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Coachella Day 2 Review: The best and worst -- PHOTOS

Sahara Tent heats up during Sebastian Ingrosso’s set

Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got underway Saturday. Here’s some of the highlights:

The Sahara Tent: This is Coachella’s electronic music stage (a.k.a. the restlessly chewing gum while applying vapor rub tent). Nothing makes rock music look worse than watching a crowd merely nodding their heads to dour indie chords at the Mojave Tent, then diving into the bouncing scrum of happy rollers in the Sahara Tent. On Saturday, French house music producer and DJ David Guetta took the stage with 1980s video-game-style lighting effects. Though his strobe-filled intro was almost obnoxiously long, Guetta’s fans were delirious as he launched into “Titanium,” dropping the audio so fans could scream the “fire away, fire away” chorus. I had to squeeze through a lot of crowds at Coachella, and Guetta’s audience was so tightly jammed they take the award for Most Impenetrable. But for sheer mindless electronic euphoria, I much preferred Sweedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso’s set — a high-energy Red Bull-blast from start to finish.

Though the Sahara Tent had some of the happiest Coachellans, outside the tent were some of the most miserable as the night wore on. What goes up, must come down. Or vice versa.

Praying to the Coachella Dry Heave God

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Coachella Day 1: Blues take the stage with Gary Clark Jr. and the Black Keys

The blues don’t do sunshine. So with severe desert wind and slanting rain showers marring the first day of Coachella, the voodoo children stole the show. Neither Gary Clark Jr. nor the Black Keys will be mistaken for bourbon in the paper cup, Delta blues bootleggers, but both ensured that the genre of Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters has a healthy future with the Instagram generation.

This isn’t your great-grandfather’s finger picked, hellhound on your trail, Mississippi blues. It’s not the rollicking funk of the great Chicago masters like Muddy and Elmore James. And it builds beyond the bruised vinyl psychedelia of your pops’ favorites like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Cream. This is the blues as it jukes and moans in the modern era. Watch Gary Clark Jr, a 28-year old, ax-wielding wunderkind from Austin. Every generation has its chosen one and right now, this is Clark’s time. He has been co-signed by the proper guitar gods (B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy) and got his start thanks to Clifford Antone, the Austin club owner who helped the Vaughn brothers become the baddest.

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Coachella Day 1 review: Rain doesn't dampen spirits -- PHOTOS

“Coachella — this is the best place to be in the world right now!” declares Grouplove bassist Sean Gadd.

“Let’s bring in the storm!” yells keyboardist Hannah Hooper.

And with that, the chronically upbeat Los Angeles-based rock quintet kicked off their first-ever set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, while the famous annual mega-concert had a few new experiences of its own: This is reportedly the first time in the sun-baked Indio festival’s 13-year history that it’s rained, and the first time organizers have scheduled two weekends of performances since 1999.

While a storm didn’t turn the polo fields into a muddy nightmare like some feared, there was a persistent drizzle, unusually cold temperatures and gusting winds that had many under-dressed concert-goers huddling together for warmth. When Jimmy Cliff took the main stage that afternoon, he probably didn’t expect singing “it’s going to be a bright, bright sunshiny day” during his rendition of “I Can See Clearly Now” to be considered mockingly ironic.

In addition to the festival’s usual assortment of casual-sexy wear (sort of American Apparel meets Burning Man meets Indian casino cocktail waitress), this year’s fest gave rise to an all-new Coachella accessory: the plastic poncho.

Some clearly planned ahead and rocked it:

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Tupac Shakur to reportedly play Coachella -- as a hologram

The busiest dead man in the music business, Tupac Shakur, is reportedly coming to Coachella this weekend — as a hologram.

Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ says holographic technology will help resurrect the rapper for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s set Sunday night. Tupac will join in on the song “California Love.”

But wait, if you’re going to raise the deceased, why stop at only one lost star?

Nate Dogg, who died last year from a stroke, will also appear during the show via hologram, joining on “The Next Episode” (what, no Notorious B.I.G.?).

Help them, Obi Dre Kenobi, you’re their only hope!

Plus, there’s still reports that Eminem will appear during the Dr. Dre show, presumably in the flesh.

With Coachella being streamed via YouTube for the second year in a row, you can also watch the set without enduring the hipster masses. (Speaking of: Here at the festival, the fabled Coachella Rain of 2012 has just started. The hour of the fashionable poncho has arrived).

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Coachella 2012: Five questions going into this weekend
Can’t make it to Coachella? Watch the Black Keys, Florence + the Machine, and others stream live via YouTube

Coachella 2012: Five questions going into this weekend

It’s April, and that means that it’s time to head to the desert for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (or simply Coachella, if you’re nasty). This year’s festival takes place over two separate weekends. Starting today, the lineup will run through Sunday, and then next Friday (April 20), the same lineup will do it again.

This year’s top-liners include Radiohead, the Black Keys, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Bon Iver, At the Drive-In, Florence + the Machine, Pulp, and a ton of dance-music folk like Swedish House Mafia and AVICII. If you’re headed out to the desert or are just curious about the first big event of the summer festival season, here are the five questions that most need answering.

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Coachella 2012 -- Are you excited?

Radiohead

For some time now, Austin’s South by Southwest has been the festival where bands big and small alike make newsworthy announcements, debut reformations, tease long-awaited releases, and otherwise create waves and headlines.

But now that the lineup for this year’s Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif., has been announced, it’s starting to look like SXSW might have a worthy challenger out west.

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The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg to headline Coachella fest

BLACK-KEYS

The Black Keys and Radiohead, plus a double bill of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg lead the lineup for this spring’s annual Coachella Music and Arts festival in Indio, Calif. The event spans two weekends this year, April 13-15 and April 20-22. In addition to the headliners, dozens of buzzworthy bands, both new and old, will perform, including Bon Iver, the Arctic Monkeys, M83, Florence + the Machine, and punk icons the Buzzcocks. The full lineup was posted on the festival’s Facebook page today.

The festival will run two identical weekends this year for the first time ever, with all of the acts signed on to perform both weekends. Rumors ranging about who would play the festival had been running rampant around the Web practically since last year’s festival ended.

Who are you most excited to see at Coachella?

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Coachella festival lineup coming this week

Music fans planning their spring desert pilgrimage to Coachella don’t have much longer to wait to hear if their favorite bands will be performing. The popular Coachella music festival in California will announce the lineup of the two-weekend event this coming week, organizers told fans in a tweet.

Rumors have been swirling about the lineup for months, with speculation of headliners including No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, and LMFAO running rampant around the Web.

Only time will tell, but in the mean time it’s always fun to check the rumor mill, converted into the classic Coachella poster format by the Starz Uncut blog.

The event runs April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Coachella, California. The festival’s website has been featuring videos over the past few weeks from some of the bands that are expected to perform, including Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse de Racket.

Katy Perry and Robyn dish about Coachella, dancing, PJ Harvey: A Best of Summer Preview!

For Entertainment Weekly‘s big Best of Summer issue (which hits newsstands this Friday, May 27), we got together the two key players from the season’s hottest tour. Katy Perry will be continuing her non-stop road trip in support of last year’s Teenage Dream, and she’s bringing along Swedish pop sensation Robyn (who had her own big year behind the release of her far-reaching Body Talk project). It promises to be an energetic night full of wild dancing and sugary-sweet pop hooks, and should provide the definitive soundtrack to the hot summer months.

In order to properly preview the tour, we listened in on an intercontinental phone call between Perry (who was traveling from New Zealand to Japan as part of her tour of the Pacific) and Robyn (who was chilling with friends in Los Angeles). Their full conversation will be in the issue, but check out this brief exchange they had about when Perry caught Robyn’s live show.

Katy Perry I saw you at Coachella. It was hands down the best show that I saw all weekend. Everybody was dancing for their life, like they didn’t have a choice.

Robyn Yes they did! I’m so happy you were there to see it.

Perry And you were dancing for your life too! Your dance moves are on another level.

Robyn I don’t know. It’s on another level of frenzy! But I’m happy people got inspired.

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What's on 'Cougar Town' star Busy Phillips' iPod? Beach House, Sufjan, The Band, and more

Fun fact: The lady who plays Cougar Town’s delightful wackjob Laurie Keller—that would be Freaks & Geeks and Dawson’s Creek alum Busy Phillips—goes big at the Coachella Music Festival every year. (In fact, she’s probably rolling up there right about now.)

So considering that fact, and the fact that Cougar is returning from hiatus this coming Tuesday, April 18 in a special, we-need-viewers timeslot after Dancing with the Stars, we thought it more than high time to see what trips her fine-tuned musical trigger. (Surprise: She’s got a taste for indie rock!) Here’s what’s on Philipps’ iPod:

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