Make no mistake. The record-breaking ticket sales of this year’s Coachella come down to one act: Rage Against the Machine. And since tickets are gone, the band that last performed in 2000 has announced several more shows, including the West Coast hip-hop tradition Rock the Bells. In the seven years since Rage last took to the stage, guitarist Tom Morello has served guitar duties in the recently disbanded Audioslave, as well as having popped up to perform his solo protest project, The Nightwatchman. Morello spoke to URB about reuniting his old band, getting tear-gassed and shouting as loud as he can.
URB: The Nightwatchman is a major departure from Rage and Audioslave. . .
Morello: Musically, it’s a stark contrast to the music I’ve played before. I’ve always been a fan of dark and heavy music, and it’s only dawned …
PART OF THE MARLEY LEGACY, BUT MORE OF A BEHIND-THE-SCENES sibling until now, Stephen finally steps out to release his solo debut, Mind Control. After winning five GRAMMY Awards—one as co-producer on his brother Damian’s hit “Welcome to Jamrock”—he’s ready for a little shine. URB caught up with him to talk about his first Coachella appearance, the new record and, well, that very famous last name. . .
URB: How does it feel to step into the spotlight?
Stephen Marley: It’s good. It’s exciting. To an extent, it’s nothing new, nothing that I am uncomfortable with.
How did you go about working with people like Ben Harper on Mind Control?
I met Ben Harper in 1999, when we did the Chant Down Babylon album and was doing the TNT Bob Marley Tribute concert in Jamaica, and he was a part …
Grass doesn’t grow at the Empire Polo Field. Not without the help of human hands, anyway. Yet on top of this man made lawn has sprung one of the finest music festivals in the world. What started as an ambitious, Southern California science experiment in the middle of nowhere has ballooned to a modern-day music pilgrimage whose outreach extends to all 50 states and beyond. But things weren’t always this good. There was a time when the festival teetered on the brink of extinction. Now that Coachella is in its eighth year—and increased to three days for the first time—we thought it was time for those who lived through it all to tell the story behind this generation’s greatest music festival.
* President, Goldenvoice / Southern California Concert Promoter and Coachella co-founder
It was good for Goldenvoice when the Lollapalooza …
“CHI-TOWN I’MMA MISS YOU!!” KID SISTER YELLS INTO THE MIC, HER CHARISMA WAFTING LIKE CARTOON fumes over a mess of flat-brim baseball hats, natty dreadlocks, indie-rock haircuts and side ponytails mimicking her own. The crowd at the Empty Bottle—a bar hat truly redefines “dive”—jumps up and down in one maniacal mass to her PG-13 Crucial Conflict-meets-Khia party rap. They’re so rowdy, in fact, that my friend gives me a wtf? look as she picks tiny pieces of the ceiling from her hair.
The show is a slightly sentimental one, as it is 27-year-old Chicago native Melisa Young’s last hometown gig before embarking on her two month-long “Catch an Attitude” European tour (also featuring her boyfriend, A-Trak, her brother Josh’s equally hype DJ duo Flosstradamus, and raze). A loveably campy hip-hop caricature in her massive ‘round-the-way-girl earrings, gold chains and …
Maybe this is why L.A.'s suddenly on so much fire this week. It's just been announced that not-at-all-gay rockers Wolfmother will rock awesomely alongside the Yeah Yeah Yeah's and the Killers on the soundtrack to Spider-Man 3. The soundtrack is released May 1st – 3 days before the movie – on Record Collection, home of Murs!