I Am Not the Coachella Silent Disco's Target Audience

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Willie T.
Grab your headphones, it's time for a Coachella dance party!

By Paul T. Bradley

Just south of 1:30 a.m., as the car crowd heads back to their $500 motel rooms and the VIPs are airlifted to their alpha-resorts, the camping Coachella plebes are making the long, dusty march back to the tent city of earthly delights they've built to the east. I'm headed to the all-night epicenter, the Dome, for the all-night silent come-down party. Yeah, silent -- a headphone rave meant to skirt the grounds' 1:30 sound curfew.


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Coachella Turned Me Into a Garbage Man

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Daniel Kohn
Coachella is always thinking of clever ways to make us pick up our damn trash. Their bright-colored, well-labeled trash and recycle bins are everywhere. And in the past, any do-gooder or broke festival goer could pick up a standard amount of 10 water bottles to trade for a new one to sip on. But this year, the eco-minded folks at Coachella figured out how to play on our sense of capitalism and test our physical endurance. And, in my case, it tested the desire to walk away with a $25 Coachella T-shirt without paying a dime. This year, a few days before I arrived in Indio, I noticed that there was this new challenge where if you recycled loose bottles and cans, you could take home prizes--including said T-shirt.

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Celebrating Coachella and the Art of the Music Festival High-Five

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Nate Jackson
Jason Eppworth giving a high five down low.
Smack!...Smack!....Smack! "Woooo! Coachellaaaaaaaahhh! Gimmie five!"

That's the sound of a loud, burly Kentucky man high-fiving his way through the sunburned Sunday crowd on weekend one of Coachella. Though he appears to be just another dude with a GA wristband, right now he's feeling more like one of the beloved performers of Indio's massive, three-day festival. Not just because he sorta looks like Action Bronson. It's because of the rapid swell of energy he's giving and receiving as he walks through the crowd. Standing about 5'9 with a husky, country boy build, truck driver Jason Eppworth's thick brown beard glistens with sweat. He sports a backpack, blue shirt, and a matching backwards University of Kentucky hat.


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How the Hell Do People Afford Coachella?

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Chris Victorio
Coachella's second weekend is just around the corner, but it costs major cash-money to go

By Marc Ballon

Sierra Blackford really wanted to go to Coachella. But it wasn't easy.

The 23-year-old Hawaiian singer-songwriter juggled three jobs as a waitress, playing gigs at local bars and working in a slipper store to save enough for her concert tickets, heavily discounted airfare (she knows somebody in the industry), camping fees and food.

Blackford has no complaints though. Talking just moments after Hozier's uplifting set, she said she couldn't put a price tag on the transcendence she experiences at Coachella. This two-time festival veteran said she found inspiration being surrounded by "great art and great music," as well as the 15 friends she came to the desert with.


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BOOM 94.5 FM is Bringing Back LL Cool J's Kings of the Mic Tour, and It's Stacked

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Courtesy the artist
LL Cool J is bringing his Kings of the Mic tour back with the help of BOOM 94.5 FM

Didn't we just have one of these announcements? Why yes, yes we did. Last month BOOM 94.5 FM, Dallas' flagship (well, only) classic hip hop station announced that it was bringing the city its first-ever classic hip-hop music festival, set to take place at the beginning of May. Well, now they're at it again with another festival set to take place just one month later at Gexa Energy Pavilion. This time it's for the return of LL Cool J's "Kings of the Mic" tour, and there's some legit star power behind it.


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After SXSW is Over, Dallasites Throw a Kickass Party at a Mansion in Austin

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H. Drew Blackburn
James Hall, playing under the moonlight and the stars

Every year pure insanity comes to Austin, Texas and gives it a bear hug. You may be more familiar with this pure insanity in the form of a music, technology and film festival called South by Southwest. And each year we're always inundated with some very concerned gripes that the festival has gone -- gasp! -- corporate. We live in the United States of America; SXSW was always gonna go corporate and it was always gonna rely on cheap and free labor to get by. Oh, say, can you see.

However, there's at least one event in Austin every year that focuses on the music, the people and the nice weather. It's on the Sunday after most the SXSW crowds have cleared out, and it's a party thrown by The Kessler Theater. Oh, and it's in a mansion, too.


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35 Denton Lives to Fight Another Day After a Year on the Brink

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Ed Steele
35 Denton, which hosted a pre-party at Hailey's in the fall, hopes to stick the landing on its comeback this weekend

It's been a long and weary road for 35 Denton. They've been bludgeoned by nearly every possible obstacle that could befall a festival on the rise: they lost funding, they lost key bookers and they lost their location due to construction. For a while the future of the festival was hugely uncertain, and the chance of a revival looked bleak at best.

So when last March rolled around, the show runners decided to hit pause and regain their footing before attempting to scale their way back up to the top of the festival summit. But against some long odds, 12 months later they're back to try it again.


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Modest Mouse Leads Safe, Retro-Heavy Lineup for 2015 Edgefest

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Mike Brooks
Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse are poised to float on in to Frisco this spring

That time of year is already upon us: Time for the suburban music festivals to announce their 2015 lineups. (Pinch us!) Granted, there are fewer for us to choose from this year thanks to the uncertain future of Suburbia Music Fest, which lost the support of LiveNation after its first installment. No such troubles afflict 102.1 FM KDGE's Edgefest, however, which announced its lineup early this morning.

The verdict? A predictable mix of Clear Channel-friendly alternative music (which still means something to some people) and safe indie acts from the mid-2000s. Which means Modest Mouse, Hozier and the Offspring among others.


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Homegrown Festival Goes Big with Spoon for 2015

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Tom Hines
Spoon play it cool in the aftermath of their Homegrown Festival announcement

Well played, Homegrown Festival. On Monday night the festival's organizers rolled out their 2015 lineup with an announcement party at Off the Record, and the decorum was merited: Spoon will be the headliner for this, the event's sixth installment. The Austin indie rock kingpins are easily the biggest headliner that Homegrown has landed to date. Suddenly the little Texas-centric festival in Dallas is starting to look like an event that bands across the state legitimately will want to be a part of.


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The Zombies to Headline 35 Denton's 2015 Return

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Ed Steele
35 Denton held a party earlier this fall at Hailey's as a lead-up to today's announcement
Don't call it a comeback, kids. After a year on the bench, Denton's one-time premiere music festival NXNW -- er, 35 Confederate -- er, 35 Denton -- is poised to jump back into the fray in 2015. It'll be a slightly different landscape than when the festival last took place back in the spring of 2013; since then, another Denton festival, Oaktopia, has happened not once but twice, drawing on much the same format and establishing itself pretty well in its second go-round.

Then again, the two festivals take place six months apart (35 Denton in March, Oaktopia in September) and they offer pretty different lineups. Where Oaktopia draws more heavily on hip hop and electronic music, 35 Denton is hearkening its return with a headliner from the land of '60s pop: the Zombies.

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