New York City may move to the sound of L.A.
Live from New York, Coachella artists rock 30 Rock on Saturday nights. (Timothy A. Clary, AFP, Getty Images)
, but one particular corner of the city — Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center — really moves to a desert sound.
“Saturday Night Live” is featuring Coachella artists for at least the first three episodes of this season:
• Frank Ocean, who played the Gobi Tent earlier this year and performed at Coachella 2011 as part of Odd Future, was the musical guest for the season premiere Sept. 15
• Mumford & Sons, a main-stage act in 2011, played “SNL” this past Saturday.
This coming weekend, On Oct. 6, Muse, who headlined Coachella in 2010 and also played the fest in 2004, plays for NBC‘s late-night crowd.
And those are just the episodes we know about so far. If last season is any indication, there will be plenty more Coachella acts coming into your home live (well, tape-delayed for those of us on the West Coast) from New York.
James Mercer of The Shins (photo by Marilyn Chung)
The Shins, fronted by James Mercer, played a mellow set to a gathering crowd just after nightfall on the Coachella Stage. The band, which gained nationwide popularity by appearing on the soundtrack to the 2004 film “Garden State,” played their current single, the power-pop “Simple Song,” early on in the set.
Among the crowd watching The Shins in the VIP area was Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, who chatted with a friend and graciously posed for photos with fans.
If you can’t wait another month to see The Shins perform live at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, tune into Saturday Night Live tonight.
They are performing live with host Jonah Hill.
The Shins are performing April 14 and 21 at the Coachella festival.