Trent Reznor’s reunited Nine Inch Nails will be filling festival bills around the world later this summer, but Coachella snagged what may end up being a rare appearance by his new band, How to Destroy Angels, which brought an impressive visual component to its set late Friday night.
The reunited Violent Femmes — Gordon Gano, Victor DeLorenzo and Brian Ritchie — played their first show in five years Saturday when the band used its Coachella slot to perform its beloved 1983 debut album front-to-back. You can now watch the full set via this capture of the festival’s webcast.
The choice of The Stone Roses as a Coachella headliner this year has been one of the festival’s more controversial moves, from the initial “Who is New Order?” barrage to instant postmortems of Friday night’s less-than-packed closing set from Ian Brown and Co.
There may have been no Smiths reunion at Coachella once again this year, but they were there in spirit as guitarist Johnny Marr played the festival’s first day, whipping out three classics by his former band — including the indelible “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” which you can see here.
The first of Coachella’s two weekends kicks off tonight in the California desert, and, once again, the massive festival is livestreaming some of its lineup’s sets via YouTube. Below you can seen the highlight of this year’s webcast schedule, which includes New Order, Johnny Marr, the reunited Violent Femmes and more.
The Cure and New Order each will return to North America this summer, as both bands were announced this week as headliners at Montreal’s three-day Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts in early August — a billing that will put the two legendary acts just hours away from Chicago, which hosts Lollapalooza that same weekend.
Paisley Underground standard-bearers The Three O’Clock will prepare for their Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival reunion this April with a far more intimate warm-up gig in Pomona, Calif. — part of the mammoth music fest’s slate Los Angeles-area concerts taking place before and between the event’s twin weekends.
It’s still more than a week before legendary former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr releases his new solo album ‘The Messenger,’ but you don’t have to wait any longer to hear the record — a full stream of the 12-track album premiered tonight via Rolling Stone, and you can hear it via the link included here.
Like New Order, the reunited Dead Can Dance is using its twin appearances at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival this April as an occasion to squeeze in a couple extra performances — in this case, just-announced shows in San Francisco and Napa, Calif., the week between the band’s festival dates.
Johnny Marr let the cat out of the bag over the weekend, but New Order today confirmed that it will play two Coachella warm-up concerts with the former Smiths guitarist in Las Vegas and Santa Barbara, Calif., in April — and announced they’ll play “more U.S. dates later in the year.”
Johnny Marr will follow his previously announced U.K. solo tour with an 18-date North American run in April and May that’s built around his appearances at the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival — and which includes dates with New Order in Las Vegas and Santa Barbara, Calif.
It’s been nearly a week since the Coachella lineup was unveiled, and there’s little elaboration on one of this year’s surprises: the unlikely reunion of the Violent Femmes for the two-weekend California festival this April, something once thought impossible because of the bad blood engendered over a Wendy’s TV commercial.
The original lineup of The Stone Roses will makes its U.S. debut at April’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, joining headliners Blur, Phoenix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a bill that also includes New Order, OMD, both Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Johnny Marr and more.
You can’t say they’re not persistent: Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival apparently continue to make offers to land a reunion of The Smiths to headline the annual festival, with Morrissey reporting this week that he has yet again turned down an offer to have the defunct indie giants top the 2013 bill.