April 16, 2012


The 10 Best Moments of Coachella: Day 3


We've already told you about the two biggest events of Sunday night at Coachella: Dr. Dre and Snoop's hologram-filled set and The Weeknd's debut U.S. performance. But there was much, much more. Here are 10 other moments that defined the festival's final day.

1. Calvin Harris' Surprise Guest: The Scottish DJ was midway through his set at Sahara Tent when Rihanna popped out from behind the speakers to perform the Harris-produced "Where Have You Been" and "We Found Love" from the singer's 2011 album Talk That Talk. The crowd did exactly what you'd expect when one of the world's biggest singers pops up unannounced. 

2. The Hives' Stage Banter, Part 1: The Swedish garage rock band's lead singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist relishes his tongue-in-cheek role as rock and roll overlord. "Seeing as we're not the starter, which is the first band, or the dessert, which is the last band, the main course must be The Hives!" Sound logic.

3. At the Drive-In's Blistering Set: The reunited post-hardcore pioneers turned in one of the best sets of the festival, utilizing virtually every inch of the Main Stage. Frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala kicked mic stands, leapt into the photo pit, shouted out Peter Saarsgard and Peter Dinklage and made left-field proclamations between songs ("Urban Outfitters is the law school of youth culture!") Oh yeah, they also tore through "Arcarsenal," "Sleepwalk Capsules" and set closer "One Armed Scissor," among others, to a devoted crowd.

4. This Kid

Aubree Lennon for Fuse
Aubree Lennon for Fuse

5. Fitz & the Tantrums Cover The Raconteurs: The highlight almost went to the premiere of new song "She's Out of my League," but the Los Angeles retro-funk band made The Raconteurs' "Steady as She Goes" their own, retaining the song's original groove-based elements but upping the soul.

6. Justice's Quiet "D.A.N.C.E." Intro: The French electronic duo didn't stray too far from their uptempo sound, but member Gaspard Auge left his DJ setup to perform the intro to "D.A.N.C.E." on keyboard alongside the prerecorded hook. Take that, people who say DJs can't play instruments.

7. araabMusik's Hands: The Rhode Island hip hop producer has produced for Cam'Ron and Jim Jones, but live, his mastery and speed on the beat production machine MPC is unparalleled. I'm just going to stop typing now and show you this (even though it's not from Coachella):

8. Wild Flag Should Cause Mosh Pits (But Don't): Under different circumstances, the rock supergroup's hard, muscular riffs would be causing mosh pits and crowd surfing. But I'll settle for that group of eight people jumping around in a quasi-circle. You still rocked, guys. 

9. The Hives' Stage Banter, Part 2: Back to Almqvist: "I think we are now at the part of the show where we have the audience in the palm of our hands and you will do what we want."

10. When Bribes Go Wrong: Finally, to the inebriated gentleman who tried to exit the Entrance Only passageway by attempting to bribe the guard with $20: The actual exit was only 20 feet down. Keep your money. And dignity. But the effort was at least fun to watch.