• My Coachella: MGMT

    April 27, 2008 6:32 AM ET
     |  Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

    Moments after MGMT's Saturday show in the Mojave tent, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden told us that they might need to"learn how to play for a large crowd." Why is that? "We're just not ones for stage banter," said VanWyngarden. "But this crowd loves that. We said 'fuck yeah' once and they went crazy. And when our sound guy shouted out the word alcohol at sound check, that got the crowd going too. So, maybe we should do more of that." Rock Daily made the band chat a...  | More »

  • Coachella Day Two: Mark Ronson, Cold War Kids, Hot Chip, Kate Nash and More

    April 27, 2008 6:00 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    "Things could be much worse," sang Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett as a sizable hometown California crowd assembled in front of the main stage in the height of the Saturday heat, and he meant it. The band finished up "We Used to Vacation" with guitarist Jonnie Russell slapping a cymbal with a yellow maraca, tested out some new material and performed their stellar cover of "Hang Me Up to Dry," with Willett breaking away from the mike to pound away at his keyboard. Meanwhile at the Gobi ...  | More »

  • My Coachella: The Black Lips

    April 26, 2008 3:06 PM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    The Black Lips faced some heavy competition for attention on Coachella's opening night, with Jack Johnson on the Main Stage and Fatboy Slim in a nearby dance tent, but the garage band wasn't worried. "You either want to dance, you want to chill, or you want to rock," says guitarist Cole Alexander, whose band is known for wild eruptions of noise, nudity and the sharing of fluids. "I think people are going to want to rock." Guitarist Ian Saint Pe adds: "If you want to see someone make...  | More »

  • Coachella Day One: Jack Johnson, The Raconteurs, The Verve

    April 26, 2008 7:19 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    As the afternoon of Coachella Day One wore on, the sounds of electric guitars getting jacked into high gear called everyone's attention back to the main stage, where the Raconteurs were settling in. "I haven't seen the sun in weeks," goes the first line of "The Saboteurs" (though nobody in the heat-baked crowd could truly make that claim), and Jack White, decked out in all black, moseyed over to Brendan Benson as the two guitarists faced off and worked at their instruments. "How are...  | More »

  • Jack Johnson: Coachella's Night One Headliner on His Upcoming Tour and Laughing at His Own Mellow

    April 26, 2008 7:00 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    How intense is the anticipation for Prince's Saturday night headlining set at Coachella this year? Even Day One headliner Jack Johnson risked being scolded by security and sneaked around to hear the Purple One soundcheck Thursday night. "It was rad," grinned Johnson backstage a scant hour before his own set Friday night. "They did a Radiohead cover at soundcheck, 'Creep.'" Though it may seem like Johnson would be more at home at Bonnaroo (where he'll also be playing next ...  | More »

  • My Coachella: Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip

    April 26, 2008 6:30 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    "It's good to be playing Coachella at a good slot before we've even released anything over here," marveled Dan le Sac, the MC half of U.K. hip-hop duo Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip, as the two sought out a patch of shade in the V.I.P. area on Day One of the fest (U.S. fans know them best for their video for "Thou Shalt Always Kill"). Rock Daily quizzed them on their desert odyssey: Coolest thing about our own set: Scroobius Pip: On the U.K. tour we've got a living room that we ...  | More »

  • Coachella Day One: The Breeders, Tegan and Sara, Black Kids and More

    April 26, 2008 5:15 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    While most attendees were still smuggling their stashes past security at the front gates on Coachella's Day One, math-rock outfit Battles had a large, vocal crowd enraptured at the Gobi tent with their pounding single "Atlas." Battles are more concerned with complex rhythms than melody, and with a pumped festival crowd feeding off their energy, the band effortlessly locked into curious, mind-blowing grooves, turning what can come off on record as slightly joyless exercises in syncopated ...  | More »

  • Portishead Warm Up for Coachella With Small L.A. Gig

    April 25, 2008 1:30 PM ET
     |  Tricia Romano

    Portishead unveiled a new set Thursday night at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles with a Coachella warm-up gig that left fans anxiously anticipating the real deal this Saturday night. What was supposed to be a VIP-only secret show (Quentin Tarantino, the Osbourne family and Mark Ronson were among the rumored expected attendees), quickly spread to the masses, with fans and radio contest winners let inside to get a taste of the band's festival performance. Though attendees missed out on the...  | More »

  • Mick Jones, Kelly Osbourne, Others Prepare for Coachella

    April 25, 2008 1:10 PM ET
     |  Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna

    The 2008 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival starts in a few hours, and the anticipation for the three-day event is palpable. "I'm going for Kraftwerk," explains Kelly Osbourne, who is an annual attendant at the fest. I don't know why. I just want to see them so bad. Coachella is a great place to learn about new bands." Former Clash guitarist Mick Jones will take his new garage band Carbon/Silicon to the Coachella stage on Saturday. "We've heard it's very hot in the ...  | More »

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