Ian St. Pe of the band Black Lips performs at this year's Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. Like many of the artists on the bill, the band agreed not to book other shows in Southern California within months of the event.
After Explosions in the Sky played Coachella in 2007, says guitarist Munaf Rayani, the band went from "playing in rooms that were 400, 500, maybe a thousand people," to "the Palladium in L.A., which [has a capacity of] 4,000, and filled it up." Explosions in the Sky, seen here at Coachella on April 13, were booked by Goldenvoice, Coachella's promoter, to play a set at The Glass House in nearby Pomona on April 18.
During a set by Sunday night headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, a holographic image of Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996, performed for the crowd. In a YouTube message to fans, Dr. Dre said, "This was not done for a tour. If a tour happens, we'll see."
Performers at Coachella, like Gotye, seen here April 15, were subject to a "radius clause" that prevented them from playing in the immediate area of the festival. So that they didn't waste the week between the festival's two weekends, Gotye's booking agent, Tom Windish, scheduled performances for his clients in locations like San Francisco and Las Vegas.
"Honestly, we would like to play ... while we're in L.A. ... but they told us not to," Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander told NPR. "So we're like, 'Whatever, we'll just record.' " The band found a new friend (and potential collaborator) during their week off: the pop star Ke$ha.
Rihanna performs during a set by DJ and producer Calvin Harris, who produced the singer's hit "We Found Love," during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.
In short, pitcher Brandon McCarthy sent out a tweet that suggested the "Kiss Cam" — a feature shown on scoreboards across the country in which a camera focuses on couples in hopes of a kiss — was anti-gay.
Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:36 am
Michael Kiwanuka combines roots and soul with such old-school, retro-sounding verve, it's hard to believe he's still a rising star — let alone a 24-year-old. Kiwanuka is of Ugandan descent and grew up in Muswell Hill, London.
Blistered and bug-bitten, a group of conservationists reached their destination of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia, on Earth Day. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition team set out back in January, at the southern tip of Florida in the Everglades National Park. They made their way up through the sunshine state on foot, by paddle and occasionally on horseback. Their goal has been to garner attention for a vision to link Florida’s already existing protected natural areas, to lands with the potential to be protected.
Days after George Zimmerman was freed on bail to await a second-degree murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, says she's "willing to wait for justice to be served" in her son's case.
Speaking with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Fulton also says that she feels like "I have a little hole in my heart. And that little hole is caused by the tragedy of Trayvon's death."
Now, we turn to a business scandal that could have repercussions on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Wal-Mart, America's biggest retailer, is also Mexico's largest retailer and there, the company has been accused of paying more than $24 million in bribes to Mexican officials to obtain construction permits to build new stores.