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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Khalifa, Drake, Ariana Grande, and a couple of other artists, adding an element of surprise that also won us over.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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