My Coachella coverage for LA Weekly

I spent the past weekend at Indio covering the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with a team of writers, photographers from LA Weekly & OC Weekly. It made for great times and even greater stories.

Below are the three stories I wrote about the festival for LA Weekly:

The Slow Death of Coachella’s Local Vendor Economy

The Date Farmers’ Art Exposes the Economic Divide of Coachella

What’s It Going to Take to Bring More Latino Artists to Coachella?

A Whole Lotta Remezcla Goin’ On!

I’ve done quite a bit of work for Remezcla since my return from Spain. I posted them in my Twitter feed. Here they are in one convenient location in case you missed them:

Listen: Neon Indian’s “Polish Girl”

Neon Indian looking all kinds of neon

Free Download: Pato Machete’s “Soy”

That may or may not be Mr. T's head on his shirt

Free Download: Maluca & Party Squad’s “Lola (ging danga)”

You may remember her as the girl with the beer can rollers

Visionary Sounds Music Festival feat. Zuzuka Poderosa, Niña Dioz, Andrea Balency & More

Niña Dioz tears it up with some help from DJ Ethos and Ra

Cansei de Ser Sexy’s new album: La Liberacion

Deliver me from modern art!

Mujer. Musica. Movement! feat. Carla Morrison, Pilar Diaz, Francisca Valenzuela and Fernanda Ulibarri

Direct from Chile: Francisca Valenzuela

Carla Morrison, Hello Seahorse!, Tijuana Panthers and More at Make Music Pasadena

My ‘fro and camera ventured into Old Town Pasadena for the annual Make Music festival. It reminded me of SXSW in Austin sans the Lone Stars.

Below are some of my favorite photos that I took. You can see them all at Remezcla.

La Santa Cecilia brought some positive vibes to the Luckman Stage. Photo by Ivan Fernandez.
Carla Morrison was warmer than the sunshine. Photo by Ivan Fernandez.
Hello Seahorse! performed tracks off their latest album. Photo by Ivan Fernandez.
Tijuana Panthers rocked out in a mall plaza. Photo by Ivan Fernandez.
The B-Side Players had as much fun as their audience did. Photo by Ivan Fernandez.

Don’t forget to check out my cameo in the video below (a few seconds in the beginning and the last minute or two at the end):

Carla Morrison Sings for Every Broken Heart

Carla Morrison. Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone Mexico

Count Carla Morrison among the current crop of Mexican artists whose fame has exploded seemingly overnight. The singer/songwriter has won over millions of fans in her native Mexico and is slowly repeating that performance stateside.

The young starlet grew up in Tecate, Baja California (yes, that’s the city where THAT beer is brewed in) and studied in Mexico City and Phoenix, AZ where she performed with various musicians, most notably Babaluca.

Morrison (no relation to Jim) released her debut EP, Aprendiendo a Aprender (Learning to Learn), in 2009 and followed it up with Mientras Tú Dormías (While You Were Sleeping) the following year. She most recently wowed audiences at SXSW and at her album premiere show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s “Day of the Dead” festival.

“So what’s the big deal?,” you ask. At this point I must admit that any attempt at describing her music will fall flat despite the fact that she is armed with nothing but a guitar, an incredible voice and an enormous heart worn on both sleeves. Instead, I’ll let her music speak for itself.

Una Salida (An Escape) – acoustic version

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