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.
If you pay attention to the sort of media that reasonably expects its audience to scroll through a list of 300 albums, you already know the fetching story of Shamir Bailey. A 20-year-old, male-pronoun-approving, gender-fluid African-American who grew up in Vegas and played country music until enough bizzers told him they didn’t know how to… More »