• My Coachella: M.I.A. Gets the Bodies Moving

    April 28, 2008 4:22 PM ET
     |  Jenny Eliscu

    M.I.A. wasn't trying to top her career-making Coachella 2005 gig when she hit the stage Saturday night, but the Sri Lankan-born Maya Arulpragasam managed to outdo herself, delivering one of this weekend's most buzzed about performances. "For me, Coachella's different from other festivals," she told Rock Daily earlier in the day from her backstage trailer. "When I played three years ago, it was such a crazy moment. It was my first festival and I had only done about five shows in...  | More »

  • Coachella Interview: Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard Discusses New Album

    April 28, 2008 3:23 PM ET
     |  Jenny Eliscu

    "I am tempered for the Northwest, so I don't do well in this kind of heat," said Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, hiding out in the icebox-cold back lounge of his tour bus several hours before his band took the stage at Coachella Saturday evening. The deep freeze paid off, and Death Cab played a stellar thirteen-song set packed with old favorites such as "The New Year" and "Sound of Settling," alongside their new single, the eight-minute "I Will Possess Your Heart." That tune is...  | More »

  • My Coachella: Portishead Discuss Returning to Festivals and Getting Bumped By Prince

    April 28, 2008 1:30 PM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    When Portishead's headlining gig at this year's Coachella fest was announced, it was to be the British trip-hop trio's first U.S. concert in a decade, so they were less than thrilled when Prince was added to the bill above them. "I'm not the biggest Prince fan," says band multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow. "I don't mean any disrespect. Obviously he's an amazing musician. Usually when somebody that big comes in — we just thought we were going to be pushed a...  | More »

  • Coachella Day Three: Roger Waters, My Morning Jacket and Justice Send Revelers Home Happy

    April 28, 2008 11:40 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    There was no moon in the Coachella sky as Roger Waters stepped onstage for the final headline set of the festival on Sunday, bringing his own airborne props, exploding fireballs and the elegant, mind-expanding music of Pink Floyd. Embedded in Waters' set was Floyd's entire 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon, still one the best-selling albums ever, with songs of madness, hope and outrage. At 64, Waters may have been an unexpected choice to headline a festival with roots in the alterna...  | More »

  • Coachella Video: Prince's Special Cover of Radiohead's "Creep"

    April 28, 2008 11:10 AM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

      As we reported on Saturday, and as Jack Johnson prognosticated on Friday, Prince wowed the Coachella audience with an emotional take on Radiohead's "Creep." For those who missed the Purple One's performance in the Indio desert, check out the cover above, and keep checking back for more video as the festival-goers return to their homes and hit the YouTube.  | More »

  • Coachella Day Three: Stars, Gogol Bordello, Metric and More

    April 28, 2008 7:03 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    The crowd was noticeably thinner (and the bathroom lines therefore shorter) on Coachella's third and final day. Attendees weary from Prince's marathon set Saturday night wandered in to the strains of Stars' boy/girl vocal combo of Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan emanating from the Main Stage. The group performed an energetic rendition of "Set Yourself on Fire" from the critically acclaimed 2005 album of the same name, with Campbell in a yellow jacket despite the baking afternoo...  | More »

  • My Coachella: The Cool Kids

    April 28, 2008 5:23 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    One of the Cool Kids MCs, Mikey Rocks, was wielding a giant blue supersoaker and threatening to douse anyone in the VIP area "who's trying to look too cool" when Rock Daily caught up to him Sunday afternoon outside his trailer in the artist area at Coachella. Before the water carnage began, we asked him some questions about the group's desert gig: Dream Coachella headliners: Headlining on the far left stage I want Nas. And then in the middle left stage, A Tribe Called Quest. Middle...  | More »

  • My Coachella: Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    April 27, 2008 8:47 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    James Rushent and Dan Coop of Does It Offend You, Yeah? have a solution for bands missing that key piece of percussion that you always seem to need more of: "When there's not a cowbell, use a bottle," Rushent says. Beer bottles weren't as plentiful at Coachella as they'd hoped, though. "You can't take drinks out of here into the other VIP bit and you can't get drinks in the VIP bit and bring them backstage," Coop lamented. "In England, if you've got a can of beer...  | More »

  • My Coachella: Love and Rockets

    April 27, 2008 6:22 PM ET
     |  Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

    So, David J. of Love and Rockets — Coachella, Lollapalooza, and European festivals, what about a new album? "There are no plans for any record, but we were approached a couple of weeks ago by a big name producer who wanted to produce us and offered us free studio time," he said, sitting the shade backstage. "There' no clock. It's something that's on the backburner at the moment." For now, he's living in the moment of Coachella and trying to keep cool. Coolest Thing ...  | More »

  • My Coachella: Kate Nash

    April 27, 2008 5:21 PM ET
     |  Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

    "This is my first Coachella and I'm surprised it's even hotter than Big Day Out in Australia!," Kate Nash told us backstage by her trailer Saturday afternoon. "It's so L.A. here, but you gotta love it even if it's not your thing. It's just funny." Still glowing from her Saturday afternoon show, she had one thing on her mind: Prince. If I Had Five Minutes with Prince: "I'd want to tell him that I want to write a song together. I'd want to talk about emotions...  | More »

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