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Tyler, the Creator Drops a New Album

A Conversation With Elliott Wilson & Tyler The Creator
Johnny Nunez—WireImage/Getty Images Tyler The Creator attends A Conversation With Elliott Wilson & Tyler The Creator at the Highline Ballroom on April 23, 2013 in New York City.

It's the bomb! The Cherry Bomb, to be precise

Tyler, the Creator just dropped his new album, and it’s a big one.

The 13-track album, Cherry Bomb, became available on iTunes and streaming services Monday and features big names like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Pharrell and Schoolboy Q.

A review in the Guardian deems Cherry Bomb an appropriate title for a compilation that is a “near-hour’s worth of fizzy sonics and lush eruptions of synths and strings.”

The rapper also released the music video for one of the tracks, titled “F-cking Young” last week, before debuting the rest of the album at the Coachella music festival in California on Saturday.

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Here’s Where You Can Watch Coachella Online

Didn't get a ticket? You can still see the shows

If you weren’t able to nab a Coachella ticket—or prefer your couch to crowds—you can watch the rest of the weekend music and arts festival here online as well as on the three livestream channels below.

Saturday’s lineup includes Hozier, alt-J and Jack White, while Sunday features Florence + The Machine, David Guetta, St. Vincent and Drake, among dozens of others. The shows start around 3:30 p.m. PT both days. See the full schedule here.

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See Music Festivals Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Felix Cid’s images of macro electronic music festivals are photographic mash ups

Imagine making a photograph in the same way that Girl Talk makes a track – mashing up different songs from different eras and genres, morphing and flowing into each other seamlessly, retaining their own unique sounds but aggregating into something strange and spectacular in layer upon layer upon layer. Felix R. Cid’s images of macro electronic music festivals are that photographic mash up.

Cid, a Spanish photographer, resembles a human whirlwind with the combined energy and joie de vivre of the hundreds of party-goers packed into one of his massive photo collages. He speaks 10,000 miles a minute, his hair wild and appropriately windblown, with equal facility on classical painting, photo history, and political theory. His collages, with the exception of two which he calls ‘purists’ (slides 3 and 6), incorporate hundreds of images taken from a number of festivals in several different countries. They are at once expressions of a collective energy and of individual experiences.

Over several months in 2014 Cid traveled around the world photographing festivals and raves, taking hundreds of pictures at each party. Back in the studio, he would choose pictures – of people, moments, landscapes, giant balloons – one by one from his stockpile, letting the collages take shape organically, sometimes stepping away from them for a month or two, sometimes scrapping the whole thing and starting from scratch. Each of the pictures are used exactly once. “When I use a picture I already don’t have an interest anymore in it,” Cid tells TIME. “The picture’s already in the bigger photograph. So I don’t repeat images. And I also don’t have the need because I shoot hundreds of them.”

Felix R. CidDetail from Untitled (Paris), 2014

The photo collages, which bring to mind Andreas Gursky’s digitally-manipulated landscapes, become in a way data visualizations of human experience and expression – like pointillism on steroids. “I think of capitalism as the most popular religion of all time, and that this moment is about these kids who, especially now, communicate in platforms that are not physical at all…and then there is this moment of — almost of rage, of expression and gathering together and shredding.”

Cid exhibits the work as huge prints so that viewers can see every moment he’s woven into each piece. From a distance they read as undulating waves of color, or even static; up close they read like Bosch paintings with nearly infinite scenes of pain, pleasure, and unchecked bodily expression. “I love to see what’s happening, it’s beautiful,” he says. “You see the comedy and the drama of the human race at the same time right there.”

Felix R. Cid is a visual artist born in 1976 in Madrid, Spain. He graduated from a GS Program at ICP in 2005 and he holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art. He lives in Brooklyn.

Mia Tramz is a Multimedia Editor for TIME.com. Follow her on Twitter @miatramz.

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Major Music Festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

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Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images People use a 'selfie stick' to take a group photo overlooking the city skyline in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 26, 2014

Sorry, party people, you'll have to capture your best moments by hand

Summer is approaching, which means it’s almost music-festival season. And like every year, most revelers will be looking for ways to get that epic video or crazy selfie that will make all their friends jealous. They’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way, however, as two of the country’s biggest festivals have announced a ban on selfie sticks.

Coachella, the massive annual fest in California that begins on April 10 this year, said on its website that “Selfie sticks/Narsisstics” would not be allowed, indicating that the organizers simply find the extendable smartphone attachments annoying in addition to being potentially dangerous.

Chicago’s Lollapalooza followed suit, listing “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks and monopods” under prohibited items in its FAQ section.

While other major festivals across the U.S. have not yet indicated whether they would allow selfie sticks, several venues in the U.K. have issued similar bans in the past.

“Selfies are a big part of the gig experience,” a spokesperson for London’s Wembley SSE Arena told music-news website NME. “The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don’t bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm.”

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America’s Most Buzzed-About Music Festival Is…

Kanye West at South by Southwest 2014
Rick Kern—Getty Images for Samsung Kanye West performs onstage at South by Southwest on March 12 in Austin, Texas.

A new study says that one festival is more discussed than Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo or Governor's Ball

A study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork has determined that South by Southwest — held each March in Austin, TX — is America’s most buzzed-about music festival, beating out perennial favorites like Coachella in Indio, Calif., Lollapalooza in Chicago and Governors Ball in New York City. Ranking just behind SXSW in the top five were Las Vegas’ iHeartRadio, Chattahoochee Hills, GA’s TomorrowWorld, Lollapalooza and Coachella.

Despite South by Southwest’s strong showing, Texas didn’t rank amongst the top three states in terms of most chatter — that distinction went to New York, Nevada and California. The study also confirmed what may have already been obvious: music festivals are heavily youth-dominated, with 75% of the conversation generated by those between the ages of 17 and 34.

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A few other interesting tidbits from the report:

  • 54% of the conversation takes place before the event itself, easily besting the 17% that occurs during the festival and the 29% after it.
  • For Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. and Hangout in Gulf Shores, Ala., it was all about the music — at both festivals, excitement about the full lineup or particular artist accounted for 65% and 63%, respectively, compared with a 47% average for the top 25 festivals overall.
  • People at Coachella spent way more time talking about style than at the average event — fashion discussion made up for 27% of the conversation there, compared with just 10% nationwide.
  • Though the ages of music festival fans closely mirrored the average age of Twitter users, a much wider spread is apparent from music fans’ taste in brands, where Starbucks, McDonalds and, of all places, Walmart proved favorites. Whole Foods, Best Buy and IHOP also scored highly.

Check out the full report here.

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Martin Garrix on Coachella, ‘Animals’ and His Upcoming Singles

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C Flanigan—FilmMagic/Getty Images Martin Garrix performs during the 2014 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2014 in Indio, Calif.

Martijn Garritsen, otherwise known by his stage name Martin Garrix, took the stage at the Coachella Valley Music Festival on two back-to-back Fridays (April 11 and April 18) to deliver an explosive set that was surely a highlight for many of the festival’s EDM (electronic dance music) fans.

The 17-year-old Dutch DJ’s hit song “Animals,” released last June, propelled him into the electronic music spotlight. The platinum-certified track is continuing to climb the Billboard Hot 100 (it hit a new peak of #21 on the chart this week).

Garrix became the youngest DJ ever to perform on the main stage at Ultra Music Festival in Miami last month. TIME caught up with Garrix after his first Coachella performance – another career milestone – to discuss his experience at the festival, the success of “Animals” and upcoming singles.

TIME: How does Coachella compare to other festivals and venues you’ve played?

Garrix: What’s cool about Coachella is the diversity of crowd. You’ve got rock fans, you’ve got pop fans, you’ve got indie fans. For me, it was an unreal experience … It was about people having fun and playing a lot of new stuff, and I think that worked out well. I played a few unreleased tracks as well.

During your set, you played unreleased collaborations with Dillon Francis and Afrojack. What else do you have in the works?

There are so many new tracks coming up in 2014, which I’m really excited for. My next release is going to be “Tremor,” together with Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. It’s going to be on Beatport on April 21. Then I got “Gold Sky” together with Sander Van Doorn and the guys from DVBBS. I ended my set with it. It’s getting released on June 2.

I might do an album later this year or next year, I got 10 new tracks in the works, including collaborations, solo stuff and remixes. I can’t wait until it all gets released.

Your track “Animals” was a huge hit. Can you describe the creative process behind producing it?

For me, it was just another track. I released like 20 other tracks before “Animals.” I just thought it was time for a new solo track. So I went into the studio and reopened an old project file, which I had started but never released, and I made this drop inspired by hip-hop. I wanted to bring something weird, something unique into the track, and that turned out to be the drop of “Animals.”

I started playing it live – I made the track to play at festivals, clubs and at own sets – and suddenly the radio started playing it, which was a big surprise for an instrumental track. Usually instrumental tracks don’t get that much love on the radio.

I’m just really thankful [for] the radio support, because with the radio you can reach out to a whole different kind of audience, which I wouldn’t reach myself.

When you start producing a new track, do you go in with a vision or is it a more experimental process?

It depends on how I feel. Sometimes I go in a very experimental direction, and I already know when I start it I can never release this under Martin Garrix as a single. But I make music, because I love to make music. I love to put my ideas into the computer and share them with my friends. Some of them get released under Martin Garrix. I also got some different aliases I’m working on. I’m not going to say which names, but I’ve got some other projects going on as well.

EDM has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years, and some might say it’s becoming too popular and that the genre is suffering creatively because of it. Do you have a response for that?

I honestly don’t care because some people are going to hate on music if it’s getting popular. But it doesn’t change the track and if you don’t like it, then don’t listen to the music … I’m just doing my thing and a lot of people do actually like it and those are the people I make the music for and I play for the shows for.

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7 Artists From Coachella to Check Out (Even If You Didn’t Go to the Festival)

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Frazer Harrison—2014 Getty Images The Knife performs at Coachella

Missed the California fest? You can still enjoy the best artists who played there

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took over Indio, CA this past weekend and will repeat the feat this weekend. Between performances by headliners Arcade Fire, OutKast and Muse, plus sets by Calvin Harris, Beck, Pharrell Williams, Lorde and surprise guest appearances by Jay Z, Beyoncé and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, there was a lot to see at the festival.

But if you’re hitting the festival circuit later on in the season — or if the heat, crowds and surprise appearances by Justin Bieber aren’t your thing — here are seven bands to check out, either at Coachella’s second weekend or as far as you can possibly get from the maddening crowds:

Banks

Jillian Banks, who performs simply as Banks, makes yearning seem like a worthwhile pastime when she sings about it in her seductive voice. The singer marries her R&B inflected tunes and warm vocals with big production and electronic beats to create magnetic pop songs. Her debut album isn’t due out for months, but the singles released so far warrant setting Spotify on repeat.

Listen: “Warm Water”

Future Islands

Baltimore synth-pop punks Future Islands just released a new album this week, and it seems like the fourth time is the charm for the band, as they’re finally earning some well-deserved buzz. The three-piece drags listeners across their musical threshold with songs that range from quietly introspective to industrial new wave, all topped by the unforgettable, raspy-yet-smooth vocals of singer Samuel T. Herring (who is worth the effort to see live).

Listen: “Seasons (Waiting On You)”

MS MR

MS MR make high drama pop music with a gothic edge that is hard not to dance to. The Brooklyn duo of singer Lizzy Plapinger and producer-instrumentalist Max Hershenow craft deftly dark songs that bring to mind alt-’80s bands — if acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sisters of Mercy had iPods filled with Katy Perry songs and developed a knack for making dance party anthems.

Listen: “Hurricane”

The Knife

The Swedish electro-pop collective made their first stateside appearance in eight years at Coachella — and they made it count. Belatedly touring in support of their experimental early 2013 album Shaking the Habitual, the band turns mere concerts into exuberant stage shows that are equal parts Willy Wonka-inspired performance art and ecclesiastical youth group gatherings that make for instant parties and mandatory viewing for music fans.

Listen: “A Tooth For An Eye”

Ratking

Fronted by two 20-year-old rappers, Wiki and Hak, alongside producer Sporting Life, Ratking represents the next generation of New York rappers. The band was raised on a steady diet of Notorious B.I.G. and Black Star, and they put that education to good use on their debut album, So It Goes. They’ve already earned comparisons to fellow Coachella performer OutKast for their fast-paced rhymes and socially-conscious lyrics that cover everything from love and money to gentrification and police brutality.

Listen: “So Sick Stories, feat. King Krule”

Jagwar Ma

The Australian band makes music that sounds like they are the lone holdouts of the early ’90s Madchester scene (think: Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and the Soup Dragons). On their albums, they deliver an updated twist on a throwback sound, crafting psychedelic indie rock with seriously danceable trip-hop beats. Live, their crowd-pleasing tracks make for an irrepressible celebration that feels unstoppable.

Listen: “The Throw”

Courtney Barnett

This 24-year-old Australian singer-songwriter plays rambling folks songs that cover typical topics like relationships and gardening, but with a keen eye for detail and a sharp sense of humor. Her dynamic and sophisticated songs are filled with clever lyrics that, when parsed, read like novellas — but don’t underestimate her ability to write a catchy song out of a fuzzy guitar melody, an undulating piano run and a simmering bass line.

Listen: “Avant Gardener”

MORE: SXSW 2014: 17 Bands To Watch, Even if You Don’t Go to the Music Festival

MORE: Band To Watch: Ages and Ages Premiere New Track “I See More”

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See Coachella Through the Eyes of Google Glass

See the famed California music fest from a new angle

Jonathan D. Woods, TIME’s Senior Editor for Photo & Interactive, spent a weekend at Coachella. Here’s an intimate firsthand look at how he saw the music festival through a unique lens: Google Glass.

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WATCH: Jay Z and Beyoncé Make Surprise Appearances at Coachella

The superstar couple showed up unannounced at the music festival in California so Bey could join her sister Solange for a rendition of "Losing You" and Jay could team up with former rival Nas on "Dead Presidents II"

If you were bopping around New York City looking for Jay Z and Beyoncé this weekend, wondering why you couldn’t find them, it’s because they quietly made their way to Indio, Calif., for the Coachella music festival. (Even if they were in New York, you probably aren’t fancy enough to be anywhere near them anyway.)

Both artists surprised the crowd with unannounced appearances Saturday night. First, Beyoncé joined her younger sister Solange for a choreographed duet of Solange’s “Losing You” (watch a video of their performance above). It’s awesome, and then they embrace, and you’re a monster if you don’t love everything about it.

Later in the evening, not wanting to be outdone by his wife, Jay Z took the stage alongside his former nemesis Nas to perform “Dead Presidents II” and “Where I’m From.”

O.K., before we really didn’t care, but now we’re kind of sad we missed Coachella this year.

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OutKast’s Entire Coachella Set Posted to YouTube

Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunited for the first time in eight years to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, returning to the old hits. Their performance can now be seen in full on YouTube

Hootie hoo! OutKast’s entire one-and-a-half hour set at Coachella is available on YouTube.

Andre 3000 and Big Boi reunited for the first time in eight years to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Friday, returning to the old hits and hitting their major albums all the way back to the 1990s’ ATLiens and Aquemini.

Old-school hip-hop heads also rejoiced at the less well-known favorites like “Rosa Park,” “Skew it on the Bar-B” and the famous horn riff on “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” There was something at the massive LA music festival for the greener Outkast fans, too, as the duo rocked it on “Ms. Jackson” and “The Way You Move.”

The pair had to cut the set short at 1:00 a.m., eliciting boos from the crowd and apologies from Andre, but the abrupt finish wasn’t enough to kill the buzz after the exuberant “Hey Ya.”

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