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On the scene at Coachella Day Two: Phoenix, R. Kelly(!), Hot Chip and more

Will they or won’t they? As the sun set on Saturday night, one question hung over the Coachella audience like a cliffhanger in an ’80s dramedy.

Would Daft Punk join Phoenix at the end of the latter’s headlining main stage set? And if so, would there be pyramids, robots, and lasers, or just two Frenchmen pumping their fists in promotion of their forthcoming record?

The evidence stacked up in favor of a cameo from the famed Parisian electronic duo, whose 2006 Coachella set was widely considered the match that sparked the current mania for electronic music. For one, both members of Daft Punk were reportedly in attendance. On Friday, the festival main stage buzzed over a trailer hyping the group’s new record. Plus, there’s a long history of bonhomie between the two groups, including a 2010 Daft Punk pop-up appearance at Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show.

Instead, we got R. Kelly. The 46-year old Chicago R&B lothario materialized towards the end of Phoenix’s set to play an abbreviated three song medley of “Bump n’ Grind,” “Ignition (Remix),” and “I’m a Flirt,” wearing an unbuttoned black shirt, blue jeans, and what appeared to be a crown.

Suddenly, the Empire Polo grounds transformed from a meticulous 80s synth-pop party into a gyrating outdoor boudoir. To say it was weird was an understatement.

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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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Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails to headline Lollapalooza

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Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers and The National are officially set to rock Lollapalooza when the festival hits Chicago’s Grant Park August 2-4, organizers announced today.

Looks like that leaked image of the festival lineup was the real deal.

Other big names set for the fest include Kendrick Lamar, Eric Church, Ellie Goulding, Grizzly Bear, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, Band of Horses, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Major Lazer and Two Door Cinema Club.

Check out the entire 130-artist-strong lineup below.

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Rumored Lollapalooza lineup leaked: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, more expected

What do the Cure, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails all have in common? According to a leaked image of this year’s Lollapalooza lineup, they’ll all be taking the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park this summer.

The lineup — gleaned from a full-page Lollapalooza ad reportedly set to run in a magazine — also includes a host of previously announced acts like the Killers, the Postal Service, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and the National.

And so much more, of course. Take a look at the list below:

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Flaming Lips to headline GoogaMooga's 2013 lineup

It’s not quite the MTV Video Music Awards, but Great GoogaMooga will still bring some musical insanity to Brooklyn: the annual food-focused festival has announced that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Flaming Lips will be headlining its opening-day concert this year.

And that’s just the start of the lineup for the festival, which takes place May 17-19 in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The Darkness will also be joining the Karen O and Wayne Coyne bands for the kick-off concert, and the next day will include performances from Matt & Kim, Father John Misty, Sharon Von Etten, and more. On the final day of the weekend, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, De La Soul, and Cults will be taking the stage.

Put together by Bonnaroo’s organizers and billed as an “amusement park of food, drink, and music,” Great GoogaMooga began last year to mixed reviews. With draws like the Roots and Hall & Oates, last year’s carnival attracted an estimated 40,000 people, causing long lines and short tempers. This year, hopefully, GoogaMooga’s organizers (and attendees) will be better equipped to handle the musical and culinary onslaught.

Take a look at this year’s full music lineup below:

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Bonnaroo lineup announced: McCartney, Mumford, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, Bjork and more round out wildly diverse roster

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This summer, the sons of London and Liverpool will descend upon Manchester — Tennessee, that is.

The annual rustic revel known as Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced this year’s lineup, with Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons topping the bill for the June event. Other topline guests on the docket include Bonnaroo veterans Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Icelandic export Björk.

Mumford & Sons, who this month snagged the Album of the Year prize at the Grammys, won’t be the only folk group packing their suspenders: The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Glen Hansard are also slated to play.

Of course, the full lineup for the four-day event, going down June 13-16 at its usual Tennessee stomping grounds, gets more diverse as you go down the list: Wilco, R. Kelly, the Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grizzly Bear,  Nas, Earl Sweatshirt, and ZZ Top are just some of the acts who’ll be heading to the farm.

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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

New Orleans Jazz Fest lineup includes Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Billy Joel, Frank Ocean

The year is not even a month old, but it’s already time to make your Spring and Summer festival plans. Coachella’s lineup should be announced shortly, but in the meantime, we can take a look at the always-eclectic batch of artists who will make their way to the Big Easy at the end of April.

The 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival runs from April 26-28 and May 2-5 and features a wide-reaching list of headline-worthy names: the reconstituted Fleetwood Mac, Frank Ocean, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Phoenix, the Black Keys, John Mayer (who just returned to the stage for the first time in nearly two years last night), B.B. King, and Hall & Oates. Jazz Fest is one of those everything-all-the-time festivals, so if you want to have an all-blues experience, that’s possible, but if you’re also just into jazz or zydeco or blue-eyed soul, you can have that experience too. And if you’re only into indie rock, Band of Horses is there to soothe what ails you.

Of course, there’s also the “Heritage” part of the festival, so essentially everybody in New Orleans who owns a drum will also be appearing on a stage somewhere. Those Treme extras will be rounded out by legends like Dr. John, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and dozens of others. Check out the entirety of the list here.

Tickets are on sale now. Who in this lineup are you most excited about?

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Hurricane Sandy benefit concerts roundup: Chris Cornell, Phillip Phillips, Louis C.K., and more

As we reported earlier this week, NBC’s big musical benefit blowout brought in $23 million for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

But people up and down the Eastern Seaboard are still rebuilding from the storm, and there are still more ways to help out: a whole slew of musicians and comedians have announced a new round of benefit concerts and events slated for the upcoming weeks and months. Some of the bigger names include Chris Cornell, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Wallflowers, but there are tons more indie-oriented fare too, from Neon Indian to Louis C.K.

Check out our running list of upcoming benefits below, and clink the links for tickets and information. Plus, feel free to share any events we may have left off in the comments section below. (And, of course, those unable to attend these events can always help by donating to the Red Cross’ special Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.)

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