Festival season kicks off each year in the desert at the Coachella Arts & Music Festival, as legions of music maniacs pour into the desert for a two-weekend narcotic fashionista throwdown. And tens of thousands were there to see Beyoncé conquer the universe last weekend. But at what sociopolitical cost? Philip Anschutz, the owner of entertainment conglomerate AEG (which operates Goldenvoice, who launched Coachella in 1999), continues to fund anti-LGBTQ causes, despite aggressive insistence to the contrary.
Also covered: Portugal the Man are an unstoppable live force. When you open with “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” when you throw a “Gimme Shelter” tag in before the end of “Atomic Man,” when you just give off the general sense of dedicated self-investment and put your everything into grooves & curveballs, you’ve got my devotion.
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