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.
Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has won twice. After a hell of an '80s run, he spent the '90s in Hollywood and released distracted albums before 2003’s superb Population Me marked his return. The revelation was 2012’… More »