André 3000. André Benjamin. Possum Jenkins.
The man has gone by many names and worn many hats over the years (both figuratively and literally). And now that he’s reuniting with his better rap half to kick off Outkast’s long-awaited reunion tour this weekend at Coachella, we though it prudent to take an analytical eye to the man who has served as the group’s stylistic compass over the past 20 years (yes, really), six albums and countless suspenders.
Nothing brings out a gentleman’s most pragmatic sense of personal style more than facing the hot, hot heat.
And with Coachella kicking off its two-weekend run of concerts in the sweltering California desert tomorrow, there’s no better place to witness this firsthand—especially onstage, where true wills of sartorial resolve are tested.
Which is why there are some valuable lessons to be learned from those who manage to maintain a rakish poise even when performing high-kicks in the unforgiving desert sun. (Hint: sometimes you’ve got to embrace the sweatiness.) So we present to you…
It’s time for your Monday morning update, starting with a recap and two hours of Radiohead from Coachella. Also, a few good Secret Service may have been dallying with prostitutes in Colombia, and some sick bastard stole five of Tom Petty’s guitars…
The three-day paloozathonfest known as Coachella wound to a close yesterday, and we thought we’d take sartorial stock of the proceedings. There was quite a bit to like—including the hickory-striped blazer donned by Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox—but our favorite ensemble of the weekend belonged to polymath bassist Les Claypool.
Anyone rocking a three piece suit, bowtie and bowler on stage is as near to fearless as we’re likely to get, especially when the kids he’s opening for are adhering to a fairly strict jeans-and-tees regimen. Sure, it comes off a little costume-y, but if you’re building a persona, that’s not such a bad thing.
Maybe all that time with Tom Waits is finally paying off.
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