[Coachella 2011 Review] Seven Hyped Up Bands At Coachella Get A Dose Of Desert Reality

6. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Death From Above 1979[/lastfm]

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Sleazy, swaggering take-no-prisoner alternative punk from two musicians who sound like six and have been defunct since pretty much 2005. This means that if you are a young Death From Above 1979 fan, all you may know about their live performances is what you’ve heard from is from us aging (late-20s) dance-punk kids.


Reunited duo, Death From Above 1979, is probably one of the coolest bands to grace the main stage at Coachella with their thrashed out dance-punk circa early ’00s and their underground reputation–rather than being a currently popular mainstream artist or an old popular band. Yeah, you could see Wire or Big Audio Dynamite or even one of those tiny music blog babies like the Joy Formidable, but DFA 1979 are straight-up street cred cool.

One Exception:

If you’ve never seen DFA 1979 play a tiny club, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. They can play a roof off a joint. A dreamy afternoon in the desert is not the most effective way to see them, even if they did completely rock.

Bottom Line:

Not all the reunited acts of Coachella had steam behind them no matter how good they “used” to be, but DFA 1979 sounded like the raddest rock band that you wish was currently on the radio.


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