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Deadmau5 and Tommy Lee Claim Both Were Banned From Coachella By Paul Tollet Back in 2010

October 16th, 2013
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Tommy Lee made an appearance on a recent episode of Deadmau5’s YouTube show Coffee Run. Among other things, the two cleared up the rumors of their banishment from Coachella. Read more…

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Sly Stone’s Coachella Rant Comes Back to Bite

August 7th, 2010

Sly Stone–of 60s-70s hippie-funk fame–had quite a time at Coachella this past April, an event that has come back in the form of legal trouble from his former manager, Jerry Goldstein. More after the jump. Read more…

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Gorillaz – Coachella Stage

April 19th, 2010

And last, but not certainly not least for Coachella 2010–holy crap–it’s Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz. Situated in front of a gorgeous logo of their name, and in a pleasant surprise compared to their history, not hidden in shadows at all, Gorillaz were armed to bring every bit of their sonic arsenal to bear. Opening with a taped Snoop Dogg video (”Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach”) on a massive video monitor, the band greeted the crowd into the world of their new album. The sheer depth of detail in their set was magnificent. Albarn played ringmaster to a twenty-person backing band expertly performing (not triggering) every note of “Rhinestone Eyes,” “White Flag” and “Empire Ants” while colorful videos adorned the backing video wall. Recent single “Stylo” with Bobby Womack (but not Mos Def) in attendance was smoothed-out and dance-inducing and “Glitter Freeze” was a near-instrumental throwdown. Albarn even appeared lively, smiling and punctuating songs like he was in a comfortable element for the first time in twenty years. Other live guests included Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon and De La Soul on “Superfast Jellyfish” and party-starting encore “Feel Good Inc.” Probably the biggest single reaction came in the form of “Clint Eastwood,” its bumping bass drops prompting Albarn to jump with triumphant energy. At the risk of gushing, this set was a beautiful moment. Gorillaz were exactly the kind of mind-blowing excellence that Coachella is famous for. It somehow managed to amorphously be whatever it wanted to be, rocking, serene, slick and stylish, all under the guise of a cartoon band of Gorillaz.

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Sly Stone Gives Sad Performance at Coachella

April 19th, 2010

On April 18, the third and final day of Coachella, Sly Stone was slated to make a 7 p.m. performance although rumors were flying that he wasn’t even present. A few minutes before Sly was supposed to take the stage, someone came out announced that he would perform shortly, but an opening act would take the stage first – Little Boots. Little Boots was originally scheduled to perform after Sly Stone at 8:15 p.m., so mxdwn approached the soundboard man to get an answer as to what exactly was going on. At that point, Sly Stone was yet to be located and we were informed that Sly might take the stage later that night. Read more…

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Thom Yorke (Atoms for Peace) – Outdoor Theatre

April 19th, 2010

Originally credited as Thom Yorke????? on all of Coachella’s advertisements, the since-named Atoms for Peace began the final slate of music to bring Coachella 2010 to a close. And what a closing it was. Atoms for Peace played the entirety of Thom Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser and then some as the wind picked up and cooled off the Coachella valley. Atoms for Peace funked up each number considerably and Flea’s contributions on bass rivaled the best of his material on any Red Hot Chili Peppers album, his head bobbing as if he had no spinal cord with each successive note. “Analyse,” “The Eraser” and “Harrowdown Hill” took on new life as Joey Waronker, Nigel Godrich (Radiohead’s go-to producer) and Mauro Refosco expanded each song into explosive revelations while Yorke sprung ecstatically waving his arms. Following The Eraser songs Yorke returned to do three songs solo, a new yet-to-be-named song relying a looping effect and an amazing doubleshot of Radiohead tracks, the former “Airbag” done only with acoustic guitar and the latter the stunning “Everything in its Right Place” with Yorke manning the piano. The rest of the band returned to end out with a triple shot of new Yorke/Atoms for Peace songs that he implied the audience should “freak out to.” Humorously stating, “Because you need to freak out!” “Judge, Jury and Executioner,” “The Hollow Earth” and “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” all absolutely slayed live. If Yorke is serious about keeping Atoms for Peace together, he could have another band on his hands that could be as hugely popular as Radiohead is.

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News ,

Orbital – Sahara Tent

April 19th, 2010

Phil and Paul Hartnoll, the brothers behind the luminary electronic band Orbital have returned after a few-year hiatus, and show no signs of rustiness. With only fifty minutes for their set, the brothers Hartnoll wasted no time and worked feverishly amidst a massive rack of synthesizers and gear sequencing beautiful and complex elements together. True to form–and their untarnished reputation–they singlehandedly demonstrated the value in thoughtful composition. Their tracks were rich and full of detail, providing ample backdrop for dancing while not getting lost in build-up house music cliches. Amidst the seemless transitions and alluring tapestries of interwoven melodies “Halcyon + On + On” (complete with their live mash-up inclusions of samples of Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”) and “Satan” (in all of its aggressive glory) were choice highlights. It’s rare as a journalist to feel nostalgic for the music of by-gone decades with such a nonstop influx of new progressive music always around every corner, but Orbital alone generated the feeling in abundance. Their craftsmenship and precision easily puts to shame many live electronic acts of fame in today’s music world.

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News ,

Phoenix – Outdoor Theatre

April 19th, 2010

In another of many positively daunting large crowds, Phoenix had amassed an unending sea of people at the Outdoor Theatre. In seven years of attendance, never has any band on memory drawn such a monstrous crowd at this stage. This was arguably as large a gathering as Muse had at the Coachella Stage the previous night. Worse yet, once Miike Snow finished their set over at the Mojave Tent, large streams of people began pushing through the crowd. It made for an environment that felt a little less than safe, and rendered it impossible to enjoy Phoenix.

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News ,

Sly Stone – Gobi Tent

April 19th, 2010

In line with reports and rumors of Sly Stone’s antics of the last couple of years, apparently Sly hasn’t shown up to Coachella yet. Reportedly some took to the stage announcing Sly would be a few minutes late, but would have an opening act first, Little Boots (who was already slated to go on after Sly). After inquiring of the soundboard man, reportedly he revealed that Sly had not been located yet, and that he might go on later. As of this moment, he still hasn’t. We’ll update you when we know more.

By Raymond Flotat Posted in News ,

Spoon – Coachella Stage

April 19th, 2010

Spoon captured the energy and vibe of the audience at their sundown set. Adding a great deal more energy to their show compared to their opening night show at South by Southwest this year, by the time they played “Don’t Make Me a Target,” the crowd was dancing feverishly.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg – Gobi Tent

April 19th, 2010

Dissappointingly, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s set lacked the pristine beauty that her recent album IRM delivered so much of. Gainsbourg seemed happy to be present, but vocally was a little off key. Also, the mix was off balance, percussion elements landed higher in what was heard than it should have. Even lead single “Heaven Can Wait,” lacked some of the subtle charms that it did in its recorded format.

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