Music festivals. How could an innocuous phrase that essentially boils down to “a collection of concerts” inspire such polarizing opinions in music fans? Much of what differentiates festival culture from show-going culture has little to do with the music itself. Live music remains one of the few communal experiences in our digitally-minded world. What the rise of national music festivals has shown us is that we have different views about what constitutes ideal conditions for a shared musical experience. It’s a “duh” kind of statement, but go to a festival — any festival — and watch it play out. These differences are never more apparent than when you shove people of all different ages and lifestyles into a fenced-in park for three days of extreme heat and $6 bottled water. … Read More
While we’re waiting for Kate Bush’s recently announced first tour in 35 years, Solange surprised Coachella audiences with an awesome… Read More
Just like that, the first weekend of Coachella 2014 has come and gone, and now all we have left are a few hipster jokes and the lingering sensation that there’s a feather headband out there biding its time until next year (or next weekend). The three-day music festival featured 169 performances by bands, solo artists, and DJs, but through the massive lineup of acts, there are a few moments that stand out. Don’t worry if you weren’t there — you can watch them online, sans dust and… Read More
Hootie hoo, y’all. Outkast’s 1.5 hour set from Coachella is now available for your viewing pleasure.
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This weekend, the Internet will be overtaken by Coachella, but for now we can enjoy other worldly delights — a Peter Dinklage AMA, the prospect of a sci-fi Ayn Rand musical, some love for Pavement’s Wowee Zowee — in today’s link roundup. … Read More
There are certain conventions in the music industry, and one of them is that everyone has to make a show of being very excited about festival line-ups. So it went this week, when the line-up for Coachella was announced, featuring a reunited Outkast, two determinedly vanilla co-headliners (Muse and Arcade Fire), and a tidal wave of other bands that tries to cover every possible stylistic base — from Bryan Ferry to Waxahatchee, The Cult to Factory Floor, Nas to Laurent Garnier. It’s kind of like the Costco of music consumption experiences — you pony up once a year and get the chance to see pretty much every band you could conceivably want to see, in bulk. It’s the show you go to if you don’t go to shows any more. … Read More