A look at Coachella through the years
How much has Coachella changed since its inaugural event in 1999? It has evolved so much in every way, but the way they've curated their live music lineup has remained pretty consistent—there's almost always something for everyone. Here, we'll take a look back at how the art and summer music festival has changed throughout the years. RECOMMENDED: See more Coachella 2017 coverage
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Day N Night
Los Angeles is turning out to be the music destination of the year with a very solid lineup of music festivals catering to all kinds of music fans. Day N Night is devoted to hip-hop and the line up is extremely stacked with headliners Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper and Travis Scott leading the pack. It's hard to pick favorites in the line-up, but we're particularly excited about Khalid, who almost broke the Santa Monica Pier when more than twice the Staples Center capacity came to see him, and SZA, who had just released one of this year's best albums.
U2 embraces augmented reality and ’90s nostalgia at the Forum
U2 returned to the Forum this week as part of their stunning Experience + Innocence tour. The Irish rock band staged their inversely titled 2015 Innocence + Experience concert at the same venue, and at the time it was tough to imagine a bigger and better visual experience. But Tuesday’s show proved to be even more eye-catching with the addition of an interactive augmented reality experience, in which fans could see various effects through their smartphones and various cinematic clips tailored to each song, including a great graphic novel-inspired animated interlude. Whereas the band’s appearance at the Rose Bowl last year delved into The Joshua Tree, Tuesday’s career-spanning performance took a few cues from the Achtung Baby era, particularly during a section that saw Bono, in a top hat and white makeup, revive his devilish MacPhisto persona from the early ‘90s Zoo TV tour. Even at a venue as large as the Forum, U2 manages to make huge arena shows feel incredibly intimate. The band excels at connecting with the audience, no matter how far away your seats are. Everything in the production seems to consider each fan’s experience; with larger-than-life visuals and three different stage settings that favor every angle of the arena, the band assures that no fan is left behind. Check out some of out favorite shots from U2’s first of two nights at the Forum. All photographs by Rozette Rago. Photograph: Rozette Rago Photograph: Rozette Rago Photograph: Rozette Rago Photo
Butts abound at L.A.'s World Naked Bike Ride 2017 (NSFW photos)
"A sea of ass," said one Joseph Philipson on Twitter and what an accurate assessment that was for the World Naked Bike Ride, a tradition that started in 2004 where clothing is optional as participants bike together en masse. You don't have to be completely in the nude, but the event definitely encourages you to bare as much as you're comfortable with. For most participants, it was the perfect opportunity to be completely free and let everything hang out. Others opted for body paint as a substitute for clothing, even writing some words of protest on themselves. If you're going to bike around naked, might as well do it with a purpose. The ride wound its way along the L.A. River and into Downtown L.A. on Saturday. Here are some great shots from participants and curious lurkers. Whoa. That was surely a naked bike ride. Very personal and freaking awesome!! #wnbrla #saturday #rockoutwithyourbikeout #justridela pic.twitter.com/fIsxNWlsnY — JustRideLA (@JustRideLA) June 11, 2017 A post shared by Ash (@whatif_starfish) on Jun 11, 2017 at 11:15pm PDT A sea of ass. World Naked Bike Ride LA#wnbrla #wnbr #steelisreal #losangeles #nakedbikeride #lotsofass https://t.co/wVWM3yqVdW pic.twitter.com/1VgZHrnf2l — Joseph Philipson (@joephilipson) June 11, 2017 A post shared by VG (@vgnett) on Jun 12, 2017 at 12:32pm PDT A post shared by John (@john2mnynumbers) on Jun 10, 2017 at 6:54pm PDT A post shared by Ellie love (@ar.ellie) on Jun 10, 2017
St. Vincent, Edgar Wright, Ice-T and more top L.A.'s Red Bull Music Academy
Though the much-loved 30 Days in L.A. series may not be coming to L.A. this year, the Red Bull Music Academy Festival is. The extremely well-curated series of performances and talks to the West Coast for the first time this October. The festival, which runs from October 6 through 29, promises to be unlike any other, with everything from the return of St. Vincent to the world's largest synth orchestra featuring 100 car soundsystems (and their owners) by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda. The lineup embraces the cultural diversity that L.A. has to offer, highlighting the city's rich hip-hop history with a conversation spearheaded by Ice-T, as well as its vibrant Hispanic community with Todo Es Metal featuring Mexican and Latinx metal bands. Film buffs can look forward to Edgar Wright schooling us on the important role of music in the world of cinema, as he dives deep into it with Floria Sigismondi, who directed two powerful episodes of the first season of The Handmaid's Tale. Tickets for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival go on sale August 22, with more specific information on each of the programs soon to be added on their official website. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Lana Del Rey and Kid Cudi top Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival lineup
The sixth annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, curated by rapper Tyler, the Creator, is all set to take place at Exposition Park on October 28 and 29 with a banging line-up. Camp Flog Gnaw regulars like A$AP Rocky, Willow and Jaden Smith, the Internet and Tyler himself will all return. But this year's two big new headliners are Lana Del Rey, who's coming off the heels of new album Lust for Life, and Kid Cudi, who's been traveling in Asia with Kanye West for an unannounced project. Other notable names in the lineup include Solange, Vince Staples, the relentlessly inescapable Migos, Lil Yachty, Kelis and Justice. A$AP Rocky Photograph: Rozette Rago Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 17 at noon. Two-day general admission passes cost $208 plus fees, while VIP passes will run you $368 plus fees. A VIP pass lets you use a dedicated entrance and an exclusive clubhouse, as well as access to a viewing area by the main stage, (better) food vendors and other amenities. As if that wasn't enough, you also get some Golf swag like shoes, a bag, a hat, a disposable camera, socks, a lanyard and a patch. We can't believe we're saying this, but the VIP pass sounds like a great deal considering how a pair of shoes alone by Golf already costs $100. If you only want to go for a day, it will be $65 plus fees. Check out the rest of the lineup below. CAMP FLOG GNAW 2017. TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY. NOON. 12PST pic.twitter.com/qr1p1DWg4g — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) August 14, 2017
Everything you need to know about the opening of L.A.'s newest free museum, ICA LA
L.A.'s newest free museum is set to stage its grand opening weekend on September 9 and 10 with a wide range of performances, talks and other activities. The Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles, or ICA LA, is the new home for the former Santa Monica Museum of Art. The new facility in the Arts District occupies 12,700 square feet of warehouse space. Here's a preview of the first of two behind-the-scenes-videos that follow the transformation of our building—a downtown LA warehouse originally built in the 1950s. This first video documents the early stages of demolition and construction; it is a testament to the remarkably skilled men and women who are working diligently with us to make this new space come to life. View the full video on our #YouTube page. 🎥 by @augustad #ICALA #DTLA #adaptivereuse A post shared by ICA LA (@theicala) on May 19, 2017 at 11:32am PDT Its inaugural exhibit will feature the works of Martín Ramírez, an outsider artist who spent much of his life in mental institutions with schizophrenia. Throughout his ordeal, he created a beautiful body of art made up of mostly drawings and collages. Courtesy Collection of Jim Nutt and Gladys Nilsson. © 2017 The Estate of Martín Ramírez; Courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York. Photograph by Tom Van Eynde. ICA LA will also exhibit an installation by New York artist Abigail DeVille in its Project Room, while L.A.-based artist Sarah Cain will be featured in the museum's courtyard. Hi,
Bike your way through the best Filipino food spots during Taste of Temple Street
Filipino food is on the up and up in Los Angeles thanks to a surge of innovative and high-quality dining spots like LASA, Ricebar and Sari Sari. But the regional cuisine is by no means new to L.A. If you're new to the scene or just want to experience it differently, Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange (or C.I.C.L.E.) is partnering with Metro to present Taste of Temple Street: Filipino Bites, a unique way of sampling different Filipino dishes in one high-energy biking session. Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Adam Cohn Instead of going to those previously mentioned trendsetters, the three-mile ride will take you through the classic eateries of Historic Filipinotown on Temple Street, some of which have been around for decades. Though the specific itinerary hasn't been announced yet, it should be the perfect crash course on good, old-fashioned homestyle Pinoy cuisine. The event is friendly to beginner riders as well as children, though the guidelines state that all participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. We insist that even those older than 18 should wear helmets just to be safe because we all know this city isn't exactly the best when it comes to bike lanes. Taste of Temple Street: Filipino Bites will take place on Thursday, August 24 from 6 to 8:30pm. It's free to ride, but you must RSVP via Eventbrite.
Take a confetti selfie as the Confetti Project comes to Los Angeles
As far as selfies go these days, the props just keep getting better and better. But you know what would be the ultimate selfie? Sitting amongst tons of sparkly and colorful confetti flying around you. On August 17 and 18, the Confetti Project will set up at Avec Les Filles' gorgeous pink pop-up space on La Brea. The project arrives in L.A. after an appearance in New York a couple of months ago. Each day will feature time slots for live confetti photoshoots in which Jelena Aleksich, the creator of the series, will explore what you choose to celebrate in your life through a brief Q&A and photo session. A mini-confetti photo shoot and a confetti goodie bag costs $20. On Thursday night only, you can RSVP for the free confetti party, featuring music and refreshments. If you change your mind and want in on those pro confetti photos, you can still pay for the photoshoot on-site. Avec Les Filles is at 217 S La Brea Avenue. The photoshoots will run from noon to 5pm on August 17 and 18. The confetti party happens on August 17 from 6 to 9pm. You can buy tickets or RSVP via Eventbrite. Photograph: Courtesy the Confetti Project Photograph: Courtesy the Confetti Project Photograph: Courtesy The Confetti Project Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Here's a look at Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. pop-up in DTLA
Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. pop-up shop finally arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday to an impressive five-block line that saw fans lining up as early as 2am. The pop-up, which has taken over sneaker shop Blends, features exclusive DAMN. merchandise with some city-specific items and will be open through August 11. This coincides with Lamar's three shows at the Staples Center, which began last night and will continue August 8 and 9. Items for sale include a windbreaker, hats, shirts, sweaters and really comfy-looking shorts. The prices range from $35 to $65, so be prepared to splurge. The friendly staff were all stylishly outfitted in matching white uniforms while songs from DAMN. blared through the Sonos speakers. To top it all off, a giant printout of Kendrick looked over us all. The rapper didn't make an appearance yesterday, but there was word going around that he might show up on Monday and surprise his fans. If you didn't make it to the opening, we suggest going early today to line-up and possibly see your fave. The DAMN. pop-up at Blends (725 S Los Angeles St) runs August 6 until August 11, from 11am to 7pm each day. All photographs by Rozette Rago.
The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac light up Dodger Stadium for Classic West
The two-day Classic West brought together a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of iconic bands to Dodger Stadium this past weekend. On Saturday, concertgoers were treated to a the first show from Los Angeles' very own Eagles since the death of founding member Glenn Frey. Frey' 24-year-old son Deacon joined the band on stage along with country singer Vince Gill on guitar and, later on, Bob Seger. Don Henley also hinted that it could possibly be their last performance in this part of the country (they are set to headline Classic East as well) and if it does end up being true, the powerful performance felt like a proper celebration of Frey and the legacy of one of the most successful bands of all time. The Doobie Brothers opened the first day of the event with all the hits that made them soar to popularity back in the ’70s. They were followed by jazz rock band Steely Dan, who was missing an apparently ill guitarist Walter Becker. Sunday night headliners Fleetwood Mac extended the Glenn Frey tribute with an emotional performance of "Landslide" dedicated to the Eagles star and his son Deacon. Legendary funk band Earth, Wind & Fire opened the second night of Classic West with a career-spanning set. Newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Journey put on an energetic performance with Arnel Pineda dedicating "Lights" to his predecessor Steve Perry. All photographs by Samantha Saturday The Eagles Glenn Frey's son Deacon performing with The Eagles Steely Dan T
Discover the mysterious Vivian Maier's photographs at this L.A. gallery
A collection of photographs taken by longtime nanny and secret street photographer Vivian Maier finally makes its way back to Los Angeles at La Brea's KP Projects Gallery on July 15 until August 26. Maier spent four decades as a nanny on Chicago's North Shore, all the while obsessively documenting the world around her through bold black and white photographs of the people and buildings of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Her work first caught the public's attention shortly after her death in 2009, though not much was known about her life. A 2013 documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, focused on uncovering her story through people she knew after finding thousands of her photo negatives at an auction. She has since been widely regarded as one of the best street photographers of the 20th century. New York, NY 1955 by Vivian Maier Photograph: Courtesy KP Projects With the discovery of Maier's work came high demands for her photographs. This spawned many legal battles: There's the question of the owners' rights to monetize from Maier's works, as well as the search for any possible living heirs in France, where Maier's relatives from her mother's side had lived. The copyright law in the United States is complicated, to say the least—owning a photograph doesn't necessarily equate to owning the copyright. While the dispute surrounding John Maloof's collection has been cleared, other collections are still facing legal troubles. The images to be displayed at the KP Projects
The FYF Fest 2017 set times are here
Folks, start strategizing your days for this year's FYF Fest, the onetime upstart music festival that's now expanded to three days and six stages. The set times were released today via FYF social media accounts and phone app—though you can also find the full schedule on FYF's website. Fans will be glad to know that Missy Elliott and Björk's sets will not overlap at all. Friday will be a late start at 5pm and end very late with Flying Lotus, who is debuting a 3D experience, at 12:20am and Majid Jordan at 12:25am. You'll have to brave the inevitable afternoon heat on Saturday to see the first DJ set, which starts at 2pm. There are some conflicts here, too. Built to Spill, Perfume Genius and King Krule start within minutes of each other. Mitski's set is at 5:10pm, which is only 20 minutes before Thundercat's at 5:30pm. The most important thing to remember, though: Frank Ocean at 11pm. The final day presents more of a challenge to your stamina as the packed schedule offers very little time for rest and relaxation. If you catch a little bit of Moses Sumney at 7pm does that mean you'll be stuck all the way in the back for Iggy Pop at 7:20pm? Can you watch all of Solange but still find a spot for Run the Jewels? And will you be able to still feel your legs by the time Nine Inch Nails is done after midnight? Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Here's how to plan a perfect road trip to Ragged Point
Quieter than nearby Big Sur but with the same stunning views, Ragged Point is a spectacular cliff-top community overlooking the sea along Highway 1. You'll know you're getting closer as your phone gradually loses its signal. On the drive, explore the historic streets of Cambria, a quaint town with little niche shops where you can pick up a stained-glass trinket or some local art. For a hearty brunch, head to Linn's Restaurant (2277 Main St, Cambria, CA; 805-927-0371), for pot pies, towering salads and fresh breads with fruit preserves. To help pass the time, check out the spot's downstairs bakery and sample delicious pastries—just don't ruin your appetite. Elephant Seals Photo: Rozette Rago Pack a beach towel and stop at Moonstone Beach, a quiet spot on the coastline with a one-mile boardwalk and a great view of frolicking sea otters. During molting season, a trip to Friends of the Elephant Seal (Plaza del Cavelier, 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA; 805-924-1628) is a must; from the lookout point, hundreds of adorable elephant seals can be seen sunbathing and lazing about. The Roman Pool at the Hearst Castle Plan in advance for a tour of Hearst Castle (750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA; 800-444-4445), the sprawling landmark mansion designed by Julia Morgan for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Pick from a variety of tours that focus on specific parts of the house (or do them all!); each one ends with a peek at the castle's ornate indoor pool. You