[Coachella 2011 Review] Best Coast, Death From Above 1979, Duran Duran, Duck Sauce, Kanye West
Our friends in L.A. were on site all weekend covering the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Check out all the reviews, photos, and videos right here!
Back at home in Los Angeles, Coachella 2011 is officially over. Overall, it’s been a wonderful blur of decent to amazing live music, rum drinks, long sweaty walks, eye candy wearing ridiculous Native American garb, and lots of delayed texts.
Coming from the perpetual party to the 9-to-5 work grind is always a little bit hard, but we’ll always have memories of three wonderful days on the polo field, especially after [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm]’s mind-blowing close to the festival last night.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Best Coast[/lastfm]
Artist Sound: Fuzzy, buzzy ’90s surfer rock reverb with ’60s pop chord structures.
Crowd Response: Diehards were singing along, but mostly everyone was completely chill, basking in the beauty of the desert twilight. No one was really “rocking” out, but no one was really complaining about the lack of stage presence.
Performance Adjectives: Mellow, lackadaisical, summery, wistful, crunchy, messy
Notable Songs Played: “Bratty B,” “Crazy For You,” “Summer Mood,” “Boyfriend,” “When I’m With You,” “Born Again” (new song), “That’s The Way Boys Are” ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lesley Gore [/lastfm]Cover)
Poignant Moments: Lead singer Bethany Cosentino asking the audience to ask Kanye West to let her sing backing on one of his tracks.
Hype Vs. Reality: Best Coast write beautiful, druggy Phil Spector-era ’60s-style surf tunes but they sound much better on their album than live. Cosentino is not a very dynamic stage performer. Likewise, the instruments sounded a little bit ramshackle. As good as everyone says? The album is flawless, live show is disappointing.