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 started 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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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 soar, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

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The 50 most beautiful people at Coachella

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The 50 most beautiful people at 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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Finding love at Coachella via Craigslist ads

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Looking for love

There's something undeniably erotic about Coachella. Perhaps it's the triple-digit heat that gets you hot and heavy, or maybe seeing some of your favorite bands all in one weekend gets your juices flowing. Or, most likely, you're in your 20s so you're perpetually horny by default.

But who has the time and energy to charm that cutie in front of you during the Replacements' set enough to ensure coitus? You have three short days here, so you gotta cut to the chase. Smart festival goers who think with their head hop on over to Craigslist for their festival, er, festivities.

Here are five of the most...interesting personal ads on the site from those looking for a little festival fooling around.

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Ack! Now music "festival style" is in every store at the mall

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If you think summer festivals are mainly about the music you're naive; they've become one of the year's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles -- the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies -- but music festivals from Soundset to Summer Set most certainly has a "look."

Once upon a time, these fashions were about expressing your creativity with outfits you put together yourself, no? Now plenty of mall retailers are dominating the game, selling everything from desert-style fringed crop tops to flower crowns. Here are the five most obvious offenders, from low-key to ridiculous.

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331 Club announces music lineup for Art-A-Whirl 2014

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The Cloak Ox is one of the acts set to perform at 331 Club's Art-A-Whirl festival

It's somewhat difficult to envision an outdoor music festival in the Twin Cities while there is still substantial snow on the ground (and more in the forecast), that didn't stop the fine folks at the 331 Club from announcing their stellar lineup during this year's Art-A-Whirl.

Stretching between May 16-18, the 331 Club has a roster of 26 bands set to perform at their outdoor and indoor stages, along with other entertainment tied into Art-A-Whirl, including various Art Shanties featuring a Cult Cinema Teepee designed by the Sound Unseen Film Festival.

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In defense of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith

There's something to be said for non-conformity. We tend to think of non-conformist types as pioneers: free-thinkers, uninhibited by the expectations and opinions of others and unafraid to stand out in a crowd. We admire their courage and originality, and secretly wish we could be so brave. We've held many of these people up on a pedestal throughout human history, and as a society tend to think of their free-spirited nature as a virtue.

That is, unless those people are juggalos.

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Grading the Coachella 2014 lineup

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Neko Case
Coachella announced its 2014 lineup the other day. Word. Some people think it's amazing, but those folks tend to think  it's amazing every year, when what they really think is amazing is doing drugs with their friends in the desert. Others think it's terrible, but they would probably think it was terrible unless they personally curated it themselves, and even then they would still think it was terrible. 

So, the question is: How good is it, really? To determine exactly that, we brought in a panel of goddamn experts.

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Holy Ship!!! 2014's ten most epic moments

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After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. [Of course the folks at Crossfade enjoyed press accommodations, so they didn't actually pay.]

It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has the most loyal fans, the edgiest lineups, and the biggest surprise guests. So from the moment that we made it through customs, our Holy Ship!!! 2014 experience was awwweeeesome.

Unfortunately, the MSC Divina's capacity is about 4,000 passengers. And while that's a lot of shippers, there are tons of fans who get left ashore. So just for you, stranded ravers, we're counting down the ten most epic moments.


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Taste of Minnesota making Harriet Island comeback in 2014

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Harriet Island will play host to a large-scale festival again next year with the return of Taste of Minnesota. The long-running music and food fest was shut down in 2010 due to bankruptcy, but will be back next July.

The news comes after a quiet 2013 on the island when the Live Nation-bred River's Edge Festival, which debuted last year, didn't return.

See Also: Live Nation: River's Edge Music Festival on hiatus in 2013


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