Rufus Du Sol’s Surprise Coachella DoLab Set

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While Coachella weekend two concluded a few weeks ago, we’ve just been greeted with a pleasant live set surprise. To close out the second weekend, Rüfüs Du Sol stopped by the DoLab stage to play a surprise DJ set for the massive crowd.

The DoLab stage was consistently packed on both weekends, and it is no surprise why. With the potential to see surprise guests like Rüfüs Du Sol, as well as Skrillex, who played a surprise set the evening before. Typically performing as a three-piece live band, Rüfüs’s rare DJ set is jam packed with booming house tunes including their masterpiece “Innerbloom.” Those who were lucky enough to be camping out at the DoLab stage when Rüfüs arrived experienced quite a treat. You can check out the hour and 10 minute set below, and believe us, it’s worth your time.

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Skrillex Played A Surprise Do Lab Set At Coachella

The Do Lab at Coachella had a packed tent this past Saturday night thanks to Skrillex. The industry leader took a smaller stage than he’s normally housed on and played a surprise set for an overflowing crowd of fans who rushed to see him once the word got out on social media.

Skrillex is one of many valued surprise guests that the Do Lab brings to the stage year after year. This year’s surprise guests also included Louis The Child, Eli & Fur, Tycho, Autograf, Classixx, and Richie Hawtin.

Skrillex has been all over the map at both weekends of Coachella this year, but closing out the Do Lab was definitely the cherry on top of the festival sundae. Check out some photos below of his surprise set below!


Tycho shares ‘Horizon’ visuals debuted at Coachella

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Tycho‘s music has the unique ability to transport listeners to completely new dimensions. Ethereal tunes like “Horizon” evoke mental images of faraway sunny places, with the track’s relaxing ambiance painting pictures of colorful skies. As of a few days ago, though, these images are no longer just in the listener’s imagination.

During the group’s performance during the first weekend at Coachella, Tycho debuted live visuals for “Horizon.” The original animations by Neil Krug consist of vividly colorful shapes and silhouettes, matching up perfectly with the song’s smooth beat. Luckily for those who didn’t make it out to the Indio Valley, Tycho has released the visuals on YouTube.

How Richie Hawtin’s ‘CLOSE’ debut stole the show on Coachella Day 1

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The first day of Coachella 2017 saw a lot of exciting events throughout different spheres of the dance music community. Dixon provided an impeccable – and rare – performance in the Yuma. Dillon Francis debuted his monolithic new stage production as well as a slew of unreleased music, presumably from his forthcoming moombahton LP. Louis The Child had the hanger-on crowds abuzz with their surprise set to close out the Do LaB.

However, as noteworthy as all of the above were, simply put, none of them came close to the magnitude of the legendary Richie Hawtin’s unparalleled performance.

Though many casual observers consider the presence of dance music on Coachella’s roster as a recent development incurred by the introduction of the Sahara tent, it’s worth noting that Richie Hawtin performed at the festival’s inaugural lineup in 1999 – both as himself and his alter-ego, Plastikman. Hawtin’s initial Coachella appearance came alongside additional electronic performances from The Chemical Brothers, DJ Shadow, Underworld, Amon Tobin, and more.

Hawtin has been a recurrent fixture on the Coachella lineup in the years since its first edition, but his set on April 14, 2017 was something entirely unprecedented – the debut of his new performance, “CLOSE — Spontaneity & Synchronicity.”

CLOSE is Richie Hawtin’s endeavor to humanize the performative process of electronic music; an effort to fuse the technical spectacle of computerized visuals and synthesized sounds with the interactivity and connected nature of a rock performance. Commenting on the current state of DJ performances to the LA Times last week, Hawtin quipped, “If I came from outer space and I saw a DJ playing, I would actually think that DJs are a strange breed of humans that only have a torso and head.”

Hawtin’s goal to humanize his veritably otherworldly sounds and spectacles with his desire to connect with audiences in a more traditional way spurred a question in his mind: “How can I bring people closer to what I’m doing? How can I make them feel that they understand how I play my instruments?”

Playing the Mojave tent at 8PM, the Canadian savant answered this question resoundingly with the premiere of “CLOSE.” Rather than stand behind a booth mixing with an indiscernible set of equipment, Hawtin stood between two massive fixtures of live production and performance technologies. Not only was the performer’s engagement fully visible as he vacillated between his two rigs with full focus and visibility – he cleverly integrated his own performance into his visual programming.

Throughout the set, the LED screens which towered behind him played an intricate transmogrification of live footage showing Hawtin working his magic. The video was transformed into scintillating arrangements which may have distracted from the fact that it was, indeed, depicting Hawtin’s activity in real time to the less-focused eye. However, the end result culminated in a phantasmagoria which transported spectators into an extraterrestrial realm, while simultaneously grounding the audience in awe of witnessing every part of his performative process.

While live electronic music is beginning to become almost as prevalent as DJ sets in the current era, there is currently no performance which matches the elaborate echelon which Hawtin has reached with CLOSE.  As the spontaneity of his cerebral techno improvisations met with the synchronicity of his compelling visual production, Hawtin’s new live project lived up to its name more than duly. And, considering the ephemerality of its duration (Hawtin will only perform CLOSE in the US at Coachella and Detroit’s Movement Festival), those who are fortunate enough to attend their set know that it is a once in a lifetime experience.

Suffice it to say, CLOSE made one thing abundantly clear:

Nobody does more than Richie Hawtin.

H/T: LA Times


Four Tet To Play 4-Hour Set At Coachella

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Clear your schedules Coachella goers — Four Tet revealed over Twitter that his Coachella set this Saturday night will be over four hours long.

Weekend 1 attendees best savor the extended time block of psychedelic electronica; Four Tet claimed it will be his only music festival appearance all year.

However, fans need not fear about the cut-back on performance time. His lack of show scheduling is allowing him to focus on his upcoming album. He announced to Twitter fans that he’s “deep in the new album.”

This new discography will join the archive of albums under the artist’s belt, including Beautiful Rewind, There Is Love In You and Morning/Evening.

For more information on Coachella set times, visit the official Coachella website. To stay updated on Four Tet album details, visit his news site.

Hans Zimmer Tour And Coachella Performance

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Hans Zimmer can wholeheartedly be considered one of the most significant composers of the modern era. His work speaks for itself earning him a Grammy, Golden Globe, and even an Academy Award. Zimmer has scored some of Hollywood’s biggest hits including The Lion King, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Dark Night, and Inception. Zimmer’s unique talents are called upon when a director needs a soundtrack as dynamic as the film they are producing. It is important to add further meaning and emotion to help support the films plot development.

Zimmer is most significantly known for using digital and hybrid technology to score his films, and arrange his pieces. He has propelled the traditional world of music forward through his early adoption of digital composition technology and has set a new standard for what classical composition means in the modern era. As a respected composer of both classical and contemporary music, he has helped bring the world of traditional music into the digital age.

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Zimmer’s recording studio is a perfect reflection of himself as an artist. Within the classically furnished interior, sits gleaming technology and bright monitors which Zimmer uses to compose contemporary music with a classical sensibility.

It is unprecedented for an artist as influential as Zimmer to go on tour, and it is only fitting that one of the featured performances will be at Coachella. Fans can look forward to hearing Zimmer’s biggest hits, and many other unique musical arrangements that will most likely bridge the gap between classical music, rock, and electronic music during the three-day desert extravaganza. Check out the complete tour itinerary, and see when Zimmer will be coming to a city near you!

Hans Zimmer 2017 Tour Dates:
04/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Park Theater
04/23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/29 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
05/02 – Sydney, AU @ Qudos Bank Arena
05/04 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
05/06 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
05/08 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
05/16 – Helsinki, FI @ Hartwall Arena
05/18 – Stockholm, SE @ Ericsson Globe
05/20 – Oslo, NO @ Forum Copenhagen
05/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ Royal Arena
05/24 – Leipzig, DE @ Arena Leipzig
05/26 – Gdansk, PL @ Ergo Arena
05/28 – Lodz, PL @ Atlas Arena
05/30 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena
06/01 – Budapest, HU @ Papp Laszlo Sports Arena
06/02 – Bratislava, SK @ Ondrej Nepela Arena
06/04 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena
06/06 – Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle D
06/09 – Frankfurt @ DE @ Commerzbank-Arena
06/11 – Paris, FR @ AccorHotels Arena
06/13 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
06/20 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
06/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
06/23 – Vienne, FR @ Theatre Antique
06/24 – Nimes, FR @ Arenes
06/26 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
06/27 – Zurich, CH @ Hallenstadion
06/29 – Milan, IT @ Mediolanum Forum
07/13 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater
07/14 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Center
07/16 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
07/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
07/21 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/23 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
07/25 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
07/26 – New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
07/28 – Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation Brands PAC
07/29 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center
07/30 – Montreal, QB @ Bell Center
08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
08/04 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
08/06 – Denver, CO @ 1STBANK Center
08/09 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
08/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
08/12 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

Coachella Sues Urban Outfitters for Capitalizing on Brand

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When you think of Coachella you think of that iconic fashionable hipster style, right? This has become so well known that many brands have leaned heavily on Coachella for their own clothing. Urban Outfiiters might be the best example of this, as it’s practically like a Coachella clothing store. This has gone so far that Coachella has had enough.;

Coachella has sued Urban Outfitters for using a number of the festival’s well known trademarks. The products at issue include Free People’s “Coachella Boot,” “Coachella Mini Dress,” “Coachella Pocket Tank” and “Coachella Valley Tunic.”

Coachella actually does have its own clothing brand, but we all know that other brands have copied this distinctive style. Coachella charged Urban Outfitters with “trading on the goodwill and fame” of the Coachella marks with the “Coachella” branded apparel and its use of Coachella as a keyword trigger in online advertising, as well as in display URLs. Coachella says Urban Outfitters’ actions will confuse consumers into thinking they are buying Coachella branded apparel and that it will also dilute the Coachella brand. Coachella has partnerships with H&M as well as Pandora.

Coachella sent a cease and desist letter in April, and has done so numerous times before. Coachella is asking for treble damages and for the removal of any infringing items.

Source: WWD

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Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Madeon to play Coachella Day Club Palm Springs parties


As Southern California’s biggest music festival, Coachella, approaches, Goldenvoice announces its multi-day, multi-week lineup for auxiliary parties at Palm Springs Day Club filled with some of dance music’s biggest talents. For weekend one, Dutch DJ Nicky Romero kicks off the festivities on Friday, followed by an OWLSA Pool Party with Skrillex & friends on Saturday. The first weekend’s supplementary parties wrap up with a pool party take over by Sound Nightclub.

Second weekend brings a completely different list of electronic talents. Friday’s supplemental party is a Mad Decent Pool Party Takeover, followed by a Madeon performance on Saturday. Mad Decent poster boy Dillon Francis wraps up this event series on Sunday. While Skrillex is not listed on the Coachella lineup, these events are a great chance to get an encore performance from either Madeon or Dillon Francis. As a chance to get a more intimate experience from these stellar DJs, this event series is a great way to mix things up at Coachella.
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