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Best Coachella 2015 Live Performances

From classic rock to rap acts, these artists dominated the the 3-day festival

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HAERTS

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Singer Nini Fabi of HAERTS performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Fest
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The Brooklyn group got things off to a moving start on Friday in the Mojave tent with their soulful take on synthpop. Singer Nini Fabi's sultry vocals floated beautifully over Ben Gebert's crystalline guitar and keyboard runs. 

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Cloud Nothings

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Musician TJ Duke of Cloud Nothings performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & A
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Cloud Nothings' grungy punk rock kicked the crowd's ass at the Mojave tent on Friday afternoon. Coming off like Jawbreaker after a weekend bender, the Ohio trio forced melodic hooks through their buzzing guitar attack.

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Action Bronson

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Recording artist Action Bronson performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts
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In front of a massive crowd at the main Coachella stage, Action Bronson didn't let the scorching heat get in the way of his performance. Backed by Alchemist on the ones and twos, the Queens foodie rapper jumped off the stage and worked the first few rows of people like he was in a punk rock club.

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Sylvan Esso

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Recording artists Amelia Meath (L) and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso perform onstage during day 1 of the
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The Mojave tent was packed when North Carolina's Sylvan Esso delivered their funky dance jams in the afternoon heat. Singer Amelia Meath looked like she was having the time of her life on songs like "Coffee" and "Play it Right."

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Singer Charles Bradley performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
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Charles Bradley's gritty brand of soul was a great change of pace on Saturday afternoon. Dressed in a sharp suit, the Brooklyn–based vocal powerhouse sang like his life depended on it, and his backing band held everything down with a persistent groove.

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Jungle

INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Musician Tom McFarland of Jungle performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Art
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The British modern soul collective brought their A-game to the Mojave tent on Saturday. Though they dancing never stopped, it was the group’s “Busy Earnin’” that got the biggest response from the fans in attendance. We wouldn’t be surprised if Jungle get booked on one of the main stages next time they get invited to play Coachella.

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Ride

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Mark Gardener of Ride performs on stage at Coachella Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 10, 2015
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The recently reunited shoegaze greats opened with the psychedelic sounds of "Leave Them All Behind" and continued with a set that included their most beloved songs. The British outfit's skyscraping guitars and dreamlike vocal lines sounded absolutely blissful in the Gobi tent.

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Raekwon and Ghostface Killah

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Recording artists Raekwon (L) and Ghostface Killah perform onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella V
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The Wu-Tang Clan duo exclusively performed material from their Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... album at the Outdoor Theatre and their fans ate every second up. The claustrophobic production of tracks like "Incarcerated Scarfaces" and "Criminology" shouldn't have worked in such a sunny setting, but Rae and Ghost's impassioned deliveries were impossible to deny.

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Alabama Shakes

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Musician Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley M
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Alabama Shakes guitarist/vocalist Brittany Howard brought the house down the Outdoor Theatre during their twilight set. Her gospel–tinged vocals and the band's earthy rock 'n' soul had everyone singing along to such tunes as "Dunes," "Don't Wanna Fight," and "Heartbreaker." The group's performance was timeless, just like their albums are.

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Tame Impala

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Musician Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music &
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Tame Impala brought a visual component that perfectly complimented their trippy musical style. As the sun went down on Friday evening, the band had the Coachella Stage crowd in a trance with their atmospheric psych rock. If their Coachella 2015 performance is any indication of what's to come for them, these Aussies are poised for huge things in the coming few years.

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AC/DC

INDIO, CA - APRIL 10: Angus Young of AC/DC performs during the 2015 Coachella Valley Musica and Arts Festival at The Empire P
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When AC/DC was named as one of Coachella 2015's headliners earlier this year, the choice made some people scratch their heads. The band's brawny hard rock was far removed from the festival's indie roots, but Friday night belonged to the Australian legends. Whether it was a newer song like "Play Ball" or a Bon Scott–era jam like "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," AC/DC had the biggest crowd sing-alongs of the day. 

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Run the Jewels

INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Killer Mike (L) and EL-P of Run the Jewels perform during the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Fest
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Droves of people came to see the duo of El-P and Killer Mike at Mojave tent on Saturday and heads were bopping throughout their set. Culling tracks from the two Run the Jewels albums, the rappers brought in guests Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) and Travis Barker (Blink-182) to help them bring the house tent down.

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alt-J

INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Joe Newman of Alt-J performs on stage at Coachella Festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2015 i
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Like Tame Impala on Friday night, alt-J was backed by a stunning visual live show that worked hand in hand with the band's mind-bending songwriting style. The British act might have been playing the massive Coachella Stage, but the combination of their spaced-out material and the colorful light patterns being beamed up to the large screens behind them made for a planetarium–like experience for everyone witnessing the set.

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The Weeknd

INDIO, CA - APRIL 11: Singer The Weeknd performs onstage during day 2 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Wee
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The Weeknd proved why he was one of the main headliners at Coachella this year at his Friday night performance. The Canadian R&B phenom’s slow-burning jams like “High for This” and “The Morning” were a perfect way to close out Day 1. He also worked in covers of Wiz KhalifaDrakeAriana Grande, and a couple of other artists, adding an element of surprise that also won us over.

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Jack White

Wearing his hair in a throwback pompadour, Jack White treated the capacity Coachella Stage crowd to a hit parade from his solo and band discography. Rocking out with a band that included pedal steel and violin players, White's commanding performance included such hits as The Raconteurs' "Steady, As She Goes" and White Stripes' "Hotel Yorba." He and his band got our vote for Saturday's standout live set.

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Circa Survive

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Singer Anthony Green of Circa Survive performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music
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Fittingly opening their set at the Coachella Stage on Sunday afternoon with “Child of the Desert,” Circa Survive were clearly in fighting shape. Anthony Green’s high-pitched vocals pierced through the band’s labyrinthine arrangements on such songs as “Sharp Practice” and “Get Out.” By the time they finished their set, Circa Survive justifiably looked spent.

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St. Lucia

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Musician Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Mu
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The Brooklyn–based, South African–born musician Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia,  brought a tropical dance vibe to the Coachella Stage Sunday afternoon. Grobler and his band looked like they were having their time of their lives, and that positive energy was shared by the crowd who didn’t stop dancing through the set.

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Desaparecidos

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Musician Conor Oberst of Desaparecidos performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music
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Conor Oberst’s rock troupe laid waste to the Gobi tent Sunday afternoon. A complete left turn from his Bright Eyes work, Desaparecidos specialize in an aggressive songwriting style that falls somewhere in the post-hardcore realm. The band’s thick–sounding guitar assault sounded like it was about to short out their amplifiers, and we lapped up every second of it.

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Jenny Lewis

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Musicians Jenny Lewis (L) and Este Haim perform onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music
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Even though she’d be standing beneath the sweltering afternoon sun, Jenny Lewis still rocked her trademark colorful pantsuit for her performance on the Outdoor Theatre stage on Sunday. We loved her commitment to style on that one. We also loved Lewis’ dusting off some Rilo Kiley tunes, including “Portions for Foxes” with her former bandmate, Blake Sennett. The other big surprise was HAIM, who also joined Lewis for a performance of “Girl on Girl.”

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Brand New

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Jesse Lacey of Brand New performs during the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at The Empir
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A huge crowd gathered in the Mojave tent on Sunday afternoon about 20 minutes before Long Island’s Brand New even took the stage. The fans were not let down. Jesse Lacey and crew ran through a set that was heavy on material from Daisy and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. The band’s intensity never let up, and neither did the crowd.

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