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A New Breed of Coachella?

Although Coachella has never been a headliner-centric festival, the 2011 bill is surprisingly underwhelming.

The Coachella experience

Coachella is always a desert transformed — an oasis for the noisy, the avant garde and those who get down and dirty. This year, business executives and punk rockers commiserated in the name of rock ‘n’ roll, electronica and hip-hop — anything to make their head spin, hands clap or hips shake. For first-timers, the […]

Record Store Day spurs vinyl comeback

Saturday, April 17, 6:59 a.m.: A line of bleary-eyed yet eager shoppers snaked along the sidewalk adjacent to Fingerprints, an independently run music shop in the Belmont Shore section of Long Beach. The throng, a shoddy assortment of teenagers and adults donning jeans and sneakers, plaid button-downs and band T-shirts, was a somewhat unusual fixture […]

Coachella leaves indie roots in the dust

“We’re very excited to be here tonight,” Grizzly Bear’s Ed Drost said to an ocean of fans Friday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. “LCD Soundsystem, Jay-Z, Fever Ray … Is it too much?” he asked with a grin. The answer turned out to be yes, actually. The January announcement of the festival’s […]

Coachella underdogs worth the early trip

April in Southern California brings three certain, oft-dreaded events: rainstorms, tax day and Coachella. Currently in its 11th year, the formerly two-day-, once one-day- and now three-day-long Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual mecca for area music fans. In its relatively short tenure, Coachella has become a local staple. But what started […]