In full grips of the dry desert heat, the fine art of day drinking at Coachella becomes a game of survival of the fittest. Sweltering temperatures in the high 90s aren't necessarily ideal conditions to bombard your liver with alcohol. And unless you've been used to trekking through sand in the Middl ... More >>
One of the more mysterious bands to play at Coachella this year is Sweden's Ghost B.C. If you had the chance to catch them during their early Sunday afternoon set on the main stage during WeekendOne, then you remember their satanic melodies, distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards (a mix between ... More >>
Not everyone was hip enough to make it Coachella this weekend for all of the musical acts, people watching,drugs, and mayhem. Of course, the Weekly was there updating us on the latest news, our air conditioners, bathrooms that smelled fresh, and plenty of tweets flying around to keep us highly ent ... More >>
By: Ben Westhoff and Mary Carreon We've spent a lot of time this Coachella talking about the magnificent bros in attendance, but how about the fair and talented ladies? Per usual, they were everywhere, doing their thing like it wasn't a chicken wing, or something. In any case, here are the hottest d ... More >>
Hate to say it, but some of you at Coachella (which starts today!) are going to be approached by police officers assuming you have drugs. Well, you just may, but guess what? You still have rights, man. Cameron Bowman is here to help! As a music festival lover and attorney at San Jose firm Valencia, ... More >>
The Glass House
Finally! The set times for Coachella were just released. The wait is over. Check out the full line-up, and see all of our warm-up Coachella coverage before we hit the polo fields. We leave for Indio tomorrow, let the craziness begin! Saturday and Sunday set times are after the jump!
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Over the weekend, the Growlers' Beach Goth Party blessed us with the union of two amazing things...Halloween and a day on the playa. In celebration of their newly-released album Hung at Heart, the OC psych/surf tribe brought out a slew of bands to the Observatory including Audacity, Thee Rainca ... More >>
Why are they still covering up an April outbreak of E. coli at a local restaurant?
As the dust settles from last month's double weekend extravaganza known as Coachella, why not build up some hype for next year's event, even if it is a mere 11 months away? Today, Goldenvoice announced that advanced passes for next year's event, which again is slated to be a two weekend affair (Ap ... More >>
Ben WesthoffHey, it's a festival. Garbage is going to be an issue. And we applaud the organizers of Coachella in their attempts to, you know, prevent our planet from being ruined. But this is a little much. "Landfill"? That's garbage, right? But, we're supposed to feel shame for using it? "Mixe ... More >>
Black Lips tearing it up at Coachella in 2008. Expect a video featuring the pickle shot on YouTube soon.See also:*The Best Of Coachella: Day One*"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain*Coachella Preview 2012: Everything You Need to Know About the PerformersThe Black Lips started o ... More >>
Who's excited? With two days to go before the most anticipated, sold-out double weekend (with possibilities of DOUBLE RAINBOWS!) to go, we thought we'd share the set times that Coachella shared on Facebook a few minutes ago.
Fearless Records is producing a limited edition yellow 10" vinyl version of At The Drive-In's seminal 1999 EP Vaya, but only at Coachella! Whaaa! The record will be available at Zia Record's pop up shop and the Coachella boutique, and it is the first pressing of Vaya in 12 years. ("Rascu ... More >>
In light of this week's Coachella lineup announcement, you knew that there'd be reactions ranging form the good, the bad and the angry. That being said, we trolled Twitter to see what people thought and here's a countdown of some of the comments to date (note: these tweets are in their purest, un ... More >>
According to a statement, Coachella passes for both weekends go on sale this Friday, January 13 at 10 a.m. The release also said "there are not many left for Weekend 1 and those must be purchased with a shuttle pass." In other words, Weekend 1 is pretty much sold out, so you should plan to g ... More >>
Feel that? The end is near.Two 3.0-plus earthquakes rocked Southern California in a recent 14-hour period.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the last one, a 3.5 "shallow" strike, hit just before 9 a.m. today in the mountains near Coachella.A Palm Springs newspaper is reporting that resident ... More >>
Last Friday we got this notice in our inbox. For some reason, I didn't feel like it was legit because a) the name on the email was mispelled (it came from "Cochella") and b) I've never gotten a Coachella announcement in May before.
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyTwo weekends of this?And now we know what all the fuss was about. In an announcement on Coachella.com, festival organizers said that Coachella 2012 will be held over two weekends: it will be the same lineup, same art, same place, different people.Coachella Weekend 1 ... More >>
Laila Derakhshanian/OC WeeklyThe waiting game.If you don't follow us already, Heard Mentality will be live tweeting and blogging all weekend from Coachella. Here's our first photo. Yep, still sitting in traffic. Follow us on Twitter @OCWeeklyMusic!
There's a ton that's different at Indio this year. The wristbands, for one--while members of the press got to check in at Indian Wells, a site about five miles away from the festival, almost everyone else got their wristbands mailed to them. That meant no clusterfuck at the gate, and a wait in tr ... More >>
UPDATE, April 14, 9:58 a.m.: In a phone conversation, Suzanne Thoreson, Chief Operating Officer of Staff Pro (the company whose uniform is being sold online) said that the said uniform was stolen, the logo trademarked and that an investigation is ongoing. Further than saying nothing like this has ... More >>
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Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyThere was barely room for sombreros at Coachella.About 225,000 people attended the Coachella Arts & Music Festival over the course of its three days last month, Billboard reports. That represented a huge jump from the festival's previous record of 186,636 atend ... More >>
Doug NeillIs she a fan of the xx?Everyone knows all the super hip VIPs hang out at the parties during the daytime all Coachella weekend--enjoy these pics from the Music Loves Fashion pool party at the Riviera Hotel, which also featured over 40 DJs.Click here for the full slideshow!
The official Coachella Twitter has just confirmed that Talvin Singh, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Gary Numan all will not be able to make the festival, due to travel restrictions brought about by the volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull (no, seriously, that's the name of the volcano ... More >>
Live shotVia LA Weekly via losanjealous we learn that Sunday-night Coachella headliners Gorillaz will be playing a dress-rehearsal performance on Friday. Where? When, exactly? Well, those are unknowns. It'll be somewhere LA, and you can enter for tickets here. Give it a shot, especially if y ... More >>
Beth StirnamanCoachella attendees staying classy during Day 1 of 2009That's right. No space left for car and tent camping. Good luck booking that hotel or, as the Coachella's publicity people put it, "firming up plans for alternative lodging." Oh, and still no word on single-day passes. But the ... More >>
...Without the annual tradition of the fake, overly ambitious Coachella poster? (Actually, we'd venture to say this might be the most realistic fake line-up yet--how many times has it been rumored that the Smiths are reuniting?--but you know: Perchance to dream, etc.)Stay tuned for news of the re ... More >>
For real this time.Back in April, Welsh family band Los Campesinos!, the dudes behind 2008's excellent We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, were scheduled to play Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa the day before their Friday Coachella gig. Mysteriously, the show was canceled--neither by the venue nor the band-- ... More >>
We were so busy seeing sets at Coachella this past weekend that we apparently missed out on some of the real stories--like this naked wizard getting chased around and tased by on-site cops. Everyone wants to have fun at there, but apparently this naked wizard was having a little too much fun. Here's ... More >>
Here's something interesting from the OC Register's Soundcheck blog via Palm Springs local news station KESQ: Apparently, Coachella promoters Goldenvoice are liable to be fined $1,000 PER MINUTE for every minute sets went past midnight this past weekend. Yipes.Sure, there's a reason why shows, espec ... More >>
OMGzerz! Not that these plain text posts haven't been TOTALLY FANTASTIC, but wouldn't you like to see some actual color photographs from Coachella? Guess what! We got some! Beth Stirnaman's pictures from Friday are right here, for your enjoyment. The pic above is of Morrissey, natch, and inspired th ... More >>
So, I love Morrissey. I've seen him four times now, and each instance ranks among the happier moments of my life (yes, I know how lame that makes me sound, what of it?). But last night at Coachella apparently wasn't one of his happier moments.I always tell Morrissey detractors who decry him as just ... More >>
What up. On my laptop now, in the glorious PRESS TENT. Couches! Free (warm) water! It's...beautiful.I noticed that all of my phone posts didn't have any linebreaks, making all my posts look like one giant paragraph. That's fun.We're in full-on "sethopping" mode over here: saw most of Los Campesinos! ... More >>
The Glass House
I've been to one Coachella and that was in 2003. Although the motive behind the hellacious trek from Long Beach to Indio was to see the first Stooges gig in nearly three decades, I ended up witnessing something way cooler than a shirtless Iggy. Elephants. You heard me. I saw a train of circus elepha ... More >>
Going to Coachella is expensive--$269 for all three days, in fact, not counting service fees and their pre-requisite $3 donation to charity. So who wouldn't want to find a way to get in without, you know, paying? Our local community radio station KUCI may have your (free) way in, as long as you don' ... More >>