Minimum Gauge: Beyoncé Steals the Coachella Spotlight Once Again with Netflix Special

Plus, Pete Buttigieg wrote an essay about Dave Matthews and Radiohead in college and people are still paying singer R. Kelly to perform (or at least to mingle)

Apr 8, 2019 at 2:29 pm

click to enlarge From the trailer for 'Homecoming'
From the trailer for 'Homecoming'
HOT: Spotlight Stealing Again

Beyoncé is getting in on that sweet, sweet Netflix money and releasing a film version of her set at last year’s Coachella festival on the streaming service. The singer was the source of major chatter before 2017’s Coachella after cancelling due to her pregnancy, then stole the show with her 2018 make-up appearance (a.k.a. "Beychella"), which featured dazzling staging and dozens of musicians and dancers. She’s stealing some of the Coachella spotlight this year as well, with the Netflix special Homecoming dropping on April 17, right in the middle of the event’s two weekends. In other “Knowles at Coachella” news, it was announced that Solange (Beyoncé’s sister) has cancelled her appearances at this year’s fest due to “major production delays.”

WARM: Music Writer for President?

Beto O’Rourke made a good case to music snobs that he should be the Democratic candidate for president next election, quoting The Clash during a debate with Ted Cruz and once playing in a band with Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta. He even suggested he might try to get The Mars Volta to play his inauguration if he wins. But now fellow presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg might also have some appeal to those voting based on a candidate’s music cred. Reporters have unearthed an essay in the Harvard student newspaper in which Buttigieg wrote (somewhat disappointedly) about how upbeat music like the Dave Matthews Band’s fell out of favor and Radiohead became college-kid favorites in the wake of 9/11. The verdict on Buttigieg’s writing generally seems to be, “not horrible.”

COLD: Coming Back for Seconds

People are still paying singer R. Kelly to perform. Or at least to mingle. The one-time superstar is coming off of the latest round of sexual abuse charges and claims to be broke, so he took a gig — for an “appearance” at a club party in Springfield, Illinois. Post-event reports said that between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m., Kelly partied out with patrons and performed 28 seconds of one song. Tickets to get into the event were $100.