There Were Real-Life Drones Flying Overhead at Coachella

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Photo by Timothy Norris
By Andrea Domanick
Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering, propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella.

They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performances by MGMT, Outkast and others. So what's the deal?


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Ten Signs You're Too Old For Coachella

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You tell 'em, Grandpa!
Age, of course, is a state of mind. But it's easy to feel like you've aged 30 years after three busy days at Coachella. Whether you've gone to the festival since the first year in 1999 or just started going a few years ago, the festival can feel a bit, well, different than when you were in your teens and twenties. If so, you might want to check and see if you just might be getting too old for this shit.

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Inside Coachella's Insane Drug Culture

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Timothy Norris
Coachella kids, some of whom are surely sober.
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong was 24. She passed out on the Coachella grounds last weekend, likely due to an overdose. Her death, Thursday, was shocking. But what's really shocking is that this kind of thing doesn't happen more often. 

This story is about very young people doing a shit-ton of drugs, but let's start with the old folks of the Coachella Valley. Fooling themselves into believing they're not going to die, they populate ticky-tacky communities behind guarded gates, with giant televisions, preposterously lush lawns and mammoth green hedges. They've bought into the illusion that this is a lush paradise, rather than a punishing desert that will remain hospitable only as long as politicians willingly waste the diminishing stash of Western water. The men, who are tan, and the women, who take walks in the morning, came from greater L.A., arriving to places like Indian Wells and Palm Springs to escape the smog, traffic, crowding and chaos.

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Outkast's Do-Over Recaptures the Spirit of '99

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Timothy Norris
The less-than-outstanding Outkast last week did so much better for the do-over.

Last weekend was supposed to mark the return of the gangster, when Andre 3000 and Big Boi played the first of 40 festival shows to celebrate the duo's twentieth anniversary. However, things didn't go according to plan. Many fans were turned off or, even worse, bored by the set. How was this possible?


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The Worst of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Coachella's first weekend was amazing this year! Except when it wasn't. Here are the parts of the festival that rubbed us the wrong way.

Saturday Night Dust Storm (above)

Conditions may not have been as bad as they were during last year's Red Hot Chili Peppers set, but Saturday night's dusty conditions were still pretty awful. The winds starting picking up when the sun started going down, and by dusk, the sky had turned a coffee-stain brown and festivalgoers were wiping desert residue from their eyeglasses and exposed skin. Dust gets everywhere -- in the cracks of your smartphone, for starters, and then, later, in your scalp, nose and bronchial tubes. It's a disgusting affair and a reminder to bring a handkerchief next time. -Adam Lovinus

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The Best of Coachella 2014: Weekend One

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Timothy Norris
Round one of Coachella is over and damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned and smiling. Here's the best of what we saw during another memorable weekend in Indio.

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The 50 Most Beautiful People at Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
So many Coachella-goers spend months before the festival working on their tans, their outfits, their figures and their breezy poses.

There's a real glut of fabulousness, we have to say, both among those in attendance at the Polo Grounds and the parties surrounding the festival. Here are the 50 most beautiful people we saw at Coachella.

See also: The Cutest Couples of Coachella

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The Cutest Couples of Coachella

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Colin Young-Wolff
There are certainly plenty of single people wandering around the Coachella grounds; the volume of Craiglist "casual encounters" can attest to that.

But there are also ten tons of couples, the vast majority of whom are completely adorable. Here are the cutest we saw.

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Here's How Much Celebrities Are Getting Paid to Wear Stuff at Coachella

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By Paul T. Bradley
Perhaps you've heard about all of the crazy sponsorships celebrities are getting to simply show up to Coachella and wear clothes.

Glee actress Lea Michele is said to receive $20,000 from Lacoste to wear the French fashion label's clothes, while Spring Breakers star Vanessa Hudgens is getting paid $15,000 by McDonald's to attend the three-day event, reports New York Daily News. Since Lacoste and McDonald's are set to throw their own respective parties, it's likely their deals include attending those bashes.
But that's just the beginning! Our VIP tipster Bradley T. Paulson brings us a whole rash of super celebs who have gotten way crazier sponsorship deals. More »

The Story of a Man Sent to Coachella Jail

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Colin Young-Wolff
Coachella: It's not all dancing in the desert. (This person did not go to Coachella jail.) See more photos: Coachella 2013: Divine Desert Dwellers.
The following is an account of what goes on at "Coachella Jail," from our sister paper, the OC Weekly.
We told you earlier about the ways folks try to sneak drugs into Coachella. Also, we told you about how to avoid trouble with the police. But what if, despite your best efforts, you're arrested? Or even taken to Coachella jail? Yes, it is a real place.

See also:
- We Hang Out With Some Crazy Marines Drinking Their Asses Off at Coachella
- Worst of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two
- Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend Two

We got the story on it from a guy we'll call Derek, who was arrested for possession of pot and cocaine in 2009. It went down like this:


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