[Coachella 2011 Review] Cage The Elephant, Glasser, Big Audio Dynamite, The Kills, London Suede

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Big Audio Dynamite[/lastfm]

big audio dynamite frazer harrison getty images [Coachella 2011 Review] Cage The Elephant, Glasser, Big Audio Dynamite, The Kills, London Suede

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[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jones[/lastfm], the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Clash[/lastfm]’s punk-rock prophet (and a sardonically charming Brit), is the lead singer of the recently reunited legacy band and Flashback favorite, Big Audio Dynamite. With their history of irreverent dance-rock jams and their funky style, BAD definitely had one of the biggest draws of the “older bands.”

Standing next to the speaker, it was easy to hear the Big in the Audio–the sound was huge, even making it feel like my heart was going to erratically skip a couple of beats.

But although they were Big on the Audio, was BAD Dynamite ? After listening to them play nine songs including old favorites like “Medicine Show,” “BAD,” and “E=MC2,” the general consensus is: Kind Of.

What was “dynamite” about the show was Mick Jones’ special brand of humor–he dedicated one of his songs to all the Mexican immigrants in California–and the fact that he was even up there to begin with. Even if our hearts “skipped a beat” with the huge sound, Jones didn’t skip a beat.

He’s a consummate rock star, but the effect Big Audio Dynamite had last night was a little aged, a little stale, and while still just as funky and danceable, just  a charming reunion act.

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