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What's Cool and Not Cool to Bring/Do at Coachella

tony Apr 25, 2006
In case you didn't know - yes you can bring your little digital camera, and medium sized backpacks into Coachella. Leave your chain wallets and Ozzy flags at home though.

In fact here's the complete list of what you can bring and what you cant

NO Instruments
NO Knives / Weapons Etc.
NO Chains / Chain Wallets
NO Blankets
NO Outside Food & Beverage
NO Camelpacks
NO Tents
NO Flags
NO Refunds Or Exchanges
NO Chairs
NO Video Cameras
NO Audio Recording Devices
NO Bota Bags
NO Professional Cameras
NO Stuffed Animals
NO Pets
NO Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
NO Ins and Outs

OK Backpacks (medium)
OK Hats
OK Sun Block
OK Lighters
OK Sunglasses
OK Cigarettes
OK Small Beach Towel
OK All Ages Welcome
OK Ages 5 & Under Free
OK Fanny Packs
OK Digital Cameras (Non-Pro)
OK Disposable Cameras
OK Film Cameras (Non-Pro)

and here's the Buzznet list of additional things we'd like to see and not see

NO Boyfriends - what happens in the desert...
NO Shouts  from the crowd for "Freebird" or "Stairway"
NO Rocking Out w/ Cock Out
NO Wet Blankets
NO Blue Flame Contests
NO Line dancing
NO Tall Dudes in Front of Me
NO Flag Burnings
NO Book Burnings
NO Blood For Oil
NO Bogarts
NO Constant Checking of Your Crackberry
NO Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
NO Drinking and Driving  

OK Bellyshirt Contests
OK Heartbroken hotties looking for a shoulder to cry on
OK Brockabrellas
OK Cartwheel Olympics
OK Farmer's Tans
OK Candy Cigarettes
OK Bandannas worn as Shirts
OK To clear a path as I approach the Madonna set
OK Boomin Grannies
OK Making "the Bump" come back
OK Disposable Teens
OK Computer
OK To Be Excellent To One Another

The Buzz About Coachella is at its Peak

tony Apr 24, 2006
The President  met with Bono last weekend in the Coachella Valley for two days of meetings and raising money for the GOP, but as usual the President is in the wrong place at the wrong time. And he met the wrong Bono - he wined and dined with Mary Bono - Sonny's widow. The right time to be in Indio is this Saturday and Sunday, and the VIP to rub shoulders with seems to be the Material Girl.

Witness the buzz: 4/24:

Everyone's been talking about Madge's unprecedented appearance, but the real comeback kids are headliners Depeche Mode. Last year's Playing the Angel garnered the strongest reviews since the band's 1990 album Violator. Also, no member appeared in Swept Away.

The Daily Californian 4/24:

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has firmly established itself as the United States' quintessential postmodern musical jamboree in little over half a decade. In the wake of the alterna-stench of Lollapalooza and the violent hippie nightmare of Woodstock '99, Coachella has surpassed considerable odds to become the congregation of choice for some of today's most forward-thinking artists, both big and small.

The Associated Press 4/23:

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is California's premier Woodstock-esque mecca, an indie ode to music spanning two days, multiple genres and thousands of fans since its 1999 inception. 4/23

The 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place April 29th and April 30th in Indio, California.

It is arguably the largest and most significant popular music festival in North America. One special feature of this year's festival is the first appearance ever by Madonna at a music festival.

The Associated Press 4/23:

Imagine if Elvis had decided to make a pit stop at Woodstock.

It's perhaps the best way to put into perspective the hotly anticipated performance by Madonna -- perhaps one of the most famous faces on the planet -- at next weekend's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., a three-day musical extravaganza best known for its lineup of indie rock bands and dance-oriented DJs.


Is Madonna the biggest act to ever hit the stage at Coachella?

"That depends on your definition of big," Tollette said. "She's probably sold more records than anyone we've had at Coachella."

Tollette says many people can't understand why Madonna -- whose summer tour this year is perhaps the most anticipated -- would play there.

But Tollette added: "She knows a lot of the DJs that have played the Sahara tent, so this isn't anything new for her."

Renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold plays on the same night as Madonna in the dance tent. They're friends, have toured together, and Oakenfold has done several well-received remixes of Madonna's songs.

He said Madonna likely could have requested to play on a big stage at Coachella, but wisely choose to stick with the electronica-themed Sahara tent.

"That's an incredible boost for the electronic scene," Oakenfold said. "To choose the less is more. It's a smaller situation, but it's going to be unbelievable.

Giant Drag vs The Like - Who Ya Got?

tony Apr 21, 2006
They're the cutest sisters in rock since Heart. The older one sings about having a penis and about how a dude she knows is gay. The younger one plays bass in an all girl band who are all too young to drink.

The Like are daughters of music industry hotshots, Giant Drag are sort of a reverse White Stripes where the chick sings and the dude plays drums.

Z Berg, guitarist and singer of the Like,  has half of her dna from former Geffen A&R man/record producer Tony Berg, Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ drummer Pete Thomas sired their drummer Tennessee Thomas, and bassist Charlotte's daddy is incredible producer Mitchell Froom, who also had something to do with Giant Drag's singer/guitarist/goddess Annie Hardy.

Buzznet was lucky enough to be invited to a special showing of Giant Drag around Christmastime last year at the Vigin Megastore HQ. Annie seemed bitter, told great jokes, and melted every boy's heart with her wounded sarcasm.

This blogger fell for her hard.

The Like are THE band for every hot chick i've run across in the last six months. there was a time when that title was held by Sleater-Kinney, The Donnas, and Luscious Jackson, so i will be curious to see how the boys react to the all-female trio and their summer dresses.

in the mean time how 'bout kicking your feet back and enjoying these two videos and you decide who you like better.

not that we have to pick sides.

but sometimes its fun.

in this corner i give you Giant Drag

and in this corner you have The Like

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Bad Pipes Force Hard-Fi and The Subways to Cancel Coachella

tony Apr 20, 2006
Hard times have hit Brit rockers Hard-Fi and The Subways.

In the last two days throat problems have caused the bands to nix the rest of their North American tours including Coachella.

"I am deeply frustrated by the problem I'm having with my throat." Hard-Fi singer Richard complained yesterday to the press in regards to his throat infection. "We were so looking forward to hitting the States again at the end of the month, and especially looking forward to  playing the Coachella festival, but unfortunately it's just not possible at this time. We'll be back in June and plan to make up for it."

The affected shows are: 4/22 Vancouver, BC Plaza Club;  4/24 Seattle, WA Chop Suey; 4/25 Portland, OR Berbati's Pan; 4/27 Sacramento, CA The Boardwalk; 4/28 San Francisco, CA Slim's; and of course 4/29 Indio, CA Coachella Music & Arts Festival.

Meanwhile the nodules of Billy Lunn's vocal chords are to blame for the controversial trio's pull-out and cancelation of their US tour. Six weeks is how long it will take for The Subways to even think about rocking out again, according to a press statement on

"The band are incredibly saddened by this news but remain positive and look forward to returning to America later in the summer,"
Coachella is reporting.

In the UK Hard-Fi are chart-topping stars earning critical praise, awards, and hits.

The famously bitchy NME named their 2005 debut "Stars of CCTV" Album of the Year calling it "tirelessly inventive, genre-splicing genius"; The Times of London called it "As close to a five-star record that I've heard all year," adding "there have been some terrific debut albums by British bands this year, but this rough diamond by Staines' Hard-Fi is the best yet"; and Q magazine deemed the group "the next major British band."

"Stars of CCTV" entered the UK charts at #6 in July 2005, and hit #1 in January of 2006.

They earned two Brit Award nominations for Best British Band and Best British Rock Act.

Hard-Fi is probably also trying to get healthy for their five-night sold out run at London's Brixton Academy from May 14 to 18. A feat that has only been matched by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, and The Clash. Only the Chemical Brothers have sold out the historic venue six nights in a row.

The Subways, Q Magazine's "Shittiest Band of the Year", were poised to prove the British critics wrong by winning over the American kids with their catchy rock hit "Rock N Roll Queen" while on their first US tour. Coachella was scheduled to kick off the two-week tear in the States meant to rip through the heartland and the East coast, followed by dates in Canada.

No word at this time who, if anyone, will replace these groups.

Quick Facts about the Coachella Valley & The Complete List of Bands ever to Play Coachella

tony Apr 19, 2006
  • The Coachella Music and Arts Festival isnt technically held in the city of Coachella. It's held in the city of Indio in the famous Coachella Valley.

  • Coachella Valley is made up of nine neighboring cities, none of which are larger than 50,000 people. Those cities are: Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage.

  • Elvis Presley enjoyed his honeymoon with Priscilla in Palm Springs in 1967.

  • The dinosaurs in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" where Pee Wee meets the french chick and gets chased around by her huge boyfriend and escapes by jumping into the train are still in Palm Springs.

  • The dinosaurs are called Dinny and Mr. Rex. They're actual size, made from excess material from the creation of the Interstate 10 freeway.

  • Two weeks of rain is all you can expect per year in the Coachella Valley. Because of that incredible amount of sunshine 95% of all of the dates grown in the USA come from this valley. Farming dates is something that dates back over 100 years in this region which is home of the National Date Festival each year in Indio.

  • The dates originally came from Algeria, Egypt, and Iraq.

  • When driving through the valley you will see acres of modern windmills, that's because the area is one of the windiest regions on earth. The mixture of the cool air blowing east off the ocean through Los Angeles and the warm desert climate make the San Gorgonio Pass on the edge of the Coachella Valley perfect for capturing wind for natural energy.

  • Coachella was originally known as Conchella because of the endless amount of  mollusk shells that can still be found in the untouched desert floor which used to be an inland sea.

  • In the Looney Toon cartoon starring Bugs Bunny, "Bully For Bugs", our favorite wabbit asks directions to Coachella Valley so he could attend  the carrot festival. There have been no carrot festivals in Coachella.
But there have been a ton of bands play there.

Here are all the bands ever to play the Coachella Music Festival.


April 29

Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Audio Bullys, Devendra Banhart, Joey Beltram, Derrick Carter, Cat Power, Celebration, Chris Liberator, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Colette, Matt Costa, Carl Cox, Common, Daft Punk, Damian Marley, Deerhoof, Depeche Mode, The Duke Spirit, Eagles of Death Metal, Franz Ferdinand, Hard-Fi, Hybrid, Imogen Heap, Infusion, The Juan Maclean, Lady Sovereign, Ladytron, The Like, Living Things, Lyrics Born, My Morning Jacket, The New Amsterdams, Nine Black Alps, Platinum Pied Pipers, The Section Quartet, She Wants Revenge, Shy FX & T Power, Sigur Ros, stellastarr*, Tosca, The Walkmen, White Rose Movement, Wolfmother, Youth Group, The Zutons

April 30

Amadou & Mariam, Art Brut, Be Your Own Pet, Bloc Party, Coheed and Cambria, Coldcut, The Dears, Digable Planets, Dungen, Editors, Gabriel & Dresden, Giant Drag, The Go! Team, Gnarls Barkley, Infadels, James Blunt, Jamie Lidell, Jazzanova, Kaskade, Los Amigos Invisibles, Madonna, The Magic Numbers, Massive Attack, Mates of State, Matisyahu, Michael Mayer, Metric, Minus the Bear, Mogwai, MURS featuring 9th Wonder, Mylo (DJ set), Paul Oakenfold, The Octopus Project, OneRepublic, Gilles Peterson, Phoenix, Scissor Sisters, Seu Jorge, Kristina Sky, Sleater-Kinney, The Subways, Tool, TV on the Radio, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Little Louie Vega, Wolf Parade, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

+ + + + + + + +
April 30

Ambulance LTD, Amp Fiddler, Bauhaus, Bloc Party, Boom Bip, Buck 65, Café Tacuba, Hernan Cattaneo, The Chemical Brothers, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, DJ Marky, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), Eisley, Fantômas, Four Tet, Jean Grae, Gratitude, Immortal Technique, Katie Melua, Keane, Rilo Kiley, The Kills, k-os, M83, Mercury Rev, MF Doom, Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, Razorlight, The Raveonettes, Sage Francis, The Secret Machines, The Sexy Magazines, Snow Patrol, Spoon, Swayzak, Tiga, UNKLE, Weezer, Wilco, Josh Wink, Zap Mama

May 1

Aesop Rock, The Arcade Fire, Armin Van Buuren, Autolux, Beans, Ben Watt, Black Star, The Blood Brothers, The Bravery, Bright Eyes, British Sea Power, Diplo, DJ Krush, Donavon Frankenreiter, The Dresden Dolls, The Faint, The Fiery Furnaces, The Futureheads, Gang of Four, Gram Rabbit, Jem, Junkie XL, Kasabian, The Locust, M.I.A., Matmos, Matthew Dear, Midlake, Miss Kittin, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, The Perceptionists, Pinback, The Prodigy, Radio 4, Roni Size, Roots Manuva, Shout Out Louds, Sixtoo, Sloan, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Subtle, Tegan and Sara, Thrice, Wolf Eyes, Zion I

+ + + + + + + +


May 1

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, The Black Keys, Boozoo Bajou, Da Lata, Danny Howells, Death Cab for Cutie, The Desert Sessions, dios, DJ Icon DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), Electric Six, Erase Errata, The Evens, Eyedea & DJ Abilities, Mark Farina, Laurent Garnier, Hieroglyphics, Howie Day, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Junior Senior, Kinky, Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem, Living Legends, Mindless Self Indulgence, Juana Molina, Moving Units, Phantom Planet, Pixies, Q and Not U, Radiohead, The Rapture, Sahara Hotnights, Sander Kleinenberg, Savath & Savalas, Seb Fontaine, The Section Quartet, The Sounds, Sparta, stellastarr*, Stereolab, The Stills,

May 2

!!!, 2manydjs, Adam Freeland, Air, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Ash, Atmosphere, Basement Jaxx, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, The Cooper Temple Clause, The Crystal Method, The Cure, Cursive, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Danger Mouse, Donald Glaude, Elefant, Ferry Corsten, The Flaming Lips, Home Town Hero, Le Tigre, The Killers, MF Doom, Mogwai, Muse, Paul Van Dyk, Prefuse 73, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Sage Francis, Saul Williams, The Section Quartet, Sidestepper, The Sleepy Jackson, Supernatural, Thelonious Monster, The Thrills, Thursday, T. Raumschmiere, Whitestarr

(T. Raumschmiere cancelled before the show.)

+ + + + + + + +

April 22

Amon Tobin, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beastie Boys, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Ben Kweller, Blue Man Group, Blur, Christopher Lawrence, Darren Emerson, D:Fuse, Dillinja and Lemon D, Division of Laura Lee, The Donnas, Felix Da Housecat, Gomez, Groove Armada, Hernan Cattaneo, Hot Hot Heat, Idlewild, Jaylib, Joseph Arthur, Kinky, Ladytron, The Libertines, Little Louie Vega and Kenny 'Dope' Gonzales, The Mooney Suzuki, The Music, N.E.R.D, Nightmares on Wax, Particle, Peanut Butter Wolf, Queens of the Stone Age, The Rapture, Roger Sanchez, South, Spymob, Stereo Total, Talib Kweli. 

April 23

22-20s, Aesop Rock, Ben Folds, Black Eyed Peas, Blue Man Group, Café Tacuba, DB, Deep Dish, Dirty Vegas, DJ Irene, Eisley, El-P, Fischerspooner, G. Love & Special Sauce, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Interpol, Jack Johnson, Johnny Marr and the Healers, The Kinison, MARS, The Mars Volta, Mouse on Mars, Mr. Lif, MURS, Perry Farrell-DJ set, The Polyphonic Spree, Primal Scream, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Richie Hawtin, RJD2, Rooney, Sonic Youth, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Thievery Corporation, Timo Maas, Tortoise, Underworld, Whirlwind Heat, The White Stripes

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April 27

The Beta Band, Björk, Lee Burridge, Cake, Charlatans UK, The Chemical Brothers, Citizen Cope, Cornershop, DJ Z-Trip Folk Implosion, Forest for the Trees, G. Love & Special Sauce, Groove Armada, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Van M., Jurassic 5, Kosheen, KRS-One, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Pharcyde, Princess Superstar, Queens of the Stone Age, Sasha & John Digweed, Saul Williams, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Vines, Pete Yorn

April 28

Belle & Sebastian, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Blonde Redhead, BT, Christopher Lawrence, Dilated Peoples, DJ Dan, DJ Peretz (Perry Farrell), DJ Tiesto, Elbow, Fairview, Foo Fighters, Galactic, The Mars Volta, Medusa and Cut Chemist, Mos Def, Oasis, Ozomatli, Pete Tong, Ping Pong Bitches, The Prodigy, Rock Steady Crew, Sandra Collins, Saves the Day, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Strokes, Triple Threat, Zero 7

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April 28

Aceyalone, Adam Freeland, AK1200, Andrea Parker, Bad Company, Jason Bentley, Jason Blakemore, Blonde Redhead, The Chemical Brothers, Nikka Costa, The Dandy Warhols, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Dieselboy, DJ Rinse & Flux, DJ Z-Trip, Doc Martin, Fatboy Slim, Gangstarr, Ian Pooley, Iggy Pop, Jane's Addiction, DJ Dara, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Christopher Lawrence, Medusa, Mos Def, The New Deal, The Nortec Collective, The Orb, Ozomatli, Paul Oakenfold, Pedro the Lion, Photek, Plaid, Raymond Roker, The Roots, Saint Germain, Sigur Rós, Roni Size and Reprazent, Smith & Mighty, Souls of Mischief, Squarepusher, Supernatural, Tricky, Überzone, Weezer

+ + + + + + + +


October 9

A Perfect Circle, Amon Tobin, Beck, Breakbeat Era, The Chemical Brothers, Cornelius, Derrick May, DJ Food, DJ Rap, Juan Atkins, Jurassic 5, Kevin Saunderson, Kid Koala, Medeski Martin & Wood, Ming + FS, Morrissey, Mr. Scruff, Nightmares On Wax, Perry Farrell, Richie Hawtin, Spiritualized, Super Furry Animals, Underworld

October 10

Autechre, Banco de Gaia, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Cibo Matto, DJ Cam, GusGus, Innerzone Orchestra, LTJ Bukem and Blame, Luke Vibert MC Conrad, Mixmaster Mike, Moby, Neotropic, Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, Scratch Perverts, Thievery Corporation, Tool

Call of the Wild in NYC: Wolfmother vs Wolf Parade

tony Apr 16, 2006
Stereogum has been one of my favorite music blogs for a while now. They've definately evolved from being just a decent place to download MP3s now and then to a full-force competitor to Pitchfork, minus the chip on the shoulder.

Last week the two Wolf bands that will play Coachella were in NYC. Wolf Parade were at Webster Hall on Monday and Wolfmother rocked the Bowery on Tuesday.

Stereogum's Amrit hit both gigs (which you can read here in its entirety) and not only reviewed them beautifully but took kickass pictures.

Here is a sampling of his reporting --

Wolf Parade:

The "You Are A Runner" → "Fancy Claps" transition was a perfect Wolf Parade moment. Krug sang "I'll build a house inside of you" over the jagged synth intro for "Fancy Claps," and the Hall exploded when the rest of the band crashed in. Another highlight came courtesy of Krug's vocals on the "Modern World" outro. Awesome. The four new songs performed were hit or miss, but generally well placed, leading into sure shots like the sweeping "I'll Believe In Anything" and a ramped up take on "We Built Another World." After taking my pics I moved toward the back of the Hall, by the bar, to take a look in the show from a distance. Didn't matter where I was. Wolf Parade brought it.


The band dominates the stage. Andrew is their deranged ring leader, jump-kicking his way into instrumental sections, throwing his arms in beckoned calls to the crowd. Across stage there's Chris Ross, pushing and pulling his keyboard, pressing himself flush against his bass amp, somehow still locking with Myles Heskett's driving, Bonham fueled fills. Wolfmother matches each riff's intensity with arena-ready stage antics. They play as though their audience is 55,000, and that's exactly how you feel when you're watching.

Wolfmother killed. I didn't even realize that a pit got going during the encore until I caught an elbow to the lower back. I doubled over, wind knocked out of me, and then I saw my camera bag. Sitting in vomit!

Some Classic Madonna Interviews Over the Years

tony Apr 14, 2006
Hey you know Madonna's gonna be at Coachella? Yep.

Since 1984 The Material Girl has captured our attention and has been interviewed around the globe.

Just recently she performed her new hit "Hung Up" in Tokyo on a talk show and afterwards she was interrupted while being interviewed by one of the few people in the world who could actually steal the limelight away from her and be entertaining.

See for yourself:

But that wasn't the first time that Madonna has had an interview get hijacked. Back in 1995 right after the MTV Video Awards hosted by then-hip Dennis Miller, Madonna was being interviewed by Kurt Loder when they heard someone yelling below them. Turned out it was Courtney Love. Loder made the mistake of inviting the Hole singer up despite Madonna asking him not to. Hilarity ensues:

Madonna isn't one to be fucked with. Remember when she went on The Late Show with David Letterman and started dropping the f-bomb for no apparent reason making Dave even more uncomfortable than usual? Well here we have 22 seconds of uncut Madonna the way God intended it to be heard:

And finally we have Madonna showing us what a real diva is. Yes it can get very hot under the lights, but rule number one for assistants is "when the star tells you its uncomfortably hot, it's uncomfortably hot, darling. Hop to!"

The San Jose Mercury News gives a great round-up of bands not to miss

tony Apr 13, 2006

The Merc did a huge pre-write of Coachella today, interviewing founder Paul Tollett and reminicing about how the Libertines, The Arcade Fire, and !!! really stepped out of the shadows of semi-obscurity (in the USA at least) while playing the festival in the desert.

This year there are so many bands that are getting critical acclaim (though not a lot of record sales) that they could have made the Mercury's list of up'n'comers - Hard-Fi, Metric, Art Brut, The Subways, and Clap Your Hands And Say Yeah immediately come to mind.

I can't wait to see Giant Drag, The Like, and Matisyahu... however the Merc chose these bands to keep an eye on:

• TV on the Radio: This Brooklyn-based outfit performed two years ago at Coachella, but not as part of the festival itself. It headlined the URB Magazine after-party. This is a well-deserved nod by Tollett, and TVOTR proved its worth opening for Franz Ferdinand at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last fall.

• Eagles of Death Metal: Josh Homme fronts this Queens of the Stone Age side project. The band's being on this bill seems appropriate -- even a bit of a homecoming -- given Homme's Inland Empire roots.

• The Rakes: Pegged by many critics as a younger, fresher, more proper Franz Ferdinand, they don't quite live up to that hype. But who could? Look for an energetic set from these newcomers to American soil, but also look for them to be outshined by their Scottish counterparts.

• Wolf Parade: Often described, accurately, as a mix of Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire, this Canadian collective is hit-and-miss live. Its Los Angeles show was panned by critics as being too stiff; its San Francisco show a couple of nights later was far too melancholy. Perhaps the group will find some inspiration in the desert.

• Gnarls Barkley: This new collaboration between vocalist Cee-Lo and DJ Danger Mouse makes its live debut at Coachella. They have a European tour already on the books and a record-breaking debut on the U.K. singles charts. But Coachella will test this pairing's on-stage presence.

• Editors: Well, Interpol isn't on the bill, and given how robotic those lads are onstage, this alternative is for the best. All signs point to polished liveliness from this British group. As a plus, a few songs in, you'll think you've discovered the outtakes from Interpol's ``Antics.''

• Wolfmother: Wolves, apparently, are all the rage these days. No ``Parade'' this time, though. Nevertheless, Tollett isn't the only one who's looking forward to seeing this retro-rock Australian trio. After a brief U.S. tour earlier this month, they're headed to the United Kingdom for a few stops, including a show in London just three days before Coachella. After the festival, it's back to Europe for more praise from the likes of NME and the rest of the British music press. And speaking of praise, the Los Angeles Times called Wolfmother's music ``the sort of music that inspires trouble.''

The OTHER Franz Ferdinand

tony Apr 11, 2006
Sure he wasnt a Scottish pop band with infectious grooves that just MADE you get on the dancefloor and shake your moneymaker. In fact if he was a band he would have been punk rock and underground, which is ironic since he's literally been underground since 1914.

Known simply as His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Joseph of Austria-Este, Franz was born with no aspirations of greatness as he was behind his dad, his uncle and two cousins before he could ascend the throne and be named  Emperor.

So he slacked, hiding out in the palace, letting his hair grow long, and dating whoever the hell he pleased.  One day he met a pretty young woman named Sophie Chotek at a ball in Prauge, Czechloslovakia. Even though she was a Countess from a noble Bohemian family on the right side of town, her clan wasn't on the short list of those worthy to wed a member of the House of Habsburg which Franz belonged to.

So they loved each other in secret, from afar, daring only to write each other when he was dying of TB and being treated on the island of Losinj way out in the Adriatic.

When he recovered he was determined to marry Sophie but the Emperor would have none of it despite the pleas of the Pope, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and German Emperor Wilhelm II who begged the two Franz's to get it together lest the Astro-Hungarian monarchy fall apart.

Franz Josef finally caved in allowing the marriage under the terms that none of their offspring could be considered to ascend the throne and that Sophie could not have the priviledges, rights, or rank of being married to Franz Ferdinand, nor could she appear beside him in public.

The lovebirds agreed to the nonsense and went on with their morganatic wedding, minus the attendence of the Emperor or Franz's brothers. Sophie had to settle with the title Her Serene Highness, Princess of Hohenberg.

On their 13th wedding anniversary, Franz and Sophie traveled to Bosnia to open a museum in Sarajevo. They didn't usually appear in public together thanks to their screwy morganatic  marriage status but since it was their anniversary they punk rocked it. (Video of Franz in Serbia that day.)

Sadly they were the ones about to be punk'd as a Serbian secret society group called the Black Hand (a much better rock group name, if you ask me) supplied a group of anarchists called Young Bosnia with guns and bombs.

Nedeljko Cabrinovic got a hold of one of those bombs and hurled it at a motorcade but missed The Ferdinand's car but totaled the car hehind theirs.  Cabrinovic sucked down a cyandie pill and jumped into the river. Ned had as crappy luck with his suicide attempt as he did with blowing up Franz's ride as the cyanide didnt take and he barfed it up, and the river was too shallow to drown him since it was a measly four inches deep. So the cops dragged him out of the river and allowed the maddening crowd to beat his ass before being thrown in the pokey.

Meanwhile Franz rushed to the hospital to be with the victims of the bombing when he just happened to cross the path of Gavrilo Pincip (pictured, left) who went to a cafe to get himself a victory cheese sandwich when he incorrectly thought that the bomb blast had killed our boy. When Pincip saw Franz and Sophie hop into their convertible he ran to it and shot both the lovers.

Franz Ferdinand's last words were to his beloved, "Sophie dear, Sophie dear, don't die. Stay alive for our children." She died. He died. Pincip ate his cyanide pill but his body vomited it up. He tried to shoot himself with his gun but the crowd beat his ass before he could pull the trigger.

Since Cabrinovic and Princip were too young to be hung, they were given life terms in prison and both eventually died of TB in the clink.  But before they did, one of their co-conspirators squawked like the stool pigeon that he was admitting even that the Serbian government had supplied the weapons.

Austria-Hungary, despite never having much love for Franz, capitalized on his death by insisting that Serbia agree to a ridiculous and strict 10-part ultimatium or else face war. Serbia suprisingly agreed to 9 of the points but not only ended up in war against Austria-Hungary, but that war wound up being World War I due to the alliances that each country held.

Nearly 100 years later the Scottish group stole the Archduke's name and sold millions of records despite claiming that they named their quartet after a horse.

Other Franzs: Austrian novelist Franz Kafka, Austrian composer Franz Schubert, Austrian  Hungarian pianist and composter Franz Liszt, Austrian composer Franz Haydn, and Chicagoian actor Dennis Franz "Hill Street Blues" "NYPD Blue", and Die Hard 2.

The Subways - are they going uptown or downtown?

tony Apr 10, 2006
The problem with being a media darling one year is the high probability of being a media target of ire the next.

Right before Fall Out Boy was nominated as "Best New Band" by MTV in 2004, they were loved by the critics, but nowadays you'd be hard pressed to find a bespeckled music writer who would admit to tapping their toes to the teen idols.

The Subways have the distinct disadvantage of living in the UK where one day they're getting rave reviews including 5 stars and single of the week from the Sun and the next day they're winning the "Shittiest Band" award from Q magazine.

It doesn't help them with the critics that they're easy on the eyes, or that they play a Strokes / White Stripes jangley rock, rooted firmly in pop. Critics like creativity, innovation, and bands that sound like they will never make a dime. Then they like to complain how terrible it is that these folks outside of the mainstream aren't getting love within the mainstream. Sadly once the pop world embraces them the critics turn their back on the group in order to find the new nerds on the block.

The Subways aren't nerds. They're soft and adorable and they literally play at the OC rock club. Two brothers and a babe. One of the brothers announced his engagement to the babe on stage immediately breaking hearts and giving the critics another reason to hiss.

Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper, and Josh Morgan have been doing their thing in and around London since 2003 releasing several singles and EPs but only one full-length album, "Young For Eternity" which got a yawn and a 6 from Pitchfork:

"Unfortunately, there's no messiah to lift up this ho-hum album up by its bootstraps. Instead we get the Anti-Christ, single "Rock N' Roll Queen", an allegedly tongue-in-cheek homage to Alice Cooper that has afforded the band an O.C. Mix spot in the U.S. and the highest chart position of their four Top 30 singles at home. Forget hipsters downloading eight different remixes of the track on their iPod Nanos, this single aims for high school football warmup mixes and keg-stand background music. Not that there's anything wrong with Jock Jams, but sheesh, who wants a poor man's Libertines album with one foot in the locker room door?"

Click here and you'll see that even the children aren't really buying it.

The Subways on Tour

Apr 11 2006 8:00P
Shepherds Bush Empire London
Apr 12 2006 8:00P
Shepherds Bush Empire London
Apr 14 2006 8:00P
Olympic Nantes
Apr 15 2006 8:00P
Garorock-festival Marmande
Apr 16 2006 8:00P
Rockstore Montpellier
Apr 18 2006 8:00P
Transbordeur Lyon
Apr 19 2006 8:00P
Laiterie Strasbourg
Apr 25 2006 8:00P
grand mix Lille
Apr 26 2006 8:00P
Elysée Montmartre Paris
Apr 27 2006 8:00P
printemps de bourge Bourges
Apr 30 2006 8:00P
Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival Indio, CA
May 1 2006 8:00P
Jillian's Las Vegas, NV
May 2 2006 8:00P
Club Sound Salt Lake City , UT
May 3 2006 8:00P
Bluebird Theate Denver , CO
May 5 2006 8:00P
Bricktown Ballroom Oklahoma City , OK
May 6 2006 8:00P
Cain's Ballroom (BOBS) Tulsa , OK
May 8 2006 8:00P
Granada Lawrence, KS
May 9 2006 8:00P
Creepy Crawl St. Louis , MO
May 10 2006 8:00P
The Rave Bear Milwaukee, WI
May 11 2006 8:00P
The Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
May 12 2006 8:00P
Sokol Underground Omaha, NE
May 14 2006 8:00P
Double Door Chicago, IL
May 15 2006 8:00P
Magic Stick Detroit, MI
May 16 2006 8:00P
The Guvernment Toronto
May 17 2006 8:00P
Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
May 18 2006 8:00P
WFNX Best Music Poll Boston, MA
May 21 2006 8:00P
The Saint Asbury Park, NJ
May 22 2006 8:00P
First Unitarian Church Philidelphia, PA
May 23 2006 8:00P
May 27 2006 8:00P
Hi Fi Festival North Nr Newcastle Upon Tyne
May 28 2006 8:00P
Hi Fi Festival South Wincester
Jun 27 2006 8:00P
ROCK-A-FIELD Open Air Luxembourg

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