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Coachella 2015: Four parting thoughts from the first weekend

Now that the dust has settled, the robot butterflies have bloomed and the anti-capitalist hippos have returned to their pond, we can take a look back at arc of Coachella 2015. All in all, it was better than we expected musically and generally in great spirits for the whole weekend. A few last notes...

Fair Play, Fair Pay Act of 2015 would require radio to pay for music

A broad coalition of recording artists, labels, managers and other industry players are lining up in support of a bill introduced in Congress on Monday designed to require forms of terrestrial and digital radio to pay royalties to musicians for use of their recordings.

A Coachella attraction you hope to skip: The Lost and Found

A joyful vibe permeates the Empire Polo Grounds this time of year. From the grassy fields to the dance tents to the beer gardens, the atmosphere at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of peace and playfulness.

Coachella Festival's epic factor plays out in the music, good and bad

Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian R&B singer known as the Weeknd, is not a man given to exaggerated cheer. In his dark but sensual music, which has exploded in popularity since he released a series of albums on the Internet in 2011, he describes a world of romantic dysfunction where no one ever has...

Coachella fest outdoes itself as a rollicking Sim City

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival doesn't yet have its own ZIP Code, but at this point maybe it should.

Coachella 2015: Day 2 thrills via Ratatat, Weeknd and more

Twelve hours later, the memories from a whirlwind Day 2 at Coachella are hard to contain. Below, five moments from Saturday that are still buzzing the brain.

Coachella 2015: BBC's Annie Mac on fixing the festival gender gap

For American audiences unfamiliar with the BBC DJ and presenter Annie Mac, it's hard to find an appropriate comparison here. There is no U.S. equivalent of Mac, the new heir to Britain's long legacy of using public airwaves to champion rising and meaningful music. Imagine if Terry Gross  were an...

Coachella 2015: Run the Jewels and the art of realness

Dreams really do come true at Coachella, and not just for the desert festival’s formerly punk, now absurdly rich  promoter Goldenvoice.

Coachella 2015: Benjamin Booker simplifies, delivers history lesson

It's easy to forget how much momentum can be created with just one bass, one guitar and one percussionist. New Orleans guitarist and singer Benjamin Booker and his two-man band served a tight, chunky reminder in the Gobi Tent on Saturday afternoon.

Coachella 2015: Milky Chance and Chet Faker deliver left-field hits

If there's one thing that can cut through all the noise at Coachella, it's this: a huge hit.

Coachella 2015: Jon Hopkins, Porter Robinson keep the tents moving

For much of Friday night at Coachella, there was only one corner of the festival that was truly thunderstruck. 

Coachella 2015: Steely Dan meets EDM — an experiment worth watching

It’s no secret that EDM has long surpassed rock and rap as a major draw at the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

Coachella 2015: AC/DC delivers dirty deeds in desert set

It was a set that featured explosions, duck-walked guitar antics, much vocal yowling and a tract-home sized inflatable woman, buxom and bikinied, that popped into shape during "Whole Lotta Rosie." 

Coachella 2015: Outside the VIP area, a tale of two festivals

Paris Hilton arrived at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio Friday through the VIP entrance, of course.

Coachella 2015: Action Bronson, Azealia Banks go their own ways

They're both rappers. They're both from New York. And both of their names are initialized A.B.

Coachella 2015: Rapper Lil B baffles, overjoys Outdoor Theatre stage

Perennial hip-hop optimist Lil B stood alone onstage for his Friday afternoon set. But then again, why wouldn't he? As he repeatedly reminded his obsessed fans, he does everything himself. No DJ, no band, no hype-man. Just the Oakland rapper, alone in a too-tight teal top, sunglasses, his...

Coachella from the couchella: 8 things to expect on social media

The two biggest weekends in the music festival world have arrived: Thousands will flock to Indio, Calif., today to see their favorite artists take the stage at Coachella. Those of us unable to afford the trek, however, can still experience the fun vicariously through social media -- let's call...

Coachella 2015, Day 1: Early arrivers face heat, massive caterpillar

As the first arrivals raced onto the wide-open, perfectly tended pitch on the Empire Polo Field for the first day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, they were greeted by -- what else? -- a gargantuan caterpillar.

Grateful Dead announce two more 'Fare Thee Well' shows in California

West Coast Grateful Dead fans, your miracle ticket may well be on its way. Faced with overwhelming demand for what's been billed as the last run of shows together for surviving Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir at Chicago's Soldier Field, the band has...

Tyler, the Creator announces new album via his own app

Tyler, the Creator has never been constricted by too many filters on his creative life. But now he's announced several new projects that promise even more of his ribald, often brillant output.

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