Here he is, for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the 2pac Coachella performance. What do you think? It’s actually a bit touching: having Pac end the show, rather than simply appear, made it feel as if he’d dropped down from the netherworld to be with us all for a moment. It’s certainly strange to see, and the decision to have him essentially disintegrate at the end is the perfect cold reminder that no matter what technology we develop, he’s gone.
Eminem also popped through. He began, somewhat disapointingly, with “I Need a Doctor”, but it worked, as when Dre actually emerged, they switched to “Forgot About Dre” with some sort of dubstep influence, which actually worked, with Em then performing “Til’ I Collapse”.
Last but not least we bring you Kendrick Lamar’s appearance, coming out to perform “The Recipe” alongside his newfound boss and mentor, easily overshadowing Wiz Khalifa’s appearance just prior.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
We talk with Israeli rockers Vaadat Charigim about some of their favorite records.
We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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