Coachella 2013: The Gaslight Anthem plays the hits to Coachella stage in afternoon set

Coachella 2013: The Gaslight Anthem plays the hits to Coachella stage in afternoon set

Posted:   04/14/2013 04:28:45 PM PDT
Updated:   04/15/2013 12:37:18 AM PDT

 

The Gaslight Anthem on the Coachella stage (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

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INDIO – New Brunswick, New Jersey rock mixed with folk punk, indie rock and punk band The Gaslight Anthem performed a smooth set despite performing under the sun at the main Coachella stage to an underwhelmed and more than likely tired festival audience on Sunday afternoon.The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival veterans, who last performed in 2009, showcased their diverse musical styles with songs like “45″ and “Mulholland Drive” off their latest 2012 album

The Gaslight Anthem on the Coachella stage on Sunday (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

“Handwritten.””The last time we played it was very hot. This time, it’s not so bad,” said singer Brian Fallon to the audience, who didn’t seem to agree as many were just standing around or sitting around waiting for popular folk rock act The Lumineers to perform next.

When Fallon mentioned the audience should see The Lumineers, Social Distortion and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the audience arguably became the most animated during the set, which sounded great sonically.

Other songs The Gaslight Anthem performed included “Old Haunts,” “American Slang” and “The Queen of Lower Chelsea” off 2010′s “American Slang” besides “Old White Lincoln” and “Great Expectations” off their breakthough 2008 album “The ’59 Sound.”

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Coachella 2013: Yeasayer gives fans their all on second night at festival

Coachella 2013: Yeasayer gives fans their all Saturday night at festival

Posted:   04/14/2013 03:13:44 PM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 03:49:29 PM PDT

 

Yeasayer performs on the Outdoor Theatre Sarurday night. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

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INDIO – Brooklyn, New York’s Yeasayer gave a near perfect set of vocals and psychedelic pop instrumentals Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.Group members Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, Anand Wilder and Cale Parks were more than ready to tackle the challenge of performing at the Outdoor Theatre night timeslot against fellow Coachella acts like Hot Chip, Spiritualized, Grizzly Bear and more who performed at nearly the same time.

Members thanked the audience many times for choosing to see them over these other bands at one point after performing “One” from their 2010 album “Odd Blood,” Madder Red” off the same album and “2080″ from their debut 2007 album “All Hour Cymbals.”

After performing their earlier material, the band didn’t leave our its current 2012 release “Fragrant World” with “Reagan’s Skeleton” before ending with their hit “Ambling Alp” off “Odd Blood.”

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Coachella 2013: Janelle Monae inspires but is hurt by sound issues at Coachella fest on second night

Coachella 2013: Janelle Monae inspires but is hurt by sound issues at Coachella fest

Posted:   04/14/2013 03:09:52 PM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 04:03:26 PM PDT

 

Janelle Monae started nearly 20 minutes late and had some sound issues at the Gobi Tent Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

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INDIO – Janelle Monae started nearly 20 minutes late and had some sound issues at the Gobi Tent Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival but the potential is clearly there.Monae released the EP “Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase)” in 2007 and the album “The ArchAndroid” in 2010 and is known for having a diverse musical style of R&B, neo soul, funk, alternative rock, dance punk and more.

During her set, which started with a six minute introduction before she started performing, she had a large backing band including horns and keyboard and fans cheered her every dance move and vocals.

I had to get over to see Phoenix so my time was limited to see her, but her set was riddled with microphone problems as her vocals had a strange echo on them and her band’s sound was a bit muddy and not clear.

She started with “Dance or Die” as well as “Locked Inside” and “Sincerely, Jane” before I was off to Phoenix but her energy and enthuasiasm was inspiring to watch as she just pushed through it all.

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Coachella 2013: Pusha T draws large crowd to Gobi Tent on second night of fest

Coachella 2013: Pusha T draws large crowd to Gobi Tent

Posted:   04/14/2013 04:47:18 AM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 05:23:22 AM PDT

INDIO – Hip-hop artist Pusha T did not bring out his label owner Kanye West for his Saturday night performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival but it appeared he didn’t need to.

Pusha T, who is on West’s “G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music record label, drew a large crowd inside the Gobi Tent without West and kept them energized his entire set using a mix of solo and group songs.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia based artist started off with a verse from “Grindin,’” his 2002 Neptunes produced hit with No Malice as a part of the group Clipse.

Similar to West, Pusha T did not bring out No Malice and the crowd did not seem to mind. He later jumped into a verse from the “Popular Demand (Popeyes),” another Clipse song, before moving into West songs “So Appalled” and “Runaway” off the “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” album.

Later, Pusha T performed songs off his mixtapes and even “Exodus 23:1,” his song widely believed to be a diss of hip-hop artist Drake and his record label Young Money.

His loudest responses came for his verses on “Mercy” and his 2Pac reference about Coachella on New God Flow, both on the 2012 G.O.O.D. Music compilation album “Cruel Summer.”

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Coachella 2013: Captivating set from The xx with Solange Knowles surprise guest

Coachella 2013: Captivating set from The xx with Solange Knowles surprise guest

By Liset Marquez
Posted:   04/14/2013 04:58:57 AM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 02:28:19 PM PDT

 

The xx on the Coachella main stage Saturday night. (Thomas Cordova/ Staff photographer)

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INDIO -The xx turned in a captivating set Saturday night on the Coachella main stage which included surprise guest Solange Knowles. For nearly an hour, Jamie xx, Romy Croft, and Oliver Sim, performed several songs from their debut album such as “Islands”, “Infinity” and a much slower tempo version of “Crystalised.”During the 16 song set the trio brought out Solange Knowles for their cover of Aliyah’s “Hot Like Fire.”

The chemistry and tension between Sim and Croft is undeniable. Through out the set the duo would do this back-and-forth walk around the stage, and at stand points end up standing face-to-face while they performed.

It was only three years ago, The xx found themselves playing the Outdoor Stage of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

But then this year, following the success of their debut album and the release of their second album, Coexist, the xx made their way back to the Empire Polo Club grounds.

But this time they were given a slot on a much larger venue — the main stage.

It was as Romy Madley Croft put it “unbelievable” to this year be one of the acts to playing the main stage Saturday night.

“We have been looking forward to this night for such a long time,” said band mate Oliver Sim.

Coachella 2013: Franz Ferdinand showcase hits inside Mojave Tent on festival’s second day

Coachella 2013: Franz Ferdinand showcase hits inside Mojave Tent

Posted:   04/14/2013 03:52:23 AM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 02:53:38 PM PDT

 

Glasgow, Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand kicked off their Mojave Tent indie and dance rock set with their 2009 hit “No You Girls” (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

Franz Ferdinand performed at the Mojave Tent Saturday night (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

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INDIO – Glasgow, Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand kicked off their Mojave Tent indie and dance rock set with their 2009 hit “No You Girls” and never let the energy fade Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.The group performed in front of a large sign that said “Right Action Franz Ferdinand” and immediately started their set with a “good evening Coachella” before jumping into “No You Girls” off their album “Tonight, Franz Ferdinand.”

Additionally, the group performed “The Dark Of The Matinee” off 2004′s “Franz Ferdinand” and the 2005′s hit “Do You Want To” as well as “Walk Away” off their release “You Could Have It So Much Better.”

Singer Alex Kapranos, bassist Bob Hardy, rhythm guitarist Nick McCarthy and drummer Paul Thomson all definitely know how to work a crowd as the group’s charisma and playing abilities caused the large crowd inside the Mojave Tent to cheer frequently.

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Coachella 2013: The Postal Service entertains crowd on second day of festival

Coachella 2013: The Postal Service entertains crowd

By Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted:   04/14/2013 01:20:30 AM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 04:11:54 AM PDT

 

Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service performs Saturday night at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Thomas Cordova/ Staff photographer)

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INDIO — Will they or won’t they?

The Postal Service fans may be asking themselves if the highly acclaimed band, who performed Saturday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, will ever make another album.

“Thank you very much for seeing us play. We might see you again. We might not,” singer Ben Gibbard told the crowd during their 50-minute set on the Coachella main stage.

After a 10 year absence, The Postal Service has reunited to celebrate the release of its one and only album “Give Up.” The band, which includes Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello were joined by Jenny Lewis. This marks just the 10-year anniversary of the album. The duo are on tour promoting the reissue of the record.

“We’re an imaginary band called The Postal Service,” Gibbard told the crowd.

Their set included singles “We Will Become Silhouettes,” “District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” and “Such Greats Heights.”

The band will come to Pomona on Monday.

Coachella 2013: Phoenix entertains audience with R. Kelly despite no Daft Punk

Coachella 2013: Phoenix entertains audience despite no Daft Punk

Posted:   04/14/2013 01:06:35 AM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 04:26:19 AM PDT

 

R. Kelly joined Phoenix as a surprise guest on night two of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Courtesy photo by Denis O Regan/Coachella)

Phoenix closed out the second night of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Staff Writer)

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INDIO — Phoenix’s Saturday headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featured lead singer Thomas Mars crowd surfing, multiple hit radio singles and a performance from R. Kelly.

The set, however, did not feature a highly-anticipated performance from Daft Punk, despite audience members repeatedly chanted the group’s name and rumors suggesting the electronic duo might perform with the Paris, France alternative rock group.

Chicago singer R.Kelly appeared to shock audience members when he started performing his hits “Bump n’ Grind” (from 1994) and “Ignition (remix)” from 2003 with Phoenix as his backing band after the group winded down its first set.

R. Kelly saluted the Coachella audience before he left the stage and when Phoenix came back to perform there was no sign or mention of Daft Punk.

Audience members lingered after Phoenix exited the stage and the house lights went on but they eventually walked away when they realized there would be no performance from the electronic duo.

Before R. Kelly, the group performed hits like”Lisztomania,” “1901″ and “Lasso” besides “Girlfriend” “The Real Thing” and more.

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Coachella 2013: Baauer gives audience chance to perform ‘Harlem Shake’ on second day of fest

Coachella 2013: Baauer gives audience chance to perform ‘Harlem Shake’

Posted:   04/13/2013 06:50:14 PM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 04:00:21 AM PDT

 

Baauer performed on the Sahara Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Thomas Cordova/ Staff photographer)

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INDIO – Philadelphia artist Baauer gave the packed Sahara Tent audience a couple of chances to perform his viral hit “Harlem Shake” Saturday afternoon.Real name Harry Bauer Rodrigues, Baauer’s blend of trap, electronic and bass music mixed with images of eyes, fire and his name drew thunderous applause during his one hour set.

Baauer teased the audience at the start with a 30 second blend of “Harlem Shake” before taking his music into different directions that featured vocal snippets from reggae, hip-hop and soul.

He would also spin in hip-hop songs like Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and T.I.’s “Bring Em Out” to applause, body surfing and a thrusting of various faces on cardboard taped to plastic poles.

Baauer started his afternoon set spinning on the side of a massive stage and before he played “Harlem Shake” the music stopped and he disappeared. Moments later he was standing before the center of the stage behind turntables and played his hit for three minutes straight.

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Coachella 2013: Los Angeles hip-hop group Jurassic 5 reunites at festival on first day

Coachella 2013: Los Angeles hip-hop group Jurassic 5 reunites at festival

Posted:   04/13/2013 05:02:19 PM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 03:59:21 AM PDT

 

Jurassic 5 perform Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Jurassic 5 perform Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (Jennifer Maher/staff photographer)

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INDIO – Los Angeles hip-hop group Jurassic 5 successfully reunited at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to a large audience at the Outdoor Theatre on Friday night.Group members arrived on stage one by one introducing themselves to the audience to cheers before they performed many of their greatest hits that spanned 1999′s “Improvise” off their self-titled debut album to 2000′s “Quality Control” off the album of the same name and “2003′s “Freedom” off Power in Numbers and more.

The group disbanded in 2007, about a year after their album “Feedback” was in stores. The group had been around since 1995. Additionally, original member DJ Cut Chemist was not featured on “Feedback” and left sometime before the 2006 album was released.

On Friday, the group reunited for the most part like they had never been away. At one point, DJ’s Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist cut and scratch on a large, must-be-seen-to-be-believed record with a Jurassic 5 logo that looked like a stage prop when the set started to massive cheers.

Both DJ’s also used mobile devices at another part in the set to cut, scratch and make drum sounds away from their turntables. Cut Chemist had a brief bit of trouble trying to get his device on but eventually figured it out.

Additionally, the group would also mix in different breakbeats and pieces of other songs such as Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” to rhyme over which led to dancing and head nodding.

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