The inclusive vision of Orvilla Peck’s Coachella performance

The inclusive vision of Orvilla Peck’s Coachella performance

The alt-country musician’s set was the ultimate crossover between Coachella and its country-leaning sister festival Stagecoach.

By Sarah Carr

April 29, 2022

Orville Peck. Photo by Julia Johnson.

 



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Regardless of how often you may listen to contemporary country, it’s undeniable that the sociocultural and political factors that once defined its fan base have been changing, slowly but surely. Over the past few years, what once was a space solely for cis-gendered, straight, white conservatives with an affinity for Christianity has gradually opened itself up to those who may not fit into this hyper-specific demographic. And one sign of this is Orville Peck, whose performance at Coachella this year helped cement his place at the center of a subtle, but powerful shift in country music.

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For too long, country listeners have forgotten the genre’s roots as a historically Black, working-class, and anti-establishment form of expression. However, the line between country and other genres has been thinning for a while now, with many country and country-adjacent musicians challenging the outdated and, frankly, bigoted beliefs of its original fanbase, proving that it’s ready to be reclaimed by those who were wrongfully removed from its imagery.

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Within country itself, younger artists have become more cognizant of its Black roots and the way the genre’s been shaped by Black artists like Charley Pride. Some could even argue that the emergence of “bro-country” artists like Florida Georgia Line — who are influenced by hip-hop and R&B and collaborate with Black artists from these genres — have been helping traditional country listeners open up to other musical styles, even if that particular subgenre still remains misogynistic and homophobic at times. That said, there’s also a new wave of female country artists like Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and (at one time) Taylor Swift, who have continued to push back against the genre’s anti-Black, feminist, and LGBTQ+ stance, all while making more country music more accessible through non-country sonic elements.

While not a household name just yet, Orville has been disrupting the idea of traditional “country” in his very own way. By writing decidedly progressive songs delivered with a melodrama reminiscent of the Golden Age of Country, he lets his emotive baritone quaver with wistful longing in a way that feels right at home alongside a twangy pedal steel. Still, he’s able to keep it fresh by incorporating elements of new wave, indie rock, and psychedelia into his songs, making his music an example of a cross-genre exchange that will speak to the people it was always meant for: everyone.

The original themes of country that speak to heartache, struggle, and the experiences of marginalized people were painfully missing during the post-9/11, pop-country ideal, with a jingoist undercurrent that felt exclusionary for many. And that could be why people of all backgrounds can enjoy newer music emerging from artists like Peck; his music has all the melancholic romance of country but speaks to everyone, bringing comfort to the lonely and misunderstood. And the musician is not only modernizing the image of country at Coachella but simultaneously bringing the genre back to its roots as music for the underdog, because as he sings in his signature rich baritone, “It ain’t the letting go, it’s more about the things that you take with.”

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The country fandom is one musical subculture that remains largely separated from the types of crowds that flock to Coachella. Most of the time, it’s reserved for its sister festival, Stagecoach, which happens this coming weekend. Redefining where country music belongs on the lineup of Southern California festivals is a daunting but revolutionary task that artists of the genre are aiming to change every day. And Orville’s back-to-back appearance at both events is something to marvel at, as it insinuates that the worlds of two wildly different festivals can finally collide in the Indio desert.

While there’s no telling what his Stagecoach audience will look like, the crowd at Orville Peck’s set was diverse to the extent that it would be impossible to deem it homogenous. Whether it’s ethnicity to style to gender and beyond, Peck managed to successfully gather a crowd of concert-goers that couldn’t be pinned as country fans with a simple once-over. And it was obvious that they weren’t wanderers seeking rest or shade – they were animated and deeply involved fans, noticeably recognizing and cheering on each song as Peck transitioned from one to the next.

Kicking off his set was “Daytona Sand,” an indie-infused and more accessible choice for a less traditional country crowd from his most recent album, Bronco: Chapters 1 & 2, which was followed up by live renditions of his songs “Turn to Hate” and “The Curse of the Blackened Eye,” which he described as one “for anyone that’s ever been mistreated before.” It’s something reflected within The music video, which sees actor Norman Reedus haunting the crooning country singer for most of it before Orville finally invites the darkness that Reedus represents into a warm embrace — perhaps signaling his healing and embrace of the personal growth stemming from his aforementioned mistreatment.

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Peck’s poignant lyricism, his combination of modern rock and nostalgic country, and enigmatic performing style is consistent at all times, making the last song of his set “Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)” – a classic from Orville’s discography – a seemingly perfect closing choice that summarizes his artistry in under 4 minutes.

But there are other reasons why Orville in particular has found a foothold amongst non-country listeners, as evidenced by the swell of the crowd and the hundreds of hands flying to the air once Peck began playing the first few strums of “Dead of Night,” with passersby even stopping to get a better listen.

Perhaps part of their fascination stemmed from seeing a man who, at first glance, looks like a “real man,” resembling a gunslinging cowboy straight out of a Western — apart from his tasseled mask, of course, and, more recently, its appearance in Euphoria. Or maybe it’s because he included a performance of “Drive Me, Crazy” from his Show Pony EP by explaining that “it’s about gay truck drivers.” Either way, his performance was a blunt reminder to listeners that his songs depict a story about his true identity behind the tassels and his status amongst the LGBTQ+ community, who appreciate his less toxic take on traditional American norms about masculinity.
As we shift towards a more inclusive culture and country music being here to stay in the mainstream, pioneering artists such as Peck will bring with him some of country’s most legendary musical practices while leaving behind the ideologies that no longer serve us. His set at Coachella is the perfect indication to Stagecoach attendees that they’re in for a treat, and the two crowds may not be as different as we assume.

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Unshackled Wines brings a House of Mirrors wonderland to Coachella

Unshackled Wines brings a House of Mirrors wonderland to Coachella
Two exclusive bottle bundles to commemorate the festival are available online.

By The FADER

Photographer Josiah Van Dien

April 28, 2022



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For two star-studded weekends filled with performances and art installations, the festival’s official wine, Unshackled, brought its own energy to VIP. The brand’s House of Mirrors-inspired activation turned out to be the perfect place to party, as the music flowed through and attendees saw a content and light show displayed alongside the perfect Instagrammable optical illusion backdrop.

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To commemorate the festival, the brand created two Coachella bundles: one with a bottle each of Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc alongside a limited edition hoodie designed by Guillermo Andrade, founder of streetwear brand FourTwoFour, and a second featuring two bottles each of Red Blend and Sauvignon Blanc, with the first 100 purchased set to come with exclusive FADER merch. The bundles are available here and here.

Check out our photo recap below.

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Flume shares Damon Albarn collaboration “Palaces”

Flume shares Damon Albarn collaboration “Palaces”
The pair debuted the track at Coachella this past weekend.

By David Renshaw

April 25, 2022



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Damon Albarn has had a surprisingly large presence at Coachella this year with the Blur and Gorillaz man performing with Billie Eilish on the first weekend and then joining Flume on Saturday for round two. Albarn joined Flume to perform their song “Palaces,” the title track from the Australian producer’s upcoming album. Shortly after the Coachella set the song popped up on streaming services. Check it out above. The album version of Palaces is out May 20 and also includes the Caroline Polachek collaboration “Sirens.” Go behind the scenes on the “Sirens” video shoot with The FADER Interview podcast.

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DJ Matoma puts up billboards for Ukraine at Coachella

DJ Matoma puts up billboards for Ukraine at Coachella
To raise awareness and funds.

By Sandra Song

April 24, 2022

Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Panorama



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Matoma is getting a message across to Coachella attendees.

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Ahead of the two-weekend event, the Norwegian DJ bought a series of billboards to raise awareness and funds for Ukraine.

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According to Matoma’s recent Instagram post, the billboards — created alongside nonprofit Music Saves UA — are on the highway leading to and from the festival grounds in Indio, Calif. Using the colors blue and yellow for the Ukrainian flag, one side of the billboard features the words “Drop Beats,” while the other says “Not Bombs.”

In his post, Matoma said he was motivated to make the billboards after playing a festival called Atlas Weekend in Ukraine a few years ago. Comparing his Ukrainian audience to the people going to Coachella, Matoma went on to add that “those days of freedom are sadly gone for them, and now bombs rain down on their cities.”

However, the DJ then also revealed that Atlas organizers had converted their nightclub to a humanitarian center to provide “supplies and care for those who need their help.”

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“This is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen and gives me much needed hope,” he said. “This club was once filled with free, happy people, and now driven with a true purpose of goodness it rises to a new, greater purpose.”

Matoma added, “This is the power of music and love.”

Check out Matoma’s post below and donate here.

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Coachella 2022, weekend two: Sunday’s livestream and performance schedule

Coachella 2022, weekend two: Sunday’s livestream and performance schedule
Stream the final day of 2022’s festival.

By The FADER

April 24, 2022

Coachella 2022. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella.

 


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The final weekend of Coachella 2022 is here, and it’s streaming live from the desert in Indio, California. If you missed last week’s livestreams, you’ll get a second chance to see the headlining acts Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, and Swedish House Mafia plus other must-sees like Baby Keem, Joji, Phoebe Bridgers, Daniel Caesar and more. The streams are spread over three channels with Channel 1 containing the interview series Coachella Curated.

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Channel 1

5:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Yola, Sampa the Great, Beabadoobee
6:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Sonora Artists, Banda MS, Channel Tres
7:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Orville Peck, Finneas, Maggie Rogers
8:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Vince Staples, Solomun, Dave
9:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Duck Sauce, Fatboy Slim
10:00 p.m. – Doja Cat
10:55 p.m. – Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd

— Livestream Rebroadcast —

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Channel 2

10:00 p.m. – Karol G
10:50 p.m. – Måneskin
11:35 p.m. – Jamie xx
6:00 a.m. (Monday) – Performance rebroadcast

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10:00 p.m. – Joji
10:50 p.m. – Duke Dumont
11:35 p.m. – Denzel Curry
6:00 a.m. (Monday) – Performance rebroadcast

aespa and their online alter-egos brought the future to Coachella

aespa and their online alter-egos brought the future to Coachella
The K-pop group and their avatars made their live US debut during weekend two.

By Erica Russell

April 24, 2022

Photo by Antony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images



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After two years of basically living online, the idea of an IRL band with avatar alter-egos seems like a logical next step for the entertainment industry. However, K-pop fans have already been living in the future for the past 18 months, and, this weekend at Coachella, they finally got to meet aespa offline.

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For the past 18 months, the four-piece group were only able to interact with fans through music videos and vlogs, as well as concept teasers outlining their VR-based story, where each member has their own individual digital counterpart — born from personal data uploaded to and shared on the internet. Known as æ-aespa, the avatars live in a virtual world beyond ours but co-exist with their real-life counterparts, both individually and collectively.

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Not so dissimilar to the alter-egos we present on social media every day, the SM Entertainment group is a zeitgeisty concept, even though it was inevitable that were going to eventually get a musical act whose artistry is based on the ever-thinning veil between the digital and corporeal. And aespa definitely fits the bill, thanks to their ever-expanding storyline, which includes an interdimensional battle where aespa and æ-aespa unite against a villain called Black Mamba — a sinister virus that disrupts and corrupts the connection between the girls and their digital selves.

In real life though, aespa — comprised of members Karina, Winter, Ningning, and Giselle — is the first girl group in six years to join SM’s roster of concept-focused acts, which includes artists like SuperM, a supergroup known as the “Avengers of K-pop.” But while they may be brand new to the SM Culture Universe, aespa have already impressed fans through their Savage EP and a handful of singles under their belt. So it only made sense that aespa took the stage during the second weekend of Coachella for 88Rising’s “Heads in the Clouds Forever” event on April 23.

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In the process, the rookies also became one of just three K-pop girl groups to ever perform at the annual festival, following Blackpink’s historic 2019 set and 2NE1’s surprise reunion last weekend. But even though their career thus far has existed almost entirely online, there was nothing virtual about aespa’s vibrant Saturday night set, which made the relatively green K-pop group look like seasoned live performers for their biggest live show to date. They were fully present, fully charged, and clearly eager to break out of the remote realm they were previously tethered to, through no fault of their own.

Right out the gate, the group kicked off their set with “aenergy,” a non-single track off 2021’s Savage. The thumping banger has become a sort of unofficial anthem for aespa, as well as a serious favorite among fans, seeing as how the general consensus on Twitter prior to the performance was that “aenergy” was a set list must. Thankfully, aespa did not disappoint either, with a routine that showcased their onstage charisma and highlighted the fact that they are just as dynamic live as they are digitally.

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— 🏩 (@h6aech) April 24, 2022

As its name indicates, “aenergy” was a fittingly energetic introduction for aespa’s exciting Coachella moment, which was the group’s second live show in the US following an underwhelming performance at the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The group then moved onto their blazing debut single, “Black Mamba.” Placed mid-set, the pair of hard-hitting electropop tracks made for a bold one-two punch, as the high-octane tracks amped up the energy in the crowd and was reflective of their fiery attitude.

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However, the performance would have likely benefited from a full set of backup dancers to fill the dead space on stage, though, bizarrely a backup troupe did briefly materialize on stage toward the end of the song. But considering the large LED screen behind the members, it would have been more innovative to incorporate aespa’s avatars into the show as omnipresent digital dancers. Granted, it’s unclear what sort of technical limitations the tightly scheduled collective showcase may have presented for such an ambitious audio-visual synchronization; time will tell if aespa figures out how to bridge that gap for future concerts.

The group then moved on to the Savage EP title track, a hip-hop meets hyperpop hybrid that was a performance highlight thanks to a spectacle of pyrotechnics, lasers, and swirling portal effects. With this, the K-pop stars leaned into the attitude of the deliciously brash track with razor-sharp focus, swiftly weaving around each other on stage, and visibly energizing the crowd. For a group whose activities were relegated to the digital for nearly two years, it was a turning point to see them not only so physically present, but also so finely in tune with each other.

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LIFE IS TOO SHORT #aespaCoachella pic.twitter.com/4H43yWzV2G

— 윈끼😍 (@wintertokkie) April 24, 2022


For fans, however, one of the most anticipated moments of aespa’s short but sweet set was the debut of the group’s brand new track “Life’s Too Short” — their first English-language release.

“This next song is about staying true to yourself and spreading love, because life is too short for hate,” as Giselle said while introducing the track, which is a breezy departure from aespa’s typical assertive defiance. With summer-y production that recalls a certain strain of upbeat, melodic 2000s pop, the topical lyrics also reveal aespa’s more sensitive side: “Some people are so mean, all behind a phone screen / But we tryna live our lives / Oh, why you gotta be so vicious? / Just be about your business / Instead of getting up in mine…” Almost as if aespa’s avatars present an opportunity for the girls to shield themselves behind their own screens. But as “Life’s Too Short” proves, they’re willing to take their critics head on while also spreading a little positivity in the process.

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— Pink Mojito (@Pinkmojito1122) April 24, 2022

Closing out the set was their driving EDM banger, “Next Level,” and, by this point, aespa seemed to have hit their stride, displaying a playful and confident stage presence that was a marked change from their more cautious approach in the beginning. And as they bid adieu to the crowd and bounded off stage, with a joy and adrenaline that was palpable even through the online stream. “Next Level” indeed.

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Watch Billie Eilish and Hayley Williams perform “Misery Business” at Coachella

Watch Billie Eilish and Hayley Williams perform “Misery Business” at Coachella
“I just ate shit!”

By Sandra Song

April 24, 2022

Photos by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Coachella & Kevin Winter/Getty Images For 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango



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Billie Eilish went pop-punk for Coachella weekend two.

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During her headlining set on Saturday, The FADER cover star invited Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams onstage for an acoustic version of the group’s 2007 hit “Misery Business.”

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After being greeted by Eilish with an excited yelp, the Warped Tour icon told the crowd that this was her first Coachella before the pair started their duet, where they were joined by Eilish’s older brother and main collaborator, Finneas.

Following “Misery Business,” the group then launched into a rendition of the title track from Eilish’s latest album, Happier Than Ever. However, the performance also apparently ended with the star accidentally tripping over a “fucking fire thing” offstage before telling audience, “I just ate shit!”

For Coachella weekend one, Eilish brought out Khalid to perform their 2018 single “lovely,” as well as Damon Albarn. Together, they performed her Happier Than Ever song, “Getting Older,” in addition to Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.” alongside De La Soul’s Pos.

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Read our cover story with Eilish here and watch a snippet of her performance with Williams below.

Hayley Williams of Paramore joined Billie Eilish on stage for an acoustic version of 'Misery Business' at weekend two of #Coachella pic.twitter.com/qOlTVappX8

— Bops And Bangers (@bopsandbangers) April 24, 2022

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Coachella 2022, weekend two: Saturday’s livestream and performance schedule

Coachella 2022, weekend two: Saturday’s livestream and performance schedule
Billie Eilish, Isaiah Rashad, BROCKHAMPTON, and more return.

By The FADER

April 23, 2022

Coachella 2022. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella.

 


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The final weekend of Coachella 2022 is here, and it’s streaming live from the desert in Indio, California. If you missed last week’s livestreams, you’ll get a second chance to see the headlining acts Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, and Swedish House Mafia plus other must-sees like Baby Keem, Joji, Phoebe Bridgers, Daniel Caesar and more. The streams are spread over three channels with Channel 1 containing the interview series Coachella Curated.

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Channel 1

5:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Koffee, Amber Mark, Surf Curse
6:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Sonora Artists, Beach Bunny, L’Imperatrice
7:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Wallows, Cuco, 100 gecs
8:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Rina Sawayama, Turnstile, Caroline Polachek
9:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Disclosure, Pabllo Vittar, Steve Lacy
10:00 p.m. – 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Forever (shortened set)
10:30 p.m. – Brockhampton
11:20 p.m. – Billie Eilish

— Livestream Rebroadcast —

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Channel 2

10:00 p.m. – Flume
11:00 p.m. – Stromae
11:55 p.m. – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
6:00 a.m. (Sunday) – Performance rebroadcast
2:00 p.m. (Sunday) – Performance rebroadcast

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Channel 3

10:00 p.m. – Danny Elfman
11:00 p.m. – Isaiah Rashad
12:05 p.m. – 21 Savage
6:00 a.m. (Sunday) – Performance rebroadcast
2:00 a.m. (Sunday) – Performance rebroadcast

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Watch Baby Keem bring out Kendrick Lamar at Coachella

Watch Baby Keem bring out Kendrick Lamar at Coachella
To perform “Family Ties” and “Vent.”

By Sandra Song

April 23, 2022

Photos by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy & Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for American Express



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Baby Keem made his latest set a family affair.

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Last Friday, the rapper wowed Coachella with a high-energy set that included popular hits like “Orange Soda,” as well as a special appearance by Brett Faiyaz, who helped Keem perform their song “Lost Souls” together.

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However, fans were also left wondering whether Keem would bring older cousin Kendrick Lamar onstage to perform their track “Family Ties,” which recently earned them a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. And though Kendrick wasn’t there for Keem’s first show, he did end up making it for his weekend two set on Friday night, during which they performed “Family Ties” and “Vent.”

Both songs are taken from Keem’s 2021 album The Melodic Blue. Meanwhile, Kendrick just announced that his “final TDE album,” Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will be released on May 13. It will be his first record since 2017’s critically acclaimed DAMN.

Read our review of Keem’s Coachella debut here. You can also watch Keem and Kendrick’s joint performance below.

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Watch Daniel Caesar perform with Omar Apollo at Coachella

Watch Daniel Caesar perform with Omar Apollo at Coachella
They recently collaborated on Apollo’s song “Invincible.”

By Sandra Song

April 23, 2022

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella & Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Coachella



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Daniel Caesar had Omar Apollo join his Coachella weekend two set.

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On Friday night, the Grammy-winning R&B artist brought out Apollo — who had his own set earlier that day — for a fog-laden performance of their song “Invincible.” Released in February, “Invincible” is taken from Apollo’s debut album, IVORY, which dropped April 8.

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However, Apollo wasn’t the only musician Caesar enlisted for Coachella, as Justin Bieber hopped onstage last weekend to join him for a performance of their chart-topping single with Giveon, “Peaches.” During his weekend one set, Caesar also ended up debuting the lead single from his third studio album, “Please Do Not Lean,” a collaboration with Canadian production collective BADBADNOTGOOD.

Caesar has yet to announce the title or release date for his new album, which follows 2019’s Case Study 01 and 2017’s Freudian.

Watch their performance of “Invincible” below.

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— Aaron ツ (@aarxndr) April 23, 2022

Billie Eilish surprised girl in red with a Norwegian Grammy at Coachella

Billie Eilish surprised girl in red with a Norwegian Grammy at Coachella
girl in red won the Spellemann award for Album of the Year.

By Sandra Song

April 23, 2022

Photos by Graham Denholm/Getty Images & Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Variety



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Billie Eilish made girl in red’s Coachella extra special.

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Ahead of the girl in red’s weekend two set, Eilish surprised the singer-songwriter — whose real name is Marie Ulven — with the prestigious Spellemann award. Known as the Norwegian Grammys, Ulven earned the coveted Album Of The Year award for her critically acclaimed debut, If I Could Make It Go Quiet, which she discussed on The FADER Interview podcast earlier this year.

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Ulven was also awarded the title of Songwriter Of The Year after earning a record-breaking seven nominations — the most in Spellemannprisen history — including Song Of The Year for her Finneas-produced “Serotonin.” However, the artist wasn’t able to make it to the actual ceremony, which is why Eilish was the one who delivered her statuette.

In a video of the presentation, Ulven can be seen entering a tour bus and is surprised to see Eilish, who then hands her the Spellemann for Album Of The Year.

“What the fuck?!,” Ulven says. “What the actual fuck?! That’s a Norwegian Grammy.”

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Eilish, who acknowledged the importance of the honor, then goes on to congratulate a still-shocked Ulven.

“This is so weird!,” she says. “Dude! I did not expect this.”

girl in red is slated to perform at Coachella weekend two later today, while Eilish will close out the festival as the Sunday headliner.

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Watch Eilish present the award below and listen to our podcast episode with Ulven here.

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Watch aespa make their US debut at Coachella

Watch aespa make their US debut at Coachella
The K-pop girl group performed a new song called “Life’s Too Short.”

By Sandra Song

April 23, 2022

Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images



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aespa just made a big splash with their stateside debut.

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On Saturday evening, the K-pop group performed their very first US show as part of 88Rising’s “Head in the Clouds” set at Coachella weekend two. And in honor of the big moment, members Winter, Giselle, Karina, and Ningning did a brand new song called “Life’s Too Short,” which they said would be featured on a “soon-to-be released album” in a recent interview with Billboard.

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Of course, the SM Entertainment stars also performed a few of their biggest hits during their set, including the singles “Black Mamba” and “Next Level,” as well as “Savage,” taken from their 2021 EP of the same name.

aespa’s performance follows 88Rising’s previous “Head in the Clouds” set last weekend, which featured GOT7’s Jackson Wang alongside members of the Asian art collective, such as Rich Brian and Hikaru Utada.

The set also included K-pop superstar CL and a surprise reunion of her former girl group, 2NE1, to perform their 2011 global hit, “I Am the Best.”

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Prior to 2NE1, the only other K-pop group to grace the polo grounds was BLACKPINK back in 2019.

Watch fan footage of aespa’s performance below.

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Coachella 2022, weekend two: Friday’s livestream and performance schedule

Coachella 2022, weekend two: Friday’s livestream and performance schedule
Head into the weekend the right way with sets from Harry Styles, Baby Keem, Daniel Caesar, and more.

By The FADER

April 22, 2022

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The final weekend of Coachella 2022 is here, and it’s streaming live from the desert in Indio, California. If you missed last week’s livestreams, you’ll get a second chance to see the headlining acts Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd, and Swedish House Mafia plus other must-sees like Baby Keem, Joji, Phoebe Bridgers, Daniel Caesar and more. The streams are spread over three channels with Channel 1 containing the interview series Coachella Curated.

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All times are in Pacific Standard Time.

Channel 1

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5:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Meute, the Hu, Princess Nokia
6:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Sonora Artists, Bishop Briggs, the Regrettes
7:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Omar Apollo, Carly Rae Jepsen, City Girls
8:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Idles, The Marias, Cordae
9:00 p.m. – Coachella Curated with Madeon, Run the Jewels, Black Coffee
10:00 p.m. – Anitta
10:45 p.m. – Baby Keem
11:30 p.m. – Harry Styles

— Livestream Rebroadcast —

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Channel 2

10:00 p.m. – Grupo Firme
10:55 p.m. – Daniel Caesar
11:40 p.m. – Big Sean
6:00 a.m. (Saturday) – Performance rebroadcast
2:00 p.m. (Saturday) – Performance rebroadcast

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Channel 3

10:00 p.m. – Phoebe Bridgers
11:00 p.m. – Pink Sweat$
11:45 p.m. – Louis the Child
6:00 a.m. (Saturday) – Performance rebroadcast
2:00 p.m. (Saturday) – Performance rebroadcast

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Here’s how to livestream Coachella 2022’s second weekend

Here’s how to livestream Coachella 2022’s second weekend
The final weekend of this year’s festival will be available to watch online.

By Jordan Darville

April 22, 2022

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For the tenth year in a row (well, not counting the pandemic cancellations), Coachella has offered a livestream via YouTube for both weekends of the music festival, April 15-17 and April 22-24. You can stream each of three different Coachella livestream channels on the YouTube app available on phone or smart device. You can also stream it from your browser on Coachella’s YouTube channel.

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The second weekend’s livestreams will scale back on the performances and add more interviews with the performing artists, documentaries, and more for a package called Coachella Curated, streaming on Channel 1 and hosted by Joe Kay and Veronica De La Cruz. Streams begin at 5 p.m. PST.

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The first weekend of Coachella 2022 was filled with great performances, hilarious spectacles, and heart-swelling comebacks. Chinese censors tried (and failed) to block out certain, uh, parts of Megan Thee Stallion‘s set; Doja Cat and Baby Keem gave headline-worthy shows; Billie Eilish brought out her childhood hero Damon Albarn, and; Isaiah Rashad made a triumphant return following the leak of a sex tape.

Inside the industrial world of Doja Cat’s headline-ready Coachella performance

Inside the industrial world of Doja Cat’s headline-ready Coachella performance

The people who helped build Doja’s standout Sunday set tell The FADER what went into making it work behind the scenes.

By Larisha Paul

April 22, 2022

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When Kanye West dropped out of his headlining slot at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival less than two weeks before its grand return, Doja Cat seemed to be the most obvious replacement. It would be so easy to just slide her name up one slot from where it appeared right after Ye – a huge jump from her spot at the very end of the fourth line of the Sunday schedule for the 2020 lineup-that-never-happened, or her guest appearance during Rico Nasty’s 2019 set. And the qualifications were there. The artist born Amala Dlamini has spent the better part of the past two years redefining the standards of post-pandemic live performances.

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In February 2020, Doja Cat locked into a creative partnership with choreographer Cortland Brown, whose immediate strategy was to allow the stage-dominating performer in her to emerge naturally. A potentially career-defining stage like Coachella was off the table for the foreseeable future at the time, but Brown, music director Darion Ja’Von, and creative director and stylist Brett Alan Nelson saw the restraints of the pandemic as an opportunity to polish the shine of a star. Through elaborately-themed awards show appearances and roaring festival sets, the singer and rapper’s name has since become synonymous with grand, genre-bending productions — the kind fit for a headliner in a post-Beychella industry.

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Ultimately, organizers went with a double-headlining set from Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd, with whom Doja Cat will embark on a stadium tour with this summer. “We’re definitely ready for a headlining slot,” Brown tells The FADER. “Our setlist was long enough to headline initially and we had to pull so many songs out.” Regardless, her team understood the magnitude of her official debut at the festival. “For the festival industry, Coachella is the pinnacle,” Eboni Gentry, tour manager and founder of Gentry Touring, says. “It’s in some ways like our Super Bowl.” Headlining or not, come weekend one, Doja Cat would be throwing the hottest on-stage party in the Coachella Valley.

“We knew that Coachella was going to show what she would then carry on through the rest of the touring season,” Gentry adds. “For us, it was more about finally being able to take all the ideas, all the talent that the entire team had, and put it in one place in one 60-minute-long arena-style show.” For Nelson, that task was to design a show steeped in theatrics with the singer’s core thematic elements at its center, a performance both industrial and brutalist in nature.

“We knew she wanted to live in this world that felt rough – elevated but still rough – and then they came up with the concept of this concrete world,” Brown says. “But we just wanted to have different elements that felt grand but hard at the same time.” In a tangible way, this included factory-like fog tubes and glasses with LED lights at the center to convey the look of a red-eyed creature. But it was essential to anchor components of Doja Cat’s personality at the root of the production, which was ultimately executed by structuring the performance as a multi-level, multi-world video game. The sound of a PlayStation starting up opens the performance as the massive stage screens set the scene of an intergalactic battle, signifying the start of level one.

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“We fly though a meteor shower and we see these huge concrete, feminine bodies that are exploding while the dancers are banging on our star lifts, basically summoning Doja to the stage to save them,” Nelson illustrates, citing inspiration from the dystopian 1927 German silent film Metropolis. As she emerges from beneath the stage, dressed in custom Caroline Reznik and surrounded by 22 dancers enamored by their newly-arrived savior, Doja Cat launches straight into the afrobeat-inspired Planet Her single “Woman.” Ja’Von explains: “It’s very powerful and speaks to what it means to be an incredible woman — the power that comes behind the womanhood. So our intro had to be even more epic than the song.”

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Joining the singer on stage is the towering structure of an incomplete, robotic figure, known within their camp as The Woman. A close look at her physique reveals callbacks to earlier aesthetic moments in Doja Cat’s Planet Her era. “When David LaChapelle shot our images for the Planet Her album, I used this Gaultier bra — the very Madonna cone bra that was made of metal — and then we had these arm pieces made for the ‘Kiss Me More’ video that we ended up making into the robot,” Nelson explains. It was a given that Doja Cat’s Coachella performance would be expensive and elaborately grand, but there was narrative purpose to the aesthetic set pieces as well.

Parker Genoway, who served as show designer through production company Silent House, says: “This woman is of large scale, but the woman is also not complete — she’s under construction. Half of her is concrete, half of her is structural, skeletal, in-progress construction. I think there’s story to that.” From the peak of The Woman, the singer could see the complete expanse of her audience for a moment of connection as she charged through a setlist packed with over two dozen full and partial songs spanning her evolution across three distinct album eras, viral favorites, and unreleased material.

“In the show, you have your moments where she feels regal, and she feels like this pop star,” Brown says. “And then you have these moments where it feels like she’s just rocking out with her friends and it’s just like a fucking massive party on stage.” Figuring out a way to bring these various components to the surface of the performance — without being predictable, or too contemporary, or boring — while also raising the bar from where Doja Cat had last set it for herself required a balance that hinged on the introduction of new, unsuspected elements.

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In the first video game level, the rapper plunges through “Talk Dirty,” “Rules,” “Juicy” with Tyga, and “Get Into It (Yuh).” The latter hosted a choreographed nod to Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” and the appearance of the slightly unsettling TikTok phenomenon Spirit Walker, which she choreographed herself. “We like to put those little moments in there because we do want to pay respect to someone that deserves it,” Nelson says. “A lot of people will pay homage to people and not give it the respect it’s deserved, but Amala will always be the first person to say, ‘We’re doing this because of Nicki.’” Fittingly, Doja Cat’s theatrics would only get more elaborate as the show continued.

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“For this show, the goal was to bring the best performance that she has ever given,” Ja’Von explains. “So we needed to go through the entire catalog — for people who did watch the show, they’ll see a lot of the records that got overlooked are in our show now.” The futuristic, four-song second level of Doja-Chella — placing the singer in a swirling, custom I Am Gia set for one of three 45-second outfit changes — shifted its focus towards sparking excitement in the audience through unexpected picks. An interlude of “Payday” blended into live debuts of Planet Her cut “Up and Down” and the Big Mama Thornton-sampling “Vegas” from Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS.

But it was the surprise inclusion of “Go To Town” from the rapper’s 2018 debut album Amala that sent a roar through the OG fans in the crowd and across the timeline for those watching the livestream at home. “It’s like a modified version of the two experiences,” Genoway says. “If you’re close you could see her on the stage; if you’re far you could see her on the screens; but if you’re online, you just see her in all of her beauty, talent, and epicness right there.”

Beyond the inclusion of songs she had never brought to a stage before, Doja Cat was one of, if not the only, rapper to bring in a full band for their set. Ja’Von, who served as both drummer and musical director, has been slowly assembling a live band since he first began working with her, adding more members as the budget expanded and recruiting former Prince collaborators for their front-of-house team. “For me, it was about seeing how far I can go without her telling me, ‘I don’t like this,’” he explains of building the elaborate setlist. “As an artist, it’s tricky because she can get attached to her own material, so presenting new versions of her songs to her is a risk.” The more the singer factors her own vision into her performances, the further she’s willing to go.

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“She’s not just a pop star, she’s not just a rapper, she’s not just a singer,” Gentry says. “She’s all of these things combined. She can act, she can produce her own music, she’s an incredible writer, and it’s important that everybody is able to see that.” Few moments of the show passed without a hard-rock instrumental shift coming out of left-field – like the razor-sharp guitar solo from Sean Rosati that Doja Cat head-banged through at the close of “Rules” and a full-band blowout (with Phil Lewis on keys and Darek Cobbs on key bass) to transition out of “Shine” and into the seductive solitude of the show’s third segment.

“I wanted something that felt a bit more intimate and soft, but still dark and sexy,” Nelson explains of level three. “But there were also elements of things that felt like a nightmare because she has such beautiful music that feels like it’s her struggle.” In a bedazzled black Dolce & Gabbana bodysuit, Doja Cat crawls through “Streets,” dances with shadows during “You Right,” and hits every mark on “Been Like This” back to back with stellar breath control, tearing through captivating choreography she rehearsed in only three weeks. For “Alone,” the dancers fall away and the lights dim, the sole spotlight on the singer’s emotive performance until she retreats back under the star lift.

“There are certain things that make people intrigued with a performance and with a performer and it’s not what you think it is,” Brown says. “Oftentimes, people think just choreography is going to wow people and it’s like, ‘No, babe, it’s not the choreography. It’s those little special things and your delivery. That’s what’s going to make people get chills.’”

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When Doja Cat reemerges for the longest segment of the night in a punky, rave-ready custom outfit by Roberto Cavalli’s creative consultant Fausto Puglisi, the pyrotechnics and lasers are turned up to a thousand — Rock Doja is in full effect. “Now this is the level of this that is god-mode space,” Ja’Von says of the party-themed fourth level. “This is not about anything else but chaos.” The chaos of extracting all of the sweet disco-pop from “Say So” and replacing it with electric guitars and hefty percussion while a fire blazes on the screen behind her? Check. The ultimate rager chaos of Rico Nasty hitting the stage for “Tia Tamera” in a red latex devil costume? Double check.

“It’s all coming together with the audience, with the fans, with all of the production personnel for the first time,” Genoway adds. “I think there’s something really special and authentic about that that you don’t get in an arena show that’s been able to rehearse in very defined, locked conditions.”

When Doja Cat finished knocking out a high-energy set of “Ain’t Shit,” “Options,” “Kiss Me More,” and “Like That,” she started to introduce a new song, but stopped and headed into “Need To Know” instead. “People were a little nervous about us doing it,” Nelson says. But it had dawned on the rapper that she’s been releasing music this unconventionally all along, even before she had enough hits to fill out a second-to-the-headliner Coachella performance. After taking a celebratory shot with her team on-stage, she unveiled a raging anthem fittingly titled “Shots.”

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“That song is not even finished yet. The whole beat is done but the lyrics that she did at the show is all that’s there,” Nelson mentions, thwarting any hopes of a quick release. “And that’s all we needed. It was such a party moment and it was our thanks to the audience: ‘Let’s rage the fuck out together.’”

This was Doja Cat’s party, after all, and she gets to do it all again for weekend two. “I told Parker and Blink, who did our screen content, I want everyone’s retinas to bleed,” he adds. “I want flashing white lights. Make a fucking rave on stage and end it there.”

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Coachella set was a nightmare for Chinese censors

Megan Thee Stallion’s Coachella set was a nightmare for Chinese censors
WeChat users watched the festival performance accompanied by a flurry of ineffective black bars.

By David Renshaw

April 19, 2022

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Coachella performance was memorable for many reasons, not least the tease of a new song from the rapper. It will also live long in the memory of whoever is responsible for censoring footage of the festival for viewers in China, with Meg’s x-rated lyrics causing major issues for the notoriously sensitive moral arbiters tasked with ensuring nothing too racy was shown online.

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As The Hollywood Reporter notes, users of social media app WeChat were able to stream many of the Coachella performances through the use of VPNs and other means, circumventing the lack of an official stream for music fans in China. Even that footage, however, remains censored. The job of censoring music festival footage might be simple if you’re handling, say, Friday night headliner Harry Styles but it’s a different challenge when Megan Thee Stallion gets to the “WAP” part of her set.

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As you can see below, deciding where to place black bars across the screen was a tricky decision for the censors, with the blockages moving across the screen haphazardly. The song’s lyrics, too, proved a little too much for the censors but viewers protested by typing them out in full in the comment section. Some even changed the title to “Wet Ass Puxi,” a reference to the Shanghai district currently undergoing a strict period of quarantine as the Chinese government looks to maintain its zero Covid policy.

Coachella is also being livestreamed via WeChat. Apparently, this performance not only made censors sweat, everyone was also joking that they're singing a song about Shanghai Puxi District. #MeganTheeStallion #Shanghailockdown pic.twitter.com/2ltSqzFC9c

— Manya Koetse (@manyapan) April 17, 2022

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Watch Post Malone join 21 Savage for “Rockstar” at Coachella

Watch Post Malone join 21 Savage for “Rockstar” at Coachella
Post Malone also reportedly smashed a guitar during the performance.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

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Post Malone made a brief appearance at 21 Savage’s Coachella set.

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During Savage’s Saturday night performance in the Sahara Tent, Post popped up to duet their 2018 mega-hit “Rockstar” in front of a packed crowd. According to NME, Post also reportedly smashed a guitar during the song, in true rockstar style.

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Granted, this isn’t the first time the duo have played “Rockstar” at Coachella, as Post had Savage join him onstage to perform the Beerbongs & Bentleys track during his own Coachella set four years ago

Watch Savage and Post perform “Rockstar” below.

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Coachella 2022: Sunday’s livestream and performance schedule

Coachella 2022: Sunday’s livestream and performance schedule
Stream the third day of the 2022 festival now.

By The FADER

April 17, 2022

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Sunday, April 17

All set times listed in PDT and subject to change.
Channel 1

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4:00 p.m. – Welcome
4:15 p.m. – Surf Curse
5:00 p.m. – Alec Benjamin
5:35 p.m. – Vince Staples
6:35 p.m. – Run the Jewels
7:35 p.m. – Finneas
8:30 p.m. – Maggie Rogers
9:15 p.m. – Karol G
10:05 p.m. – Doja Cat
11:05 p.m. – Swedish House Mafia & The Weeknd

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Channel 2

4:00 p.m. – Welcome
4:15 p.m. – Yola
5:05 p.m. – Banda MS
5:40 p.m. – Beabadoobee
6:20 p.m. – Orville Peck
7:05 p.m. – Chicano Batman
7:55 p.m. – Dave
8:40 p.m. – Joji
10:15 p.m. – Jamie xx

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Channel 3

4:00 PM – Welcome
4:15 PM – Emotional Oranges
5:00 PM – Channel Tres
5:45 PM – Kim Petras
8:15 PM – Duck Sauce
9:55 PM – Duke Dumont
10:50 PM – Denzel Curry
11:35 PM – Belly

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is streaming live from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California to your home for the 10th year in a row (excluding 2020 and 2021, when the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Headlining the festival this year are Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, the Weeknd, and Swedish House Mafia with undercard acts including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Phoebe Bridgers, 21 Savage, Jamie xx, Baby Keem, Rina Sawayama, and Denzel Curry — as well as last-minute surprise addition Arcade Fire.

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Travis Scott performs surprise set at Coachella afterparty

Travis Scott performs surprise set at Coachella afterparty
The rapper was dropped from the festival lineup after the Astroworld tragedy.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

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Despite being dropped from the Coachella lineup, Travis Scott did manage to make it out to the desert.

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This past December, the rapper was removed as a festival headliner after a deadly crowd surge killed 10 people and injured dozens more at Astroworld. Since then, Scott’s remained pretty quiet. However, TMZ now reports that he appeared near the polo grounds at Bootsy Bellows’ Coachella afterparty in the nearby town of La Quinta.

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According to the outlet, Scott did a relatively low-key set around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, performing five of his big hits and taking over the DJ decks. A source also told TMZ that “people were super excited” to see him play the afterparty and that “everyone was dancing and singing along.”

However, the surprise performance will likely be the closest he gets to Coachella, seeing as how Kanye West — who previously said he would bring Scott as a special guest during his set — dropped out of the festival a couple weeks ago.

Last month, Scott played a similar set at a small pre-Oscars house party, which was the first time he performed since the Astroworld tragedy. Other than that, he’s continued to stay under the radar, save for four billboards seemingly tied to the release of a new album, which recently popped up on the I-10 highway near the Coachella festival grounds and read “Psst. Looking for Utopia? Wrong way!”

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Read TMZ’s original report here.

Megan Thee Stallion performs new song at Coachella

Megan Thee Stallion performs new song at Coachella
She also played her recent Dua Lipa collaboration.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella



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Megan Thee Stallion dropped a new song during her debut Coachella performance.

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Before taking the stage on Saturday night, the rapper revealed she recently recorded a track that she wanted to perform at the festival, tweeting that “every time I play it for a woman they start jumping and clapping.”

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I got this song that I recorded and every time I play it for a woman they start jumping and clapping 😂 I think I wanna perform it at Coachella for the first time before I actually drop it

— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) April 7, 2022

Making good on her promise, Megan played a brand new track, though she didn’t reveal the name. The song — which reportedly samples Jodeci and Wu-Tang’s “Freak’n You Remix” — seemingly takes aim at an ex, with Megan saying it was “personal” and dedicated to “whom the fuck it may concern.”

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Megan also performed several of her biggest hits, including “Body” and “Savage,” as well as “Sweetest Pie,” her recent collaboration with Dua Lipa.

Watch clips from her performance of the new song below.

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.@theestallion performs a new song at #Coachella pic.twitter.com/sFt5w9C414

— Nick (@nicksawaboy) April 17, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion previews an unreleased song tonight at #Coachella pic.twitter.com/JNQ0aUl5Zc

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“ Dick don’t run me, I run dick. Nigga yeah you’s a bitch! “ – Megan Thee Stallion, 2022. #Coachella . pic.twitter.com/CCyikSN2wV

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Watch Billie Eilish bring out Damon Albarn at Coachella

Watch Billie Eilish bring out Damon Albarn at Coachella
They performed her song “Getting Older” and a cover of Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.”

By The FADER

April 17, 2022

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Billie Eilish brought out Damon Albarn to help perform alongside her at Coachella.

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During her Saturday night set, the Grammy-winning musician invited Albarn onstage for her Happier Than Ever track, “Getting Older.” They then launched into a cover of Gorillaz’s “Feel Good Inc.,” where they were joined by De La Soul’s Pos, whose vocals appeared on the 2005 hit.

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Eilish also took a moment to tell the crowd about how Albarn’s work with Blur, Gorillaz, and The Good, The Bad and The Queen had a profound impact on her growing up, saying that Albarn’s projects “changed the world” and lauding him as a “genius.”

She added, “This man changed my life in a lot of ways, and changed my complete view of what music could be, what art could be, and what creation could be.”

However, Albarn wasn’t the only special guest who appeared during her set, as Khalid also popped up for their 2018 hit “lovely,” which they previously performed together during Eilish’s 2019 Coachella set.

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Cameos aside, Eilish appearance at this year’s festival officially makes her the youngest artist to ever headline Coachella — something she joked about by saying “I should not be headlining this shit,” per CNN.

“But I’m so fucking grateful that I’m here and that you guys are all here. This is such a dream come true,” she added. “Thank you Coachella! I’m sorry I’m not Beyoncé! I love you, good night!”

Watch videos of her performances with Albarn, Pos and Khalid below.

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— Billie Eilish Poland Media (@plbilliemedia) April 17, 2022

Isaiah Rashad addresses apparent outing for the first time at Coachella

Isaiah Rashad addresses apparent outing for the first time at Coachella
Speculation about his sexuality emerged earlier this year after a leaked sex tape.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

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Isaiah Rashad addressed the speculation surrounding his sexuality for the first time during his Coachella 2022 performance.

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On Saturday night, the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper kicked off his set by sharing a pre-recorded video culled from media reports and reactions to a leaked sex tape from earlier this year. Granted, the tape — which appeared to be an attempt to out him — led to many fellow artists and fans rallying around Rashad, as proven in several clips that were featured in the montage.

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“The purpose of doing that was to embarrass him. However, that backfired. When his video leaked, his dreams and everything went up,” as one person can be seen saying.

Towards the end of his set, Rashad also thanked his supporters for keeping him “alive these last couple months,” saying that he appreciated all “the messages and all the positivity.”

Watch clips of both moments below.

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Isaiah Rashad opens his #Coachella set with a message @isaiahrashad @coachella pic.twitter.com/4YlR6y31xS

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Isaiah Rashad thanks fans for all the support at #Coachella

"I see all the messages and all the positivity… Y'all kept me alive these last couple months." ♥️

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Carly Rae Jepsen performs new song “Western Wind” at Coachella

Carly Rae Jepsen performs new song “Western Wind” at Coachella
The pop star has been teasing the track for the past few weeks.

By Sandra Song

April 16, 2022

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Carly Rae Jepsen debuted her new song “Western Wind” at Coachella.

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During her set on Friday evening, the pop star finally unveiled the track, which she’s been teasing for the past few weeks via billboards, hotlines, and social media posts about “coming in like a western wind.” She also brought out tracks from previous albums and her breakout hit “Call Me Maybe” from 2015’s E•MO•TION.

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Jepsen’s last performance at Coachella was in 2018, ahead of the release of her 2019 album Dedicated. Following that she released Dedicated Side B in 2020 and went on to drop several singles, including a holiday song called “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries,” “Let’s Be Friends,” and “OK on Your Own” with singer-songwriter Mxmtoon.

Watch Jepsen perform “Western Wind” for the first time below.

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Carly Rae Jepsen performing her newest single ‘Western Wind’ for the first time at #Coachella pic.twitter.com/daAwoWLsOh

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Phoebe Bridgers plays “Sidelines” for the first time at Coachella

Phoebe Bridgers plays “Sidelines” for the first time at Coachella
She also brought out Arlo Parks for two duets.

By Sandra Song

April 16, 2022

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella



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Phoebe Bridgers just performed her new song, “Sidelines,” live for the very first time.

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On Friday evening, the musician used her Coachella debut to play the track, which was made with Marshall Vore and Ruby Rain Henley for Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends. It’s the first time she’s shared new material since her critically acclaimed 2020 album Punisher.

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During her set, Bridgers also performed a number of songs from Punisher, and also had Arlo Parks come onstage to duet “Graceland Too” and “I Know the End” with her.

Read our cover story with Bridgers here and watch the live debut of “Sidelines” below.

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Coachella 2022: Saturday’s livestream and performance schedule

Coachella 2022: Saturday’s livestream and performance schedule
Stream the second day of the 2022 festival now.

By The FADER

April 16, 2022

Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Coachella

 



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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is streaming live from the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California to your home for the 10th year in a row (excluding 2020 and 2021, when the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Headlining the festival this year are Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, the Weeknd, and Swedish House Mafia with undercard acts including Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Phoebe Bridgers, 21 Savage, Jamie xx, Baby Keem, Rina Sawayama, and Denzel Curry — as well as last-minute surprise addition Arcade Fire.

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Saturday, April 16

All set times listed in PDT and subject to change.
Channel 1

4:00 p.m. – Welcome
4:15 p.m. – Koffee
4:35 p.m. – Masego
5:05 p.m. – Wallows
6:00 p.m. – Cuco
6:50 p.m. – 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Forever
8:10 p.m. – Disclosure
9:30 p.m. – Flume
10:40 p.m. – Megan Thee Stallion
11:30 p.m. – Billie Eilish

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Channel 2

4:00 p.m. – Welcome
4:15 p.m. – Beach Bunny
5:00 p.m. – J.I.D
5:45 p.m. – Giveon
6:40 p.m. – 100 gecs
7:30 p.m. – Caroline Polachek
8:25 p.m. – Brockhampton
9:15 p.m. – Danny Elfman
10:20 p.m. – Rich Brian
11:05 p.m. – Stromae
12:05 a.m. – 21 Savage

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Channel 3

4:00 p.m. – Welcome
4:15 p.m. – Chelsea Cutler
4:55 p.m. – Current Joys
5:20 p.m. – Emo Nite
5:40 p.m. – Japanese Breakfast
6:25 p.m. – Girl in Red
7:15 p.m. – Rina Sawayama
8:15 p.m. – Steve Lacy
8:50 p.m. – Pabllo Vittar
9:40 p.m. – King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
11:00 p.m. – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
11:30 p.m. – Hot Chip
12:05 a.m. – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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Baby Keem’s Coachella set was an audition for superstardom

Baby Keem’s Coachella set was an audition for superstardom

Kendrick Lamar’s younger cousin is at his best when turning up.

By Donald Morrison

April 16, 2022

Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy



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Five years ago, Kendrick Lamar debuted songs from his third major-label album, DAMN., during his headlining set at Coachella. That performance, like the album itself, was something of a victory lap. It was Kendrick cementing his status as the world’s most critically celebrated rapper on America’s biggest festival stage.

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DAMN. could easily have ushered in a rich period of productivity for Kendrick. But, aside from helming the soundtrack to 2018’s Black Panther, he’s stayed eerily quiet for the past five years — an unprecedented gap for someone who could have plausibly claimed the “Best Rapper Alive” mantle before going dark.

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The obvious candidate to fill that vacuum is his little cousin, Baby Keem, who had a prime slot at the Sahara tent for his first-ever Coachella set last night. He brought out Brent Faiyaz to perform “Lost Souls” from Melodic Blue — his debut studio album from last year — and went with a setlist that borrowed equally from that album and 2019’s Die For My Bitch mixtape, the latter of which the audience seemed to enjoy more. It was a promising, if sonically uneven, performance from an artist who’s being groomed to eventually take the main stage in the next few years.

Baby Keem brought out Brent Faiyaz for “lost souls.” #Coachella pic.twitter.com/xnEcesLlzz

— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) April 16, 2022

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There had been rumors that Keem would bring out Kendrick Lamar to perform “Family Ties,” their collaboration that won the younger cousin his first Grammy for Best Rap Performance earlier this month. When the opening chords of “Family Ties” hit, Keem teased the crowd, saying “You know what’s about to happen now, right?” The roar of approval and anticipation suggested they did. However, Kendrick never showed.

Alone though, Keem is at his best when he’s turning up. There’s a youthful aggression in his best music that translates well into live performance. He opened his set with “Trademark USA,” the first song from Melodic Blue, which follows the trend of having an album opener with an abrupt beat change. Several of Keem’s songs seem built for audience participation — not quite 1980s call-and-response exercises, but less hermetically sealed than many internet-native rappers make their work today. Chants of “Beat ‘em up!,” during the beat change in “Family Ties” seem particularly suited for mosh pits, whether the sunburnt crowd was ready to engage in them or not.

The strongest run of Keem’s set came when he played a string of songs from Die For My Bitch, beginning with “Orange Soda,” which got the biggest reaction of the night from the crowd. It’s the perfect Keem song in many ways: He tests out a number of different flows that all seem inventive and new. It’s lewd and it’s catchy; it’s tactile in a way that few of the songs on Melodic Blue, particularly the more baroquely arranged ones, can claim to be. This is an important diversion from his big cousin: Where Kendrick stakes a good deal of his work on the ability to navigate complicated and ornate structures while retaining grit and specificity, Keem is better served when playing an unbridled burst of id.

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Keem seems inextricable from Kendrick in part because he and his team have diligently guarded his public image, leaving even basic biographical details to the imagination. He appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2019 with “Orange Soda,” a song that became inescapable that summer. His first two mixtapes, The Sound of Bad Habit and Die For My Bitch, were both handled by the Texas-based producer Cardo, which only confounded fans further. Both were promising but curiously polished for an artist so far out of the public eye, and the mystery was hardly solved by Keem’s inclusion in a “visual mission statement” for Kendrick and TDE President Dave Free’s new “multi-disciplinary media company,” pgLang.

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If this was the first glimpse into what Kendrick’s post-TDE career could look like, then it would appear he’s hitched his carriage to the 21-year-old, Las Vegas-raised Keem. Imaginative fans on Reddit have also theorized that Keem could be the inspiration behind the Kendrick lyric from “XXX” about a little cousin named Johnny, who wants to be a rapper just like him.

It’s possible the relationship is more symbiotic. Keem recently shared a throwback photo of Kendrick and him in the studio, presumably working on DAMN. more than five years ago. Since then, he’s gotten his first songwriting and production credit on Black Panther: The Album, as well as credits on albums from fellow TDE members Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q in 2018. He even has a credit on the Beyoncé-Kendrick collaboration from the Lion King soundtrack.

Artists have been dismissed as industry plants or the products of nepotism for far longer than pgLang has been around. But the behind-the-scenes nature of Keem’s involvement in work by major stars would suggest he’s a more generative creative force than the hangers-on who occasionally ride their famous friends’ coattails. In retrospect, one can hear Keem’s strange vocal changes in DAMN. which was partially on display during his set when we heard him speak between songs in his natural voice, much deeper than any of the ones he bounces between on record.

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Still, Kendrick was an unavoidable structuring absence. So far, Keem’s records have been experiments in style, loose collections of songs from an artist who is clearly still finding his macroscopic vision. Some iterations work better than others, and that inconsistency is hard to hide in front of tens of thousands of people at Coachella, with the crowd’s attention obviously waning during the more mid-tempo portions of the set.

It’s not surprising, though, that Kendrick has so much faith in Baby Keem. He’s young, he’s hardworking, he’s family. He’s also a natural performer with real stage presence and the ability to execute each of his varied, technically challenging flows in real time. But can he burrow deep enough into any or all of these styles to build a catalog that consistently engages this type of mass audience? The answer will likely determine whether he remains an interesting also-ran or becomes one of the first rap superstars of the 2020s.

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CL reunites 2NE1 at Coachella

CL reunites 2NE1 at Coachella
During her special appearance at 88rising’s “Head in the Clouds Forever” set.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

Photos by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images



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88Rising hosted a major K-pop reunion at Coachella, courtesy of CL.

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On Saturday evening set, the star took the stage as part of the Asian arts and music collective’s “Head in the Clouds Forever” event. She then surprised the audience by bringing out the three other members of her former girl group, 2NE1, which disbanded in 2016.

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Alongside Bom, Dara, and Minzy, CL performed the band’s 2011 global smash-hit, “I Am the Best,” much to the delight of fans, who’ve been eagerly waiting for the K-pop superstar’s Coachella debut. Previously, CL was slated to appear at Coachella in 2020, before the festival was ultimately canceled over coronavirus concerns.

However, CL and 2NE1 weren’t the only K-pop idols to pop up at 88rising’s event, as Got7’s Jackson Wang showed up with his latest solo single, “Blow,” as well as a previously unreleased track dubbed “Cruel.” And, of course, the set featured members from 88rising’s own roster, including Rich Brian, who also debuted a new song featuring Warren Gue called “froyo,” before his solo set at 10:20 p.m.

Watch part of 2NE1’s performance of “I Am the Best” below.

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WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK ……. 2NE1 ………#CL #2NE1 #88Rising #88risingCoachella pic.twitter.com/IsObu8ytME

— alex #MILLI AT COACHELLA (@hanseegirl) April 17, 2022

Madlib drops out of Coachella weekend one set

Madlib drops out of Coachella weekend one set
Freddie Gibbs will perform solo instead.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images
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Madlib is unable to perform his set at Coachella weekend one.

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On Saturday evening, the festival announced the producer would be bowing out for “personal reasons,” mere hours ahead of his “MadGibbs” performance with Freddie Gibbs on the Gobi Stage. Gibbs, however, will still appear for a solo set.

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It’s unclear whether Madlib will be able to play at Coachella weekend two.

See Coachella’s announcement below.

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Due to personal reasons, Madlib will be unable to join Freddie Gibbs tomorrow on the Gobi Stage. Freddie Gibbs will now be performing solo.

— Coachella (@coachella) April 16, 2022

BROCKHAMPTON announce final album during Coachella set

BROCKHAMPTON announce final album during Coachella set
They also said Coachella would be their last show.

By Sandra Song

April 17, 2022

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BROCKHAMPTON revealed their final album will be released later this year.

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During their Saturday night set at Coachella, the band played a trailer for “The Final Album 2022” at the end of their set. Kevin Abstract also made the same announcement shortly afterwards on Twitter by simply writing, “the final brockhampton album 2022.”

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BROCKHAMPTON also said that their two Coachella performances would be their “last shows ever,” before adding that they were “not coming back.”

However, the announcement doesn’t come from out of the blue. Back in January, BROCKHAMPTON canceled their 2022 world tour and stated they were going on an “indefinite hiatus.” At the time, the band also said their “final performances as a group” would be their gigs at London’s O2 Arena Brixton and Coachella.

As of right now, BROCKHAMPTON appears to still be playing Coachella weekend two.

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See photos from the show and Abstract’s tweet below.

BROCKHAMPTON: THE FINAL ALBUM 2022

Kevin in the trailer: "I love you guys and I miss you guys. Basically I went to New York, made something. It's not a solo thing… it's a group album. That's all im gonna say…" pic.twitter.com/ZQ2EqU3m0R

— NFR Podcast (@nfr_podcast) April 17, 2022

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the final brockhampton album 2022

— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) April 17, 2022

Harry Styles duets with Shania Twain, debuts new songs at Coachella

Harry Styles duets with Shania Twain, debuts new songs at Coachella
They performed “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One.”

By Sandra Song

April 16, 2022

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Harry Styles invited a very special guest for his Coachella debut.

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On Friday night, the musician brought out Shania Twain during his headlining set to duet her songs “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and “You’re Still the One.” Following their performance, Styles also told fans about her impact of him growing up, explaining that he used to listen to Twain’s music in the car with his mother.

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“This lady taught me to sing. She also told me that men are trash,” he said. “To you, to the memories you gave me with my mother, I will be forever grateful. I’m so grateful you’re with us here tonight. This is very special for me.”

Prior to the country star’s onstage appearance, the former boy bander performed a solo rendition of One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful,” as well as eight songs from 2019’s Fine Line. The set also served as the live debut of his new track “As It Was,” taken from his upcoming album, Harry’s House, which is slated for release on May 20.

Additionally, Style shared two previously unreleased songs: a stripped-down ballad dubbed “Boyfriends” and a funk-infused track called “Late Night Talking.”

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Watch clips from Styles and Twain’s duets below.

Harry Styles and Shania Twain sing “You’re Still The One” at #Coachella pic.twitter.com/tmfZ1409GW

— Variety (@Variety) April 16, 2022

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harry styles and shania twain at coachella 😍 10/10 incredibly iconic pic.twitter.com/AIziv132iA

— Alexa Shouneyia (@ashouneyia) April 16, 2022