Predicting Coachella 2017: Hello old friends, acts due to return

 

By Leighton Ginn

Here’s a few acts I’ve caught at Coachella, which I hope will return.

At least, these are the acts I’m feeling right now. I’m sure there’s more I’ll be able to think of afterwards.

GROUPLOVE

 

I caught Grouplove both times they were at Coachella and they were fantastic performers, a hippy band with the energy of a death metal band.

I read somewhere that “Shark Attack” is a song they wrote from their first time at Coachella, so it only seems natural they would be a regular.

They released “Big Mess” this fall, so they’ll have new music.

Outside of Coachella, I caught them at the Troubadour and the Jimmy Kimmel Show and they never fail to bring the fun.

Looking at their tour schedule, they will end their spring tour on April 13 in Santa Cruz, Ca. The first weekend of Coachella begins April 14.

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

Fitz and the Tantrums have been on a little unusual schedule at Coachella, as they never hit this festival right after releasing new music. It usually comes at the tail end of a run for a CD.

So last year, Fitz and the Tantrums didn’t play as they performed in 2015. And during 2016, they released their self-titled “Fitz and the Tantrum,” which included the hit “Handclap.” The LA Times declared it the song of the summer.

So far, the band doesn’t have its schedule made out for 2017, but if Coachella comes calling, you would expect the LA-based band will return.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB

One of the great indie-rock bands, Two Door Cinema Club has come up with more of a pop sound in their new CD, “Gameshow.”

It shows their diversity, particularly with the disco sounds of “Bad Decision,” although some fans were still longing their indie-rock sound.

But even critics of the new sound can’t deny the songs are catchy. And Two Door Cinema Club has a deep catalog.

In their last Coachella performance in 2013 was dazzling.

THE KILLERS

The Las Vegas natives were dazzling headliners in 2009, sandwiched between Paul McCartney and the Cure. But that was the last time they played Coachella as a group, although lead singer Brandon Flowers has returned as a solo act.

The Killers will have new music in 2017, and a return to the Empire Polo Grounds would be an overdue return.

PETER BJORN AND JOHN

These guys are much more than the theme song to “Two Broke Girls.”

They are a great Swedish band. Admittedly, when they last played Coachella, it was after their first CD, and playing the main state seemed a little big for the trio.

But their sound got bigger and they’ve been even more dynamic.

In the summer, they released a new CD “Breaking Point” and played FYF festival on the USC campus.

While they have a great array of hits, I really loved this cover they did with the AV Club and wish they would include it on their setlists.

I caught them on the Sunset Strip the day before their FYF festival and they were glorious.

Predicting Coachella 2017: Classic acts who would be fun to have this year

 

By Leighton Ginn

Coachella has long brought out big acts from a different generation.

It’s an impressive list that includes the likes of Guns N Roses, AC DC, Steely Dan, Duran Duran.

So here’s a list of possible legends who might play Coachella this year.

YUSUF ISLAM/ CAT STEVENS

In 2014, Yusuf Islam returned to the stage for the first time in 35 years, and he returned again, playing a brief Fall tour that included two nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater for his 50th anniversary.

His pop-folk classics are numerous and beloved. While his act was acoustic, his long lists of hits would play well on big stages.

This might be the one acts I’m hoping to see most.

PHIL COLLINS

He came out of retirement this year, playing the US Open tennis championships and the Tonight Show.

He has a long list of hits as a solo act and as a member of Genesis.

For Collins, it would make sense to headline a major festival, as he will kick off a tour in the summer.

“In The Air Tonight” was one of the signature songs of the 80s, as Collins rolled out seven No. 1 hits during that decade.

STING

This would be a long shot as Sting would end a European Tour on April 13 in Paris, the day before Coachella’s first weekend will begin.

That’s not to say Sting couldn’t play that Sunday night.

But Sting would be an interesting choice to add, especially since his latest CD, “57th and 9th,” marked a return to his rock roots.

Plus, Sting has two dates at the Palladium on Feb. 8-9, and then a date at The Show at the nearby Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage.

It’s just fun to thing about the possibility, even though it is a long shot.

THE TIME/THE REVOLUTION

With the passing of Prince, I just think it would be cool to have the Time, with Morris Day and Jerome, at the Empire Polo Fields. When Prince headlined, Morris and Jerome opened the set with “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”

I kind of envision this being a Prince tribute with all the acts he’s helped, and this would also include The Revolution.

DEPECHE MODE

 

Yeah, there’s an 80s theme to this list.

Depeche Mode was one of the biggest acts of the 80s and they will also be going on a summer tour in 2017, which works logistically for Coachella.

In 2006. Depeche Mode headlined Coachella.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Predicting Coachella 2017: Will a woman headline for the first time since 2007?

By Leighton Ginn

It’s an odd thing that Coachella has not had a female headliner since Bjork in 2007, as there have been many worthy candidates.

Some publications have begun to hit Coachella for the lack of female headliners, but it seems unfair to single out the one event.

Since Bjork in 2007, female headliners at similar festivals have been Florence + The Machine (Lollapalooza 20-15, Sasquatch 2016 and Austin City Limits second weekend in 2015), Lady Gaga (Lollapalooza 2010), Sleater-Kinney (Sasquatch 2015), Bjork (Sasquatch 2007 and ACL 2007), Alison Krauss with Robert Plant (ACL 2008). It should also be noted that Bonaroo has never had a female headline its festival.

In these festival’s defense, many of these are built as alternative and rock, and there are not as many acts that are on the level of the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Arcade Fire or Black Keys, who have been mainstays at Coachella.

It could be genre, because maybe a Taylor Swift and Katy Perry is not an act the Coachella goers want to see there.

Or it could be that these acts don’t see a benefit to playing Coachella. Swift and Adele had sold out multiple nights at big venues in Los Angeles, so it appears playing Coachella wouldn’t seem to make financial sense.

Katy Perry and Rhianna have been regulars at Coachella as spectators, so one would assume there have been conversations to have perform.

Coachella had Madonna play in 2006, but she elected to play in the Sahara tent, and used it to kick off her tour.  The Sahara tent has become the EDM tent. I would guess if Goldenvoice has its choice, the Material Girl would have been on the main stage. It was billed as Madonna’s first Festival performance. And who knows, maybe she will return to Coachella as a headliner since she’s still going strong.

There are also some acts that would be great at Coachella, but maybe their catalogs are not deep enough yet. HAIM, who have been festival darlings, come to mind.

Having said all that, Coachella has had its opportunities to have a female headliner and whiffed.

Two that come to mind were the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in 2013, but went with Stone Roses and Blur as split headliners on that Friday night.

The other was Florence + The Machine in 2015. AC DC, Jack White and Drake were the headliners that year, so that’s not as easy a call, but 2015 was a huge year for FATM.

And because Coachella has been diversifying its lineups, acts that didn’t seem like a good fit in the past would seem to make sense now.

So here’s my list of candidates to be headliners at Coachella.

Adele: Obviously one of the biggest acts in the world, Adele would be a slam dunk.

When she announced tour dates in 2015, April was wide open for a possible date at Coachella 2016, but it didn’t happen. Instead, Adele had sold out eight dates in August at Staples Center.

Truth of the matter is, Adele is so big, she might be used as an act for a Fall date at the Empire Polo Grounds as a follow up to Desert Trip.

Ellie Goulding: She’s obviously a huge act and has been very popular the times she’s played Coachella.

Lady Gaga: She has a new CD out and will be coming off a Super Bowl performance.

She’s one of the biggest acts in the world and her eclectic songs and presence would be a perfect fit.

Beyoncé: A huge act, this could be a major chapter in Coachella history.

Beyoncé performed in 2010 with Jay Z.

Then again, it’s been seven years. If Beyoncé hasn’t headlined since then, why now?

Lana Del Rey: Another hugely popular act, who had a huge turnout when she played 2014. There was surprise when she wasn’t in the 2016 lineup. So there’s a chance…

Alabama Shakes: Their 2015 appearance was one of the most buzziest acts in that lineup. Brittany Howard is on her way to becoming an iconic singer. Only question will be depth of their catalog for a headliner. But there’s no question they would be a great band to market as a headliner.

St. Vincent: One of the most respected acts who has a deep history. No one has given her a chance yet to headline, but her self titled “St. Vincent” won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album, making her the first female solo act to do so in 20 years.

Chvrches: Until this year, I didn’t think of Chvrches as a headliner. But Lauren Mayberry was magnificent as they took to the main stage and drew huge crowds.

Their catalog continues to grow with great songs. The only thing preventing them from headlining 2017 is they just played 2016. Unless they have a new CD, this is probably unlikely as a headliner in 2017, but a good possibility for the future.

HAIM: Darlings of the festival scene, their catalog is just not that deep yet. They might be another CD away from being a possible headliner. But the talent and songwriting is there, and they are terrific live.

Nicki Minaj: Coachella has successfully expanded with hip hop and EDM, so Minaj would be a natural to headline. She’s one of the biggest acts in the world, and seems like a perfect fit.

Florence + The Machine: I think she is long overdue to headline Coachella. This also seems unlikely because she played the festival recently. It would only seem to make sense if she releases a new CD.

Gin Wigmore: I caught her twice in the span of a year. She might be a dark horse to headline, but she was great the two times I caught her, and she has a deep catalog of great music.

But she hasn’t played Coachella, and I think she’s due.

 

 

 

 

 

A moment at Coachella made special by Leonard Cohen

By Leighton Ginn

A couple of weeks ago, during Desert Trip, and well before, I was remembering a moment at Coachella.

Back in 2009, Cohen was part of the Coachella lineup, and performed on that Friday that Paul McCartney was headlining.

Predicting Coachella 2017 — The headliners

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on catching Cohen. His set on the Outdoor Stage was close to McCartney’s set and I wanted to get in as close as I could for the former Beatle. I remember seeing pictures of him with his suit and his hat and it reminded me of Cab Calloway from “The Blues Brothers” movie.

So I remember walking across the Outdoor Stage area, just as Cohen was singing “Hallelujah.”

It was a crisp, clear evening sky in the desert, and listening to Cohen with his magnificent voice made it feel like you were closer to heaven. I stopped in my tracks to soak it in.

It was really a magical moment, and one of my favorites from all the Coachellas I’ve been too.

After 10 Coachella’s, my Top 10 show

When you live in the desert, and you hit the evening with the crisp weather and the clear skies, it reminds me of why I love living in the desert.

With Cohen releasing new music this year, I was hoping he would make a return to Coachella. Even looking at the YouTube video of Cohen’s performance brings goosebumps.

During Desert Trip, I harkened back to Cohen’s Coachella moment when I would look up to the sky, which was accompanied by a beautiful full moon. We’re truly blessed to have a magnificent desert to enjoy music.

And we were blessed with the magical Leonard Cohen. You will be missed, and you will be remembered fondly.

 

Predicting Coachella 2017 — The headliners

 

 

By Leighton Ginn

We are about two months away from when Coachella will announce it’s lineup for the April 14-16 and April. 21-23 dates, so schedules are starting to formalize for many bands. So here’s a stab in the dark as to who make perform at the Empire Polo Grounds.

HEADLINERS

Green Day: All you have to do is look at their tour dates, and it’s very likely the Bay Area punk rockers will be a headliner.

Now Green Day will be playing the Forum on Dec. 11, and the spring portion of their U.S. Tour in Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego, but no other Southern California dates.

On April 30, Green Day will begin the Australian portion of their tour.

In 2014, front man Billie Joe Armstrong  appeared  during the Replacement’s set on Weekend 2 as Westerberg was struggling with his back.

Green Day has not played Coachella before. It just seems like a good fit.

 

Arcade Fire: A Coachella staple and two-time headliner, Arcade Fire announced it will release its first album since 2013’s “Reflektor.”

It would be a natural to bring back the Canadian superstars, who have been dynamic in both their headlining performances. They also have a deep history with Coachella.

U2: They’ve been rumored for a couple of years. One year, it appeared U2 might show up, but then Bono got into a bike accident.

The legendary band, who seems like a natural with Coachella being so close to the Joshua Tree National Park, has a new album due in 2017 and coming out to the polo grounds will give them exposure to a younger crowd.

The wrench to this thought is that if promoters Goldenvoice follows up its successful Desert Trip (aka Oldchella) then U2 might be a better fit for that.

Foo Fighters: Well, Dave Grohl’s throne was there in 2016, so maybe he’ll follow-up by actually showing up this time.

Grohl’s throne was used by Axl Rose for Guns N Roses’ set at Coachella.

The last time Foo Fighters played Coachella was 2002, and Grohl has said it helped rejuvenate the band that had contemplated breaking up.

Like U2, they could be asked to play the Oldchella follow-up, so it could prevent their Coachella return.

Daft Punk: This has been such a long-standing rumor. Fans want it, and I assume Coachella wants it. What’s the holdup?

There was the one Coachella where they had a video of the band between sets that got people to lose their mind that they might make a surprise appearance. And when Arcade Fire headlined in 2014, two people showed up at the start of the set dressed as Daft Punk, but really the audience was punked.

Maybe this is the year.

 

Andy Roddick will have his New York moment in World Team Tennis

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By Leighton Ginn

 

When Andy Roddick makes his return to World Team Tennis for the 2016 season, it will be in a place he never played but in a state where he had his biggest moments.

Roddick will play for the New York Empire at Forrest Hills, the longtime home of the US Open, on Aug. 9. The next day, the Empire will travel to take on the Philadelphia Freedom which will complete the season for Roddick, who is also part of the WTT ownership group.

Playing in New York is the highlight for Roddick, given his history in the Empire State.

“I feel like I’ve grown up in front of New York,” Roddick said. “I played doubles there for the first time in a pro tournament when I was 15 to retiring there and playing my last match in 2012. I had the highest of highs, and lowest of lows.

“But I just love New York. The fans are so fair all the time. If you give them everything you have, they’re going to give you everything they have. Conversely, if you play like a schmuck, they’re going to let you know about it. I’ve always kind of appreciated the honesty of the New York sports fan.”

Roddick said he has always been a fan of the unique style of WTT, and is always happy to participate. He believes the pacing is what makes it so exciting for the fans.

“Everything is quicker, faster, more in-your-face,” Roddick said. “The one-set matches keep your attention, or demand your attention during the 2-3 hours. I always liked it. It feels like the players are more interactive based on the format. It’s something I enjoyed when playing.”

Roddick also attributes World Team Tennis to his progression as a professional, while the format also provides something exciting for the fans. So when he was approached about investing in the league, Roddick said it was a no brainer.

“Anytime you’re approached by someone on the iconic level of Billie Jean King, especially in the role she’s played and how important she’s been in the game of tennis, you always want to listen,” Roddick said. “We’ve had a great relationship for a long time. Her presence in this league and my memory of this league and the opportunity it gave me.

“I was 17 and had no ranking, kind of just trying to break through in the pro ranks when they let me play for the team in Boise, Idaho at the time. That experience of playing professionals day in and day out in a three-week sequence during the summer was a huge part of my development. It felt like something that was good to be apart of.”

 

After 10 Coachella’s, my Top 10 show

 

By Leighton Ginn

Living in the Palm Springs area, going to Coachella is fairly easy since I don’t have to make travel arrangements. And thank God I don’t have to camp.

So going to Coachella has become an annual event. This is my look back at 10 of my favorite shows from my first 10 times at Coachella, which runs from 2003, and 2007-15. I did not include any from the 2016 show, but you can find my recap from those shows on the links below.

Coachella 2016, Day 1 recap

Coachella Day 2 recap: from great to legendary

Coachella Day 3 recap: Crazy fun

PRINCE (2008)

I grew up loving Prince’s music, so I was geeked when he was a late addition to the 2008 lineup, bumping Portishead as the main headliner.

And he did not disappoint.

The show opened with Morris Day and Jerome doing a quick medley of “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.”

Prince was decked out in white and had a funny pronunciation of Coachella that me and my friends still joke about today.

And he just killed it.

What is still talked about today is Prince’s amazing cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

There was also an amazing cover of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” by Prince’s backup singer Ledisi that blew my mind.

Sheila E was there was well pounding on the drums and also performed her hit “The Glamorous Life.”

It truly was legendary.

Dearly Beloved, We Are Gathered Today to Talk About Prince

THE HIVES (2003)

The first show I ever saw at Coachella and they had me hooked. They have the punk rock spirit I love and it’s just great Rock N Roll.

Their logo was “Your new favorite band,” which has been true since I’ve seen them play.

Lead singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist at one point yelled to one of the other stages to quiet down or he would kick their asses.

Guitarist Nichoulas Arson might be the most intense guitarist I’ve ever seen and he can really shred. He also brings a lot of charisma to match Almqvist.

They would also play again in 2012, and that was a great show, where they came out in full tuxedos and their roadies were dressed as ninjas. But I got caught in a mosh pit, which I’m too old for. But I’ve seen them several times, and dragged many of my friends to catch them. They never put on a bad show.

But there’s nothing quite like the first time.

Coachella acts that were worth the heat stroke

PAUL MCCARTNEY (2009)

A chance to watch a Beatle, and McCartney put on an amazing show that exceeded my expectations.

How McCartney continues to kick ass at his age is really amazing. I wasn’t blown away because he was able to perform so well at an AARP age. I was blown away by the showmanship.

He was on another level.

There were three moments during the show were McCartney dedicated songs to important people in his life: John Lennon, George Harrison and his wife Linda.

The day of the concert marked the 11th anniversary of the passing of Linda.

Later that year, there was the release of the Beatles’ Rock Band video game, and several of the graphics were used during McCartney’s show.

As the years go on, I gain even more appreciation for Paul. He was my favorite Beatle, and someone said he’s the keeper of the band’s music by performing live. I never thought about it that way before, but it’s very true.

Happy birthday Pete Townshend, here are some of my favorites

 

AMY WINEHOUSE (2007)

I was captivated by Winehouse the moment I saw her sing “Rehab” on David Letterman. She was a lot of fun and had a classic sound.

This was right before Winehouse blew up, so she played in a tent, and she rocked the joint. My friend was tripping out at the male backup singers, who were a lot of fun.

I remember on Letterman, Winehouse was in this little black dress and looked elegant with her beehive. At Coachella, it was cutoff jean shorts and a wife beater, but still the beehive. Kinda awesome.

She was a lot of fun and such a great voice.

Wow, it was just special. I’ve been to Coachella 10 consecutive years, and Winehouse was the first in this run.

Bands I’d like to see at Coachella 2017 who haven’t been there before

PHOENIX (2010)

On 2010, there was a volcano that forced several European bands to cancel because they couldn’t get a flight.

Luckily, the French band was already in America, but their lighting people didn’t make it.

So before the show, they apologized, but said they will do their best.

Well, we didn’t miss the lights because they put on a fantastic show.

They performed on the Outdoor Stage, so this was before their 2013 headlining set.

I have always said I love energy bands, and they generate it. But it’s not overt. They intrigue me with their certain je ne sais quoi.

 

VINTAGE TROUBLE (2013)

A rhythm and blues band that shreds so hard, you would think they’re on a mission from God.

Not a lot of people know them, but their music is fun, fast and furious.

They’re a great live band led by Ty Taylor, a force as a front man.

It’s old school and their kind of music is the roots of everything we love.

 

MARK RONSON (2008)

No one had any idea what this show was going to be line. Mark Ronson was just known as the producer of Amy Winehouse’s breakout CD “Back to Black,” and wasn’t a singer.

What he put together was a stirring show of jazzy, bluesy and soulful numbers

Joining him on stage were a bunch of great singers. One that stuck with me is Sam Sparro, as it was the first time I heard his hit “Black and Gold.”

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE (2015)

I saw Florence two times at Coachella, but picked her most recent performance because of her surprising effectiveness.

I had tickets to Weekend 2, and the week before she had broken her foot jumping off the stage.

So Florence did her whole show from a chair, and was a captivating show. It’s also a testament to her voice and songwriting.

One of the surprises was her having Father John Misty as they sang, of course, “Love Hurts.”

A performance from Florence + The Machine that will bring you to tears

 

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS (2012)

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One of my favorite bands, this was their debut at Coachella. Playing on the main stage, Fitz and the Tantrums captivated in support of their debut album.

I had caught them several times, and each time, they gave a great performance. I really admired the professionalism of the whole band to insure the put on a great show each time because they toured a lot. But the energy was always high.

This was at the tail end of their touring to support “Pickin’ Up The Pieces,” their debut CD. It was during this show where they gave a sneak peak performance of “Out Of My League,” which would be the first hit from their next CD, “More Than Just A Dream.”

 

CAPITAL CITIES (2014)

The energy was crazy for this set.

Capital Cities came out in colorful blazers, belted out numerous danceable hits and had a trumpet player that was fantastic.

They were so fun.

 

Honorable mentions: CAGE THE ELEPHANT (2009), SHE AND HIM (2010), WOLF GANG (2012), TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB (2013), NEW ORDER (2013), GROUPLOVE (2012), MADNESS (2012), HOCKEY (2010), FOSTER THE PEOPLE (2014), AC/DC (2015), JACK WHITE (2015), HAERTS (2015)

Bands I’d like to see at Coachella 2017 who haven’t been there before

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By Leighton Ginn

Guns N Roses reunited at Coachella, and hell didn’t freeze over. So anything is possible at the Indio Polo Grounds.

There are several acts who have not performed at Coachella, and here’s hoping they will find their way into the 2017 lineup.

 

REM

This is a dream reunion. Coachella built its bones on alternative music, and REM were at the very top. It’s surprising they haven’t played together.

It’s been four years since they’ve disbanded, but lead singer Michael Stipe has been performing with a beard that was nearly ZZ Top proportions. He’s been seen singing at David Bowie tributes and supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Hopefully these public appearances will stoke the fire for Stipe to reunite with his band mates.

 

U2

There was talk U2 would appear at Coachella when they were asked during the Palm Springs International Film Festival by Bruce Fessier of the local newspaper in 2014. But it never materialized, although the interest was mutual. I gotta think this is still a possibility. This was covered in a past blog.

Predicting 2014 headiners for Coachella

U2 is a big arena band, but playing in the California desert might be good for their career. Tickets for their arena shows are astronomical. Well, so are Coachella tickets.

But U2 could open itself up to a different demographic and build its audience. If that is possible.

GIN WIGMORE

I am surprised Wigmore has not played Coachella yet. She has a great array of songs, and a strong following. I’ve seen her twice, and been blown away both times.

Reviews are below

Make it a double of Gin Wigmore

Gin Wigmore stirs up echoes at legendary Troubadour to end US Tour run

RUN RIVER NORTH

They are a local band that’s worked really hard and this summer seems like they could be on the brink of something. XM’s Alt Nation has been playing their latest song, “Run or Hide” in heavy rotation.

This is an up-and-comer that’s in the mold of other great bands Coachella has helped launch.

Long wait is over for Run River North

WALK THE MOON

They were actually a guest of The Chainsmokers during Weekend 1, but haven’t played as an act at the Indio Polo Grounds.

But why they haven’t been at Coachella is puzzling.

They’ve performed in a lot of big events, including NBA All-Star Weekend and during the NFL Super Bowl weekend. “Shut Up And Dance With Me,” is a monster hit and “Anna Sun” is such an idyllic summer song that they seem like a natural.

However, when I got to meet lead singer Nick Petricca, I had mentioned how I hoped to see them at Coachella and he seemed a little uncomfortable, as if negotiations have been a struggle. I hope I read that wrong, but that was two years ago, and they’ve only gotten bigger.

And still haven’t been at Coachella.

BRIAN WILSON

Why not have the legendary songwriter and musician of the Beach Boys? I remember a few years when Coachella had Leonard Cohen, and there was just something so idyllic about Cohen singing “Hallelujah” on a clear Desert night. I can imagine that with Wilson singing “God Only Knows.”

Maybe Wilson is more suited for Desert Trip, as his legend shines just as bright.

ELTON JOHN

I didn’t really consider him before because he had regular shows in Vegas, but with Calvin Harris headlining last year, there’s no reason to pass on this music legend.

So many hits, he could fill a whole day.

Like Brian Wilson, he could also play Desert Trip. Probably should.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

I thought this might be a possibility last year with a new CD out and world tour, but it didn’t happen.

Sometimes ELO gets lost in the crowd for whatever the reason, but the music is legendary. People have heard the songs, but don’t know it’s ELO.

ADELE

The puzzling thing about Coachella is how there has not been a female headlining act since Bjork in 2007. I feel like they have to go big to end this. Adele doesn’t do many festivals, so for her to do Coachella would make it special.

There’s a lot of huge female artists who could fill the spot, but Adele would be the perfect fit.

Coachella is overdue for a female headliner

 

 

 

Still geeking out over Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos’ acoustic set in 2013

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By Leighton Ginn

It’s been three years ago, but 2013 was the year I got to experience Passion Pit twice in two very different performances.

The first was in between the Coachella weekends, when they performed in Downtown Palm Springs for a free concert. It was a big show with a big sound.

He returned a few weeks later for Memorial Day Weekend. Mix 1005, a local radio station, hosted one of its Acoustic Lounge events, this with lead singer Michael Angelakos.

It was a complete contrast to the first show. It was quiet, intimate and effective.

Songs like “Take A Walk” and “Carried Away” have big sounds, so I didn’t know how they would be in an acoustic setting.

Was I surprised.

These sounds are completely different, but really great. You really appreciate Angelakos’ songwriting and his ability to give an effective performance either way.

This was on the heals of Passion Pit’s hit CD “Gossamer,” a terrific CD. Angelakos and Passion Pit had a follow up to Gossamer last year, “Kindred,” which I also really liked.

My favorite song from “Kindred” is “Lifted Up,” and turned into a favorite for people celebrating their 30-year reunion or anniversaries, thanks to the chorus of “1985 Was A Good Year.”

It was the same thing with “Lifted Up,” a song with deep and complex sounds, but equally effective when stripped down.

It just gave me a greater appreciation for Angelakos’ talents.

 

 

Stagecoach eats on the east side

By Leighton Ginn

Here’s a look at some of my favorite places to eat on the East Side of the Coachella Valley, which is closest to the Empire Polo Fields.

 

TKB BAKERY AND DELI

44911 Golf Center Parkway, Indio

http://tkbbakery.com/

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This place has arguably the best sandwiches in all the Coachella Valley (which runs from Coachella to Palm Springs). Local boxing star Timothy Bradley sings its praises as his training gym is nearby.

They bake their own bread and have a wide array of meats, veggies and desserts.

TKB is also a highly honored restaurant on Yelp!

PHO VU

79-630 Highway 111, 103, La Quinta, CA

http://www.phovurestaurant.com/locations.html

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This place specializes in Pho, but if Stagecoach is typically hot, noodle soup might not sound as appealing.

But their cold noodle dishes, called Bun, are fantastic, with a citrus vinaigrette. I usually get No. 45, which is barbecue pork and egg rolls.

They also have salads, rice dishes, and a great array of Boba, Thai ice tea, coconut water and coffee.