The Haim 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 »
Ellie Goulding 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 »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! It’s something of a West Coast-themed week, with Lana Del Rey‘s teasing of her new single “West Coast” and Coachella just starting to heat up. Stream it now, and make sure to check out our top acts to watch over the next few weekends.
Across the pond, Ed Sheeran delivered what just might be one of the summer’s hottest singles, “Sing,” while Kylie revealed the illuminated video for her own Pharrell-produced summer bop and newest Kiss Me Once single, “I Was Gonna Cancel.”
There was plenty of action inside the Idolator studio too, including a visit from rising alt-R&B diva Tinashe and our Bangerz Tour BFF Sky Ferreira, who not only chatted with us about Nirvana and her Instagram, but signed some copies of her debut Night Time, My Time for you guys to win! (Enter now.) Plus, we premiered some amazing new pop, including MAX‘s “Streets Of Gold” and The Ready Set‘s “Higher” lyric video. Plus, we got your spring ready with 11 of the hottest pop imports.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best comments below! More »
Yeah, it totally sucks that you can’t be geographically transported from where you’re sitting now to Indio, California for the annual Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival, but guess what — actually, you can. Thanks to YouTube and, of course, festival organizers, you can stream Coachella live all weekend, staring with today’s kickoff.
Outkast are headlining the fest tonight, while other acts like Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Chromeo will hit various other stages. Over the the weekend, several other acts will brave the desert heat and give earth-shaking performances, including Muse, Pharrell Williams, Disclosure, Lorde, Foster The People, Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris and Lana Del Rey.
UPDATE: The live stream will play out over three different YouTube channels. The rebroadcast of Channel 1, Day 1 (Friday) is above. Catch today all three Channels for Saturday, April 12 below! More »
Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne logged some studio time together Thursday night (April 10). Bieber posted a shadowy photo showing the two stars’ backs, with the caption, “Me and Tunechi in the studio.” Biebs and Weezy collaborated last year on JB’s completely odd alien love song “Backpack,” and OG Wayne fans are surely hoping this isn’t a case of Bieber returning the favor for The Carter V.
Bieber seems to be on a rap kick lately, as he has linked up with a bunch of rappers in the studio in recent months, including T.I., Rick Ross, Diddy, Wale and T-Pain.
Check out his two posts with his latest hip-hop foray below. More »
Last year, we here at Idolator were so blown away by the guitar-pop freshness of Sky Ferreira‘s debut LP Night Time, My Time — and by the fact that it actually, finally was released — that we dubbed it the best album of 2013. (By the way, you should really enter our contest to win a signed copy of the CD!) So naturally we jumped at the opportunity to sit down with Sky when she breezed through New York earlier this week, after performing as the opener for her pal Miley Cyrus during the Bangerz Tour.
On stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last Saturday, Ferreira, who’s been recovering from a 2013 vocal injury, sang “Sad Dream” and dedicated it to Cyrus following the recent death of the latter’s beloved dog Floyd. It marked the first time Sky had been able to perform the song in seven months.
Over the course of our conversation, she talked about the progress of her voice’s healing, plus she gave a few details on her upcoming video for “I Blame Myself” and discussed what it was like to put together her debut album. (We should mention that she’s also extremely excited about Kate Bush‘s upcoming series of comeback concerts in London.) More »
Ed Sheeran is kicking up the promo machine for his sophomore album, X, and sometimes the best way to get people talking about you is to latch onto a Beyonce hit. Such is the power of Bey. Over the past four months it’s become a tried and true tactic, so Sheeran wisely chose to get in the mix with a cover of “Drunk In Love.”
The Brit performed his acoustic version of the song for the very first time today (April 11) on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show. The sung-rapped stuff — specifically the “surfboart” section — sounded goofy as hell, but his voice was commanding on the refrain, and he even brought in an interpolation of “1+1″ at the end. Mercifully, he skipped Jay Z‘s rap.
Check out the solid rendition up top. More »
Rick Ross has been on-the-ball with his remixes lately, hammering out “Royals” and “Bound 2″ reinterpretations when those songs were ruling the zeitgeist. But now, for no apparent reason, Rozay has gone and dropped a remix of a remix of Miguel‘s 2012 song “How Many Drinks?” Maybe business is slow for the Bawse or he’s looking for something to do now that he’s appeared on every late night show ever.
The Kaleidoscope Dream cut got a reworked version with Kendrick Lamar a year ago, and Rozay uses that as the foundation. The beat is largely unaltered as he opens the track with an unremarkable and romantic (for him) verse, and after that the rest of the initial remix version is intact.
Hear the completely untimely track below. More »
Two years ago, London singer-songwriter MNEK (real name: Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike) cranked out a fairly fantastic electro-pop re-imagining of Kylie Minogue‘s 1994 ballad “Put Yourself In My Place.” Then lo and behold, he found himself producing Kylie’s “Feels So Good” for her recently-released Kiss Me Once album.
After racking up a UK hit in his own right this year as the featured vocalist on Gorgon City‘s moody “Ready For Your Love,” 19-year-old MNEK is finally striking out on his own with the slinky slice of funk “Every Little Word.” PopJustice referred to the song today as an “amazingly-produced, keychange-happy experimental pop” jam. Which, really, about says it all.
Give MNEK’s soulful new track a listen below. More »
One Direction are still working singles off their third LP Midnight Memories, and today the lads announced the fourth one in the lineup: the guitar-pop ballad “You & I.” In a super-short promo video (which you can watch below), Harry Styles informs 1D’s fans, “We’re very excited to announce that our new single is ‘You & I’. This one’s for you, so we hope you like it.”
One Direction’s “You & I” video was directed by frequent collaborator Ben Winston, and it’s scheduled to premiere one week from today, on April 18. But wait, 1D stans — if a sappy ballad isn’t quite your cup of tea, you’ll definitely want to get a load of Liam Payne‘s “Big Payno” mix of the tune. Have at it all below. More »