Posts Tagged ‘Coachella’


Two Belated Music Fest Wrap Ups – 21. April, 2014

Wow! These were supposed to be quick and easy wrap ups but I got all caught up in deadlines for three writing assignments. Lame excuse, right?

First, SXSW. Here’s a link to all my photos. I haven’t updated the tags to reflect the bands and, at this point, I probably won’t for a *long* time. Sorry, but all my spare time has to go to writing. Here are a choice few.

And here’s a Spotify Playlist of the bands I saw at SXSW.

As for Coachella…

Here are the bands I saw:

    • GroupLove
    • Haim
    • Kate Nash
    • Neko Case
    • Ellie Goulding
    • Glitch Mob
    • Chromeo
    • The Replacements
    • OutKast
    • Chvrches
    • Kid Cudi
    • Capital Cities
    • Future Islands
    • Lorde
    • Fatboy Slim
    • Empire of the Sun
    • Pharrell Williams
    • Pet Shop Boys
    • Damien Lazarus
    • Lee Burridge
    • Zoe
    • Superchunk
    • The Naked and Famous
    • Neutral Milk Hotel
    • Calvin Harris
    • Lana Del Rey
    • Disclosure
    • Arcade Fire

Those bands that impressed me: GroupLove, Chromeo, Chvrches, Lorde, Fatboy Slim, Pet Shop Boys, Lana Del Rey (yeah, I KNOW!), and Arcade Fire.

Those that blew me away: OutKast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Calvin Harris.

Here’s my Coachella Playlist.

Over and out!

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April 2010 Goal Check – 5. May, 2010

I think I can sum up this past month with one phrase:

What the fuck happened?

The month didn’t get off to a good start and then, for some unknown, after Coachella everything went straight to Hell.

Time to go at it again.

Coachella 2010 – 21. April, 2010

I’m still recovering from my Coachella experience so let me be swift and let me be brutal

Day One

Yeasayer – Sounded great. Would love to check them out in a proper venue.

Ra Ra Riot – Much improved from their SXSW show, which was riddled with technical issues. Fell in love with the violinist, crushing hard on the cellist (who might have the best ass in indie rock)

The Specials – Sounded so good. Wish I would have checked them out longer but had to catch…

Passion Pit – Tons of fun but the lead singer needs vocal lessons… or the mix was way off but I doubt that because the second he sung falsetto (which is always) he was impossible to hear.

Them Crooked Vultures – Good to see John Paul Jones live but I wish they didn’t sound like Queens of the Stone Age outtakes.

Echo & The Bunnymen – He’s such a prick but he’s earned it.

Vampire Weekend – Without a double my pick of the day. Last time they were nervous, stiff and out to prove themselves. This time they came to rock and boy did they.

Jay Z – So I can check that off the list. And now I love how Danger Mouse improved him even more.

Day Two

Camera Obscura – I was certain they’d wilt in the desert heat but they were surprisingly awesome.

White Rabbits – I wish these guys were surprisingly awesome but they’re young so I’ll cut them some slack.

Tokyo Police Club – Man, I wish they were better live.

The xx – Their sound is huge. Go see them, preferably outdoors. Just awesome.

Dirty Projectors – Oh, oh, oh damnit, you’re only good on albums.

Corinne Bailey Rae – Still beautiful.

Faith No More – They opened with a bitchin’ cover of “Reunited” and commanded the stage until their last note. Without a doubt my pick of the day.

MGMT – They sounded better. I’m done saying nice things about them.

Muse – In theory I should really, REALLY like… unfortunately that’s just in theory.

The Dead Weather – Alison, don’t leave The Kills for this band. You and The Kills are better than this side project.

Day Three

Mayer Hawthorne – I’m a little over the current white soul surge… or maybe just this guy.

Florence and The Machine – Very good but not magical and she really should have been magical.

Julian Casablancas – Sounded great, just like The Strokes (are they still together) but still great.

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Yawn.

Phoenix – Just when I lost my faith in the French they rocked it. For sure my pick of the day.

Pavement – Sounding good guys.

The Big Pink – Way heavier than their album and I wish they weren’t. Still, worth checking out.

Gorillaz – Damon, get your ego out of your ass and stop boring me!

On a final note, the new “in/out” policy whereby people can enter the show, leave to go back to their car and then return, resulted in way more folk rolling. Christ, I saw a pack of fourteen year-old girls doing blow, in public no less. The whole event took on a different vibe.

Okay, I’m off the soapbox. Here are my pics.

One last note.  This is my 500th post.  I wasn’t sure if I was gonna go all Clark Boyd but I knew I wasn’t gonna go Brian Ibbott.  Instead, let this marker stand as a good place to look back, then look forward.

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Coachella vs The Volcano – 16. April, 2010

Thanks to this volcano erupting in Iceland, The Cribs, Bad Lieutenant, Gary Numan and my favorite band of the moment, Frightened Rabbit, will probably have to cancel their Coachella appearances because they’re stuck in Europe

I only got one thing to say to that.

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Coachella 2010 Prep – 15. April, 2010

Although I’m on what will most likely be my fourth 16-hour day in a row, I took a minute to check out the Coachella lineup and choose the acts I want to see. Here they be (they’re the ones that have been outlined).

What other bands should I check out?

So excited, so tired.

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SXSW 2010 Day 4 – 21. March, 2010

My final day at SXSW started late but thanks to my friend, the beautiful & always stylish Kelly, I was able to see Ben Gibbard play the Stereogum party.

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Man, this man and his band will always have space on my music shelf.

I then ran across town to catch The Boxer Rebellion.

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As you can see from that pic, these guys were rocking the hell out of their last show.

And what SXSW would be complete without a Frightened Rabbit sighting.

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So damn good. I’m pretty sure the plane ride home will feature lots of their tunes only interrupted by…


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This was my second time seeing them but now I’m completely in love with Rachel Flotard. Why? First, she saw me singing along and mentioned it. Second, the set was awesome and she even took an off-the-cuff request from the audience. Third, she referenced both Winger and “Pigs in Space“. Seriously, Rachel, when you’re in LA drop me a line and I’ll take you out for a dinner.

Next up was Minipop.

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Why these guys? Because I like their song from the 1,038 MP3 SXSW music sampler I told you about. What an added bonus that the lead singer is such a cutie.

I then saw Best Coast because my friend Kate tole me to.

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Since they’re a new band and the lead singer was whining about having played so many shows at the festival (who didn’t?) all I’ll say is that I should have checked out Surfer Blood instead.

And finally I braved the cold night to witness Death.

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They were awesome and if you don’t know their story you should listen to this NPR story. And obviously they’re my pick-of-the-day.

[audio:Keep On Knocking.mp3]

And with the I say adios to SXSW. I hope to come back soon. LA, here I come.

BTW, the next stop on the Tony Music Express is Coachella!

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Coachella 2010 Line Up Announced! – 20. January, 2010

In regards to yesterday’s post, while movie awards don’t excite me music festivals send me to the moon. It is with that joy and energy that I present you with the Coachella 2010 lineup.

Of all those listed, I’m most excited about…

  • The Specials – Never seen them before.
  • Public Image Limited – Ditto.
  • Vampire Weekend – Saw them a few years ago, thought they were good but needed to mature as a live act. Let’s see how that’s progressing.
  • Them Crooked Vultures – I keep hearing good things.
  • LCD Soundsystem – Saw them a few years ago and I thought they sucked but I want to give them another chance.
  • Jay-Z – How can I miss this? If past years have proven anything it’s that mainstream rap acts rock.
  • Band of Skulls – Keep hearing good things.
  • Frightened Rabbit – Absolutely seeing them at SXSW and I won’t miss them here.
  • Tokyo Police Club – Missed them a few years ago and have been regretting it ever since. Won’t make the same mistake this year.
  • Camera Obscura – I really hope their delicate sound survives the Coachella heat.
  • The xx – Here’s hoping the live show holds up to the album.
  • Dirty Projectors – Ditto.
  • Devo – Put on a great show at SXSW, looking for them to rock the desert.
  • The Dead WeatherThe Kills are one of my favorite bands so I’m counting on Alison to cast a spell on me with her siren song.
  • Faith No More – Last time I saw them was opening for Metallica so here’s hoping they rock just as hard.
  • Muse – Missed them the last time they played Coachella and I won’t let that happen again.
  • The Soft Pack – Heard a tune online, am curious to see them live.
  • Yann Tiersen – Wait, is this the soundtrack guy?
  • Florence and the Machine – I’m ready to fall in love with her (sorry Neko).
  • The Big Pink – Love that one song; let’s see if they can rock it live.
  • Matt & Kim – Am listening to them as I write this. I hope they put on a good show.
  • Gary Numan – As in “Cars“? If so, sweet!
  • Sly and the Family Stone – Um, how could I miss these guys?
  • Phoenix – Did a phenomenal job playing a tent during daylight so I’m only expecting the best.
  • Pavement – Got into them very late so I’m hoping to see what all the fuss was about.

As was the case last year, I’m kinda hoping it’s “the year of the old man act” but I’d love to mix that up with some “I never heard of those guys and they blew me away” action too. Also, there’s a good chance I’ll see most of these acts at SXSW in March but maybe some of them will be worth a 2nd whirl.

So who are you excited to see?

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Coachella 2009 Pictures – 13. May, 2009

Forgive the lateness of my posting but here are my Coachella pictures.

I’ll forgo the detailed concert review and simply say that the old men ruled Coachella 2009. Kudos to Paul Weller, Leonard Coehn, Public Enemy and Sir Paul McCartney for rockin’ the desert.

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Coachella 2009 – 17. April, 2009

I know, I know, you’re saying, “I thought this was a film blog but all he writes about is music.” Sorry, but music is my drug. That’s why I’m heading to the desert for Coachella.


I’ll try to tweet and post pictures but as any of you that have been will know, cell signal at the festival sucks. Still, I don’t want to leave you empty handed. That’s why I’m pointing you towards some awesome free music.

  • Be sure to pick up a ton of free MP3s at Amazon.
  • Grab a a 20 song mix from KCRW.
  • Free up some bandwidth for the SXSW 2009 Bit Torrent.
  • So who should I check out? Also, if you’re in the desert be sure to say, “hi!”

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    Goddamn Winehouse – 9. March, 2009

    Did you hear the news that Amy Winehouse won’t be attending Coachella? I called it back in January but I’m still upset.


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