Here’s what’s on my agenda today: Continue Reading
I had a religious experience at Janelle Monáe‘s set Saturday night. Continue Reading
The Selecter, as my colleague Kate McGinty pointed out during weekend 1, is a band with some history. Singer Pauline Black — the woman Gwen Stefani cites as her prime influence — is 59.
But they fit right in at Coachella. Fans — most of whom never heard the band before, let alone Two Tone — loved them. And it showed in the best way Coachella fans know how: a mosh pit. A little at odds with peppy ska, but it’s the thought that counts.
The band ripped through a set that included hits like “On My Radio” and “Too Much Pressure,” but also indulged in some ska classics: “Train to Skaville” and “Carry Go Bring Come.”
All in all a fabulous show.
I honestly don’t remember if frontman Ian Svenonius is shouting with joy at the crowd that’s supporting him in this photo or just worried he’s about to fall, but the ambiguity pretty well sums up the delightful hot mess that is The Make-Up. Continue Reading
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.
I’d hoped to share my Coachecklist (That’s a thing, right?) earlier so that anyone feeling inspired could join me, but here’s a mix of what I’ve done and have ahead on my agenda. (Coagenda? No. That one definitely doesn’t work.) Continue Reading
Vintage Trouble rocked the Coachella main stage so hard on Saturday that lead singer Ty Taylor’s pants burst at the seams.
Though last week it was The Stone Roses that closed out the first day of Weekend 1, Goldenvoice played the old switch-a-roo on us for Weekend 2.
The English alternative rock band Blur replaced The Stone Roses (another 80s English rock band) as the closing act for Friday, drawing hundreds and possibly even thousands to the main stage at 11:35 p.m.
The Stone Roses played at 9:55 p.m. instead.
Though there have been rumors that a small crowd and a not-so-exciting performance are what bumped The Stone Roses down a time slot, your guess is as good as mine.
Earlier today, someone on the MyCoachella team joked, “Is today British day?”
That prompted a group effort to listing every band we knew, thought or just hoped was British. Continue Reading