Barely six months have passed since I saw Lorde
perform live at the Fonda Theater
in Los Angeles but, since then, the Kiwi has won two Grammy awards and scored an era-defining hit with “Royals”
. But there’s more to the teen than critical acclaim and hit records. A generation of kids has adopted the unlikely superstar as their own, which was evidenced by the terrifying swarm of human bodies that descended upon Coachella’s Outdoor Theatre last night (April 12) to see her perform — leaving tents empty and majorly thinning the crowd at the main stage. (Sorry, Foster The People
It’s probably for the best then, that Ella’s live show has evolved almost as radically as her standing in the industry over the past half a year. While she was previously happy to lurk in the shadows of a dimly lit stage and let her music speak do the talking, the 17-year-old now puts on a real show. She has dazzling projections, giant props and even a quirky electronic introduction at her disposal but the experience was still strangely intimate as Lorde humbly expressed her disbelief at being at Coachella and swore like a truck driver during her frequent chats with the crowd.
As for the music? Well, that velvety voice never wavers. New Zealand’s finest export howled like a bashee as her long locks were blown around by huge gusts of wind and dirt — belting out obscure pre-fame tracks like “Biting Down”, Pure Heroine highlights (“Tennis Court” and “White Teeth Teens”) and, of course, her massive hits. She worked her now trademark crab-claw choreography for all its worth during “Team” and had everyone chanting along to “Royals”, which was easily one of the festival’s defining moments. More »
Just when you thought Coachella couldn’t get any crazier, Beyonce
crashes the party. The queen of R&B, pop and most other genres made a surprise appearance at the festival with husband Jay Z
and mother Tina Knowles
in tow. They were spotted watching Capital Cities
from the wings, enthusiastically bopping along to the band’s breezy brand of synth-pop as the sun went down.
It’s a safe assumption that Beyonce came to support sibling Solange Knowles, who was scheduled to play in the Gobi tent later in the day. I kept an eye out for Bey during Sol-Angel’s set but she was conspicuously absent from the venue. But then, out of nowhere, the game-changing diva practically stormed the stage to join her little sister for the finale — an absolutely euphoric rendition of “Losing You”. Watch the Knowles sisters dance up a storm after the jump. More »
If you’ve had the pleasure of catching Chromeo
in action, you pretty much know what to expect — slick ’80s synths, consummate showmanship and a Miami Vice
-tastic light show. It’s a heady mix that transformed the Coachella stage into a frenzied outdoor rave on Friday night (April 11) and even had Haim
dropping it low by the side of the stage.
The entire 50 minute set was unmissable but highlights included synth-drenched Business Casual lead single “Night By Night” and 2007 fan favorite “Tenderoni”, which still drags hands into the air and gets feet moving. The Canadian electro-duo also promoted looming LP White Women by performing a couple of tantalizing tunes. A well-deserved commercial breakthrough can’t be too far away. More »
sisters are so quintessentially Californian that it’s hard to fathom that Coachella without their sunny brand of retro West Coast pop/rock. Alana, Danielle and Este made the packed Outdoor Theatre their own, delivering a pitch-perfect set jam packed with killer cuts from Days Are Gone
, dazzling hairography and endearing banter.
Oh, and let’s not forget the manifold joys of Este’s iconic bassface. The rock chick’s awe-inspiring grimace is now a legitimate cultural phenomenon. Drugged-up bros yelled “gimme the face!”, while adoring fans waved cut-out posters of her trademark just-electrocuted look. It’s now a major draw and the eldest Haim sibling good-naturedly plays up to it.
The talented trio has been gigging non-stop since their 2011 breakthrough, which translates into an extremely tight live show. Singles “Falling” and “If I Could Change Your Mind” gave way to more obscure album tracks “Honey & I” and “My Song 5″ (which Este described as her favorite) but the crowd’s enthusiasm never wavered. By the time Haim finally made their way through a holy trinity of songs that should have been massive radio hits (“Don’t Save Me”, “Forever” and “The Wire”), any doubt that the band is headed for much bigger things was erased. More »
isn’t the most obvious fit for a indie music-leaning festival like Coachella. Since cracking America with all-conquering calling card “Lights”
in 2011, the blond bombshell has become a top 40 staple with irresistible electro-pop anthems and high-profile features. The thing is — she has never strayed from her signature brand of fragile electronica, which imbues her music with an innate credibility that transcends the usual pop prejudice.
Wearing an eye-popping outfit comprised of black leather shorts and bra, the Brit kicked off her rousing set with recent single “Figure 8″ and a handful of other relatively unknown album tracks as the sun plunged behind the surrounding mountains. Ellie’s breathy vocal and icy beats were the perfect soundtrack for sunset and she slowly built momentum (and got the massive crowd revved up) with 2010 single “Starry Eyed” and gorgeous Alt-J cover “Tessellate”.
And then she pulled the trigger. Halcyon lead single “Anything Could Happen” had the diva whipping her hair wildly, while Calvin Harris-produced club anthem “I Need Your Love” confirmed that Ellie was ready to give the adoring crowd exactly what they had been waiting for — her signature hits. The 27-year-old was so overwhelmed by the reception to “Lights” that she was literally left speechless but “Burn” triggered an even crazier response. For 50 minutes Coachella was transformed into a dance party and the festival was all the better for it. More »
has effortlessly made the transition from selfie-obsessed
tom boy to glamorous pop star. In the May issue of Cosmopolitan
, the 27-year-old’s worlds collide as she poses in everything from sneakers to a sheer evening gown covered in crystals. To her credit, she looks equally comfortable in all of her ensembles.
The Brit talks about matters of the heart in the accompanying interview and has some handy advice for anyone going through a break-up. “A lot of the despair in breaking up with someone is thinking about how you’re going to cope in the future,” she muses. “But not being completely present prevents you from being happy and alive.” So there you have it. Ellie Goulding — pop diva extraordinaire, glamour model and therapist. More »
was at her gloomily gorgeous best in a recent photo shoot for Interview
. Shot by Chris Colls
, the “You’re Not The One”
diva reclines in bed, lounges on a staircase and just looks typically vulnerable and mysterious. After posing for the pretty pics, she spoke to the magazine about touring with Miley Cyrus
and her unique take on pop music.
As for her relationship with the Bangerz babe? “We’re different musically, but we’re both… you know, there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors with all this, but at the end of the day, I think we’re both very honest.” That honesty is reflected in her approach to pop music, which she really hopes is not embarrassing.
“The thing is, I really love and appreciate pop music, but I also wanted to make pop music that wasn’t … I’m not saying that pop music is embarrassing, because it’s not,” she explains. “I wanted to make something that was different, though — something that I would actually listen to, not one of those albums where you roll the car windows up and pretend you’re not listening to it.” I think we can safely say she achieved that with excellent debut LP Night Time, My Time. More »
looks typically dapper on the cover of Scene
magazine, rocking a light pink suit and expertly groomed facial hair. The 24-year-old wears a series of colorful outfits for the accompanying photo shoot (it takes a brave man to wear a mustard-colored ensemble) and opens up about the next stage of his music career.
The much-loved singer reveals that he hits the studio with Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitarist for The Strokes) to record new music and is planning to start again from scratch. “I’m really at the baby stages,” he admits. “I’m writing with people I like and admire but I’m taking my sweet, sweet time with it.” However, the sound will be different, asking for people to listen with fresh ears “when I hit the reset button and release new music”. More »
An alternate version
‘s “Grown Woman”
video surfaced online yesterday (March 31) but links to the visual extravaganza are being ruthlessly pulled down — despite the fact that it’s a radical improvement on the endearing original. For starters, that grainy, damaged-VHS visual effect has been removed and Bey juggles more babies at the end of the clip.
In case you missed the new and improved version of “Grown Woman”, I’ve curated a gallery of the video’s manifold highlights. All of Beyonce’s glorious wigs are on display as well as her drunk prom queen alter-ego and some screen grabs of the booty-poppin’ choreography. It’s hard to pick a favorite moment but the scene where she rocks a hat made of hair extensions comes close. More »
We already saw Kesha belting out “Drunk In Love” in the back of a car
, so we knew she was in good spirits over the weekend, but now we can see just how glowing she was, as she stepped out for the Humane Society Of The United States’ 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday (March 29). It was the pop star’s first red carpet appearance of the year following her stint in rehab
for an eating disorder, and she looked radiant in a sheer black gown.
And for anyone worried that with the loss of the $ in her name would come the loss of her wild streak, fear not — she was still rocking that trademark gold tooth and a green streak of hair.
Check out all the glamour in the gallery up top. More »