The Violent Femmes perform on the Main Stage during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Fields on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Indio. (Marilyn Chung/The Desert Sun)
The Violent Femmes are unapologetically weird.
They took the Main Stage just before 5 p.m. and immediately announced they were playing their self-titled first album in its entirety. Which means they burned through their most popular song, “Blister in the Sun,” first out of the gate.
Later in the set, vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano announced the album came out 30 years ago almost to the day. At the time, the Femmes were barely out of high school in Milwaukee and writing lyrics about going to the prom and pleading with their fathers to give them the car tonight. Singing these lyrics 30 years later as a grown man didn’t seem to bother Gano in the slightest.
Metric performs during the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Friday, April 12, 2013. Michael Snyder/The Desert Sun
Canadian pride was evident when Metric, formed in Toronto in the late 90s, took the Main Stage for a hot afternoon set.
The band, fronted by Emily Haines, blasted through its radio-friendly hits “Breathing Underwater,” “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls” as the crowd showed off their homeland… A barrage of beach balls with “Canada” imprinted across the front bounced across the crowd… A group of fans hoisted a Canadian flag… And a group of guys dancing near the soundboard each sported a different color shirt with “Coachella eh?” emblazoned across the back.