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19 Apr 2013
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Tens of thousands of music-lovers are enjoying the debut day of Coachella 2013's second weekend. Independent music writer Brian Blueskye and photographer Noelle Haro-Gomez are on the scene, and will be there throughout the weekend. Check CVIndependent.com for regular updates. Below are some pics of the action from day 1; more will be added throughout the day. (Last updated at 7:45 p.m.) Enjoy!
13 Apr 2013
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If you are without a Coachella ticket, no worries: The Ace Hotel has you covered with the fifth annual Desert Gold event. Desert Gold is an 11-day festival that coincides with Coachella, and it started with a bang on Thursday night, with DJ sets in the Amigo Room featuring the Coachella Valley’s own DJ Day; BBC Radio personality Benji B; and Flying Lotus. DJ Day got the crowd pumping with his remixes of various rap songs and funky anthems. Benji B, known for a wide variety of sounds at the mixing board, started with a gentle instrumental and worked his way up to faster mixes before turning over the mixing board to Flying Lotus. As the evening progressed, standing space became hard to come by, but that didn’t stop crowd's urge to dance. Flying Lotus, grandnephew of Alice and John Coltrane, whipped the capacity crowd into a veritable frenzy with…
12 Apr 2013
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Local hip-hop group the Death Merchants picked Friday, April 12—which just so happens to be the first day of Coachella 2013—as the date on which to release their debut EP, #iDealDeath. There’s a reason for that. “We wanted to try to get it into as many hands as possible,” said David Lumpkin, aka DJ Lumps!, one of the four Death Merchants. “There are going to be hundreds of thousands of people here.” Lumpkin said the group has 500 copies of the CD now, with another 500 on the way before the second Coachella weekend—and the Merchants will be on hand at the Empire Polo Club to give them out. A download link will be available at their Facebook page as well. The EP features eight songs the Merchants have recorded over the two years of their existence, and the package definitely shows off the talent of the group, which consists…
26 Jan 2013
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After a flurry of rumors, parodies and anticipation, the lineup for Coachella 2013 was finally released earlier this week. While those of us here at the Independent have our own opinions on the lineups (No Daft Punk?! Damn it!), we'll shut up for now. Instead, we scoured the good ol' Weekly Wide Web for reactions. We did find a wee bit of consensus. For example, everyone was understandably bummed that some of the rumored headliners (Stones, Bowie, Daft Punk) were just rumors; and there's a surprising amount of consensus that the second-tier acts are rather strong. Here are eight bits of reaction worth noting, in no particular order: The Los Angeles Times' August Brown was surprised by the lack of EDM (electronic dance music) in the lineup. "One has to scroll down to the third line of any given day before a proper dance act is listed (some electro-leaning bands…

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