Coachella Inside Out: An Indie Pilgrimage for the Masses

It’s a behemoth. Two weekends, 90,000 people each, four security check points, 175 bands: all happening in the middle-of-nothing desert. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was born in the age of the compact discs. Its debut in 1999 brought headliners Beck, Morrissey, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Pavement. 25,000 people showed up in the desert in October to hear them play. In the space between then and now, Coachella evolved from one two day weekend that failed to make a profit, to an international mega-fest which seems too big to fail.

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The Best of 2012 on The Airspace

2012 has kept us busy. Since we formed last January we’ve been tracking the world of culture, technology and scholarship to tell you the stories that really matter. We’ve compiled a list of the most popular stories we’ve run in 2012—these are the articles that were most read, most shared, and most loved. And now, they’re all together in one place.

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The iPhone 5 Announcement

We’ve come to expect it on a yearly cycle and 2012 is no different. Today marks Apple, Inc’s announcement of a new iPhone to add to the pantheon of smartphones. The rumors have been churning about for the last couple of months. Case makers leaked a concept build showing a taller version of the iPhone 4/4S design with a mini dock connector. But even if these leaks are accurate, they tell little about what might be going on inside the device. More RAM, faster processor, an improved name, Near-Field Communication chip, or hidden updates to iOS 6 could be in store. Or maybe Apple has other tricks to show. Maybe they will debut the long rumored iPad Mini.

To ensure you are the first to know, The Airspace will be live updating this page with the details from the event held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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From The Lollapalooza Desk: Leave The Meter Running

“Some of the things I’ve said in the past month have taken some fear away from myself,” says Frank Ocean timidly into the mic. “I’m grateful for that love.” The four-piece band eases in and Ocean starts: “Taxi driver/ be my shrink for the hour.” Two minutes into “Bad Religion,” Ocean’s R&B art confessional, I’m crying like an infant.

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From the Lollapalooza Desk: Burnt and Hallowed Grounds

“Weed!” giggles an eighteen year old wearing nothing but a bandana to cover her chest. She does a little flutter kick in the air before pirouetting. Spinning without much control, she stops herself upon hitting another person. She plants a wet kiss on this strangers face, blushes, then runs away. A group of three fifty-year-old women headed from the bar tent walk past me while laughing to one another. “This is the time we would run into our kids, while we’re each double fisting!” One of the mothers snorts, sloshing the foam of her Hoegaarden onto the grounds of Grant Park.

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Lollapalooza, We’re Yours

It’s time. That time. The one when three hundred thousand human beings congregate in a park in Chicago, IL to stand, and soak, and sweat, and kiss, and drink, and smoke, and puke, and love, and cheer, and fight, and fuck. It’s the most raucous, unwieldy collection of strange and disfigured people: small, tall, fat, thin, old, young. And they’re all together to listen to some other folks make glorious, glorious sounds from metal boxes. They’ll hit things, shake things, strum things, blow things, crash things, smash things, and vibrate their throats until we’ve had enough and then they’ll do it some more. That’s the human transaction. That’s the state of music. That’s Lollapalooza.

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The Best Of The Net: The Webbys 2012

Once a year all of the world gets together to celebrate the best of the lovely Internet we call home. Monday night, the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York played host to comedians, musicians, journalists, and all manner of web professionals gathered to present the 16th Annual Webby Awards. The awards reflect Internet achievement and meaningful social and cultural contributions as judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

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420, the World, and, like, the Universe, Man

Many people assume they know where 420 comes from. And depending on their sources and current state of inebriation, the stories can become twisted and wild. “It’s the number of chemicals in marijuana,” “It’s the police code for people smoking pot,” “It’s a reference to a Bob Dylan song,” “It’s the essential number that binds the universe together,” “If you play the Barney theme song backwards he repeatedly says ’420,’” “It’s the distance from the sun to your heart.” It’s nonsense, mostly. But don’t tell the adamant and stoned that. Conspiracies and gobbledygook are soooooooo convincing to the baked.

If you manage to get a word in because your friends are busy philosophizing over blades of grass or the taste of soil, this is the story to tell.

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‘The New iPad’ Announcement

Everything you need to know about the new iPad, whether you should upgrade, which version to get, and how to get rid of your old one for cash.

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Giveaway: Win Your Favorite TV Show

WIn Your Favorite TV Show

There have been handfuls of quality television shows in the last twenty years, but certain shows will always float to the top. While there may be disagreement (and there always is disagreement), there seems to be no question (to me) that the best shows are Battlestar Galactica, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Wire. I found, however, that when I asserted these four shows as being the best (and by a wide margin) others relentlessly, viciously, and threateningly disagreed. Once the interlocutors put down their knives and took off their brass knuckles, I felt it was safe to ask what television show might be their favorite.

In the spirit of such debate, The Airspace has decided to give away your favorite television show.

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