Rockers The Strokes returned to the festival stage in their native New York City this weekend (06-08Jun14) for the first time in three years to headline 2014's Governors Ball event. Frontman Julian Casablancas basked in the evening sunshine on Saturday (07Jun14), as he led the band through a hits-packed set, belting out tracks like Heart in a Cage, Reptilia and Last Nite, much to the delight of the group's hometown crowd.
It marked Casablancas' second set in as many days - he also hit the stage with his band The Voidz on Friday (06Jun14), when top acts OutKast, Damon Albarn and Bastille also performed. Bastille surprised fans with a reworked cover of TLC's R&B hit No Scrubs.
Jack White headlined Saturday night's festivities, while rapper Childish Gambino teamed up with Chance the Rapper to perform their latest collaboration, The Worst Guys, and British dance duo Disclosure introduced AlunaGeorge to the stage for a performance of White Noise that superfan Madonna enjoyed. The pop superstar shared an Instagram.com photo of herself backstage with Disclosure, and joked, "Been promoted to head of security for Disclosure!"
Sunday's line-up includes rappers Tyler, the Creator and J. Cole, Foster The People, Interpol, Vampire Weekend and former Swedish House Mafia stars Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul joined the anonymous celebrities who appear masked onstage with rockers Arcade Fire during the Canadian band's set at the Coachella festival in California at the weekend.
The actor has revealed he was the man behind the papier mache Pope Francis head during Sunday's (13Apr14) show after the group's manager Scott Rodger posted a picture of Paul holding the prop on Instagram.com. The Strokes star Julian Casablancas joined Arcade Fire onstage in a mask of frontman Win Butler during the band's set at Lollapalooza Chile earlier this month (Apr14).
Paul wasn't the only celebrity onstage with the band at Coachella - Blondie star Debbie Harry also joined the group. Arcade Fire will return to the desert to headline the final night of the second weekend of the festival this coming weekend (20Apr14).
Hip-hop veteran Master P is preparing to stage a surprise performance at California's Coachella music festival this weekend (11-13Apr14). The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker's son, rapper/actor Romeo, let slip the news to a TMZ.com cameraman on Thursday (10Apr14), revealing they will be joining forces with artists from his dad's No Limit Records label for a previously unannounced appearance.
He said, "We gon' be out there (at Coachella), have a surprise performance... We not suppose to say nothing (sic)... but we may have a little something... It's a No Limit... '90s surprise."
Editors at Complex.com have since confirmed with Master P's representatives that the performance will take place on Sunday (13Apr14).
Headliners for the three-day festival, which takes place over two weekends, include newly-reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire.
Master P and his crew aren't the only last-minute additions to the Coachella line-up - cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14).
Cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas have been added to the line-up of the Coachella Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday (11Apr14). The annual two-weekend event attracts the biggest names in music to the desert of California, and just days before the 2014 festival begins, organisers have added the Pixies and Casablancas to the list.
The Pixies' upcoming gig at Coachella marks the 10 year anniversary of when the Velouria hitmakers delighted fans with their on-stage reunion in 2004.
Last month (Mar14), the band announced they are planning to release their first full-length studio album in 23 years in late April (14).
Casablancas is no stranger to the festival either - The Strokes played at Coachella in 2011.
While the Pixies and Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14), newly reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire are all set to headline the festival, which runs 11-13 April (14) and 18-20 April (14).
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas stunned fans at Arcade Fire's gig in Argentina on Tuesday night (01Apr14) by donning one of the band's trademark masks and taking the place of the frontman Win Butler. The rockers kicked off their set at the South American branch of the Lollapalooza festival in Buenos Aires wearing their huge bobble head props.
As they began playing their song Rebellion (Lies), the crowd gasped when Butler stormed onto the stage and tackled the 'frontman', pulling off the mask to reveal the imposter as Casablancas.
The audience went wild as Butler played up to the joke, which came on April Fool's Day, with the rocker shouting, "What the f**k is this? Get out of here. Not cool."
He then took his place in front of the microphone.
Casablancas is also performing on Lollapalooza's Latin tour, which hit Chile last week (beg24Mar14) and will travel to Brazil over the weekend (05-06Apr14).
The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have reteamed to record a new track with Frank Ocean. The punk icons, who also joined forces as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, have recorded Hero with Ocean and in-demand DJ/producer Diplo.
The song is part of Converse's Three Artists, One Song series, which has previously brought together collaborations between Gorillaz, and Andre 3000 and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold.
Hero will be available to download from 10 March (14) on Converse's Tumblr page.
Talking about his all-star collaboration, Diplo says, "The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything.
"Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas will serve double duty at the Governors Ball festival in New York in June (14) - the frontman will perform solo and with his rock band. The annual Governors Ball will mark The Strokes' first gig since 2011. They will join the reunited Outkast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend among the headliners at the weekend event, held on Randall's Island. Disclosure, Phoenix, Skrillex and TV on the Radio will also perform.
Cult New York rockers The Virgins have axed a 2014 tour of Europe after announcing their split. Frontman Donald Cumming broke the news to fans on Wednesday (13Nov13), a year after the band signed to Julian Casablancas' fledgling label Cult Records.
A statement released by the singer reads: "There's nothing I'd hoped to do with The Virgins that we haven't done. It's been an incredible experience and I want to thank everyone who was a part of it, but now it's time to move on. I'll see you in my dreams."
Cumming formed the group with bassist Max Kamins, guitarist Xan Aird and drummer John Eatherly in 2006 and they released their self-titled debut album in 2008. Their sophomore project, Strike Gently, hit retailers in March (13).
Getty/Andy SheppardHaving recently topped the U.K. charts and entered the U.S. Top 10 with their debut album Days Are Gone, Los Angeles siblings Haim certainly appear to have justified the hype that was showered upon their sun-soaked soft-rock sound at the beginning of the year. But in case you've been living under a rock over the past twelve months, here's a quick everything you need to know guide to Este, Danielle and Alaina.They've Always Kept It in the FamilyProof that the trio have always kept it in the family, the girls began their music career in a band named Rockinhaim with their father Mordechai on drums and their mother Donna on guitar.They Were Once Valli GirlsDanielle & Este also cut their teeth as part of The Valli Girls, an all girl-group inspired by the likes of Blondie and The Pretenders who appeared on the soundtracks to both The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.Julian Casablancas was Their Unofficial MentorAfter inviting Danielle to perform percussion and guitar on his solo tour, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas then became the band's unofficial mentor, advising them to take a break from playing live and instead concentrate on their songwriting.Este is a Musical ProdigyRenowned for her incredible bass-face performances, Este is also something of a musical prodigy having completed her five-year degree in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in just two years.They Won the BBC's Sound of 2013Pipping the likes of AlunaGeorge, Angel Haze and Laura Mvula to the post, Haim were crowned the winners of the BBC's prestigious industry poll earlier this year to join such illustrious company as Adele, Florence + The Machine and Ellie Goulding.They Like CollaboratingAs well as hooking up with Jessie Ware on their own record, various members have also popped up on tracks this year by Major Lazer ("You're No Good"), Kid Cudi ("Red Eye") and Portugal. The Man ("Purple Yellow Red & Blue")Este Almost Died at GlastonburyDiabetic Este claimed that she feared she was going to die in front of a live audience after she was forced to abandon their first set at this year's Glastonbury when her blood sugar levels ran dangerously low.David Cameron is a FanDavid Cameron tweeted how he was looking forward to listening to their album after the trio dedicated a performance of "The Wire" to the Prime Minister when they both appeared on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show.
The Strokes star Julian Casablancas once ordered singing sisters Haim to walk away from the spotlight and write better songs if they wanted to make it big. The siblings were given the chance to hit the road with Casablancas during his 2009-2010 solo tour, during which Danielle Haim played drums in his backing band, and she has revealed the star had some sage advice for the group.
Danielle tells Britain's The Guardian, "Julian told us: 'Disappear, come back in a year with stronger songs and hit the ground running'."
Haim took heed of Casablancas' words of wisdom and are due to release their debut album, Days Are Gone, later this month (Sep13) after a summer spent showcasing their new music to festival goers, including at Britain's famous Glastonbury event.