Coachella Day 2: Steel Train, Camera Obscura, MGMT and more
Right about now, funk-soul brothers and sisters, yours truly would spend the remaining wee hours to crank out a desert dispatch all about how bewitching the Dead Weather were just before midnight ... or how infectious Hot Chip got ... or how impressive it was that The xx's skeletal yet seductive sound captivated far and wide instead of getting drowned out by chatter ... or why MGMT's popularity-shunning set (which didn't include "Kids," much to the disappointment of thousands of fans) was still a solid one (don't tell Desert Jeff that; he thought it was an aloof bore) ... or what marvelous joy there is in dancing to something as heavy, hyper-skilled and operatically melodious as Muse.
It's been a high quality night, for sure, thanks also to rich turns from Dirty Projectors, Devo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Aterciopelados, Major Lazer, Z-Trip and more. All of which you'll hear about by the time Sunday's festivities get underway. But it's been a rougher-than-expected day, littered with innumerable bad-reception runs, more than a few failed batteries, and at least one post (D-Hall on Band of Skulls) that simply went missing. (Maybe it will turn up a day late, like Peter Schelden's thoughts on Gil Scott-Heron.)
With Coachella running longer and later than ever before, and with our dozen or so team members operating on less sleep than you can catch during a screening of Woodstock, we're just too collectively spent to carry on much time. Must ... have ... sleep.
Bear with us, and we'll be back with lots more about Day 2 ... and then it's back to the field for Day 3.
Photo by David Hall, for The Orange County Register.
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