Sunday, June 13

Daft Punk’s Coachella legacy and new music from Kiss’ Paul Stanley – Orange County Register

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With the news of stadiums and theme parks reopening to the public and the increasing number of vaccines, I’m starting to have some hope that we’ll be together at concerts again in the coming months.

Southern California venues and festivals are staying pretty quiet, but I imagine we will learn more soon.

At the very least, Ohana keeps showing up in ads in my Instagram feed. That festival, which happens on the beach in Orange County, announced last June that it would be postponed until Sept. 2021. Headliners are still listed as Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder on the Ohana site.

However, beyond Southern California, we’re starting to see some more signs of festival life. Las Vegas fest Life is Beautiful dropped its lineup this week for its September event, with Billie Eilish, Green Day and Tame Impala topping the bill. Insomniac just announced a new two-day techno festival, Skyline, set for Orlando over Memorial Day weekend.

In other festival news, we recorded another episode of “Can’t Feel the Heat” this week and it’s all about Daft Punk’s connections to Coachella, from the duo’s epic 2006 set to many of the Daft Punk-connected acts who have played. I also got to talk about the time Nile Rodgers pulled up a chair in the press tent at Coachella 2018 and hung out with the Southern California News Group team. It was awesome. Check it out!

Last, but certainly not least, thanks to everyone who shared some of their favorite weird videos from the ’80s, especially reader Ryan.

Enjoy the surreal with Genesis (those political puppets were cutting edge and from a show called “Spitting Image”), Devo, Peter Gabriel, Men Without Hats, Van Halen (this one would get a disclaimer if it was on Disney+), Men At Work, ABC, The Bangles and Culture Club. There are so many more truly bizarre ones out there, this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley’s side project Soul Station will release its first album, “Now and Then,” on March 19. (Photo by Keith Leroux)

Dynasty of soul

Long before Kiss changed rock and roll with makeup and pyro, frontman Paul Stanley would go see artists like the Temptations and Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. Now, his side project, Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, will release its first album on March 19. Stanley talked with Kelli Skye Fadroski about music, COVID-19 and more.

Todd Rundgren, shown here performing in 2014, is doing a virtual tour that has California dates themed around San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. (File photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Todd Rundgren, shown here performing in 2014, is doing a virtual tour that has California dates themed around San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. (File photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Hello, it’s Todd

Todd Rundgren has been on tour amid the pandemic, sort of. His virtual shows take place in a different “city” every night and he’s coming to California next week. Here’s how the virtual tour works and why Rundgren thinks it’s the new normal.

French producer and electronic music artist CloZee will headline City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC on April 17 with special guests LSDREAM and Rome in Silver. (Photo by Pierre Beteille)

Back to real-life 

While we aren’t seeing regular concerts in Southern California just yet, the lineup of drive-in shows in Anaheim keeps growing. The latest artist announced is French producer and electronic music artist CloZee. Find out how to get tickets.

Legendary Parisian dance duo Daft Punk announced a split after forming 28 years ago. The duo is shown here performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Music Festival on April 29, 2006 in Indio, California. (File photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Farewell, French robots

This week on the unofficial Coachella podcast “Can’t Feel the Heat” we are talking about Daft Punk’s breakup and the impact the duo had on the festival and music at large. Check it out on Apple podcasts and Spotify.

Darone Sassounian DJing at Rakastella in 2019. (Photo by Jamie Rosenberg)

On a quest

Here’s a fascinating tale from writer Liz Ohanesian. Montebello DJ Darone Sassounian spent years tracking down rare Armenian music of the ’70s and ’80s around the world and now he’s sharing those finds on a new compilation.

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