Taking a Pass on Coachella

As previously noted on Heard Mentality, the greedy, heartless, brainless bastards behind Coachella have done away with single-day passes. Enter the Coachella 2010 Single-Day Pass/Wristband Petition Group on Facebook. “This petition will strive to gather as many Coachella 2010 patrons who all agree that everyone, the artists, the event organizers, the people who will work in the event in any position and even the law enforcement, should be conscious of our situation,” reads the description. “Please consider this petition and make it fair for all us people who obviously want to attend but cannot afford $269 for two days, or even one day. We thank you.” As of March 16, there were 5,836 members. Alas, this petition probably won’t change shit, but maybe if attendance numbers take a plunge this year, Coachella organizers will rethink 2011’s ticket policy (and prices, and, hey, maybe even a better lineup). From a March 9 Heard Mentality post.

The lights dimmed to a hot purple, and then a strikingly heavy perfume permeated the already-choked air at Pomona’s Glass House on March 12. Little Boots—a.k.a. Victoria Hesketh—sauntered from the back of the stage, her hood-shrouded head pointed to the ground. The singer’s band followed through the shadows, all mysteriously caped in black. The white lights blasted Hesketh’s face, pink-cheeked and bright-eyed, while she pressed the piano lines to the song “Ghost.” Dripping with darkness, she sang, “Do you even know that I’m here? I might as well be a ghost. It’s true you walk right through me.”

Peeling off her cape, Hesketh revealed a black tank, jeweled belt and hip-hugging mini shorts with black leggings. She grasped the microphone in one hand and flirtatiously flicked her platinum-dyed hair. The 25-year-old British electro-pop sensation belted her album opener, “New In Town,” with alluring vengeance. In a burst of energy, she thrust her lithe-yet-curvaceous body into slinky motions, clapping her hands to the jingle of the tambourine.

The lights streamed in a rainbow of green, purple and blue. She banged on her keytar while fists pumped in the air. Her innate knack for songwriting showed in the lyrics to “Symmetry”: “The shadow I cast and the echo I make, the calm to my storm and the lesson to my mistakes.” From a March 15 post by Danielle Bacher.

Upcoming Events

Fullerton’s veteran punk-rock export Social Distortion started the week with the announcement that drummer Adam “Atom” Willard was calling it quits after nearly a year with the band. He left on friendly terms “due to many foreseeable scheduling conflicts” with his other band, Angels & Airwaves, said a statement released by Social D. But they ended the week with a new dude to sit behind the kit. Fu Manchu drummer Scott Reeder is filling the spot for the band’s first South American tour, which is set to begin April 17. From a March 12 post by Megan Brescini.


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