I really don’t understand the Coachella excitement going on right now. They predict temperatures in the high 90s or even low 100s (it’s the desert after all), and most festival goers will end up being under a super crowded tent in the middle of sweaty people, getting sunburned, wasted, stoned or/and dehydrated, paying for really expensive ordinary hotels, to see what? Bands you can see in clubs all year long in Los Angeles.
I am gonna prove it:
The Black Keys? They played the Palladium last September. Interpol? They played several shows and I saw them for free at the Jimmy Kimmel live. Cold war Kids? They played an intimate show at the Bootleg and saw them at another one at the top of a Hollywood hotel. Warpaint, Titus Andronicus, Ariel Pink, Best Coast? Saw all of them at FYF fest last year, a much more doable festival. Sleigh Bells? I saw them at the El Rey last year. Arcade Fire? I saw them at the Shrine. Bright Eyes? They were playing a show at Pomona this week, and I saw Conor Oberst and the Felice Brothers (also playing at Coachella) at the Echo last year. Gogol Bordello? At the Mayan theater and the Nokia last year. Duran Duran was playing the Mayan not a long time ago,
Broken Social Scene, Robyn, Scissor Sisters, Jenny and Johnny, MEN, OFF!? All did free shows at Amoeba recently, and these are only the ones I am aware of.
Ellie Goulding plays at the Music Box this week,… should I continue? I could go on like this for a long time as many of the bands on the schedule have played in some LA clubs….
Ok, I haven’t seen the Chemical Brothers, Kings of Leon, Animal Collective (but saw Panda Bear, does it counts?) Kanye West and The Strokes, but do I need to?
My point being it is not worth it. Almost any of these bands can be seen in much better conditions, very often in small venues, for a mere $10-15!
So why going to this gargantuesque fest, this musical bulimia,… there’s no way someone can appreciate music in these conditions.
simultaneously self-effacing and egomaniacs
essentially a disco remix of “Rocket Man” featuring one of the the UK’s biggest stars…
“I literally really need you to jump up and down”
Friday night might kill us but Thursday evening is a blast
it just isn’t the triumph she needed after six years
an impressive sonic ride.
a high-spirited Post Pandemic anthem
a memorable band who were never better than here
almost Pink Floyd-esque