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Coachella Day One: Blur, Skrillex's 'supergroup' Dog Blood, and more

The beauty (or not, depending on your point of view) of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival is that there’s no longer one Coachella Music Festival. Once a one-day event attended by 10,000 people, the Indio bacchanalia has become a rite of passage for North America’s 25-and-under population.

In 2013, it occupies half the weekends in April, with over 100 acts competing for attention, spread out across seven stages and enough art installations to satisfy even the most ardent aesthetic snob. Headliners this year include the reunited Stone Roses, Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rumors of a Daft Punk appearance remain rampant.

But if there’s a unifying theme that’s emerged from the last few festivals, it’s that electronic music has supplanted rock as the primary locus. That’s not to say that there weren’t bravura sets from America and England’s most celebrated rock bands, but none could match the MDMA-addled hordes that congregated in the Sahara Tent, the festival’s dedicated airplane hanger for electronic dance music. READ FULL STORY

Coachella will stream the festival live on YouTube again

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Excited about this weekend’s arrival of Coachella — and all of the hologram possibilities that come with it? Of course you are (you clicked on this post)!

But if you weren’t one of the lucky 45,923,583 people* who snagged a ticket to one of the Indio festival’s two identical weekends, there’s a solution. For the third straight year, Coachella producers has announced the festival will stream live on its official YouTube page.

Viewers will be able to stream the first weekend’s five-stage action starting this Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT, because there’s nothing better than spending a nice, warm spring weekend indoors with Sigur Rós on your computer.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur and Stone Roses in Coachella lineup

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Blur and The Stone Roses are set to headline Coachella 2013.

The Postal Service, Wu-Tang Clan and Vampire Weekend are among the other acts scheduled to perform. Click below for the full lineup or check out Coachella.com. READ FULL STORY

Rodriguez, from Oscar-nominated doc 'Searching for Sugar Man,' books Coachella

It just goes to show: When you have an acclaimed feature documentary made about you that goes on to be nominated for an Academy Award, you’re suddenly much more in demand. Rodriguez, the musician at the center of the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man, has joined the line-ups of three major music festivals: Coachella (in Indio, Calif. this April), Primavera (in Spain this May), and Glastonbury (in the U.K. this June), Billboard reportsREAD FULL STORY

Facebook photo kinda, maybe suggests Rolling Stones to headline Coachella

Credit: Coachella/Facebook

Credit: Coachella/Facebook

In a move that has sparked a flurry of speculation, the Coachella festival posted a photo of a rock on its Facebook page. But it’s not just any rock. It’s a round rock. In a field.

Does this mean that the Rolling Stones are headlining the festival? Plenty of people are convinced that it does. And, to be honest, they’re not that crazy. Last month, the Stones briefly listed an April 12 Coachella performance on their mobile app before it was taken down. They also just wrapped a seven-gig tour celebrating their 50th anniversary, meaning they’re already on the road. Plus, the rock in that field does look a lot like a rolling stone.

A rep for the group didn’t offer any comment as of this writing.

Still, it seems a little rash to assume that the photo is bona fide proof of their appearance. Heck, it could just mean be a run-of-the-mill promo pic . Or, as one commenter put it:

“It’s a ball. Ball starts with B. Bjork and Blur start with B. Confirmed.”

My money’s on those two.

Update: We (along with everyone else) misidentified the object in the photo as a stone. Coachella reps have confirmed to Billboard, however, that the item in question is actually a polo ball.

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Pulp to end their reunion

Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Pulp, one of the foremost groups in the ’90s Britpop scene, are drawing their reunion to a close.

“We’ll just be cruising off into the sunset,” lead singer Jarvis Cocker told England’s Q Magazine (via NME.com) “Seems poetic. Not wishing to make a big deal, but we’ve played for a while and it’s been really good, but you can’t keep doing that forever.”

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Coachella is now also a cruise with Pulp, Hot Chip, and Girl Talk

Have you ever been at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and thought to yourself, “All this fringe music is pretty excellent, but I really can’t stand all of this sand.”

The organizers of Coachella have a solution: They’re sending you out to sea. Goldenvoice announced today that this year will mark the maiden voyage of the S.S. Coachella, a floating, Caribbean-bound music festival. Because nothing Coachella-related can happen just once, there will be two separate legs, both of which will originate from the port in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

The first, running December 16-19, will be bound for the Bahamas, while the second will run December 19-23 and head to Jamaica. Included will be all the accoutrements of cruise travel (pools, beach activities, buffets, booze, probably some token shuffleboard) in addition to a pretty killer lineup of bands — a baby version of this year’s Coachella. The bands performing include Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, and Grimes. Check out the poster — with the lineup — below.

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Coachella producers announce 2013 dates and prices. So who would you like to see?

Skeptics had little faith in Coachella’s plan to stage the festival with identical lineups on consecutive weekends for the first time this year, but the folks putting on the show ended up laughing all the way to the bank.

Coachella 2012 was a wild financial success, and thanks to the specter of a deceased rapper, became the most talked-about weekend in the desert since Roger Waters lost track of his inflatable pig.

It only makes sense, then, that the same plan will be executed in 2013. Next year’s Coachella will run on April 12-14 and again on April 19-21. Advance passes go on sale this Thursday morning for $349, though you can dole that out in installments using their payment plan.

When you consider the additional money you’ll spend on travel, lodging, food, water, and a healthy supply of sun-blocking floppy hats, that’s a not-unserious chunk to invest in a festival that as of now (and most likely, for the at least next six months) has exactly zero confirmed acts.

Luckily, the Coachella lineup tends to follow a pattern every year, which is why there are a few safe assumptions about who you’ll see in Indio next year.

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Tupac's hologram was developed by Oscar-winning effects people, cost a ton of money, has a Twitter account

For a lot of hip-hop fans, Tupac Shakur never really died.

Some legitimately believed that, like Elvis before him, Shakur actually faked his own death to duck out of the spotlight. For others, tracks like “California Love” and “I Get Around” simply lend him a less literal kind of immortality.

Of course, that was before the man himself “materialized” on stage at the closing night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and stole the entire Coachella conversation. “Tupac hologram” almost instantly became one of the most-searched phrases on the Internet, and now more information is emerging about the exceptionally weird technological trick pulled off by headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hologram was crafted by the Digital Domain Media Group, the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and responsible for cutting-edge film tricks in movies like Titanic, Tron: Legacy, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. READ FULL STORY

Coachella Sunday night: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg bring along a lot of friends...and a Tupac hologram

Who didn’t Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg trot out to close the Coachella Festival on Sunday night? The full retinue was a veritable Hip Hop Hall of Fame: 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg (via montage tribute), a two-story LED projection of Frank Sinatra, and a Tupac Shakur hologram. All that was missing was gin and juice gratis for every audience member.

Of course, the West has never been shy to throw up the “W” and the Dogg and Doc delivered a bell-ringing performance to please the hometown crowd. Backed by a full band, the set list was both party-to-go and paean to the last two decades of gangsta rap. After all, when Andre Young dropped The Chronic 20 years ago, the genre retained its marine blue menace and instilled fear into the hearts of sweater-clad suburban parents. Today, Dr. Dre is a gangsta eminence grise and savvy headphone entrepreneur. Meanwhile his one-time sidekick Snoop Dogg has starred in movies, television shows, and leased his star wattage to more products than Ron Popeil.

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