Coachella: Day Three [Pictures]

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Gogol Bordello, the part Ukrainian, party New York gypsy punk band set things off at sunset on the main stage with a bang. If you haven’t heard this band, they’re like the Clash but with a fiddle and an accordion, and singing in broken English. Sometimes you feel like they’re going to go into a metal song, then a funk song then something else unexplainable, but it’s always this manic gypsy-themed sound that makes you want to drink vodka and break something. They were the highlight of the...Read Full Story

Coachella: Day Two [Pictures]

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All rumors of attendance being down from last year were dashed as droves of music fans flocked from all corners of the world to see, or course, Prince. I’ve been to every Coachella but one and today’s attendance is, by far, the most I’ve seen at an event. In 2007, Coachella sold 62,212 tickets which puts attendance around 180,000 over the course of three days. Seemed like there were that many people on site Saturday alone. In a word: Madness. In the celebrity-friendly VIP drinking area (but...Read Full Story

Coachella: Day One [Pictures]

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With four to five bands playing at any given time, all you do is accept the fact that you can’t see everything and just pick your knee-jerk favorite acts and go. It’s helpful, if you don’t know a group, to pull up a couple YouTube videos of them so you can make a more informed plan. It also helps if your pals with the show’s organizers and they can give you guidance (not to mention all access passes).Here are some pictures and videos from day one. The overall mood of the festival on Friday is...Read Full Story

It. Has. Begun.

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Known mostly for its music and last minute surprise headliner additions, Coachella fosters a pretty rich visual arts community. Phil Blain, the show’s curator and someone we’ll likely interview more in depth down the road, has amassed an incredible collection of installments this year. Here are some pictures of them going up before the crowds arrive on Friday. This is some crazy semi thing. I want to drive it. They're trying to load this monster on that pole. I hope it shoots fire. I also...Read Full Story