Friday, April 12CoachellaEmpire Polo ClubThis year's granddaddy of Southern California rolls into Indio for weekend one of an insane three-day sprawl of sound, now in its 12th year. Friday's lineup topped by Britain's revived rock legends The Stone Roses and features other marquis acts likeTrent Rez ... More >>
Coachella is less than a full day away, which means you should get ready for our annual deluge of posts about our reckless, wild time in Indio. We'll be out there in force with our sister paper LA Weekly (they also got festival pre-coverage for dayyyyys) Before that happens, we thought it best to ta ... More >>
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!
A road map to the best festival parties, and how to get in (or not)!
Ladies travel site Misstravel.com recently named named Coachella the number one music festival at which to go on a first date. For so many reasons, this is a terrible idea. Issue number one is that unless you have some day pass scenario worked out, a first date at Coachella means that you're aut ... More >>
Looks like we won't be hearing any of Lou Reeds Metal Machine Music in Indio this year. The former front man of the Velvet Underground just pulled out of Coachella and scrapped shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Monterrey.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you have to know that Indio beer has started being imported from Mexico into the United States. There are billboards; there are giant posters in liquor store and convenience store windows; there are radio ads in two languages. Suddenly, everyone seems to have ... More >>
The second installment of Coachella 2012 kicks off today in Indio. I just got back from enjoying Weekend 1 in the desert and between great performances by At the Drive-In and Tupac's hologram, I managed to get a little food blogging done.It's always smart to fill up before you get to the festival, b ... More >>
A guide to the festival's past and present
Singing the praises of our much-maligned Inland Empire neighbors
According to a post on Stagecoach Festival's Facebook page, Stagecoach 2012 is Sold Out. The caption to the photo posted above says, "Thank you to the fans that have joined us in the desert and the new ones who will experience Stagecoach for the first time this spring. Without you, this ... More >>
The Stagecoach Country Music Festival today announced its full lineup, with Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton headlining. The sixth installment of Coachella's country counterpart will also have old-school crossover favorites such as Kenny Rogers, Chris Isaak, Alabama a ... More >>
[Mental Notes] How to find them without thrashing
What'd you miss this weekend? It was a long one for us: We headed out to Indio (again!) for the Big 4 Festival with Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer; then we checked out the Railroad Revival Tour, which stopped in San Pedro with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. ... More >>
Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeath and Slayer on one bill Really.
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 >>
We feel your pain. Not the pain of all of you about to head out to Indio in order to see the antlike figures onstage from a distance play an amazing unexpected cover version (that will be on YouTube five minutes after they perform it), while some very drunk individual pours a combination o ... More >>
Vickie ChangIf you missed your chance to buy Coachella tickets for the six days in January that they were still onsale, you're in luck. This late in the game, we found a couple of ways to score tickets. Price tag? From free to $975 !
Scott Ian, Anthrax's rhythm and lead guitar player, just announced he's not going to be touring with the band he formed 30 years ago due to the upcoming birth of his first child. He said, "This decision to miss these shows was a deeply personal one. I co-founded this band July 18, 1981, and for ... More >>
The Spanish-language music press is abuzz with news of a confirmed Caifanes reunion in 2011. The legendary rock en español band from Mexico City has made amends after fifteen years apart as they set to perform at the huge outdoor Vive Latino music festival in the D.F. Tensions between singer Sa ... More >>
[Trendzilla] Say yes to cotton, no to bikini tops
Andrew YoussefLocal Natives, big success.It's been less than 72 hours since we left Indio, and already nostalgia's creeping in. Luckily, there's YouTube with which to relive the highlights. One of those highlights: Orange County's own (well, kinda) Local Natives. After the jump: Watch them close ... More >>
Beth Stirnaman / OC WeeklySo much humans. Check that picture of having-funners to the right. That's gonna be us soon! And hopefully, many of you, too. But if not, that's okay. You can pretend to be in the desert, watching Thom Yorke get a sun burn, by following us on Twitter. Our handle? OCWeekly ... More >>
[Coachella 2010] Finding these items in the illustration may be easier than finding them at Coachella
Beth Stirnaman / OC WeeklyHe looked better with the lights out.Coachella ended abruptly last year, with the Cure getting the plug pulled in the middle of their third encore at about 33 minutes past midnight. The sounds went out, the band kept playing, and then the lights shut off. Our reaction wh ... More >>
Let the rumors end--finally. The Coachella roster has been confirmed. Jay-Z ranks as the biggie for the fest that takes place April 16-18 in the desert/aka Empire Polo Field, Indio, but the rad reunions go to Pavement and Faith No More. As for blasts from the past, we're stoked to see Sly and the Fa ... More >>
Not to be outdone by their North County counterparts, who recycle sewage into drinking water through the revolutionary Groundwater Replenishment System, South County communities are banding together to turn food waste into compost.While the regional pilot program sounds meritorious, one thing abo ... More >>
Fox Theater Pomona
Usually "VIP packages" are shameless ripoffs, but here's one that's seriously enticing: for Peter Murphy's June 8 show at the House of Blues Anaheim, $100 will get you not only a seat in the loge section (alright), a "limited edition poster" (yawn) and early entry into the venue (eh), but also a mee ... 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 >>
Don't feel like sweating your balls off? Or dropping 269 bizones to get the opportunity to sweat your balls off? Weird, but you've still got options around OC if you're not heading out to Coachella.
The Black Keys, 7 p.m.Arguably the world's most talanted musical duo playing today plays Pomona's Glass House before heading out to Indio to play the Coachilla Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, CA; 909-629-0377South Coast Apartment Association, 11 a ... More >>
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 >>
Like any local fan, I'm always excited to see bands we've written about in the Weekly get some solid recognition elsewhere. Okay, so maybe Pomona is not too far elsewhere, but the April calendar at The Glass House has great OC/LB talent opening up for some Coachella caliber acts. The jazzy jam artis ... More >>
On Saturday, Luke Y. Thompson headed to OC Weekly photographer John Gilhooley's art show at Memphis in Santa Ana, featuring a slew of OC Weekly covers beautifully displayed on a chartreuse wall and printed on glossy, over-sized paper (oh, the glory of glossy!). And across the street from Gilhooley's ... More >>
This weekend had so many festivals going on that both Navel Gazing and Heard Mentality were working through the weekend. First, we had Luke Y. Thompson pulling double duty blogging his little heart out at the Newport Beach Film Festival AND attending his big movie premiere in Hollywood. While Dave ... More >>
April 27 - May 4: the Slaughtahouse
Electronic music goes mainstream
Notes on a discarded dust mask