COACHELLA 2010: Reporting from Day One

Jay-Z at Coachella, shot by Erik Voake

Jay-Z may run this town (or that town), but Spin Magazine staked its claim on Coachella coverage this past weekend in no uncertain terms. I was fortunate enough to be part of that journalistic wrecking crew, and on Friday, I devoted most of my otherwise fragmented attention to Jay-Z’s incredible set, which included a loving recreation of the New York skyline, and a duet with the wifey that brought down the house. Read about the 30-song set here.

I also covered Street Sweeper Social Club, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Specials for the mag’s “Best and Worst Moments” roundup. Additional text by my old Filter colleague Liam Gowing, Spin Online Editor William Goodman and Deputy Editor Steve Kandell.

Photos by Andrew Herrold, Erik Voake and Matt Kiser.

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Live In LA: The Franks at Origami Vinyl!!

Gratuitous exclamation point usage, I know, but a handful of my favorite things came together on Saturday night when photographer Andrew Herrold and I walked out of The Echo following Young Veins’ early set (which we covered for Spin). Two doors down at the excellent record shop Origami Vinyl, lo and behold, The Franks were tearing through a spirited set of angular econo-punk. To enhance matters further, shopkeeper Neal Schield tossed us a couple of Colt 45 tallboys as we walked through the door, and was kind enough to let Andrew fire off a few shots. The place was about as jammed pack and jammed pack can be — further evidence of the rise of this exceptional East Side three-piece.

More photos after the jump.

The Franks thrash from on high. (Andrew Herrold)

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Live In LA: Vampire Weekend Kick Off Tour

Last night at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Theater, Afro-pop preps Vampire Weekend kicked off what’s shaping up to be about a year’s worth of touring behind the band’s excellent new album, Contra. Photographer Andrew Herrold and I were there on Spin‘s behalf, documenting the moment for those who weren’t able to squeeze into the sold-out night. Read/look here.

Ezra Koenig's hair never broke rank. (Andrew Herrold)

Live In LA: Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory Launch Unplugged Tour

Last night, emo godheads Dashboard Confessional and pop-punk has-beens New Found Glory kicked of a national acoustic tour here in L.A., fittingly at this city’s most famous home of strum, the Troubadour. Read about the surprising results here (via Spin).

Balls for all my friends!

There’s also a separate photo gallery featuring Andrew Herrold’s excellent images from the night, and you can read my review of Dashboard’s Alter The Ending here (via The A.V. Club).