The Coachella area is no stranger to festivals, but AMFM Fest could bring a fresh vibe to the valley.
At first glance, AMFM Fest may seem like just another ambitious festival from well-intentioned backers. By now most people have grown used to glittery lines about “synergy of shared visionaries” like the ones dropped in the mission statement of AMFM’s parent organization, Film 4 Change. Great ideas, but a film organization that actually rolls up its sleeves and digs up the voices that need to be heard? Rare.
If AMFM’s music lineup is anything to go by, though, Film 4 Change could be looking in the right places.
The fest puts the spotlight on a wide range of acts with lower profiles than the usual Coachella crowd. From the bilingual Machin’ and offbeat Palm Springs rapper Felix Nobody to soulful SoCal rock outfit Family Wagon and a pair of guitar-wielding, Native American twins called Miracle Dolls, AMFM keeps it eclectic.
Film 4 Change claims to push for social change, and unlike many similar organizations, it has put together a festival with the diversity to back that up. Looks like a promising start for the brand new AMFM Fest.
Filter Magazine, which throws a Thursday-night Coachella kickoff party, has announced the lineup for its Culture Collide series of shows set for Oct. 9-12 in Los Angeles. Continue Reading
Lars Ulrich of Metallica at 2011's Big 4 concert in Indio. (Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)
“So much has happened in the festival scene in North America with Coachella and Bonnaroo. … We’re trying to do our own thing. Obviously they’re the front-runners, but I can’t think of any better place than Detroit to carry on the success we had in New Jersey.”
— Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, quoted in the Detroit Free Press about the Orion Music + More festival
Fans attend the launch of Daft Punk's new album Friday in Wee Waa, Australia. (Shanna Whan, AFP/Getty)
Those still disappointed that Daft Punk
made the most nominal of appearances
at Coachella 2013
can take heart in the fact that the electro duo didn’t even show up to their own album launch party. Continue Reading
The Tupac Shakur hologram was the story of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, so you knew it was just a matter of time before it caught on. It just took a little longer than expected.
The Rock the Bells festival will feature both Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard holograms, rollingstone.com reported Wednesday. ODB will join his former group, the Wu-Tang Clan (which performed at this year’s Coachella), while Eazy-E will be alongside Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, a group he signed in the mid-’90s.
Rock the Bells kicks off Sept. 7-8 in San Bernardino.
For more information, visit http://www.rockthebells.net/
Ron Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards wrap up "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (but I Like It)." Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY
The Rolling Stones didn’t perform “Time Is On My Side” at the launch of their “50 and Counting” tour Friday at the Staples Center.
Instead, Mick Jagger sang “(This may be) The Last Time” and you could sense the collective thinking as he sang the last two words of the chorus: “Oh, no!” Continue Reading
AraabMUZIK performs Sunday, April 15 during Coachella 2012 in Indio. (Michael Buckner, Getty Images)
, the hip-hop producer and Coachella 2012 artist also known as Abraham Orellana, has been shot and is hospitalized. Continue Reading
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones play a surprise gig Saturday at Echoplex in Los Angeles. (Luis Soto, The Rolling Stones via AP)
, who provided much grist for this year’s Coachella rumor mill
, made a stop Saturday at Echoplex
Yep, you read that right. Echoplex. Continue Reading
Zac Brown Band performs Sunday night at Stagecoach. Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun
The Atlanta Georgia-based Zac Brown Band closed out the 2013 edition of Stagecoach Sunday night with their 2008 chart-topping hit, “Chicken Fried,” a fun loving, down-homesy tune about the simple pleasures of Southern living.
The group’s captivating hour and forty minute set served up some tantalizing string work by fiddling phenom Jimmy De Martini.
De Martini just killed it, especially on “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” a song the band dedicated to Charley Daniels, who performed Sunday afternoon at Stagecoach.
They do it for any number of reasons; to keep the romance of the American cowboy alive, for the love of performing or the elaborate cowboy get ups. Whatever the reason, it’s been a fun 35 years of making music for cowboy band Riders in the Sky.
The four-man, Nashville-based band brought their zest for the west to a crowd jazzed for their four-piece harmony and comedy.
Riders in the Sky yodel, sing and fiddle to a mixed crowd on the final day of Stagecoach 2013. (Beth Roessner/The Desert Sun)
Ranger Doug strummed the guitar, Too Slim stroked the bass, Joey the Cowpolka King provided the accordion and Woody Paul fiddled. .
Their work with Disney and Pixar helped them earn two Grammy Awards, making them the only cowboy band to have won the distinction, let along twice.