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Coachella 2012: The Shins and the anatomy of heartbreak

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Heartbreak is the universal currency of good music, and the Shins are rich with it. The band, which has mellowed and refined itself with age (it formed in Albuquerque in 1996), can cause pangs of sadness in even the stoutest of souls.

The scene was no different on Saturday night at Coachella as the Shins played a slow but driven set tinged with sorrow and loneliness, like the sound of a train whistle or a fog horn on a rainy night at sea.

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And based on the tone of the voices singing along with the band's catalog of hits, hearts were broken across the field -- or had been, were currently being, or would be broken soon.

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Coachella 2012: Lost and found: Your phone

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What is the most lost item at Coachella?

"Phones, phones, phones," says Kimberly Galdamez, who works both the information kiosk and lost and found at the festival. "We have whole sections of just iPhones, and then just phones."

There are hundreds, she laments.

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"It's more common than you'd think. People leave them in Porta Potties, they drop them, they get stolen," she says. The list goes on and on.

"But people are turning them in, that's what's really weird," says another information officer working with Galdamez, who requested anonymity.

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Coachella 2012: The Skyy Coconut Escape pool party keeps it cool

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How I came to be the official Coachella pool party beat reporter is still somewhat of a mystery to me. Perhaps because I love pools. And vodka. But for whatever reason, for six years running now I have faithfully represented the L.A. Times at various hedonistic enterprises in the desert involving water, beach balls and copious amounts of alcohol.

The second weekend of Coachella -- although much, much hotter (think of crawling into your oven wearing a sleeping bag and you'll get the idea) -- boasted fewer pool parties. The cruel irony! However, Skyy vodka and Spin magazine represented with one of the weekend's largest offerings at the lush Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

The Esmeralda, as it is lovingly referred to by its guests (many of whom are artists playing at Coachella), is a fantastic location for a pool party. It has waterfalls and an honest-to-god sand beach. Skyy poured stiff drinks, infused with (you guessed it) all kinds of coconut water. The vodka company knows that getting your electrolytes while simultaneously depleting them is essential to a quality afternoon.

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Coachella 2012: Record Store Day comes early

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Right now there is a vinyl connoisseur clutching a copy of Wilco’s "The Whole Love" deluxe box set in his living room as he takes to Twitter and Facebook to boast to friends about snagging one of the 250 copies that were pressed for the fifth annual Record Store Day on Saturday. 

As enthusiasts flood independent record retailers across the nation in search of limited-edition vinyl and basement bargains from hundreds of artists and labels, music lovers at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival got a bit of a leg up on everyone else. 

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At Zia Records -- the on-site, Arizona-based shop where festival-goers can buy albums from the weekend’s line-up as artists make in-store appearances -- all three days of Coachella Part II are Record Store Day. 

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Coachella 2012: Ximena Sariñana states the obvious

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As day one of weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival dragged on Friday, a few artists seemed to have just as much fatigue as the sun-soaked audiences who came to see them. 

“It’s really [expletive] hot,” Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana shouted from behind her keyboard during her almost hushed set of Latin pop, sweat pouring down her face turning her glittery eyeshadow into murky streaks of gold. 

The intense 100-degree-plus weather transformed the Gobi tent into a human sauna as seemingly thousands packed the venue-turned-shelter like sardines for Gary Clark Jr.’s 4:30 p.m. set. Clark came ready for the heat, opting for a more casual white tank-top that clung to his frame as he worked up a well-deserved sweat from strumming his guitar. 

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With the sun reluctantly retreating for the evening, but leaving behind a warm aftermath, the best place to catch a breeze was atop the giant Ferris wheel that overlooks the Empire Polo Grounds. 

Other highlights (from the safety of the ground):

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Coachella 2012: John Fogerty joins Black Keys in Levon Helm tribute

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Yes, weekend two of Coachella can still present surprises. And so it was when rock legend John Fogerty joined Friday night's headliners the Black Keys to pay tribute to Levon Helm, who died Thursday from cancer.

Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach called Helm, who was the drummer and a singer of the Band, "amazing and inspiring," and performed a soulful cover of "The Weight" with Fogerty. Earlier in the day another Helm tribute was made as the punk band Refused taped "RIP Levon Helm" to their bass drum.

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The gesture by the Black Keys was touching and fitting in a set packed with explosive and gritty roots rock, including hits "I Got Mine" and "Lonely Boy."

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Coachella 2012: Fix those shuttle signs

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The first day of the second weekend of Coachella (or the third Friday of the fourth month if you want to be extra confusing) has ended and concert-goers are still evenly split: Was it simply too hot out, or way, way, way, too hot? Proponents of both sides took to social media to weigh in on this  important issue in a fashion that some commenters have described as "incessant" and "whining."

Despite the onslaught of temperature talk, there were plenty of tweets and pics that made it seem like Coachella was once again the place to be. Highlights of Friday included John Fogerty joining the Black Keys, M. Ward and Mazzy Star winning prestigious awards, and the revelation that Batman is a big a believer in Mayan prophecies. Who knew? Check out the Storify post below for more reactions from Indio. Seriously though, we get it. It's hot.

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Photo: Tiffany Libby tries to stay cool during second weekend of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival where temperatures reached the triple digits. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times.

Coachella 2012: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker labeled 'sexiest frontman'

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The reunited Brit-pop band Pulp may have just played at the Fox Theater in Pomona on Thursday night, but it didn't diminish the excitement for those who took in the band's set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival the following evening.

"They haven't played the U.S. since 1998 and probably won't again so you have to take every chance you can get to see them," said fan Charlie Ittner as the gloaming closed in on the sweltering polo field Friday night.

"If I were closer I would have thrown my bra onstage," said Ittner's girlfriend, Arwen Byrd. "Jarvis Cocker is still the sexiest frontman I've ever seen."

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And it was hard to argue with her. Cocker, looking emaciated and electric in all the right ways, writhed on the main stage. When the band launched into its hit "Common People," the generational gap amongst the Coachella crowd seemed to close. The song's keyboard strains sliced through the hot night air like a pulsing knife, and tweens and Gen-Xers melted together.

Coachella has the ability to teach the young'uns about the music they missed, just as much as it can educate the the aged about the current music they need to know. When it works, the give and take is luxurious and magical. It is the stuff that massive festivals are made of.

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Image: Pulp's Jarvis Cocker at the first weekend of Coachella on April 13. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Coachella 2012: Arctic Monkeys survive the heat

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British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys took the main stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on weekend No. 2 at 6:30 p.m. on a scorching hot Friday evening. Yet, even in the sweltering desert sun, the band's rhythmic beats moved the crowd and ultimately signaled the tribal togetherness that would hopefully bind this weekend's installment of rock 'n' roll devotees.

As the sun dipped and the clothes tipped off tan bodies everywhere, the first moment of festival unity took hold.

The second of two festival weekends, which has drawn converts from around the world spending more than $300 for a three-day wristband, became grounds for a religious musical fervor. Fans fighting to avoid heatstroke bowed down to a bass-laden groove.

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It didn't matter what music you liked, what kind of person you were or how long you had waited outside for admittance. Unity was gained in 100-degree weather, as those in attendance became soldiers for rock.

Word is Saturday will be hotter, but we will still be here, loving our favorite bands more than ever.

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Image: The Coachella crowd Friday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Coachella 2012: Weekend 2 brings intense heat

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And then there was sun. Early in last weekend's installment of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the conversation was how rain and windy conditions could dampen the festival. Sure, there was a bit of drizzle, but not enough for a soak.

On Friday afternoon, those slowly trickling in to turnstiles during the opening hours of weekend 2 (a.k.a. Coachella redux) were probably wishing for just a little bit of rain. With the sun hovering over the fields beaming down a harsh 102 degrees, the Empire Polo Grounds were noticeably vacant.

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Staffers fanned themselves as they clutched bottles of water and food vendors slouched as they awaited business -– the heat getting the best of them. But just as the cloudy sky didn’t cast a gloom on revelers last weekend, the intense heat (and, goodness, do we mean intense) didn’t stop excited festival goers from flocking to early sets.

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