Talking to U.K. Export Gareth Emery at Bob's Big Boy

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Alejandra Loera
Gareth Emery exudes a rock-star personality, with his black leather jacket paired with jeans and chic shades as he walks out of his Burbank studio in 80-degree weather. After all, aren't DJs the rock stars of the millennial generation, with their fancy cars and private jets? But as he greets us with his English accent and charming smile, he seems unassuming. Especially since he had to ask us to pick him up because his wife and friends in town for the Coachella festivities are borrowing his car.

The U.K.-born LA resident celebrated his album Drive reaching No. 1 on the iTunes dance chart overnight just two weeks ago and made his Coachella Festival debut last Friday. This week, he's hitting Indio again as he joins the EDM crowd of tastemakers inside the Sahara Tent, manning the decks at 5 p.m. He joins us for lunch at Bob's Big Boy--a burger joint much like the diners he visited on the Route 66 road trip that inspired his new album.


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Coachella 2014: Weekend One Party Recap

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Guests at the Filter Magazine Kick-Off Party
Just because you didn't score a Coachella wristband this year, doesn't mean you had to miss out on the Coachella Valley fun. In fact there where are enough pool parties, day clubs, and after-hours events to keep you partying all weekend long while seeing some of your favorite acts on the Coachella bill outside of it's Empire Polo Field gates. As round two of the festival creeps up on us however, don't expect the party scene to be as grandiose as it was last weekend. Most of the lavish (and celeb-filled) soirees such as the Lacoste or Vestal Village only pop up on weekend one. Here's what we saw in the Palm Springs heat over the past weekend to give you a better idea of the Coachella party scene and maybe help you better plan your pilgrimage to the desert next year.


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The Top Five Pet Shop Boys Covers

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John Wright
By: Darryl Smyers
Hard to believe that England's Pet Shop Boys have been doing the synthpop/alternative dance thing for over three decades. During that time, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe has managed to evolve with the musical tides while maintaining a sizable audience.

Although known for original songs such as "West End Girls" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" Pet Shop Boys have also carved out a successful niche with cover songs. In honor of their set on Saturday night set during weekend 2 of Coachella, here is a list of the most successful covers in the repertoire of Pet Shop Boys.

See also: Coachella 2014: Bands and Drug Pairings Guide


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The Best of Coachella 2014

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Timothy Norris
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

See also:
The Worst of Coachella 2014
The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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The Worst of Coachella 2014

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night dust storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds starting picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus


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Twitter Had a Fun Time Talking Shit on Coachella

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Christopher Victorio
Pharrell stays happy...and hot.
The first weekend of Coachella is officially over. As always the Tweetosphere had plenty to say about it.

It's becoming common that Twitter keeps it vocal during any type of show and while there were a TON of tweets bitching that they weren't partying in the desert this weekend and constantly fawning over Vanessa Hudgens wardrobe choices (mostly from the hipster youth of America), the best of the best came from the cynical peeps who know better. Here's some of the best Twitter commentary about Coachella 2014.

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The 50 Most Beautiful People of Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures, and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.

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Cutest Couples of Coachella

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Timothy Norris
There are certainly plenty of single people wandering around the Coachella grounds; the volume of Craiglist "casual encounters" can attest to that.

But there are also ten tons of couples, the vast majority of whom are completely adorable. Here are the cutest we saw.

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The Best Acts at Coachella Weren't Even on the Bill Last Night

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Nate Jackson
GZA destroying bros with his lyrics at the Heineken House
Special guests at Coachella are about as ho-hum as over-priced beer at this point. It's just something you're bound to expect when you set foot on the polo fields. Coachella goers are spoiled like that. But how rare is it that on a Saturday night , which sadly could've been a slow one for plenty of people, turned out awesome because of the artists we saw who WEREN'T on the bill?

Traipsing around the festival ground, it seemed many of the artists were locked into a game of "Guess Who I Brought?" starting with Diddy's cameo with Guy Gerber at the Yuma Tent about an hour before sundown. Okay, we know, the two have that 11:11 album together, so it's not that crazy that the king of Bad Boy would show up. But for Diddy (or is it Puffy again? P. Diddy? Who can keep up?) to humble himself enough to pop up on a small stage like the Yuma was nice to see, even if you secretly want him to stay the hell away from EDM.

See also: Female Artists are Killing It at Coachella This Year

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Female Artists Are Killing It at Coachella This Year

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Chris Victorio
As a dusty wind whipped behind her in hazy stage light, Solange and her ultra slick backing band brought serious chops and swagger to the polo fields as nighttime fell over Coachella. And then Beyonce showed up on stage dancing to "Losing You." It was the first celebrity big surprise (before Pharrell's start-studded performance) of a festival characterized by strong sets turned in by female artists.

The musical pretext for the Solange set was laid out by two prominent bands on the LA scene, which now more than ever, in terms of bands, food, beer, style and attitude, dominates Coachella. This was illustrated by sunwashed afternoon sets by HAIM and Warpaint Friday and Saturday.

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