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Get Out And Vote 2008. Ben Harper, Tenacious D, Crosby & Nash, Beastie Boys. 11/2/2008

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Beastie Boys Announce “Get Out and Vote” Shows
By Larry Fitzmaurice for spin
Photo by Brian Moghadam

As Election Day approaches, many musicians are stepping up efforts to rally voters to the polls come November 4. The latest to vote with their instruments? Hip-hop luminaries the Beastie Boys, staunch Obama supporters who just unveiled a handful of “Get Out and Vote” shows.

“This election is too important to stay at home,” the rap trio told Billboard.com. “We hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.”

The mini-tour — set to hit three swing states decisive to the election — kicks off October 28 in Richmond, VA, and is followed by shows in St. Paul, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, Nov. 1-2, respectively. The shows will also feature performances by such artists as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Santogold, Ben Harper, and Tenacious D.

Beastie Boys’ “Get Out and Vote” dates:
10/28, Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum) (w/ Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Santogold)
11/1, St. Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Auditorium) (w/ Ben Harper and Tenacious D)
11/2, Milwaukee, WI (U.S. Cellular Arena) (w/ Ben Harper, Crosby & Nash and Tenacious D)

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Coachella 2011. Day 1

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Coachella 2011: Ready or not, Lauryn Hill commands the stage
By Margaret Wappler
Photo by Brian Moghadam

For the last 13 years since her solo debut, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” the erstwhile rasta-hop goddess Lauryn Hill has been confounding her former bandmates in the Fugees, having many babies with her on-again-off-again beau Rohan (one of the Marley sons), dropping perplexing statements to the press and asking that we all address her as Ms. Hill.

Today she can add another bullet-point, a clearly positive one, to her difficult resume: a comeback set on the main stage at Coachella that satiated her fans, starving for years and at the brink of losing hope. If Hill’s loyal followers had been in a Facebook relationship with their beloved, it would definitely qualify as “It’s complicated.” To love Hill’s music was to accept that its creator might never advance her musical legacy again.

Today’s set wasn’t without its rough points. In fact, in keeping with Hill’s penchant for tardiness, the main stage was silent for nearly 15 minutes after her scheduled start time. Her band came out, then she emerged in a giant sweeping striped dress and a cartoonishly huge necklace — but it still took nearly 20 minutes for all parties involved to start a song. Hill demanded they “straighten out the energy” and squelch the frequent bursts of feedback issuing from her mike.

Finally all the stage chakras aligned and her band began at a high-energy level that kept up for the entirety of Hill’s stay, sometimes exhaustively so, other times thrilling the crowd of die-hards and the casually curious that constituted one of the bigger daytime crowds seen at the last couple of Coachellas.

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Coachella 2011. Day 2

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Arcade Fire Turn Coachella 2011 Crowd Into Art With Balloon Spectactle
By Charley Rogulewski for spinner
Photo by Brian Moghadam

Midway through Arcade Fire’s headlining Saturday night (April 16) set at Coachella 2011, a crane hoisted a mysterious, giant black box — about the size of a truck trailer — atop of the main stage ceiling while the indie-rockers-turned-Grammy-winners performed below it. But, before revealing its contents, read this review first to find out what exactly was inside the box.

The past nine years have played out like a movie for Arcade Fire. It started when Pitchfork gave their ‘Funeral’ debut a 9.7 review, igniting a buzz that got David Bowie’s attention, landed them on a stage with Bruce Springsteen and most recently procured a Grammy, Juno and two Brit Awards for their third studio album, ‘The Suburbs,’ released last August.

Given their track record, beginning their third-ever Coachella set beneath a movie marquee that read “Coming Soon : Arcade Fire,” seemed like the right metaphor. Signaling that the show was about to start, a screen beneath the marquee began to show trailers for old school movies like ‘Over the Edge,’ ‘The Warriors’ and a clip from ‘Camelot,’ where Vanessa Redgrave sings about the ‘Lusty Month of May.’ When the preview was over, Arcade Fire lit up the stage with their first tune and nod to the same month, ‘Month of May,’ playing their instruments with what looked like a dangerous appetite for destruction. Not even halfway through the punk-rock number and it was apparent that the people in the audience were about to witness one of the best Arcade Fire concerts the band has ever played in their nine years.

“If you told me in 2002, that we’d be headlining Coachella with Animal Collective playing before us, I would have told you, you were full of shit,” frontman Win Butler told the crowd, mentioning the experimental outfit that played before them.

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Coachella 2011. Day 3

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Amber Rose Responds To Kanye West’s Diss During Coachella Performance
By Allen Starbury
Photo by Brian Moghadam

Last week, King magazine revealed their new cover girl, which is Amber Rose, and released a short preview of their exclusive interview with her, in which she addresses the public scrutiny over her relationship with Wiz Khalifa, and moving on from Kanye West.

It was only a piece of their cover story, but there’s definitely more to the story, which will be revealed when the mag hits newsstand May 31.

But, XXLMag.com got a few more tidbits from the story.

According to XXL, Rose directly addresses Kanye West when answering a question about her relationship with Wiz, and why they’re much more public than when she dated ‘Ye.

“When I was with my ex [West], I didn’t have a voice,” she said. “I was there and I was new to the fame. I didn’t understand everything. Now I get everything. With me and Wiz, we show our love to the world. We don’t try to hide it; we’re not quiet about it. We’re just in love and we’re just happy and we want people to follow in our footsteps and not be afraid to be in a committed relationship.”

Rose also addresses the alleged Coachella drama from last month. While initial rumors that Wiz and Kanye had a confrontation have been rebuked, what is actual fact is that West flipped a lyric while performing “Stronger”, and aimed it at Rose.

West rapped (see at 6:50 in video to left): “Well, I did anything for a blonde dyke, and she’ll do anything for the limelight / and we did anything when the time’s right, uh, baby you making it … harder, better, faster, stronger.”

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Lupe Fiasco for iheartradio. PC Richard & Son Theater. Tribeca. 5/4/2011

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