Saturday, May 10, 2014

Coachella 2014 Day 2 Photos

Art Installations

Top 9 Sets of Day 2

1) Warpaint 9/10
I saw Warpaint at my first Coachella in 2011, and they proved just as hypnotic on their home ground this year, performing material from their outstanding new album.

2) Banks 8.5/10
There's no doubt LA based Banks is a rising R&B star, and her debut album release in the autumn is eagerly awaited. This confidently delivered set only increased my enthusiasm from the first time I saw her supporting The Weeknd in the UK.

3) Lorde 8/10
I have to admit that I've found Lorde's music rather anodyne, and been sceptical about the hype surrounding her. Yet, on this basis, she has not only true star quality, but has amazing on-stage presence. The crowd went wild, and this was perhaps the most memorable occasion of the weekend.

4) Washed Out 8/10
It's easy to dismiss this music as shoe gaze, yet live, I was surprised by Washed Out's intensity in their late afternoon slot in the Gobi tent.

5) City and Colour 7/10
Dallas Green's soothing voice and easy going music suited the intense afternoon heat on the main stage perfectly; if the crowd looks thin on the photo below, note that the bar areas to the side were crowded with people cooling down with a drink.

6) The Head and the Heart 7/10
The Head and the Heart can be easily bracketed with Mumford and Sons, and in truth their folk pop isn't notable for originality, and may have been more engaging in a more intimate space.

7) Future Islands 7/10
The Baltimore synth pop group played the Gobi tent as the sun went down; with strong new material from Singles they received a rapturous reception, with lead singer Samuel Herring's vocals and stage presence charismatic.

8) Ty Segall 7/10
The San Francisco garage rockers had an early slot on the Outdoor Stage, but the performance didn't lack energy. Perhaps it's missing the point to say that it didn't move me with subtle emotion.

9) Foxygen 6/10
Foxygen fans were excited by the new material performed here; backing singers dancing provided visual interest, yet I simply wasn't moved by the music in my first experience of the day.

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