Since its inception in 1998, Coachella has transformed from a hipster mecca to a stomping ground for Taylor Swift’s #squad, but the festival still manages to bring in the world’s premiere rockers pushing the envelope. Australia’s top garage rocker and XPN favorite Courtney Barnett was there, and Pitchfork has compiled footage from her performance from over the weekend. Continue reading →
Sparks played Coachella this past Friday and last weekend. Watch their performance of “The Rhythm Thief,” below. The brothers Ron and Russell Mael play The Trocadero this coming Wednesday, April 24th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.
During his Friday evening set at Coachella, Johnny Marr performed “Sun and Moon” off of his recent debut solo album. The former Smiths guitarist put out The Messenger in February through Sire Records, the label responsible for The Smiths’ US releases in the eighties. It’s hard to believe The Messenger is Marr’s first solo album, but the Manchester native has been busy since he left the band. His name has been attached to to a number of projects in recent years including Modest Mouse and The Cribs, and he contributed to the score of Inception with Hans Zimmer. XPN welcomes Johnny Marr to The Trocadero on April 30th; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Marr and his band perform “Sun and Moon.”
The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up yesterday with the second weekend of performances next weekend. Watch some of the festival highlights below from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, the Weeknd, Gary Clark, Jr., Bon Iver, Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dawes.