Woman Dies at Coachella After Apparent Overdose

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Kimchi Truong, 24,
By: Ben Westhoff, Andrea Domanick and Kai Flanders
A Coachella attendee named Kimchi Truong apparently overdosed on drugs and/or alcohol Saturday, collapsing at a show in the festival's taxi area.

She received treatment at an aid station on the grounds, and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital, before being transferred to Palm Springs' Desert Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead yesterday. Truong was 24, and a resident of Oakland.

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LA Food and Beer Dominate Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
More and more each year, Los Angeles--the bands, the people, the fashion--comes to dominate Coachella's aesthetic and vibe. It has become the way the LA scene puts its best foot forward playing host for international scenesters and lookers on.

This year, for the first time ever, Coachella allowed Los Angeles restaurant and craft beer makers to set up pop-ups on Empire Polo Grounds, furthering the "everything LA" feel of the festival. "You go to SXSW, you see all your friends from LA... you come here, and all the beer is from LA," jests KCET's Drew Tewksbury at the Terrace craft beer garden Saturday evening. A keen observation.

Here's a little taste of some of the hottest menu items Coachella has to offer this year.


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The Five Must See EDM Acts at Coachella, Weekend 2

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The 2014 Sahara Tent
Week two of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is upon us and with it comes the grueling decisions on which stages to spend the most of your precious time. For EDM aficionados it's easy to think electronic dance music is limited to the pulsating lights of the Sahara tent. Yet in a recent Coachella culture where dance music and electronic bands are increasingly popular (think Calvin Harris on the main stage last week), we noticed there's plenty of diverse artists all over to get your dance fix. So to make life easier for you weekend 2 festival goers, we broke down the Five Must See EDM Acts at Coachella

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Coachella 2014: What to Watch, What to Avoid

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Timothy Norris
The Toy Dolls--Gotta see 'em
Ever since Coachella expanded to two weekends in 2012, the dirty little secret is that both weekends are almost exactly the same. With some exceptions, the lineups are the same, the order the bands play is the same and, often, the songs they play and the order they play them in is the same. This isn't a surprise; touring acts tend to do repeat themselves as they travel from city to city, since they need to rehearse and choreograph the show beforehand.

At Coachella it can be lame in that there aren't often surprises--even the surprise guests tend to come back for weekend two. But on the other hand, this means those weekend two attendees can know in advance which shows are likely to be good, and which are likely to suck. So, in case you missed our exhaustive weekend one coverage, peep our guide below to know who to see and who to avoid. Oh, and stay tuned: We'll also be covering the crap out of weekend two!

See also: The Worst of Coachella 2014
Female Artists Are Killing it at Coachella This Year


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10 Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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Chris Victorio/OC Weekly
You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and 20s. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

See also: Coachella 2014: The Band and Drugs Pairings Guide

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

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Courtesy of Erick Govea
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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