L.A. Artists You Need To Catch at Coachella

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:42 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Festivals It’s that time of year again! We’re heading out to the desert oasis of Coachella to celebrate good music and good vibes. Come along with us and check out these local artists as they make their ways to the Sahara tent and other stages.   Chicano Batman These Latin soul survivors have been kicking out the jams for a decade now. But as the tides turned and Trump became president, their star rose on the strength of songs... READ MORE

Spotlight on the Coachella Valley Music Scene

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music It is an absolute shame that it took a tragedy to bring attention to a certain SoCal band. By now, you’ve heard the awful news that Palm Desert’s Eagles of Death Metal were performing when the deadly Paris terror attack occurred. More than 100 of their fans – including their European merch manager, Nick Alexander – were fatally shot Nov. 13 at the Bataclan theater. EODM’s musicians made it out alive, albeit emotionally shaken. Their... READ MORE

Coachella Pro-Tips from a 15-Year Veteran

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Coachella 2012. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt. The Internet is awash with tips for having the BEST COACHELLA EVER, from noshing on superlative grub to, erm, outsmarting narcs. All are valuable resources, but if you want to know the real Coachella, take it from me. I’ve attended EVERY YEAR SINCE 1999. That’s right. I was there the first time the Pixies played. I was there when A Perfect Circle was a new side project for Tool’s Maynard... READ MORE

Foster the People 'Coming of Age' on New Album

Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Foster the People aren't much for the wocka wocka wocka when it comes to song subjects. Their big hit, "Pumped Up Kicks," was a commentary on gun violence in schools. But they may have had a change of heart in recording their upcoming release, Supermodel (Columbia, out March 18)-- part of the album was formed at Henson Studios, home of the Muppets. The gonzo new single, "Coming of Age," picks up where their 2011 debut,... READ MORE 1

Best of 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:14 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Mystical singing space cats. The resurrection of the Thin White Duke. "YOLO" versus "Y.A.L.A." The year in music circa 2013 was a zany one that was forward-thinking (everybody's droppin' the bass these days) and reverent of the past (every new band sounds like it's from the 1980s). Here's what we loved and loathed: BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – We the Common BEST EP OF THE YEAR: Andrew McMahon –... READ MORE

Kudos and Complaints for Coachella 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Wheel in the sky keeps on turning at Coachella. Photos by Melissa Bobbitt. Through sand, wind and dubious amounts of dub step, we survived Coachella 2013! This was definitely one of the more contentious years but nevertheless memorable in its own right. Now that Weekend 2 has wrapped, we reflect on what worked and what didn't in the desert festival's 14th year. CON - WEAK HEADLINERS Back in late January, when the rumors of... READ MORE

Coachella Picks 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Just a week away from the holy music pilgrimage to the desert that is the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. It's this writer's 14th year attending (Jesus. That's a lot of sun-drenched rockin'), and the excitement is just as palpable as it was when I first attended at age 16. This year's lineup is so ridiculously good I almost popped a vein trying to decide which five acts to include in my essentials... READ MORE

My 5 Coachella Must-Sees

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts It's here. Finally, after waiting since JUNE 2011 when tickets went on sale, Coachella is here. Remember when the Radiohead headlining spot was just a rumor? (TRUE!) And the speculation that since Dr. Dre was playing, Eminem couldn't be far behind? (TRUE!) And that Madonna would be sitting in on AVICII's set (erm, still just a rumor). We're ready to see it all unfold in Indio. Sure, everyone and their grandma has... READ MORE