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A taste of Coachella: The Bees

I return to the office on Tuesday, but here is a special update for you, a tasty Coachella treat. My favorite thing about covering Coachella is getting a chance to listen to and learn about new bands I didn’t know…



A taste of Coachella: Kate Nash

In case you missed the big announcement, Coachella added new acts. One of them is Kate Nash. I was wondering why she wasn’t listed before because she is this year’s Lily Allen. Anyway, check out her most excellent clip for…



A closer look at Coachella additions: The bands

Serj Tankian is making a return trip to Coachella. (The Associated Press) Last night an announcement came in about more Coachella bands Serj Tankian System of a Down is on hiatus, but Serj is coming back to Coachella solo….



More Coachella additions

This just in: There are more additions to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup. Here they are: Aphex Twin Goldfrapp Kate Nash Serj Tankian Redd Kross Adele The most interesting thing about the additions is that Serj Tankian…



A taste of Coachella: The Swell Season

Welcome to another edition of A Taste of Coachella. In order to get prepped for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in April. Today is all about the Swell Season. Or, if you’re a film fan, Glen…



A Taste of Coachella: Midnight Juggernauts

Question: What happens when you David Bowie tangoes with Mika, ELO and Erasure for some ridiculously fun electro-pop? Answer: Midnight Juggernauts I cannot get this song out of my head. It’s called “Into the Galaxy” and it’s 25 different kinds…



A Taste of Coachella: Justice

Happy foggy Friday from downtown Riverside. Since I’ve been getting some good response on the “A Taste of Stagecoach” snippets, I thought it might be time to roll out “A Taste of Coachella.” Up first–Justice, “D.A.N.C.E.” If you like Daft…



Radiohead to headline east coast Coachella

Remember the All Points West festival happening in New Jersey this summer? It’s being put on by the core organizers of Coachella? Well, the lineup came out and guess who the headliners are? 1. Radiohead 2. Radiohead 3. Jack Johnson…



Bonnaroo lineup released

Pearl Jam, Metallica and Kanye West are heading up the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee June 12 to 15. The lineup was just announced and includes a number of Coachella performers–Jack Johnson, the Raconteurs, Rilo Kiley, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab…



Tickets! Get your Coachella tickets!

Here’s one final reminder that tickets for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival go on sale through Ticketmaster today at 10 a.m. Single-day passes are $90, three-day passes are $269. Both have additional fees. Camping passes are $55. You…



Coachella: Who is playing when?

These guys are going to Coachella. Even though they look like fans, they’re actually the band Animal Collective, and they’re playing on Friday, April 25. (The Associated Press) Tickets for the 2008 Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival go…



Champagne wishes and Coachella dreams

Private eyes, they’re watching you: Hall and Oates would make the ultimate surprise act at Coachella. Seriously, who would call that one? I think I might be getting a little too consumed with work. Last night I had a…



Coachella: What you need to know

Before you get to be in the crowd, you need to know the Coachella basics. (Rodrigo Pena/The Press-Enterprise 2007) Now that some of the commotion around the lineup announcement for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has died…



How to play Coachella

Robots rule! (The Associated Press) “Any time you got yourself a robot, count yourself in,” Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice said during the announcement for Coachella on Monday afternoon. He was talking about headliners Kraftwerk, who played the festival in…



Coachella lineup aftermath: Sunday headliners

Roger Waters is not a fan of thought control. Who would have guessed that? (The Associated Press) And finally, Sunday’s headliners at Coachella -Roger Waters Paul Tollett of Goldenvoice promised huge production values on this one. I am hoping…



Coachella lineup aftermath: Headliners for Saturday

Death Cab for Cutie plays Washington, D.C. in Nov. 2006. (Vanessa Franko/The Press-Enterprise) Here’s my take on Saturday’s headliners: -Portishead Hipsters of the world, attack me now. I do not understand how Portishead is the big headliner. I just…



Coachella lineup aftermath: Headliners for Friday

I finally slept last night and let the promises of Coachella’s lineup percolate in my head. Honestly, I thought that perhaps a dream would somehow explain the trio of Jack Johnson, Portishead and Roger Waters as the headliners. Oddly…



Coachella Full Lineup

Singer Richard Ashcroft of The Verve performs in Anaheim in 1998. (1998/The Press-Enterprise) I have typed up the full list from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Check it out behind the cut. I can’t wait to hear…



Coachella dirt, part 1

Hot off the presses, here are the headliners By VANESSA FRANKO THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE This year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival relies on blasts from the past and burgeoning independent acts, including a number from across the pond. Roger Waters…



Waiting for Coachella, and Godot, and Guffman

We were supposed to see the Coachella announcement almost a half-hour ago. I think everyone is overloading the Coachella site. In the meantime, I’m making my eyes cross with hitting the refresh button so many times. Even Robert DeNiro’s waiting!…



One more prediction

One more Coachella prediction: Hot Chip. The British electropop outfit played the festival last year but it looks like their tour dates stop in San Francisco on April 24, conveniently right before the start date of this year’s Coachella Valley…



Coachella update

Billboard is reporting Portishead for Coachella. They’re saying the Breeders, too, but that’s old news. I’m expecting the official announcement at 3 p.m., but I have a feeling things will be trickling down all day. In the meantime, I am…



Coachella predictions

Death Cab for Cutie could play the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Special to The Press-Enterprise) The big 2008 Coachella announcement is on the horizon. As soon as I get it, it will be up here, so keep…



Coachella Goes East

Well-bred: The Breeders have told reporters they’re playing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio in April. Billboard is reporting that AEG Live and Goldenvoice (the fine people who put on Coachella and Stagecoach and a ton…



Radiohead in the flesh

Radiohead is coming to Los Angeles AND San Diego in 2008. I am still banking on them as one of the Coachella headliners. Also, the Breeders have announced they’re playing Coachella….



Zep again?

When my alarm woke me up this morning, I thought the news I heard of Led Zeppelin playing Bonaroo was part of this wacky dream I had in which Charming Boyfriend was assembling Ikea furniture in this weird apartment…



Let the speculation begin!

So Radiohead posted enigmatic tour dates on the band’s Web site today. A couple of notes… 1-When does Radiohead do anything that’s not enigmatic? This time, the dates are listed with cities and countries. 2-Although there are no U.S. dates…



Holiday happenings

Gary Coleman is still wishing you a happy holiday season. So many holiday concerts, so little time. 12/13 Twisted Sister, House of Blues on Sunset. 12/14 The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Cookies Tour at Pechanga 12/15 Andy Williams Christmas…



Queens’ homecoming

Queens of the Stone Age: A band you don’t want to mess with in an underground tunnel. Queens of the Stone Age are coming home. The alternative rock band, whose lead singer Josh Homme grew up in Palm Desert,…



Stagecoach addition

I think the Stagecoach stage might be turning into the “American Idol” stage. Bucky Covington is now listed on the bill for the country music festival in Indio. He’ll join fellow “Idol” contestants Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler. Someone…



Coachella dates announced

So the Stagecoach lineup came out last night (The Judds reuniting!)and this morning I got confirmation on Coachella’s dates. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be back at the Empire Polo Field in Indio on April 25 to…



Stagecoach lineup announced!

The Judds will reunite for the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on May 3 in Indio. The Stagecoach lineup is out. Coachella’s country music cousin will be taking place May 3-4 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio with a…



Prediction time

Vanessa Franko/The Press-Enterprise David Serby plays on the Palomino Stage at the 2007 Stagecoach Country Music Festival. It’s that time again. The Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio is announcing its lineup on Friday, according to the official Web…



Holiday, celebrate

Gary Coleman is not touring Inland Southern California with a Christmas show this year, but it would be so awesome if he did. Well, I might as well start harassing you now with holiday stuff because the stores already…



That’s NPR to my ears!

NPR means New Performances from kickin’ Rockers, although not all of them are rock, and some are more folk and just eclectic, and it’s not like they’re playing a lot of Black Sabbath on there, but I digress. NPR is…



Mr. Golf Guy

Known for beheadings on stage, electric chairs, a “Wayne’s World” cameo and boa constrictors, Alice Cooper seems to stick out from the retiree image of the desert. However, Alice is coming with his merry band of shocksters to Fantasy Springs…



Review: Rock the Bells

Slideshow: Highlights from Rock the Bells Rock the Bells is about old school hip-hop. It’s not a concert for the Chamillionaires or the Nellys or even the P. Diddys of the world. Most of the acts playing have a message,…



The Roots

I caught some of The Roots’ show at Coachella this year and they were great. I think they were even better here. They’re very dynamic, yet utterly cool. How can you not love an act that has a tuba on…



Rage is the word

Rage is the band on everyone’s mind today. Rage Against the Machine T-shirts dominate the crowd by far. The crowd actually looks pretty similar to the closing day of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, where Rage first reunited, with…



They’re coming to the area

I’ve received a couple of new show announcements I thought I would pass along. Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean will play the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore on Sept. 15. Paging Dr. Noah Drake to the Coachella Valley,…



Wrapping up Comic-Con

Two days of Comic-Con was plenty to zap my energy. People who told me it was like covering the Coachella music festival weren’t kidding. Only a superhero can make it through all four days of Comic-Con and I salute those…



Scene on the street

One of the best things about living in SoCal is that the festival-style concerts never seem to stop. The latest music festival to pop up on the calendar is San Diego Street Scene, which announced its lineup this week. The…



A little more royalty

So last week I interviewed Palm Desert native Josh Homme, better known as the front man for Queens of the Stone Age and formerly of Kyuss. Now, I’ve interviewed a lot of musicians over the years (from Kevin Bacon to…



Stagecoach by the numbers

After surviving Coachella last weekend, I had no idea what to expect at Stagecoach. This is what I found: Number of concertgoers on Saturday: 30,000 Number of cowboy hats I spotted: 23, 463* Number of times the words “honky tonk”…



Weirdest booth award

At Coachella, there weren’t many vendors around. At Stagecoach, there are a ton, peddling everything from underwear to wood-burned signs to saddles. I’m not exactly sure who buys a saddle at Stagecoach and carries it around all day, but they…



Don’t judge a book by its tats

The only way to avoid seeing a cowboy hat in some fashion at Stagecoach is to look directly to the ground, and if you do that — there’s no way to avoid seeing a pair of cowboy boots. This, of…



Horses barred

The rocking horse sculptures that have been here since Coachella were cordoned off Sunday. Located by the entrance, the sculptures, made out of rebar and tread from the New Jersey Turnpike, were fan favorites for pictures, with audience members climbing…



Willie Does It Best

Willie Nelson played Coachella last week and went over well with the hippies and hipsters, but this week he took it to a new level. From “Always On My Mind” to “On the Road Again,” he played them all and…



Cover girls

Unlike Coachella, a cover song seems to be a staple in a Stagecoach set. Sara Evans is covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” on the Mane Stage on Saturday evening as I type. Miranda Lambert sang Creedence Clearwater Revival’s…



Creeking Along Nicely

Nickel Creek, an L.A. hipster bluegrass outfit — yes that’s right — played Coachella last week to little fanfare, but really resonated this afternoon on the Appaloosa Stage. It’s always interesting to think how a band from this area can…



Fashion statement

Concertgoers at Coachella made hats out of the recycling bin lids, but I’ve seen a number of people at Stagecoach wearing cowboy hats made out of beer boxes. They’re rectangular on the top and have a brims similar to a…



Stagecoach Take One

Back at the Polo Fields in Indio a week after Coachella and the fans on the grounds could not be more different. Dreadlocks and mohawks have been replaced by cowboy hats and golf caps. The crowd is older, richer but…



Giddy up

The gates have just opened at the inaugural Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field in Indio. About a thousand people lined up to get in, busier than the Coachella line last Friday, armed with camping chairs, hats and sunscreen. Concertgoers…



Star sightings (and signings)

Stagecoach has announced some artists who will be giving their John Hancocks for fans at the Virgin Megastore tent this weekend. Saturday: 3 – 4 p.m. Jason Michael Carroll 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Eric Church 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Miranda…



Taking it down a few notches

This weekend at Indio’s Empire Polo Club won’t be a preview of summer in the desert, according to forecasters. The Weather Channel is reporting 88 degrees F. for Saturday and 92 degrees for Sunday. Last weekend, music fans at the…



The Finale

Rodrigo Pena / The Press-Enterprise Rage Against the Machine rocks the house during the final day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday. Rage Against the Machine may have been the most important and…



Not so Crowded House

New Zealand popsters Crowded House played a set on the Coachella Stage Sunday night to a crowd of not-so-enthusiastic people who were merely waiting for Rage Against the Machine. Singer Neil Finn tried to get the crowd to sing along…



Willie The Cool

Willie Nelson is oblivious to the outside world and because of that he may just be the coolest man alive. He just chills up there on stage with every hair still in his head, a smile on his face and…



Best cover award

Nothing says fun like a solid cover song and British guys The Feeling obliged by playing a stellar cover of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” Sunday afternoon on the Coachella stage. It looked like about half of the…



Surprise falls flat to midland

One of the things people talk about at Coachella every year is the surprise guests and performers. “Lost in Translation” actress Scarlett Johansson already joined the Jesus and Mary Chain on Friday night to sing backup on “Just Like Honey”…



Disco at Coachella?

The Coachella stage definitely has the most eclectic lineup for Sunday. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is on now, Willie Nelson is playing later and Rage Against the Machine is closing the day. The lineup started off even stranger with next-big-pop-thing Mika…



Raging in the heat

By noon on Sunday Carmen Zacarias had already staked out her spot for Rage Against the Machine’s set, which is slated to start at 10:40 p.m. Zacarias and friend Omar Castillo traveled from El Paso, Texas to get a spot…



No Riot in Tent City

Indio’s Police Department had to quiet down 250 or so campers in Coachella’s “tent city” (pop. 15,000) at 3 a.m. Sunday but Indio police spokesman Benjamin Guitron said it wasn’t an unruly crowd — no bottles thrown, no fires, no…



Prelude to the finale

Day three of Coachella has finally arrived and all everyone seems to be talking about is the Rage Against the Machine reunion. Early Sunday afternoon, people blasted Rage throughout the parking lot. It may just be my perception, but judging…



Peppering Coachella

Flea is a great bass blayer, John Frusciante is an otherworldlly guitarist and Chad Smith plays drums like an octopus — then there’s Anthony Keidis, who’s now sporting a mustache. Unfortunately the charismatic front man just doesn’t have any vocal…



Arcade Fires up the crowd

It looks like Montreal indie darlings the Arcade Fire have packed the field facing the Coachella stage Saturday evening with more people than Bjork attracted as a headliner on Friday night. The band opened with “Keep the Car Running” from…



The Decemberists and the whale

While I love the Decemberists’ literary lyrics and sea shanties on the album, I did not know what to expect in a live show, especially at a festival. However, the Portland-based band did not disappoint with the fun and theatrics….



Pornographers of Comedy?

We’re heading down the stretch of day two at Coachella and I think we have a winner for the “best stage banter” category. Drumroll, please. The New Pornographers! This Canadian supergroup with artists from other indie bands played the Outdoor…



Night Time Is The Right Time

As the sun began to set on day two of Coachella Kings of Leon played its brand of dirty Southern rock to usher in the evening. Dusk is great at Coachella because it serves to transition the sweaty hot Southern…



Interview with Mike Relm

Mike Relm is wearing a black suit backstage at Coachella. “It’s advantageous,” the San Francisco-based DJ said. “I won’t get burned on my arms and chest and legs like everyone else.” The DJ who uses video in his sets is…



Fratellis Don’t Fall Flat

If anyone asks you what the best song of the last five years is the answer is the Fratellis’ “Flathead.” You’ve heard the tune on the Apple iPod commercial and seeing it live and in person at Coachella under the…



Fountains of Hipsters

Personally, I’m a fan of Fountains of Wayne’s brand of quirky power pop but since their mainstream success with “Stacy’s Mom” I thought they were an odd choice at Coachella. However, the band seems to be trying to up their…



Day 2: First Impressions

Your faithful Press-Enterprise reporters are back at the Empire Polo Field in Indio for the second day of Coachella. On the way in, there seemed to be a lot of people chugging bottles of water and a few caring for…



Interpol

I wonder if the guys in Interpol go home, change out of their suits and lip synch to ’80s hair metal while dancing around the house. That would be the carefree alter-ego to the suit-wearing quartet that took the Coachella…



Cocker Is A Rocker

Pulp lead singer Jarvis Cocker recently issued a solo album, and his solo set at Coachella has been filled with energetic pop songs and plenty of live panache. Cocker knows hw to interract with a crowd, which is something the…



After dark

Coachella Art Curator Philip Blaine said that when he selects the large-scale sculptures for the show, he looks for pieces that will have different senses depending on the time of day. Now that the sun has gone down, there are…



Supply and Demand

Some things are in short supply at Coachella: restrooms and cell phone reception. Some things in surplus: vast open spaces between stages to run through and people wearing comic book superhero shirts (someone’s been shopping at Target). — KIMBERLY PIERCEALL…



Arctic Monkeys punk it up

Drawing people away from the packed Amy Winehouse set, British lads the Arctic Monkeys played a blistering set on the Coachella stage this evening. They played a mix of old songs and a few new ones off their latest effort,…



Winehouse Brings Down the House

Amy Winehouse, the young British chanteuse with a classic sound that finds a home somewhere between Motown and Trojan records, easily created the biggest buzz thus far. For some reason her 6 p.m. slot in the miniscule Gobi tent, which…



Welch and Rawlings Bring It

Gillian Welch and her songwriting partner David Rawlings opened their set in the Gobi tent with a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s “Jackson,” which was every bit as authentic and soulful as the original. As an ode to…



Sign of Progress

Belated kudos to the folks who set up the handy signs with clear arrows directing traffic seamlessly to the Empire Polo Club, venue for the Coachella music festival. Granted, it helped to get to the concert early at about 10:30…



Pure Comedy

So stand-up-comedy may fit in with Coachella much like a mime performing in a casino (heat-exhaustion folks, my head and metaphors are weak) as fellow blogger Paul Saitowitz mentioned, but I did enjoy the greeting comedian Patton Oswalt gave the…



Farrell Is Back At Coachella

Perry Farrell has been a part of Coachella in several incarnations — first as a part of Jane’s Addiction, later as a solo artist and DJ and now as a part of his rocking new band, Satellite Party. Think Jane’s…



Noisettes

Three and a half hours after the gates opened, the rock finally appeared at Coachella in the form of British trio the Noisettes. Mark my words, this band, which sounds like a new-wave rock Yeah Yeah Yeahs, could be the…



Get connected

For you computer addicts coming out to Coachella on Saturday and Sunday, fear not–you can check your e-mail and your MySpace. The AT&T; Blue Room is open and has a number of computer terminals for concert-goers. They also claim that…



Comedians of Comedy are funny,

Comedians of Comedy are funny, but it just doesn’t seem to work here in a tent at Coachella. This is a music fest and fans want music. It’s too hot hot to concentrate on jokes. Let’s rock!…



Let the music play

The first act of the day took the Coachella Stage at 2 p.m., a DJ duo from Chicago called Flosstradamus. “Let’s kick this . . . off right with a dance party,” member Flosstradamus member Autobot yelled to the crowd…



Entering the Joy

My third Coachella and by far the most difficult time crusing in. I was caught in one endless single-file line of cars filled with impatient fans. Maybe it’s because the festival is now three days long, maybe it’s because two…



The Speedo Solution

Skin is in full supply at Coachella today, but few have outdone three men from San Diego who returned to Coachella Music and Arts Festival wearing Speedos, fanny-packs and little else. “FRISK ME!” shouted Greg Gallegos, 29, before he walked…



Surveying the scene

The gates have opened at the eighth annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival and people are filing in and checking out the food, vendors and projects. Event organizers Paul Tollett and Bill Fold have been riding around the massive grounds…



Opening day

The line to get into this year’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival is already hundreds of people long. On the 10 cars are whizzing by with signs such as “Coachella or Bust.” The smell of sunscreen is everywhere as festivalgoers…