Over the Weekend: RIP J.G. Ballard, Three Days of Coachella Madness, Plus Zombie Invasion at Fangoria Convention

We don't know about you but we are the very definition of exhausted. Three days of music, parties and the desert heat at the 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio has left us completely wiped. But damn if we didn't get some great coverage while we were there. Randall Roberts put together a list of "LA Weekly Coachella Awards 2009: The Best and Worst of the Festival" for those who want (or need) a recap. While Coachella raged, staff writer Gendy Alimurung stayed in the city and joined the ranks of zombies at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors Convention in downtown L.A. But despite all the hell-raising we partook in over the weekend, Sunday night we were saddened to hear that British novelist J.G. Ballard passed away after succumbing to his battle with prostate cancer. Mark Dery, who recently reviewed Ballard's memoir Miracles of Life, wrote this touching piece in today's L.A. Daily in remembrance of the late writer.

Coachella Day One
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Timothy Norris

Friday featured performances by The Black Keys, White Lies, Buraka Som Sistema, Conor Oberst, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Ghostland Observatory, Morrissey, Mike Patton & Rahzel, Paul McCartney, The Crystal Method, Silversun Pickups and more. View more photos in the Day One slideshow and read up on our music coverage here.


Coachella Day 2
Calexico
Calexico
Timothy Norris

Saturday featured performances by Joss Stone, Amanda Palmer, Drive by Truckers, Dr. Dog, Superchunk, Henry Rollins, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Calexico, Tinariwen, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Booker T, Thievery Corporation, Band of Horses, M.I.A, Turbonegro, Mastodon, Atmosphere and more. View more photos in the Day Two slideshow and read up on our music coverage here.


Coachella Day 3
Fucked Up
Fucked Up
Timothy Norris

The three-day festival wrapped on Sunday with performances by Fucked Up, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lykke Li, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Peter Bjorn and John, Devendra Banhart, Paul Weller, Antony and the Johnsons, My Bloody Valentine, The Kills, Throbbing Gristle, The Cure and more. View more photos in the Day Three slideshow and read up on our music coverage here.

Coachella Candids
Faces of Coachella
Faces of Coachella
Timothy Norris

The half-dressed, sun loving faces of Coachella and scenes from the field including Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney and Turbonegro inspired golf carts. View more photos in the slideshow.

Fangoria Weekend of Horrors Convention
OB/GYN zombie
OB/GYN zombie
Gendy Alimurung

Gendy Alimurung checked out the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors Convention held Friday-Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center that featured In-N-Out zombies, schoolgirl zombies, OB/GYN zombies, nurse zombies, contortionist zombies, Girls and Corpses, blood baths and more. Read her Style Council article, "Fangoria Weekend of Horror: Girls, Ghouls, Corpses, And A Very Small Amount of Blood," and view more photos in the zombie slideshow.


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