[Coachella 2011 Review] Cage The Elephant, Glasser, Big Audio Dynamite, The Kills, London Suede
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Day Two of Coachella: over twenty-six miles walked back and forth between stages; way too much tequila imbibed; a burgeoning sun burn. And guess what? I am the happiest person alive. After seeing one of my favorite band ever, the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]London Suede[/lastfm], every second wandering the Indio streets lost at 2am is totally worth it.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cage The Elephant[/lastfm]
’90s-styled indie grunge sweethearts from Kentucky, Cage The Elephant, have that freewheeling, Americana-alternative meets British pop hooks, that has made this five-piece favorite both a popular band in the United States and abroad.
Lucky enough to get to see them play acoustic at the KROQ Coachella House and in studio acoustic at KROQ itself, I’ve never seen Cage the Elephant do their full set live and with what I would come to learn was their quintessential loud, crunchy Seattle-inspired guitar jams.
The friendly Kentucky boys turned unlikely rock stars are no strangers to the festival scene having played Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and Bonnaroo–they have festival performance down to a beautifully imperfect science.
Lead singer, Matthew Schultz, knew out to milk the audience with his boundless energy, his sweetly disconnected rock tenor, and his stage costume of choice–a sassy little red sun dress.
Whether is was the awkward observance that Schultz actually looks fantastic in a dress (people were whispering that all through the audience), the communal feeling of the Outside Stage at Coachella (a favorite across the board with attendees), or the fact that Cage the Elephant can just rock out with their frock out, the crowd was wildly infatuated with every song in the set including “2024,” “In One Ear,” “Shake Me Down,” and “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.”
Part of this is easily due to the fact that something in Cage The Elephant’s sound transcends self-restricted borders, whether that be musical genre, country, or even decade. This is a band that just wants to have fun.