• Coachella Beats Recession, Attracts 166,000 For Second-Best Draw in Fest's History

    April 22, 2009 1:56 PM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    Thanks to a star-packed lineup anchored by Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen and the return of My Bloody Valentine, this year's Coachella enjoyed its second-best attendance ever, attracting roughly 166,000 concertgoers, Billboard reports. The news is a sigh of relief for the entire festival industry, concerns over how the recession would affect the festival biz led to layaway ticket options. Coachella's 2007 festival, which featured Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers, re...  | More »

  • "The Beatles: Rock Band" Footage Premieres During McCartney's Coachella Set

    April 20, 2009 4:38 PM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    Festival-goers at Coachella this weekend weren't only treated to Paul McCartney's hits-filled headlining set Friday night; they also unknowingly witnessed the debut of footage from the upcoming The Beatles: Rock Band game, due out September 9th. According to MTV's Video Games blog, the footage looked like the standard background performances you'd come to expect from the franchise, except with the members of the Beatles playing their vintage guitars and dressed in the clot...  | More »

  • On the Scene at Coachella: Fans on What's Hot, Who Fizzled and Surviving the Campgrounds

    April 20, 2009 2:26 PM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    Attend enough festivals, and eventually you will experience strange occurrences you never would have imagined — like being elbowed and shoved aside by sweaty, half-naked 20-year-olds rudely rushing the stage for a better look at Leonard Cohen. Or the sight of horny young indie-rock couples indulging in deep soul-kissing to the unlikely live accompaniment of "My Love," Paul McCartney's 1973 mush-rock smash. These were just some of the intergenerational incongruities in Indio, Califo...  | More »

  • Coachella '09 Headline With My Bloody Valentine, Cure, Public Enemy

    April 20, 2009 10:57 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    The man in the front row wearing a Trojans condoms T-shirt had just one thing to yell over and over again as My Bloody Valentine unleashed ear-shattering noise and melody on the final night of this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival: "Play louder!" (Plunge into the desert fest in our Coachella gallery.) The hour-long performance by the influential quartet was one of the most anticipated of the three-day SoCal event, and it was plenty loud. The reunited My Bloody Valentine also epi...  | More »

  • The Killers, M.I.A. and Mastodon Deliver Big Sounds on a Big Scale at Coachella

    April 19, 2009 10:26 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Brandon Flowers of the Killers wasn't addressing the entire globe as he paused onstage Saturday at the Coachella Music and Arts festival, but as he watched over a desert landscape of thousands of bouncing, singing, happy fans, it must have felt like the band's own celestial body. As the mainstage's headlining act on Day Two of the epic SoCal fest, the Killers steered the party for two danceable hours. (Check out photos of all the Coachella action.) The Killers represented jus...  | More »

  • Paul McCartney Pays Tribute to Lost Beatles, Plus Cohen and Morrissey Impress at Coachella

    April 18, 2009 10:23 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos was the first to point them out, as he overlooked the many thousands gathered Friday for the opening of this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival. There in the crush was a young Morrissey fan with "a perfect quiff" pompadour. And front row and center were three older ladies holding up a Beatles banner. Kapranos wondered: "Are they playing tonight?" (Check out photos from the scorching Coachella fest.) Call it the Paul McCartney Effect, as Beat...  | More »

  • Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure Top Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 9:00 AM ET
     |  Daniel Kreps

    The organizers of the first big festival of 2009, California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, have finally announced the lineup for their epic desert fest: Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure will headline on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively (the fest runs April 17th, 18th and 19th at the Empire Polo Club in Indio). The date will mark the U.S. festival debut of Sir Paul, who says in a statement, "I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in t...  | More »

  • Photos: Coachella 2008: Hottest Live Performance Photos

    October 16, 2008 10:45 AM ET

    Prince, The Raconteurs, Roger Waters, Jack Johnson and more  | More »

  • Photos: The Flight of the Pig

    April 30, 2008 10:33 AM ET

    Where did Roger Waters' pig go after Coachella? A special <i>Rolling Stone</i> photo investigation  | More »

  • 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 »

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