When it comes to planning, few music festivals require the detail-oriented preparation as Coachella. Of all the decisions you must make, who to stay with can be the most crucial of them all. Sure, it’s important to plan your band schedule, but there’s always another act if you miss one or two. But if you choose the wrong companions, your whole weekend can be shot. Here’s a break down of the various personalities-types you want to include in your Coachella posse. Strike the right balance, and you’re all set for a great weekend.
2011 will be remembered in the festival community as the year of the sellout. Coachella sold 75,000 tickets in 124 hours. Seattles Sasquatch festival moved its 100K tix (25,000 per day) in similarly fast fashion, while Pitchfork Festival managed to move all of their three-days passes while only announcing a small portion of the scheduld performers. And it’s all but certain that later mega-fests like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo will also be overwhelmed by demand over supply. So what do you do it you want to spend a weekend in the sun, but not lose a morning clicking refresh on the ticketmaster website? Fortunately, there’s plenty of more low-key, but not lower quality, summer music festivals on offer. …MORE
Last summer, when Klaxons dropped “Echoes.” the first single off their sophomore album, the tune’s epic rockness and expansive desert video kept reminding us of The Police’s apocolyptic “Synchronicity II.” This remix by Steve Aoki pretty much erases all of those comparisons, but instead taps into a ’90s trance sound, which is oddly fresh right now.’
I guess when your festival sells out in a record breaking five days, you’ve got a little time on your hands. So what do the guys at Coachella do? They start up a cool little series of video vingettes featuring past Coachella performers chatting to other cool folks. They’ve already gotten Z-Trip hanging with Shepard Fairey, and Die Antwoord rapping with Santino Rice. The third episode features Chromeo‘s Dave 1 getting deep into the history of hip-hop with legendary ’80s rap art director Eric Haze.
Perhaps even cooler, you can listen to the entire uneditted interview on the Coachella website.
When you ask us which cover URB is most proud of, inevitably our 2004 Next 100 issue featuring TV on the Radio‘s first national exposure comes to mind. And you shoulda been at our Coachella afterparty they played the same month. So we’ve obviously been antsy since the group took a hiatus after their 2007 album, Dear Science, to work on solo albums, act in movies, and play bass in Jane’s Addiction.
Today, Pitchfork is reporting that the guys are in fact back in the studio, working on their fifth …