It’s hard to deny that I didn’t enjoy Karen O backed by a gospel choir for opener “Sacrilege.”
(Photo by Marilyn Chung, The Desert Sun)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs is one of those bands that just feels right on a big stage. The group’s long list of fan favorites keeps the crowd pumped. Energetic “Zero” had even passerbys bouncing. And from afar Ms. O’s voice oddly rings out above the crowd carrying the pulsing lights and dance beats – and that’s a good thing.
But from afar you really do miss out on her flashy attire and make-up. And while the front woman’s banter is short (yes, Karen, it is Friday night) she makes up for it in energy. Closing out the show with “Gold Lion,” “Maps” and overtime “Heads Will Roll,” it was hard to walk away.
Even though Coachella is one of those festivals where getting close to stage isn’t always a good idea, for this I say, “do it.”
In the illustration, there was a green arrow pointing to the “polo field” while the other arrow was pointing to what we now know to be a “polo ball.” Goldenvoice was basically telling fans and the media to put two and two together and do some algebra (as Bill Clinton would say) because the Rolling Stones would not be performing.
It was as if Goldenvoice and Coachella were saying, “Hey world, you mad (trollface)?”
On top of all of that, Coachella released their lineup via Twitter with one word: First!
I said all of that to say this: Coachella and Goldenvoice are teases, but we still love them.
Before Coachella posted the picture of the “polo ball” on the polo field, on December 6, 2012 they posted a photo of what appeared to be a gold or copper statue of a large cat (maybe a lion or a tiger?). I clearly remember asking one of our reporters, “Do you think they could be referencing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ hit song ‘Gold Lion’?”
Courtesy of Coachella's Facebook page.
She had no idea who or what I was talking about, but I stuck to my guns.
It turns out my hunch was right as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been confirmed to perform at Coachella 2013.
However, I have a feeling that Coachella won’t be telling us if the photo did or didn’t have anything to do with alluding to the confirmation of the group.
Coachella is having way too much fun keeping everyone guessing and to that, I say touché Coachella, touché.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue believing that Coachella’s photos allude to either rumored or confirmed artists. That way it gives me something to brag about in the office and gives the fans and media something to talk about.
The announcement followed weeks of leaks and rumored reports of bands that could perform at the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
In the most hotly reported rumor, the legendary Rolling Stones were expected to headline after the festival briefly appeared on the band’s mobile app. RollingStone Magazine reported Jan. 18 that the band would not appear, citing “a source close to the band.”
The band does not appear on the lineup.
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It isn’t even 2013 yet, but purported Coachella 2013 lineups are already sprouting up all over the Internet. On Wednesday, a special Boxing Day edition of the Coachella 2013 lineup hit and started making speedy viral progress via Twitter, Facebook, tumblr and all other socially-inclined hubs.
The latest leak adds Missy Elliott, Lana Del Rey, Boys Noize, Fiona Apple, The Prodigy, Passion Pit and The xx to the already leaked (and assumed) headliners The Rolling Stones. A key difference: This lineup moves the Stones to a Sunday performance — earlier leaks had them taking the stage on Friday.
What do you think of the lineup?
Coachella 2013, by the way, is set for April 12-14 and April 19-21 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. Last year’s official lineup was released by Goldenvoice on Jan. 9, so hang in there.