The Hives last played the desert at Coachella Music and Arts Festival this past April as part of the fest’s first year of back-to-back weekends at the Empire Polo Club.
The Hives’ schtick, while amusing, can get a little tired if you seen them multiple times. Very much so if you seen them on back-to-back weekends at Coachella.
Still, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist and Co. are a fun garage band – and they’re Swedish.
See them rocking out at the Rolling Stone office in New York:
Other acts that are worth your while: The Hives, Girl Talk and Florence + the Machine.
Before we get to today’s set times, a scheduling note: While most of Coachella set times have been unchanged since last weekend, almost all of Sunday’s Sahara Tent performances start a little earlier today than they did a week ago.
MyCoachella’s Kate McGinty notes that this keeps AVICII from competing with the headliners.
Here are today’s Coachella set times, with band names linked to past coverage and top picks italicized:
Mantastique 1 to 1:40 p.m.
Band of Skulls 2:05 to 2:55 p.m.
Santigold 3:25 to 4:15 p.m.
Fitz and the Tantrums 4:45 to 5:35 p.m.
The Hives 6:05 to 6:55 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks and winner of Sonya English’s award for best stage presence)
Justice 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
At The Drive-In 9:10 to 10 p.m.
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg 10:35 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Sleeper Agent 12 to 12:30 p.m.
Lissie 12:50 to 1:30 p.m.
Metronomy 2 to 2:40 p.m.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 3:10 to 3:55 p.m.
The Growlers 4:20 to 5:05 p.m.
Wild Flag 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
The Weeknd 6:55 to 7:45 p.m.
Girl Talk 8:25 to 9:15 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Florence + the Machine 9:45 p.m. (One of MyCoachella’s top picks)
Alf Alpha 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fanfarlo 12 to 12:35 p.m.
Housse de Racket 12:55 to 1:30 p.m.
Le Butcherettes 1:55 to 2:40 p.m.
Greg Ginn and the Royal We 3 to 3:45 p.m.
Real Estate 4:10 to 4:55 p.m.
Thundercat 5:20 to 5:55 p.m.
Gaslamp Killer 6 to 6:45 p.m.
The Airplane Boys 7:10 to 7:55 p.m.
Company Flow 8:20 to 9:10 p.m.
DJ Shadow 9:40 p.m.
Tyler Uppercut 11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Gardens & Villa 12:05 to 12:45 p.m.
Oberhofer 1:10 to 1:50 p.m.
First Aid Kit 2:15 to 3 p.m.
Wild Beasts 3:25 to 4:10 p.m.
Beats Antique 4:35 to 5:25 p.m.
araabMUZIK 5:50 to 6:40 p.m.
Gotye 7:10 to 8 p.m.
Beirut 8:30 to 9:20 p.m.
Modeselektor 9:45 p.m.
Jimbo Jenkins 11 to 11:50 a.m.
Mogan Page 12 to 12:50 p.m.
NOISIΛ 12:55 to 1:45 p.m.
Zedd 1:55 to 2:45 p.m.
Flux Pavilion & Doctor P 2:55 to 3:50 p.m.
Porter Robinson 4:05 to 5 p.m.
Dada Life 5:15 to 6:10 p.m.
Nero 6:30 to 7:40 p.m.
Calvin Harris 8 to 9:10 p.m.
AVICII 9:40 p.m.
Another Coachella weekend is in the books, and the final headliners dropped it like it was hot.
Here’s the highlight reel from Sunday:
— Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg brought along their friends for a show so hot that even Desert Sun features guru Bruce Fessier dropped an F bomb before comparing the festival finale to “a reunion of the Beatles!”
In between old school hits like “Gin and Juice” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name?)”, the duo invited an all-star cast of rap/hip hop artists on the main stage.
Eminem, 50 Cent, Warren G, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar all had the crowd roaring, and an all-too-realistic hologram 2pac rose from the stage and worked the stage like any living headliner.
– Across the grounds, AVICIIrocked the Sahara tent hard — but without the “mind blowing” experience or the “surprise” (Madonna rumors, anyone?) the DJ and his camp promised.
– DJ and producer Calvin Harris pumped up the Sahara tent, and music star Rihanna joined him for their hit songs “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been.”
– Gotye hit the stage one night after playing Saturday Night Life. During his set Sunday, Kimbra came out for their single “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
– Swedish ban The Hives rocked the main stage with tuxedoes, top hats and stagehands dressed as ninjas. They joked their 6 p.m. show was like “the main course” of Coachella — served hot, after the starter and before the dessert.
– The always-energetic indie pop / neo soul band Fitz and the Tantrums debuted their next song, “She’s Outta My League,” before making the crowd “get down” during hit single “Moneygrabber.”
The Hives have finished their upcoming album, “Lex Hives,” due out in June. When they return to the desert on Thursday, they’re just going to hang out with some famous local friends.
Members of the Swedish band, performing this evening on the Coachella main stage, plan to visit Rancho de la Luna studio in Joshua Tree, but they’re mainly planning to enjoy friends like Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal.
Homme produced two bonus tracks for their “Lex Hives” LP and the Hives toured with Eagles of Death Metal in 2008. They stopped over in the desert on that trip and Hughes said at the time they literally had a blast — shooting guns out in the middle of the desert.
Guitarist Nicholaus Arson said they plan to check out Joshua Tree National Park on this trip.
Their first single off the new album, “Go Right Ahead,” was just released on vinyl for Record Day.
Arson said the album will be less “hi-fi” than their last album and more of a return to the garage sound for which they became famous in the early 2000s.
“That’s one of the parts that’s super great about the Hives,” Arson said. “We’re not (screwing) anything up with this one.”