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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Best of Coachella, Weekend Two

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Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM
TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements
Early in The Replacements' Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong onstage. Armstrong, who matched the rest of the band (except Westerberg, who wore his own thing) in a plaid suit, seemed giddy to be onstage with his idols, saying "Dreams really do come true." Westerberg was splayed out on a couch for most of the set (he said his back was hurting), letting Armstrong sing lead on several songs. No Green Day tunes were played, but who needs "Longview" when you've got "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." -Kai Flanders

See also: The Worst of Coachella, Weekend Two

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Worst of Coachella, Weekend Two

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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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  • Timothy Norris
Death
A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding the festival -  drug smuggling, drunk driving, utter foolishness  - needs to be addressed. Kids who think they can recklessly plow through synthetics with no consequences are mistaken, and the musicians who encourage them to do so are irresponsible. -Ben Westhoff

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The drone is in the sky on the right - TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
  • The drone is in the sky on the right
Remember our April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out we were prophetic. Those hovering propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella.

They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal? 

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The Best Coachella Photos of 2014

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Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM
NANETTE GONZALES
  • Nanette Gonzales
Thousands of people battling dust, sun and oppressive heat, running at top speed to make it to the stage before their favorite band goes on. Dancing hard, laughing, high-fiving strangers, selfie-ing like there's some sort of quota. Everywhere you turned, there was color and craziness at Coachella this year.

Here are the photos that best captured the festival.

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Nate Jackson
Guy Gerber (center) with assistants Lauren Rolls (right) and Pao Lopez (left)
It's kind of amazing that Guy Gerber is still conscious right now. He's leaning up against his backstage trailer, minutes after a 90-minute set at the Yuma tent on Saturday, sipping leisurely from a plastic glass full of vodka. The DJ sports a fitted blue shirt, black skinny jeans and Beatle boots. His dark shades are underscored by a gold henna lightening bolt above his cheek.

As he laughs and talks with friends and rail thin party girls, it's hard to believe that barely six hours ago, he was boarding a plane back to Indio for his second week at Coachella. The night before, he DJed for six hours straight at Marquee nightclub in New York, almost 3,000 miles away. The night before that, he was manning the decks all night at a club in San Francisco.

"I started playing at 11:45 p.m., and by 12:30 a.m. I was already drunk," Gerber says, laughing. The DJ's thick, Israeli accent makes all his "t"'s sound like "z"'s. "We had maybe 20 girls in the DJ booth and things got so sexual. Ze girls were all making out with each other. I've never seen something so crazy."

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Coachella Cabbies and Their Amazing Stories

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 4:15 AM
Naser Herzallh and his not so yellow cab. - KAI FLANDERS
  • Kai Flanders
  • Naser Herzallh and his not so yellow cab.
After the music shuts down each night, thousands flock toward Coachella's taxi stands, located at the end of the long, winding "yellow path" - a 20-minute walk from the polo fields. (As Jeff Weiss called it: The molly trail of tears.)

Once you arrive, the wait can be almost two hours long, and the drivers are in a state of constant hustle. Considering they're picking up some of the richest, most entitled, most drugged-out young people on the planet, their stories are as good as you might imagine.

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What's It Like to Play Coachella?

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 4:00 AM

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Daniel Kohn
Since they first met on the Greek island of Crete five years ago, Grouplove has been an ascendant indie pop band. Known for songs like "Tongue Tied," "Ways to Go" and "Colours," they performed a mid-afternoon set, for the second consecutive weekend, on Coachella's main stage on Friday.

We spent time with them both before and afterwards, to get a sense of just what it's like to play one of the most massive events on the planet.

See also: The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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How Dangerous Is Coachella, Really?

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM
TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
On Thursday, Coachella attendee Kimchi Truong died after an apparent overdose. It's believed to be the first death tied to the giant annual festival since 2008 - though the actual number is hard to ascertain, since the Riverside County Coroner's Office says it does not track them.

But as always happens when a young person ODs at a music festival, parents and onlookers alike are wondering: Just how safe are these bacchanals? Should they be shut down entirely? Or should we just be glad there aren't more fatalities?

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Coachella kids, some of whom are surely sober - TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
  • Coachella kids, some of whom are surely sober
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often. 

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.

How betrayed they must feel, then, when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival brings the riff-raff back to their doorstep for two weekends every year - the biggest, most unruly traveling circus imaginable. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Kimchi Truong - COURTESY OF THE DMV
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  • Kimchi Truong
A Coachella attendee named Kimchi Truong apparently overdosed on drugs or alcohol around 2 a.m. last Sunday, collapsing during a show in the festival's taxi area.

She received treatment at an aid station on the grounds, and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital, before being transferred to Palm Springs' Desert Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead yesterday, according to the Riverside County Coroner. 

Truong, 24, was a resident of Oakland.

See also: How Dangerous Is Coachella, really?

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