This year's Coachella Festival has wrapped, and it was a great weekend for fans of indie music. Sunday's closing night sets in Indio, CA, included Kanye West, the Strokes, Duran Duran, and PJ Harvey. Other highlights of the three-day event: Mumford & Sons' coming-out show as global best-sellers; Arcade Fire's epic multimedia performance; Erykah Badu'sspine-shifting soul revue, and Cage the Elephant's ebullient stage dives.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »