record Store Day: 20 curiosities to chase on music retail's big day

Record Store Day 2014 commences Saturday with desperate vinyl collectors and obsessive fans scouring racks for the objects of their desire in the early-morning hours. The annual celebration of independent music retailers has become most stores’ biggest day of the year as a result of the hundreds of limited-edition, specially issued records, cassettes and CDs.

In the years since Record Store Day was launched in 2008, the volume and variety of releases has grown. Until a few years ago, it was relatively easy to make a list of a dozen essential items to pursue with little fear of leaving out something fascinating. But the quantity has snowballed. 

The list is a fascinating glimpse into the thriving reissue market, offering looks at obscure 1980s hard core that’s risen to the top, curious pop songs of Southeast Asia, deep rural blues from nearly a century ago and lots and lots of rock, alt-rock and post-punk wax. 

Below is a curated selection of some of the more odd releases...

Izzy Lawrence, far left, photographs Sophie Ball, middle, and Tom Hardy, right, aboard Surf Air's Pilatus PC-12 in Burbank

At the new, luxury Coachella, partyers take to the sky to get there

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan with vocalist Areni Agbabian onstage at the Angel City Jazz Festival in 2011.

Jazz picks: Tigran Hamasyan, Chris Speed and Regina Carter come to LA

A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows head for Los Angeles in the coming days.

Regina Carter at the Jazz Bakery

Jazz violin isn't a crowded field, but Regina Carter remains a standout regardless. After exploring African music with the critically acclaimed "Reverse Thread" in 2010, Carter turns toward her roots in Americana and folk on her latest album, "Southern Comfort," and the results are just as arresting.

Mingling swift, sawing runs with guitar and accordion, Carter delivers fresh takes on rootsy classics including "Hickory Wind," "Honky Tonkin'" and a funky, electronics-dusted "Trampin'." The Jazz Bakery at Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sat., 8:30 p.m. $35

Chris Speed, Chris Tordini and Dave King at the Blue Whale

A nimble, hard-charging saxophonist who can be heard with a full roster of forward-thinking jazz royalty that includes Dave Douglas, Jim Black and the groups Claudia Quintet and the deft quartet Endangered...

The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" topped the Billboard 200 album chart for a 10th week and has sold over 2 million copies.

'Frozen' soundtrack stays at No. 1, passes 2-million-sold mark

At No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week? "Frozen," of course.

The soundtrack to the smash-hit Disney movie topped the album chart for the 10th time Wednesday, reflecting sales of 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That brings the album's total sales since its release in November to 2.1 million.

As Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out, "Frozen's" latest stint at No. 1 also ties the record held by "The Lion King" for the most weeks atop the chart by a soundtrack to an animated feature.

That said, "Frozen" has some way to go before it challenges Adele's achievement with her album "21," which spent 24 weeks at No. 1 in 2011 and 2012.

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Behind "Frozen," Pharrell Williams' "G I R L" jumped to No. 2 from the previous week's No. 7, a boost Caulfield attributes in part to recent high-profile appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Good Morning America" and "CBS Sunday Morning." Williams also performed Saturday nightat...

Glen Campbell, shown performing in 2011 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, reportedly has been moved into an Alzheimer's disease care facility.

Glen Campbell moved to Alzheimer's care facility, report says

Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s disease care facility, a friend of his family has told People magazine.

The singer’s battle with Alzheimer’s has sparked an outpouring of support and sympathy from fans since he and his wife Kim went public with his diagnosis in 2011. They explained their decision as being motivated by his wish to continue performing as long as possible, and said he didn’t want audiences speculating about what might be the cause of his occasional forgetfulness of song lyrics, confusion and repetition of between-song banter.

People’s report suggested the move could be temporary, and quoted the source as saying, “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We will know more next week.”

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The Arkansas native, who worked as a session guitarist in Hollywood recording studios and performed with the Beach Boys before becoming a star in his own right,...

Actress Kate Bosworth and designer Alexander Wang arrive at the Alexander Wang X H&M Coachella Party.

Coachella: Stars are fashion brands' ticket in

This spring, Lana Del Rey's stylist, a hirsute Brit who goes by the moniker Johnny Blueeyes, ventured to the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles to pick out free things for his client.

When he arrived at the showroom of Chic Little Devil, a style house that handles publicity for 75 brands, a handful of pricey items had been laid out before him. An employee directed his attention toward a $1,100 pair of black studded leather boots handmade in Mexico by a company called Old Gringo.

"Old Gringo would seriously love to be on Lana," Kate Bedrick, CLD's director of public relations, said she told the musician's stylist. "Feel free to take them. We already researched her sizing, so it's really easy."

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But Bedrick wasn't hoping Del Rey would sport the so-called Fatale boots on a red carpet or at an awards show or high-end fashion editorial. She was trying to persuade Blueeyes to put the singer in the shoes for her sets at Coachella.

From the muddy...

Coldplay's Jonny Buckland, left, and Chris Martin, shown performing in March in Austin, and the rest of the group will play May 19 at UCLA's Royce Hall in conjunction with the worldwide release that day of the band's new album "Ghost Stories."

Coldplay to play May 19 at UCLA's Royce Hall, five more small shows

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Coldplay will do a rare small-theater show on May 19 at UCLA’s Royce Hall on the day the band’s new album, “Ghost Stories,” is released.

The show is one of a half-dozen small-scale shows the group will play surrounding the release. In addition to the UCLA appearance, Coldplay will perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York on May 5 and on April 25 in Cologne, Germany, May 28 in Paris, June 12 in Tokyo and July 1 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets for the Cologne stop go on sale online Saturday. Ticket information for the other performances, including the Royce Hall show, is still to be announced.

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Coldplay finds itself at a tricky career juncture putting out and promoting its new album closely on the heels of the public announcement of the split between lead singer Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who described their amicable parting...

Nile Rodgers and Chic have canceled their May 10 show at the Hollywood Bowl with Giorgio Moroder.

Chic, Giorgio Moroder cancel Hollywood Bowl show

The L.A. disco revival lost a bit of its groove Wednesday.

The planned May 10 dance-music blowout at the Hollywood Bowl, featuring Nile Rodgers' Chic and Giorgio Moroder has been canceled, according to promoters.

The concert organizers -- Andrew Hewitt, Bill Silva Presents and HARD Events -- only cited "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason for the cancellation.

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Tensnake, Oliver and Destructo (the DJ alias of HARD Events' Gary Richards) had also been slated to perform at the concert.

Promoters promised that "Nile and Chic will be back in L.A. soon," but did not give a date for a make-up show or details on other acts on a prospective bill. Holders of tickets for the May 10 show will be offered a presale for Chic's next L.A. date. 

Refunds are currently available for all ticket holders. 


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Beyonce and husband Jay Z perform at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Beyonce, Jay Z planning joint summer stadium tour with Rose Bowl stop

Beyonce and Jay Z surprised festival-goers at Coachella last weekend with a few unannounced appearances. But music’s most famous couple have a bigger trick up their sleeves: a summer stadium run.

The married superstars will launch their first joint tour in June, a source close to the production told The Times.

Page Six first broke news of a trek that is slated to hit 20 cities in the U.S., including a possible Fourth of July appearance in New York City.

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Expected to be named, aptly, the Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour, according to our source, the U.S. leg will launch June 13 in Atlanta and wrap Aug. 6 in San Francisco.

The tour is expected to have a stop at the Rose Bowl, tentatively set for Aug. 3 date. That show would be just days before Eminem and Rihanna’s highly anticipated Monster Tour sets up a two-night stand in Pasadena.

The two then plan on taking the show to Europe, with multiple shows scheduled in Paris this September, a source...

The debut album by Duck Sauce is "Quack."

Review: Fresh from Coachella, Duck Sauce keeps beat moving on 'Quack'

One oft-reported takeaway from this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which ran Friday through Sunday and will repeat this weekend in Indio, is that kids have taken over the place.

Yet while that may have been true on the festival’s rock stages,  where newish bands such as Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club dramatically outdrew the wizened Replacements and Afghan Whigs,  it wasn’t quite the case in the enormous Sahara tent, Coachella’s home for big-beat dance music.

Sure, 17-year-old Martin Garrix and 24-year-old Zedd overflowed the Sahara with thousands of revelers, many of whom looked about the same age as the DJs onstage.

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But huge crowds also flocked to the tent for well-received sets by Fatboy Slim, that balding avatar of late-’90s electronica, and Duck Sauce, the sly New York City duo that pairs the veteran DJ-producers A-Trak and Armand Van Helden.

And those turnouts weren’t about loyalty or...

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson, center, Scottish guitarist Malcom Young, left, and his brother Angus Young, shown performing in Switzerland in 2009. Johnson has dismissed reports that the group is disbanding because of Malcolm Young's health.

Brian Johnson says AC/DC not disbanding, but illness taints future

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told a British newspaper that rumors of the band’s impending breakup are only that.

"We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," Johnson told the U.K.'s Telegraph. "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it."

Reports that the long-running Australian rock band would be calling it quits revolved around news that guitarist Malcom Young, lead guitarist Angus Young’s older brother, is seriously ill.

In the interview with the Telegraph, Johnson did confirm that one of the band’s members has “a debilitating illness” that could affect how AC/DC moves forward.

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"I wouldn't like to say anything either way about the future,” Johnson said. “I'm not ruling anything out. One of the boys has a debilitating illness, but I don't want to say too much about it. He is very proud...


Jay Z announces Made in America festival will come to Los Angeles

Jay Z’s Made in America is officially coming to Los Angeles.

The rap mogul, along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Budweiser and United Way, announced that the festival will take over downtown’s Grand Park and surrounding areas in front of and around City Hall over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31).

“Two years ago, this was a dream,” Jay Z said from the steps of City Hall early Wednesday. "I had a vision of putting together a festival that blurred those lines of genres."

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Staged at the same time as the one in Philadelphia -- it will have its third run this year-- the two-day Budweiser Made in America festival is expected to attract 50,000 festivalgoers to Grand Park.

Last year’s Made in America drew 60,000 fans each day to Philadelphia’s historic Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a lineup, curated by Jay Z, that included his superstar wife, Beyoncé, along with Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Nine Inch Nails,...


Coachella live chat: Weekend 2 preview

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off last weekend, with fans traveling to Indio, Calif.,  from all over the world to watch their favorite acts perform -- or perhaps just to see and be seen at the several dozen pool parties happening off-site.

Musical highlights from the first weekend were plentiful -- Big Boi, Ellie Goulding and Chvrches were just a few, along with surprise appearances by Diddy, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and even Justin Bieber. And the food and fashion of Coachella provided even more standout moments.

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So what's in store for Weekend 2? Today at noon, L.A. Times social media editor Stacey Leasca will sit down with Coachella veterans Gerrick D. Kennedy, Mikael Wood and August Brown to discuss what fans can expect the second time around.

Have questions, comments or thoughts about Coachella? Tweet us @LATimes using the hashtag #AskLATimes. We will include as many of your comments as possible.


Veteran rocker David Crosby is performing five sold-out solo shows at the Troubadour in West Hollywood in conjunction with the recent release of "Croz," his first solo album in nearly 20 years.

Review: David Crosby revisits rock history at the Troubadour

When David Crosby wrote “Déjà Vu,” the song that would become the title track for the 1970 debut by rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, it was a meditation on recurrence.

When Crosby sang on stage Monday night at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, the song’s recurring refrain “And I feel like I’ve been here before,” it was personal memory, plain and simple.

Crosby is one of many important rock figures who got their start on the Troubadour’s stage, and for him that was nearly a half century ago. “The Byrds -- right there,” he said, pointing to the stage from his perch on anupstairs sofa between sets at the second of five sold-out solo shows this week at the venerable club.

In fact, Chris Hillman, another founding member of the Byrds, joined Crosby at Sunday's opening show to sing "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

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So Crosby's sense of déjà vu is understandable, but the centerpiece of the nearly 2½-hour...

Of the many guest performers who popped up during the weekend it was the Carters -- Beyonce and Jay Z, that is -- who created the biggest frenzy. In the final moments of Solange's sparkling set Saturday, big sister Beyonce  ran out for a high-spirited routine. Later in the evening, her hubby, Jay Z, helped his pal (and former rival) Nas mark rap history when he joined him for a two-song medley. Both were can't miss moments that flooded the Internet, likely pushing FOMO feelings among non-festival-goers to new peaks. Mr. and Mrs. Carter seriously need to take their show on the road, and soon. Pretty please?

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Country singer and songwriter Carlene Carter, daughter of June Carter, has a new album out that explores her heritage as a third-generation member of country's revered Carter Family.

Carlene Carter takes her place in the Carter Family with new album

Aspiring artists face few challenges more daunting than escaping the shadow of a family member who has established a reputation in the same field.

That goes double for Carlene Carter.

The veteran singer and songwriter not only is the daughter of one of the most prominent female figures in all of country music -- June Carter -- but she’s also the granddaughter of Mother Maybelle Carter, who along with her brother-in-law A.P. Carter and his wife was part of the Carter Family, a trio whose recordings and radio performances played a crucial role in bringing country music to the world nearly a century ago.

Oh, and her stepfather happened to be Johnny Cash.

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So, although Carlene Carter grew up with some of the most vaunted figures in country music history, she spent a major part of her early adulthood separating from the family tree.

Now, however, at age 58, the woman who briefly was married to British pub rocker Nick Lowe and spent quality time in...

Guitarist-vocalist Greg Dulli fronts Afghan Whigs.

R&B meets grim and grime in Afghan Whigs' 'Do to the Beast'

Rock 'n' roll has a way of romanticizing the tortured and the libertines, especially ones with a little poetry in them.

Singer Greg Dulli, whose band Afghan Whigs returns Tuesday with its first new album in 16 years, "Do to the Beast," clearly has a cultural standing to uphold. Booked for this month's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the indie rock veterans are the festival's older, musically adventurous misanthropes, but misanthropes nevertheless.

Yet his reignited passion to get the old band back together came from an unlikely place. 

Last year Dulli was unexpectedly asked if the Afghan Whigs would appear with Usher at the South by Southwest music festival and conference in Austin, Texas. 

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"We had 48 hours to put together a show with someone we had never met," said Dulli, 48. "I had only spoken to him on the phone. There was something really thrilling about doing something quickly. For lack of a better word, it made me feel like a...

Win Butler performs with Arcade Fire on the third and last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella Day 3 rewind: Final acts, fashion and Justin Bieber

The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come and gone, but the tweets and Instagram photos will last forever (or at least until Weekend 2 kicks off Friday).

The special guest performances continued Sunday, with Drake taking the stage during Jhene Aiko's set and none other than Justin Bieber joining Chance the Rapper during his performance.

Check out a few more highlights from Day 3 at Coachella below.

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Justin Bieber at Coachella? Believe it. Bieber, left, performed with Chance the Rapper during Day 3 of the first weekend of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: A cynic's guide to 10 terrible festival truths

Coachella's great if you're rich, tan and beautiful, but those who fall outside that demographic should know that it's not all rose gardens, $15 artisan cocktails and Baco Mercat wraps. 

In fact, those with body image issues or a flat-lined bank account can be forgiven for sensing the occasional gag reflex at the displays on the Empire Polo Club in Indio. For all the music permeating the scene, it can be a very hostile and humbling environment, both socially and musically. 

To use the words of one attendee who, trapped in a mass of people trying to get a glimpse of Zedd, said flatly, "God I hate people." 

He may sound grumpy, but over three sun-baked days, he often had a point. Though the wonders of the musical weekend are many, it's not all bliss on the polo field. Below, a primer on a few red flags Coachella attendees will have to overcome to prevail. (Note: Many of the observations below are just as likely at other big-ticket festivals this summer.)

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Singer-writer Jesse Winchester, shown during a 2011 performance in New Orleans, died April 11 of bladder cancer.

Appreciation: Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester (1944-2014)

It was an offhanded comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel a few years ago.

In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” (one of the first songs for which he’d gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he’d ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs.

Costello interrupted, in utter disbelief: “You mean to say that was actually the first song you ever wrote?”" He knew all too well that it had been widely recorded by artists including Joan Baez, the Everly Brothers, Ralph Stanley and Patti Page, whose 1950 “Tennessee Waltz” was the reference point for Winchester’s song.

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Winchester, who died Friday at...

Childish Gambino guest performs with Jhene Aiko on the Gobi stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday, the last day of the first weekend of the festival.

Coachella 2014: Rap wins on Weekend 1

When Jhene Aiko sang the opening lines of her Drake collaboration “From Time” during her set Sunday night at Coachella in Indio, the crowd -- singing the bone-chilling lyrics back to her -- knew what was coming next.

The Gobi tent was already lighted up by hundreds of smartphones when Drake emerged onstage. The deafening screams were likely heard across the festival grounds. He eased into his verse, gliding across the stage slowly to give everyone (OK, mainly the women) a lasting image.

Drake’s surprise appearance during Aiko’s set -- she also brought out Childish Gambino -- capped a weekend of performances from a who’s-who of rap not featured on the bill.

Electronic music might have dominated the lineup of 2014's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but rap won the buzz this year.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Everyone from new school hitmakers (Future) to veterans (Busta Rhymes, Nelly, E-40) to larger-than-life icons (Jay Z, Snoop, Diddy)...

Nas is joined by Jay Z at Coachella on Saturday.

Coachella 2014: Jay Z, Beyonce among key moments of Weekend 1

After the first few days of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, some of the 90,000 people in attendance each day no doubt left the desert feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and yet exhilarated, with significant moments burned into their brains. Some highlights from Weekend 1:


Jay Z and Diddy join forces with Nas

Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking rap album "Illmatic" accompanied by guest performers Jay Z and Diddy.

"I bet this album is older than some of y'all out there," the 40-year-old Nas said as he surveyed the crowd, and indeed, he was correct.

But the declaration hammered home one of the best aspects of Coachella: It bridges generational gaps by introducing youth of today to the great music of yesterday.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3


Beyoncé supports her sister Solange

The reigning queen of R&B joined her little sister, Solange, onstage in the Gobi Tent for an endearing love fest that left fans screaming for more.


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Coachella 2014: The weekend party recap

Weekend No. 1 of Coachella is now officially a memory, but weekend No. 2 is careening down the road, gearing up to do it all over again.

If you're getting ready to partake in the fun and want to find a way to hit some parties, you would do well to start digging up those elusive invites now. Yes, Coachella has expanded into two weekends, but the party scene really hasn't.

That's because the parties are extremely expensive to throw. They're branded platforms with open bars at pricey private estates geared to draw attention to products and fashion labels like Guess, Corvette, McDonald's, Lacoste and H&M.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

When the first weekend is over, so are most of the exclusive parties.

A brand wins when it can nab a photo of a celeb trying out its wares. Example?  Saturday at the Bootsy Bellows Estate in Rancho Mirage when Leonardo DiCaprio showed up and took a bite out of a McDonald's Bacon Clubhouse Burger in his private cabana.

At the same party Joe Jonas...

Ozomatli, shown during a summer performance in downtown Los Angeles, will spend part of Monday at UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center in an interactive session with students.

Ozomatli at UCLA today for interactive Chicano Studies session

Ozomatli is taking its polyglot music and attitude from the streets into the halls of academia.

In preparation for Ozomatli Day on April 23 in Los Angeles, the long-running East L.A. rock-R&B-punk-funk ensemble will visit UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center at noon Monday for a question-and-answer session and an acoustic performance. Unlike many such sessions where attendees are advised against documenting them with smartphones or tablets, Ozomatli is encouraging the audience to shoot the session, then personalize it and share it on the group's web site.

The band's label, Vanguard Records, also is giving students permission to use the title track from Ozomatli’s latest album, “Place in the Sun,” as a soundtrack for their video pieces.\

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The goal is for Chicano Studies Research Center students to create videos explaining how they expect to apply their studies to their lives after they leave UCLA and what they plan to do in the...

Lana Del Rey performs Sunday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Lana Del Rey connects despite revealing little

Because she was on the West Coast, Lana Del Rey said, she thought it made sense to unveil her new single midway through her performance Sunday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Titled, um, "West Coast," it's a characteristically bleary number that sounds like Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" slowed down to a narcotized crawl; there's a bit of "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak in there too, as, indeed, there is in all of Del Rey's music.

But Coachella's location wasn't its only appeal to the singer. She also called it "the sexiest concert of the year," and if there's one judgment Del Rey is prepared to make, it's that one.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3


Wearing a filmy above-the-knee dress that ruffled just so in the desert wind, she put plenty of sex into her 45-minute set, which surrounded "West Coast" with tunes from 2012's "Born to Die" and its companion EP, "Paradise."

She tossed her long brown hair and crouched down to the stage; she made a...

Beck performs on the Main Stage on the third and last day of Weekend 1 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel charm a weathered crowd

Like a fisherman casting a lure, Beck on Sunday night offered a lesson in how to draw a tired, coming-down crowd and muster one more burst of adrenalin. 

Moving through the quick-tempoed party jams before going deep with songs from his new album,  "Morning Phase," the Los Angeles singer understood that nothing gets the crowd hooked like a singalong anthem with a beat. Hence a roller coaster set that was front-loaded with early jams "Devils Haircut" and "Loser," two '90s oldies that helped bridge a gap between rock, electronic dance music and hip-hop, and served the role of party starter.

In doing so, he presented a convincing argument as being a godfather to this holy Coachella mess, one in which said pop music subgenres could not only live harmoniously but also spawn a new vibe. His set, in fact, was timed perfectly -- astrologically speaking. After the rush of fast-tempo groovers, the singer paused, took a breath and pointed above.

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"See that...

The moon rises over the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio on the third and last day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Who really headlined, Arcade Fire or dance music?

Who was Sunday's Coachella headliner? The band that played last, to wrap up the weekend on the main stage? Or the act that drew probably the weekend's biggest crowd, and certainly its most fevered rush of fans?

If the answer is the former, it's indisputably Arcade Fire, which closed out the festival with a set drawing from the downtown disco of its latest album "Reflektor." But if it's the latter, then it's probably Calvin Harris, the Scottish EDM producer whose main stage set around 8 p.m. drew an instant crush of ravers who practically vacated the rest of the festival.

Or it might have been the English neo-house duo Disclosure, whose sprawling Outdoor Stage set absolutely beat Arcade Fire's in numbers during the few songs the two overlapped (and more to come on their set, which featured a cameo from Mary J. Blige, later).

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

The true headliner Sunday was dance music in general, which should be cause for reflection about how Coachella organizes its...

Chance the Rapper performs on the Main Stage on the third day of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 13, 2014.

Coachella moves to the beat of digital youth

INDIO — As a giant impenetrable scrum of attendees waited for New Zealand singer Lorde, 17, to take the Outdoor stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Nearby, MGMT played the main stage, and the chorus of its song "The Youth" gusted in toward Lorde's crowd like a portent.

"The youth is starting to change," offered singer Andrew VanWyngarden as the band's psychedelic disco slow jam drifted in. "Are you starting to change? Are you, together?"

A few minutes later, as if conjured by MGMT's query, arrived Lorde. Dressed in white and seeming every bit a future figurehead, she took the stage just after the distant song had arrived at its ethereal ending mantra: "the youth … the youth … the youth." It felt like a clarion call.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Call it coincidence or a mystical accident of fate, but that moment on Saturday seemed to capture this year's festival for me: a musical event firmly listing away from past glory and toward a...

A nearly 40-foot-tall astronaut  "Escape Velocity" by Poetic Kinetics, an L.A.-based art collective, is reflected in "Reflection Fields" by Phillip K. Smith as it roams through the crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 11, 2014, in Indio.

A more upscale Coachella still has some fun ragged edges

INDIO — The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been referred to by some as Bro-chella since at least 2008, when the annual desert gathering featured such dude-friendly headliners as Jack Johnson and Roger Waters.

The latest edition, which ran Friday through Sunday at the Empire Polo Club before repeating this weekend, had a bit of the bro about it, with performances by dub step king Skrillex, stoner-rap MC Kid Cudi and jock-jammy alt-rockers Foster the People. But a different atmosphere seemed to settle over the festival during its initial three-day blast.

Its name: Pro-chella.

PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Widely considered America's most glamorous festival (thanks to its scenic locale and its appeal to young Hollywood), the event in its 15th year rolled out some remarkable creature-comfort upgrades, including a reservation-only four-course dinner and a so-called beauty studio sponsored by the cosmetics maker Sephora.

The sophisticated vibe stretched to the...

Le Butcherettes vocalist/guitarist Teri "Gender Bender" Suarez performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Listen: Le Butcherettes return with 'Demon Stuck in Your Eye'

Two years ago during a performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Teri “Gender Bender” Suaréz climbed to the top of a lighting rig, locked her legs around a rung and then hung upside and sang. Standing between her skull and a stage was little more than gravity, and while the move was certainly of the don't-try-this-ever variety, Suaréz and her trio Le Butcherettes are committed, aggressively, to the visceral. 

But the reckless antics would be just that if the music wasn't also incendiary, where every rant or tear shed is amplified for its maximum emotional venom. Yet after releasing a debut album in 2011 with "Sin Sin Sin," the Los Angeles-via-Guadalajara band has largely been missing in action. Suaréz has spent much of the past two years working closely with creative collaborator Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (of Mars Volta and At the Drive-In fame) on his Bosnian Rainbows project. 

While Bosnian Rainbows gave Suaréz room to sing over more abstract, electronic-...

Jared Leto, right, and a guest attend Neon Carnival in Thermal, Calif., on Saturday night.

Coachella 2014: Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio hit the party circuit

An epic sandstorm raged Saturday night, reportedly sabotaging Pharrell Williams' set and causing festival-goers to walk with kerchiefs wrapped tightly around their mouths.

"Finally, hipsters have a real use for their scarves," one heavily bearded, suspiciously hip-looking man dryly commented Saturday night while waiting in line for the Neon Carnival, the weekend's biggest party.

Produced by nightlife mastermind Brent Bolthouse and hosted by Nylon, Guess and Olay Fresh Effects, the gathering attracted recent Oscar-winner Jared Leto and pal Emile Hirsch to an airplane hangar in Thermal that was outfitted like a vintage fair complete with neon-lighted rides, ring tosses and adult-sized slides.

PHOTOS: Day 1 of Coachella 2014Day 2 | Day 3

The fashion at the party could be called Leto-influenced. The actor had been spotted wearing zebra-striped tights (or maybe just really, really tight pants) at Future Islands earlier in the day. That evening striped tights, or spandex were seen on an...

The band Factory Floor.

Coachella 2014: Bo Ningen and Factory Floor blast away the hangovers

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You could have had a Bloody Mary on Coachella Sunday to brighten your eyes in the morning. Or you could have wandered anywhere near the Gobi Tent for the first few hours of the day, because two of the earliest acts were some of the fest's most pulverizing.

Right out of the gate, the Japanese-via-London quartet Bo Ningen played with the kind of incendiary force that usually sets this part of California on fire for months.  If Primal Scream had twice the pedalboard and quadruple the swinging black haircuts, it might have approximated the blowtorched, hallucinogenic punk that Bo Ningen riled up. [UPDATED: 10:30 a.m. Mon., April 14. This post orginally misidentified the sex of some members of Bo Ningen]

All 20 minutes of the band's set that I saw seemed to be one outro of one song (and only one continuous chord of it to boot). But the way they wandered in and out of a Krautrock groove, twisting pedals to call up squalls of satanic...

Solange performed on the Gobi stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Saturday.

Coachella 2014: Solange surprises with Beyonce in sparkling set

Whenever talking about Solange, the conversation inevitably steers to her superstar sister Beyonce.

It’s understandable, albeit a bit unfair. Beyonce, the teenage girl-group frontwoman turned pop queen of the universe, casts a mighty wide shadow -- a shadow that stretched to the Gobi tent stage at Coachella, where Solange performed Saturday night. Beyonce's kid sister has surely led a life of constant comparison, and Solange’s first album, 2003’s “Solo Star,” did follow in the sassy, pop-tinged R&B of the mega-selling Destiny’s Child.

It didn’t strike with listeners, nor did its underrated follow-up “Sol-Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams,” but the conversation changed with 2012’s seven-song EP “True.” Stuffed with shimmering '80s-era R&B, funk and alt-pop, "True" provided the source material for Solange’s enchanting set Saturday night.

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Dressed in an orange romper and blazer —...


Coachella 2014: The glory and the grime

With Coachella 2014 well into Day 3, fans coming for the second weekend can learn from us: Be prepared for glory as well as grime.

Musical highlights are plentiful -- Big Boi, Ellie Goulding and Chvrches were just a few from this weekend. And the food and fashion of Coachella provided more standout moments.

So bask in the wonder of Coachella. But be prepared for dust and wind and sunburn and blisters on your feet. Awesome.

Below, a recap from Day 2.

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Lorde performs on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Lorde makes Coachella debut, brings in the wind

Between songs during Lorde's striking, sparse set just past sundown on Saturday night, the singer paused for a moment to wonder on the year that she's had.

She's 17 years old and co-penned one of last year's biggest anthems, "Royals." With the first gusts of a looming windstorm rolling in, she explained that this Coachella gig was the first big festival she booked at the onset of her whirlwind 2013.

"I think we booked this in May of last year, and since then we've been all over the world. We've seen so much," she said, her voice filled with awe as she looked out on Coachella's after-dark neon beauty and waves of humans absorbing her every word.

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She wasn't exaggerating. In that time she's won Grammys, earned critical praise and become a household name. And here she was at another career pinnacle, gigging one of the biggest, hippest festivals in the world, a first circle in the midst of being completed.

That's a lot of weight for any artist, and she carried it...

Nas was joined by Jay-Z on the outdoor stage Saturday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Nas celebrates legacy with help from Jay Z, Diddy

Nas, Jay Z and Diddy hit the stage together at Coachella to celebrate a landmark hip-hop album.

Twenty years ago Nas, a hungry 20-year-old emcee from New York's tough Queensbridge projects, issued his debut, “Illmatic.”

The album, with its stark coming-of-age narrative on the pits of inner-city life in a drug-fueled, poverty-stricken housing project, set a new benchmark for hip-hop.

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Nas feted the game-changing album — it officially hits the milestone a week later — during his late night set on the Outdoor stage.

Now 40, Nas is a rarity in hip-hop: an elder statesman who’s not only endured two decades in the industry but kept his cultural relevance and influence intact. The feat is especially impressive given the genre’s slant toward championing youthful, more commercial, trends.

In rap, the term "classic" is tossed around loosely. But "Illmatic," widely considered one of the greatest rap records of all time, is among...

Skrillex performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Skrillex and Darkside find their own sides of the moon

There was a huge, heaving mass of Coachella fans listening to time-shifting, hard-riffing music with an apocalyptic sci-fi bent last night. But they weren't watching the headliner Muse.

While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent last night, where the 26-year-old Sonny Moore led a beyond-capacity crowd in a reverie of the restless, insistent party music he makes as Skrillex.

The producer is one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave, riding a tide of harsh bass music to the headliner slot of almost ever major electronic music fest in the U.S. But after the surprise release of his new album "Recess," which touches on deep reggae, K-pop and a thousand other influences, his Coachella set cemented just how much bigger his project is.

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Moore took the stage in an update of his spaceship stage motif, where he appears to be performing in the cockpit of some junked "Star Wars" fighter...

Festival goers trudge through airborne sand and dust during a high wind advisory Saturday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Cajmere delivers Chicago house in the Yuma Tent

It's a perennial theme, one that manifests itself throughout genre and era: the idea of getting lost in music.

Whether it's Pharrell imploring us to "Lose Yourself to Dance," Eric B. and Rakim's "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" or the old-time standard "The Tennessee Waltz," the notion of vanishing inside the rhythms, of losing all sense of time and space and letting the proverbial troubles glide away, is something that draws many -- but not all -- festival goers to Coachella. Let's get lost.

Amid 80,000 or so people with competing agendas and strikingly different ideas about concert etiquette and acceptable social behavior, though, that's way easier said than done. Half these people don't even seem to understand how to get lost in music in a public setting, let alone appreciate that surrounding others might want to.

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Cajmere is best known for his other persona, Green Velvet (whose "La La Land" Fatboy Slim sampled during his set), but for this mix the artist...

Pharrell Williams performs Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams and friends fight against the wind

It might seem crazy, what I'm 'bout to say, but Pharrell Williams kind of blew it Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where in spite of a hot streak that's included some of the past year's biggest hits -- "Happy," "Get Lucky," "Blurred Lines" -- the singer-rapper-producer seemed not quite ready for his prime-time performance.

Williams himself might insist he was the victim of the blowing: At least three times he complained about the "stupid" wind that turned Coachella into a dustbowl Saturday; he said it was ravaging his voice and had forced him to scale back his stage production. And, indeed, by the end of his hour-long set, his vocals had become not much more than a hoarse bark.

But as much as you felt for the guy, who seemed genuinely sorry that his big Coachella debut wasn't going according to plan, you had to wonder why none of his handlers had put the most important lesson of pop stardom into his head: The show must go on.

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Coachella 2014: Disclosure DJ poolside, Latin beats at Ace Hotel

The human party animal is a particularly curious breed at Coachella, where excessive heat, glaring sun, copious amounts of alcohol and ear-shattering beats spur a hormonal reaction that results in the obsessive shedding of clothing. 

And so it was on Saturday at pool parties across the desert where no bikini was too tiny and no man could seem to keep his pants on (over his short-short swim trunks). This all despite the fact that most party-goers never deign to enter the pool.

The most egregious example of this near-nudist mischief could be found at the new Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs where dance music fans flocked to the LED Day Club to watch the English electronic music artists Disclosure. The duo DJed a sweat-fueled set a day in advance of their headlining gig at the Outdoor Theatre at Coachella.

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Orange towels littered the pool deck and black-and-white beach balls bounced around almost as much as the suntan oil-slicked bodies to the hypnotic beats....

Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry   performs on the second day of the Coachella festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Chvrches earn a worshipful crowd

Some Coachella sets are about finding an audience. Others are about proving just how substantial a rising band's is.

The latter is the best scenario to describe the absolute hordes of fans stacked cheek-to-jowl at Chvrches' afternoon Outdoor Stage set. The Scottish electro-pop trio has made big strides since their album "The Bones of What You Believe" last fall. But the turnout at their Coachella set suggested that much bigger things are in store.

The band played great, with a mix of self-effacing charm from singer Lauren Mayberry and perfectly calibrated pop bullets from her bandmates and producers. But the real story was in the audience. Teenage girls finding a new pop hero, shouting along to every word of kiss-off poison pen letters like "Gun."

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Guys in tank tops and neon shades nodded along with the heavy drum programming and deep-cut basslines. Dance fans were digging the synthetic sounds. Pop fans loved the enormous, finely wrought choruses....

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Bigger, more rarefied Coachella offers revelers creature comforts

INDIO — It wasn't yet 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Sahara Tent, but 16-year-old Niall Bauer had already met up with friends on the lawn in the massive, LED-flashing venue inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which began the first of two consecutive weekends on the grounds of the Empire Polo Club on Friday.

"It's so much bigger than I expected," he said, a little wide-eyed behind his sunglasses. It was the Beverly Hills resident's first Coachella, and in many ways the festival that launched 15 years ago has been much bigger — and full of more rarified pleasures.

This year's Coachella offered new and expensive ways to wall yourself off from its crowds of some 200,000 attendees over the three-day weekend. Yet amid a sprawling roster of performers that included Outkast, the Replacements, Bryan Ferry and many others, the festival had moments where almost every fan dug into its most populist attractions.

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On one hand, well-heeled...

Fans sit on a trash-strewn lawn in front of the Gobi stage between shows on the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

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Performances and scenes from the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday.

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Ellie Goulding performs during the first day of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2014: Five things we learned from Day One

Opening day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is history, so all of those second-weekend pass holders know what to expect -- and can plan accordingly.  

With acts like Muse, Skrillex, MGMT, Lorde and Pharrell Williams among some of Saturday’s can’t-miss sets, here are five things we learned from Day One.

1. OutKast has a lot of work to do. Massive expectations aside, the long-awaited reunion of hip-hop’s most beloved duo fell short Friday. It's understandable that the first show after a several-year hiatus would have some kinks, especially in a festival setting when stage turnaround is lightning speed compared with an arena tour. But the Atlanta duo’s big set was rusty and, at times, uncomfortably sloppy.

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Technical problems ran throughout the 90-minute set. The set time was moved up 25 minutes, which only meant the massive crowd got to watch the production crew struggle to prepare the stage (it featured a giant cube...

Musician Malcolm Brickhouse of Unlocking the Truth performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Junior high band Unlocking the Truth glimpses future

No one remembers full sets at concerts. They remember moments.

Snapshot memories of a particular singer's stage maneuvers. An excellent organ solo. An amazing EDM break. A bitter bit of banter from, say, Morrissey about the smell of burning flesh. 

The early part of Saturday at Coachella will be defined in my memory for one incident as young band Unlocking the Truth made its festival debut. "Young" is an understatement. The Brooklyn band's members are all in junior high school, but it didn't show. Playing a hard, distorted blend of metal, speed punk and alternative rock on the main stage, they were as well-practiced as units three times their age. 

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By the end of their set the small but vocal crowd were so impressed that they started chanting, "One more song!" But if Outkast can't do one more, neither can Unlocking the Truth. That didn't stop the band members from wandering toward the fans, and when they did, something beautiful happened.

One by one...

Fans of Zedd, the producer and DJ, vibrate to his performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday.

Coachella 2014: Martin Garrix and Zedd bring big beats to the Sahara

Have we talked about the Sahara tent yet? Let's talk about the Sahara tent.

Approximately the size of a small airplane hangar, it's where Coachella puts the big, dumb dance music that for many these days serves as the festival's main draw. And Friday night it was where Martin Garrix and Zedd -- two of the genre's youngest, most successful stars -- undammed the pent-up energy of 10,000 or so Millennials awash in hormones (and whatever else).

It was almost frightening, the level of intensity in the space when 17-year-old Garrix dropped the central riff of his hit "Animals," which instantly turned the crowd into a sea of outstretched limbs.

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Worth noting: "Animals" was the first song in Garrix's set, followed closely by a pumped-up remix of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Did the kids in the Sahara (or, indeed, Garrix himself) know any other Nirvana songs?

Who knows? And, more importantly, who cares? The teenage Dutch phenom -- a protege of Justin...

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar on the set of a music video shoot in Tel Aviv.

Palestinian rapper Tamer Nafar aims for a global stage

TEL AVIV — Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig.

"Can I see more duck lips?" the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently.

He was channeling Scarlett Johansson for a video sketch skewering the actress for serving as a spokeswoman for SodaStream, a company boycotted by Palestinian activists because it is headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

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Over the years, Nafar and DAM, the hip-hop trio he founded in the late 1990s with his brother Suhell and their friend Mahmoud Jreri, have produced dozens of searing songs about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But this was the first time Nafar had cross-dressed for the cause. When a gaggle of teenagers stopped to catcall, the rapper rolled his eyes and shouted, "Oh, stop!"

Nafar, a Palestinian citizen...

Lou Adler and Merry Clayton.

Reissue of 'Dylan's Gospel' resurrects the spirit of 1969

Bob Dylan's mercurial words on religion and spirituality have been examined for decades. Scholars, cultural critics and theologians have speculated with their pens, parsing the songwriter's syllables as if they were grains of sand. Entire books have focused on his spiritual explorations, beginning with his Jewish roots, his sometime embrace of evangelical Christianity and beyond.

For all the words, though, few have argued its point more thoroughly — and with fewer academic buzzwords — than Brothers & Sisters, a choir of Los Angeles session singers who in 1969 gathered at Sound Recorders Studios in Hollywood under the direction of Lou Adler to record an album of the most uplifting and spiritually inclined works in Dylan's early canon. The result, the recently reissued "Dylan's Gospel" (Light in the Attic Records), was released by Adler's Ode Records in 1969, but the record failed to make much of a marketplace impression. It became a footnote, one of many such stabs at...

Andre 3000, left, and Big Boi of Outkast perform during Day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on Friday.

Coachella 2014: Outkast roll through with Polaroid-shaking return

The buildup lasted much of Outkast's oft-riveting Coachella performance on Friday night, rolling toward those set-ending classics and album tracks that defined the early '00s: "So Fresh, So Clean," "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya!" 

Triumphantly returning to celebrate 20 years as a team, Antwan "Big Boi" Patton and Andre "3000" Benjamin presented repeated arguments as to why they'd earned such a huge Southern California welcome for their first shows since the Atlanta duo went on hiatus in 2007.

Visually imaginative, well paced (with a few lulls) and filled with the adrenaline of rebirth, Outkast offered 90 minutes of bouncy hip hop glory, proving that, indeed, absence begets fondness. By the time Big Boi opened his pearl of a song, "The Way You Move," as the clock was headed toward a hard 1 a.m. curfew, the pair, a band and a busy brass section had already proved its point.

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"We never relaxin’, Outkast is everlastin’," rapped Big Boi with a typical...

The Knife perform Friday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: The Knife and Bryan Ferry put on a real show

Toward the end of the Knife's Friday night set on the Outdoor Stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a couple of shirtless bronzed bros wandered over from across the field, pulled by the siren song of an electronic house-music beat.

They probably expected an outpost of the rave-centric Sahara Tent (where, it seems, most fans are spending their days). From a distance, the Swedish electronica duo's take on their 2006 song "Silent Shout" did sort of sound like it belonged in the heaving maw of the dance tent. 

The bros began their species' natural fist-pumping, and crept closer to the stage. When they saw what was happening up there, though, their sweaty brows furrowed. Onstage a dozen dancers and musicians in teal space-togas were dancing to purposefully hokey, choreographed routines full of same-sex makeouts and cat-claw hand gestures.

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Karin Dreijer Andersson, the band's singer, had the sides of her blond head shaved, and sang these...

Danielle Haim of the L.A. band Haim performs Friday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: Haim makes itself at home; Bastille brandishes a hit

Haim's performance Friday afternoon in the Outdoor Theatre was its first at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

But with their long center-part hair and their short denim cut-offs, the three sisters who make up this L.A. pop-rock trio look like they invented Coachella: Two out of every three women walking around Friday could easily have passed for Danielle, Este or Alana Haim. Consider them the festival's hipster-hippie spirit animals, finally returned to the den.

In fact, Este said midway through the group's set, she's a Coachella veteran, having come as a fan every year since 2004. But this was the first time she didn't jump a fence or otherwise sneak in, she added. Then she offered an apology to the show's promoter: "Sorry, Goldenvoice."

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Haim doesn't just look like it belongs here; its music -- a clever refashioning of '70s-era rock with the slick textures of '80s-era soul -- fits right in at Coachella, where nothing from the past is safe...

Guitarist/vocalist Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs, an American rock band out of Cincinnati, Ohio, performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday, Apr. 11, 2014.

Coachella 2014: AFI, Afghan Whigs and Kate Nash lead a little rock revival

Coachella is for earnest young things. But every old misanthrope in Indio this weekend found their way to Mojave Tent on Friday for the Afghan Whigs.

Greg Dulli, the singer for the recently re-activated indie combo, led his band in one of the day's more scalding rock sets. They dug into loud and lecherous tunes like "Somethin' Hot" with the hormones of onetime collaborator Usher, but the bile of a 90's rocker jaded to the hilt.

While the rave tents were full of flexing bros and tweens dressed as forest sprites, Dulli's crowd was overwhelmingly wizened old cads, and nodded in quiet approval as he played harsh yet resonant bar ballads from his band's comeback album for Sub Pop, "Do To The Beast." Dulli sang from behind a pair of motorcycle-cop aviators, and the sentiment was definitely a bit like getting pulled over and knowing you're at his mercy.

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It was one of a few really solid rock sets on Friday afternoon that tried to restore some edginess into...

Andre 3000 of Outkast perform inside a screen box on the main stage on the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on Friday.

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Performances and scenes from the opening day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday.

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People party poolside at the Palm Springs Ace Hotel at a Coachella gone by.

Coachella 2014: Parties lift fast food, bumper cars to VIP status

Hello Day No. 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival! What? You can't hear me through your throbbing Day No. 1 hangover headache? No matter. Soldier on, dear festival-goer, and head to one of these off-the-hook events, where an open bar will surely cure what ails you.

Today's post takes a comprehensive look at Saturday and Sunday's shenanigans.


Neon Carnival: Perhaps the best -- and literally the brightest -- of all of Coachella's annual parties, this late-night bad boy is presented by Nylon, Olay Fresh Effects and Guess. It's also produced by Bolthouse Productions, nightlife impresario Brent Bolthouse's event-creation house, so it's as lush and over-the-top as any A-list Hollywood premiere. As the name suggests, the party, which takes place in a massive airplane hangar, and is filled with neon-lit old-school carnival rides, including a Ferris wheel and bumper cars.

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Neko Case on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachella 2014: ASAP Ferg, others, offer competing narratives

Juxtapositions abounded on the first day of Coachella, reinforcing the idea of a pop culture splintered but joyously so.

Competing narratives ruled the day, the most striking of which early on involved a New York versus Los Angeles battle between the self-described "Trap Lord," ASAP Ferg, and the spirited Los Angeles pop/rock band Grouplove. The former, Ferg, is part of New York's ASAP crew. He appeared masked on the outdoor stage, with half a dozen veiled compadres offering big crawling beats and sibilant high hats.

The polar opposite of hot fun in the sunshine, the rapper offered bad vibe after bad vibe, lyrically speaking, the meanest of which involved bragging about stealing other peoples' lovers. The opposite sentiment spilled off the Coachella stage, when breakout Los Angeles band Grouplove sang of a more unifying brand of love and their devoted fans bellowed along.

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In "Itchin' on a Photograph," lead singer/guitarist Christian Zucconi, donning blue...

Party people poolside at the Palm Springs Ace Hotel at a Coachella gone by.

Coachella 2014: Parties bring Hollywood excess to the desert

As day one of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival heats up, so does the epic party scene.

While hundreds of thousands of people have swarmed the Empire Polo Field to gorge on their favorite bands, thousands of others -- mostly celebrities, musicians, industry types and the kind of polished VIP party people that seem to be on every Hollywood guest list -- descend on private homes with lavish pools to swig at open bars, raid swag lounges and ogle potential mates while clad in barely-there swimwear.

This is the Coachella party scene: alternately wild, sexy, fun, alarming and sometimes grotesque. When it comes to people watching, the opportunities are unparalleled.

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Here's a brief rundown of Friday night parties, as well as those that last all weekend. On Saturday morning, check back here for a comprehensive guide to Saturday and Sunday's events, which are plentiful.

To get into these parties you must be on a list, which can be tricky business, so...

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot activists raise voices and issue call to action

Barely three months after their release from Russian prison, Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova sit outside a Santa Monica hotel, smoking cigarettes, insisting that their group Pussy Riot is not a band.

"People sometimes think we are a musical group and think we can do a performance," Tolokonnikova, 24, says with a smile, leaning forward. Alekhina, 25, nods between drags, and adds, "But it's not true. We're another thing."

Still, the noise from a notorious one-song performance of "A Punk Prayer" inside Moscow's Orthodox Christian cathedral in 2012 was potent and outrageous enough to land the pair a nearly two-year prison stay in the Gulag for what prosecutors called "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

The defendants insisted it was an act of protest against the mingling of church and state, and the case drew international outrage from artists and human rights activists.

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Pussy Riot is a performance art collective, its seven songs of...

The sun reflects brightly on mirrored works of art as the gates open and participants take phone camera selfies on the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday.

Coachella 2014: Lines, art and lots of selfies open Day One

As Flatbush Zombies turned the energy up high early on Day One of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the general admission lines were deeply snarled as security staffers struggled to check in  hundreds of attendees.

Despite the heat (temps were already in the high 90s), event staffers on the Empire Polo Grounds kept things light by greeting guests with cheers and high-fiving them as if they had just reached the end of a marathon. The "finish line" was the electronic stations on which guests tap with their wristbands to get beeped into the festival grounds.

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Inside, the so-called "baby bands" -- the slate of acts that literally open the day with not-so-plush set times -- faced stiff competition for the attention of crowds who slowly trickled in.

The Canadian group Austra played the Gobi Tent by early afternoon. The band featured singer Katie Stelmanis, who wore all red, a floppy-brimmed bright sunhat and black Minnie Mouse shoes.


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'Wild World' of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— The man formerly known as Cat Stevens quietly walked on stage at the Barclays Center arena to be honored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony.

Now known as Yusuf, the singer-songwriter of 1970s folk-rock hits such as "Wild World" and "Moonshadow" converted to Islam and turned his back on pop music stardom at the end of the decade.

Thursday during the ceremony, Yusuf re-entered that fray after being introduced by Art Garfunkel.

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The 65-year-old, dressed in a crisp gray suit over a yellow T-shirt, drew surprised laughs from the crowd when he thanked Rock Hall voters for electing "someone who doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't throw television sets out of hotel rooms and only sleeps with his wife.... It's a slightly bold move — and very rock 'n' roll."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland is dedicated to showcasing the history and significance of popular music. Every...


Coachella 2014: Watch OutKast, Arcade Fire and more online

While attendees to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival can increasingly enjoy such lush accouterments as four-course meals and beauty studios, there are plenty of perks for those staying closer to home this weekend, including air conditioning and open seating at many in-demand L.A. coffeshops and cafes. There's also the ability to watch a number of the fest's name acts online and from the comfort of your home

Coachella's rather robust live stream returns in 2014, which for the first weekend will be broadcast on three different channels via YouTube. Top-billed artists such as OutKast, the Acrade Fire, Lorde, Duck Sauce and Pharrell Williams are just a few whose full sets will be airing on the site.

This means that you can take a screenshot of OutKast's Andre 3000, post it to Instagramand your followers will never need to know you did it all while lying on your couch.  Additionally, with approximately 30 artists streaming per day, there are plenty of lesser-known acts...

A festival-goer gazes into the art installation "Reflection Field," by Phillip K. Smith, at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

Coachella 2014 Live: L.A. Times brings you the best of the fest

Coachella 2014 is finally here.

Time to check out our official survival guide and read about the 10 must-see up-and-coming acts at the festival. 

Whether you’re at Coachella or just wishing you were, follow along as our reporters share photos, videos, news, tweets and more from inside the festival and exclusive parties all weekend long. For those at the event, here's our mobile guide.

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Coachella 2014: Who might surprise?

If the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival guarantees festival-goers anything, aside from wickedly high temperatures, it’s this: Leave your expectations outside the gates.

As the festival kicks off Friday, much of the buzz undoubtedly will be dominated by OutKast’s highly anticipated reunion. What will their set look like? How will the pair sound after seven years apart? Do they still have it? And even more, who might possibly join them onstage?

The surprise guest appearance is a festival staple, and Coachella acts have turned it into an art form.

It certainly wasn’t a shock when Rihanna popped up unannounced during Calvin Harris’ set in 2012 to perform the two smashes he produced ("We Found Love" and "Where Have You Been”) and it wasn't much of a surprise when Jay Z celebrated his 2010 slot as the first-ever rap headliner by calling on his wife Beyonce to join him onstage.

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But no one could have predicted...


Coachella by the numbers: Male performers outnumber female ones 5 to 1

Infographic coachella by gender

The above graphic paints a stark picture of gender inequality on the stages of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starting Friday. Male performers (lead singers, solo acts, DJs) outnumber female players by nearly 5 to 1, a notable, depressing truth that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone following rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music.

Of the 69 artists making electronic dance music (and its myriad subgenres), only 11 female-led acts – including Krewella, Nina Kraviz and Ellie Goulding – work the decks and/or accompany beat-based sounds.

An identical number of female-led rock acts were among the 62 total, which may be a better showing percentage-wise, but is further illustration of a bro-friendly festival.


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People watch Tame Impala play at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last April. This year, a steerage-level ticket for one weekend at the festival costs $375 — about $100 more than similar passes for Chicago’s Lollapalooza, San Francisco’s Outside Lands or Tennessee’s Bonnaroo.

Coachella festival's luxuries eclipsing its music and arts

When the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival launched 15 years ago, creature comforts included any small slice of shade cast by the odd light pole, the occasional working toilet and maybe somewhere to sit other than the dusty desert floor.

Today, there are $799 VIP passes that give you cocktail bar privileges, even though you'd have to pay extra for privileged parking. Well-heeled foodies can splurge on a $1,024 gourmet dining package. Shell out more, and you can skip the traffic — round-trip transportation is available via private jet.

These pricey add-ons are emblematic of larger shifts for the event, which runs the next two weekends on the manicured grounds of Indio's Empire Polo Club.

Acclaimed in the early 2000s for its free-spirited vibe, Coachella is now more akin to a spring break weekend at a walled-off resort than to an edgy music festival. High-end car companies and fashion brands stage elaborate pool parties throughout the area, including nearby Palm Springs....

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Rock Hall of Fame welcomes KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt and more

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony may well go into the books for its "Who'd have thought?" surrealistic moments.

Yusuf, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, nailed one at the beginning of his acceptance speech when he quipped: "I never thought I'd be on the same stage as KISS, to be honest."

It's equally unlikely that KISS founding members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, who joined the Rock Hall along with Yusuf on Thursday, ever envisioned sharing a stage with country singers Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris, who were on hand to welcome in Linda Ronstadt.

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And who’d have thought:

-- that KISS guitarist Stanley would stand in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 fans in a concert arena extolling his many years of sobriety?

-- that rock goddess Stevie Nicks would be seen strumming air guitar while singing a snappy old Buddy Holly song during a salute to Ronstadt?

--- that Kurt Cobain's widow...

Carrie Underwood, third from left,  Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Glenn Frey perform.

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Coachella 2014: Plan your schedule

A screen shot of the updated Coachella smart phone application displays which acts are buzzing.

Coachella 2014: Official app shows buzz for OutKast, Zedd, MGMT sets

Those interested in examining the specifics of this weekend’s Coachella Arts and Music Festival, which begins Friday in Indio, Calif., with DJ Jimbo Jenkins warming the Yuma tent at 11 a.m., would be wise to download the annual festival’s smartphone app.

Filled with features including set times, bios, a handy scheduler, a list of food venders and a site map, the app has become an essential tool. (That is, if you can get a consistent signal.)

From a fan’s perspective, the app also has another useful feature: As part of its scheduling tool, the app lists the number of attendees who have added the gig to their hour-by-hour calendars. The result is a revealing look at which acts are trending.

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For example, the listing for Friday's 2:50 p.m. set by MS MR on the Coachella stage confirms that thusfar, 4,811 attendees have committed to see them in action. Compare that with the Dum Dum Girls’ 1,779 scheduled fans, and Title Fight&...

Pictured with the Beatles are their manager, Brian Epstein, left, and Ed Sullivan.

How Beatles manager Brian Epstein made the Rock Hall of Fame

The bulk of the attention surrounding this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame zeroes in on the musicians: KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Plus whatever chatter has been sparked by KISS' decision not to perform because of bruised feelings over which band members are being inducted, fans grousing that original Nirvana member Chad Channing isn’t being included, Ronstadt’s public comments about her general lack of interest in the proceedings, etc.

What hasn’t generated 1% of that kind of attention is the culmination of a 15-year campaign that has resulted in Beatles manager Brian Epstein being inducted as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Without their talent, he would have had nothing to manage,” said British Beatles historian Martin Lewis, who started the induction campaign a decade and a half ago after numerous conversations with...

The radio DJ Pete Tong will speak at this year's IMS Engage conference alongside Diddy, Giorgio Moroder and other.

Diddy, Pete Tong, Giorgio Moroder to speak at EDM event IMS Engage

Last month, the EDM-focused speakers' series IMS Engage announced its first round of lecturers, including Moby, David Lynch, Junkie XL and Hans Zimmer. Now they've expanded the roster with rap and disco legends.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, the MC and entertainment mogul, will join his new collaborator Guy Gerber for a discussion about their new collaborative project, 11 11.

Their new music together is surprisingly experimental house, and much closer to Gerber's catalog then the mainstream hip-hop work Diddy is most known for (though Diddy has long been a presence on the Miami electronica club scene, and his "white parties" attract top DJ talent). 

Also tapped for the event? Disco producer Giorgio Moroder and the DJ/radio host Pete Tong. 

Moroder is set to play a major Hollywood Bowl showon May 10, with Chic. ft. Nile Rodgers, Tensanke, Oliver and Destructo. Moroder has enjoyed a comeback as the paterfamilias of EDM, playing HARD's Day of the Dead and remixing Haim among many others. Tong, a...

Jimmy Fallon as Tom Petty performed with Stevie Nicks on Wednesday evening on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

Stevie Nicks resurrects 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' on Fallon

With the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set for this evening in Brooklyn, music nostalgia is in full swing this week. The good ol' days of the '80s and '90s were celebrated Wednesday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," where surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Kris Noveselic reminisced about the band's sudden rise to fame and Stevie Nicks revived her smokey-cool duet with Tom Petty, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." 

Petty was absent -- replaced here with Fallon doing his best attempt to strain and distort the original Petty verses. Yet the perforrmance, complete with an '80s soap opera sheen that recalled the original video, as well as Fallon's consistently amusing music impersonations, was largely a simple reminder of the song's darker-than-they-should-be undertones. With its relatively languid pacing, verses in the original felt like thinly veiled threats. 

That wasn't the emphasis Wednesday night, however, as Fallon's Petty wasn't as...


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Andre "3000" Benjamin, left, and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton of Outkast perform in 2006.

Coachella 2014: The inside story on Outkast

One of the major draws of this year's Coachella — and the whole of the upcoming festival season — is the return of the Atlanta hip-hop team Outkast. To a certain generation, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling duo's hits, including "Ms. Jackson," "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move," helped define the late 1990s and '00s.

Outkast, which headlines Coachella's opening night Friday, is one of America's great hip-hop exports. A smart, sonically curious Southern concern, the team reveled in pushing the boundaries of a genre that was trying to recover from the twin deaths of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.

But the group went on hiatus in 2007 following the release of its album and film "Idlewild," and in the intervening years one member has worked on his acting chops and the other released inventive solo albums. The rumor mill never stopped churning of a reunion between the rappers Big Boi and Andre 3000.

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Seven years is a long time,...


Coachella by the numbers: Where the U.S. acts come from

Infographic coachella acts across the U.S.

The 84 American acts performing at Coachella starting Friday are nearly half of the entire 169-artist roster. From a regional standpoint, these bands, DJs and solo artists fall into sadly predictable, if logical, patterns.

To wit: Many of them are from so-called "cultural hubs" such as Los Angeles and New York, places where a convergence of fans, venues, media and business interests draw the masses to relocate.

Thirty-three California acts will make the run from across the state and — along with Portland, Ore.-based STRFKR and Seattle-based the Head and the Heart — confirm a festival devoted to its West Coast roots.

TIMELINE: Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals New York is sending 18 acts (including two recently announced additions, Julian Casablancas and Nicolas Jaar). Add in the Eastern Seaboard's entries from Maryland (Future Islands, Wye Oak), Pennsylvania (Girl Talk, ZZ Ward, more), Massachusetts (the Pixies) and Virginia (Pharrell), and the result is a...

With the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival around the corner, we pulled out some thoughts shared by performers with our music writers. We've talked with artists from A to Z: Aloe Blacc to Zedd, and plenty of acts in between. Before the festival kicks off, here's a look at some of this year's lineup in their own words. -- Gerrick D. Kennedy
(From left, Pharrell Williams, Grouplove's Hannah Hooper, Nas and Beck.)

Coachella 2014: Artists in their own words

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Flea working with Mars Volta, At the Drive-In members

"Woke to find out I'm in a new supergroup," tweets Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea. Meanwhile, longtime fans of the aggressively challenging punk outfit At the Drive-In and the thinky hard rock of Mars Volta woke to the news that principles of both acts, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, are once again collaborating, this time in a new project with Flea.

Antemasque is the name of the act, and "4AM" is the act's first single. It's three minutes of heavy, contradictory guitar parts that stop, start and sound alarms. Bixler-Zavala's vocals are always on the verge of a freakout, and Flea's bass is the constant that holds the upper-register riffing and howls together. 

There aren't too many details on the act for now. Flea downplayed the attention the group was getting, tweeting that he "played on some tracks a few weeks ago with my friends Omar and Cedric for love." Flea has collaborated with the Mars Volta before, and that act was believed left for dead when Rodriguez-...


Coachella by the numbers: Dance music acts edge out rock bands

Infographic coachella by genre

To Coachella's credit, it's always been relatively broad-minded in its bookings, a place where Kraftwerk, Prince and Portishead can play one after another in perfect, wondrous harmony. Specifically, the festival embraced electronic dance music alongside rock and hip-hop from the first festival in 1999. Tastes have ebbed and flowed, but in 2014 the overarching "electronic dance music" genre reigns.

Though it's never advisable to label such inventive creators with clumsy genre tags, it's possible. To wit: Rock features guitar (and includes so-called singer-songwriters such as Courtney Barnett and Tom Odell), EDM focuses on synthetic beats and instrumental grooves and includes such subgenres as commercial dance music, dubstep, house and techno. Pop/rock is a kind of gray area that features acts such as Lorde, Chvrches and Washed Out that craft synthetic pop music that is neither rock nor EDM. Hip-hop is hip-hop, R&B is R

Billy Corgan has announced a new experimental LP.

Billy Corgan to release pricey experimental LP

Completist collectors of Billy Corgan's ouvre are about to take a sizable hit in the wallet.

The Smashing Pumpkins singer announced a very limited run of a new double LP, "AEGEA," that compiles a set of ambient and experimental music he recorded in 2007. It comes after the singer-guitarist began hosting a successful run of experimental music performances at his Chicago-area tea shop Madame ZuZu's.

The LP will be released in a private pressing and is limited to 250 hand-numbered copies. The bad news? It'll set you back $59.95 (extra for shipping). You can also pick it up at ZuZu's if you happen to be in the area.

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The LP is set for release in six to eight weeks. Corgan described the sound of the LP on the Pumpkins' website, taking pains to note it's very different from the Pumpkins' heavy guitar thrash.

"As a work, AEGEA is experimental in nature, and comes across as more a soundtrack to some lost foreign film than the kind of music I’m usually...


Coachella by the numbers: U.S. and Britain dominate lineup

Coachella by acts' country of origin

This post has been updated, as detailed below.

Before Coachella kicks off on Friday with headlining sets from Outkast, Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and others, perhaps a little last-minute geography tally is in order. The festival draws acts from around the world, after all. Even if it's heavily imbalanced toward English speakers born in either North America or Europe, the 169 bands, solo acts and DJs traveling to the desert represent at least a touch of international diversity.

Not much, though. In fact, a mere 14 of the acts performing will be arriving from regions outside the Western world. Only one group will arrive from Asia, a continent with 4.3 billion people. Ditto Africa, with its more than 1 billion. Below, a few more statistics of note about regions represented at Coachella.

North America and the Caribbean: Represented by a total of 93 acts, the home continent is obviously delivering the most music. Among them are 84 American acts, seven from Canada, only two from Mexico (?!)...

Eric Church, seen performing Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Wednesday that he'll tour North America this fall with Dwight Yoakam.

Eric Church to launch tour with Dwight Yoakam in the fall

At one point during a recent day I spent with Eric Church while reporting a feature story on the country singer, Dwight Yoakam's "Honky Tonk Man" came on the radio in the van that was taking us to "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Church stopped talking to listen to the song, then threw out a bit of Yoakam trivia: The video for "Honky Tonk Man," he said with obvious respect, was the first country clip shown on MTV.

Now Church is putting his admiration into action.

The younger star announced Wednesday that he'll team with Yoakam for a North American arena tour this fall, a victory lap of sorts behind Church's album "The Outsiders," which debuted at No. 1 in February with sales of 288,000 copies -- the year's biggest sales week so far.

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The trek is scheduled to launch Sept. 11 in Bossier City, La., and wrap Dec. 13 in Birmingham, Ala.; no Southland dates have been announced, though that's likely because Church is set to headline the Stagecoach festival in Indio on...

The Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2 on Wednesday with its "She Looks So Perfect" EP.

5 Seconds of Summer nearly catches 'Frozen' on Billboard 200 chart

As it has so many times over the last few months, the hit soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" topped the Billboard 200 album chart Wednesday, reflecting sales of 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

But another title came close to melting "Frozen's" hold on the No. 1 spot: a four-song EP by the Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. "She Looks So Perfect" sold 143,000 copies, the result in part of a boost that 5 Seconds of Summer received last year when it opened for One Direction on the latter's world tour.

With a shared management firm, as Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out, the groups are to hit the road together again this year for a tour of stadiums including the Rose Bowl, where they'll stop for three shows Sept. 11-13.

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Before that, though, 5 Seconds of Summer, freshly signed to Capitol Records, will launch its own U.S. trek Friday in San Francisco; it's scheduled to play L.A.'s Wiltern on...

First time Billboard Music Award finalist Lorde has 12 nominations.

Billboard Music Awards 2014: Complete list of nominees

The following is a full list of nominees for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards:


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Katy Perry
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