COACHELLA WEBCAST – LIVE ON YOUTUBE APRIL 12-14, 2013 / Day 1 Review

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First Day –  Highlights

It’s a wild sight once you’re there: Ticketholders – fresh off the freeway from office cubicles and lecture halls – sport pasty complexions and keen, darting eyes. The air’s filled with overheard chatter about the schedule, what kind of cute outfits everyone’s packed, and whether their pals have even heard of  Brit band The Stone Roses.

Though tickets sold out in just 20 minutes, there’s been a wave of disappointment surrounding the lineup this time around. “Coachella loves the 90s” has been the most prolific jab, and there’s a sense that the bill is lacking throughout (e.g. no holographic reincarnations slotted this time around). But as fine wine develops complexity with age and absence makes the heart grow fonder, the established headliners proved to be the crown jewels, while the hungry rising stars provided the backbone, the anchor, the vitality, and lifeblood for any great music festival.

If any trend for Coachella’s 2013 edition could be discerned from its launch day, it’s that the festival is undergoing a full-on British invasion. From Oasis to Radiohead to My Bloody Valentine and beyond, the U.K. has always been deeply represented at Coachella, but this year seemed to span nearly every era of recent English pop history. At Jake Bugg’s rapturously received afternoon set in the Mojave Tent, the young Brit troubadour evoked in both his mod personal style and hooky musical choices.

The first night of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featured two U.S. debuts for major Britpop bands The Stone Roses and Blur.

Throughout the Stone Roses’ performance, Squire took the songs to unexpected frontiers with unhinged, dimensional lead playing that felt both retro and futuristic, moving from full-on boogie to spectral echoes within the same passage.

After a knockout set by Karen O and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Blur reunion had a lot to live up to.

 

 

 

The night’s best performance, however, came from the band that preceded Stone Roses on the Main Stage, Blur. The U.K. foursome’s Coachella set proved its first Stateside appearance since reuniting for a series of acclaimed shows in 2009. The Britpop pioneers entered the stage dripping attitude, getting the crowd dancing immediately with its signature hit “Girls & Boys.” Frontman Damon Albarn was a dynamic presence, and the crowd seemed to double with each classic the band wheeled out.

If Americans generally don’t know who the hell The Stone Roses are, then surely they at least know Blur via “that woo hoo song.” Yet, it’s Blur that got the second billing for Coachella’s opening night. Regardless, Damon Albarn and the boys appeared unfazed, as they drew from not only the early Britpop smashes but also their more experimental works with a magnetizing air of self-assurance.

Second Day

Another great day today (Saturday) at Coachella, with some great acts like Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, The Gaslight Anthem, The XX, The Postal Service and many others.  Review to be added on Monday.

Third Day

Phoenix (an encore!), Tame Impala,  The Gaslight Anthem, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and  other great bands are performing on Sunday, the festival’s last day. Review to be added on Monday.

Ainhoa @ Coachella having a wonderful time!

COACHELLA WEBCAST

Sunday April 14th LIVE SCHEDULE

    • 3:30 PM
    • Smith Westerns
    • Channel 2
    • 3:30 PM
    • The Gaslight Anthem
    • Channel 1
    • 3:30 PM
    • DIIV
    • Channel 3
    • 4:20 PM
    • Cloud Nothings
    • Channel 3
    • 4:30 PM
    • Jessie Ware
    • Channel 2
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Airborne Toxic Event
    • Channel 1
    • 5:15 PM
    • The Lumineers
    • Channel 1
    • 5:30 PM
    • Tanlines
    • Channel 2
    • 6:05 PM
    • Social Distortion
    • Channel 1
    • 6:10 PM
    • James Blake
    • Channel 2
    • 6:20 PM
    • Paul Oakenfold
    • Channel 3
    • 7:00 PM
    • Tame Impala
    • Channel 1
    • 7:40 PM
    • Father John Misty
    • Channel 2
    • 7:40 PM
    • Simian Mobile Disco
    • Channel 3
    • 8:00 PM
    • Vampire Weekend
    • Channel 1
    • 8:30 PM
    • Franz Ferdinand
    • Channel 2
    • 8:50 PM
    • Pretty Lights (Highlights)
    • Channel 1
    • 8:50 PM
    • OMD
    • Channel 3
    • 9:20 PM
    • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    • Channel 2
    • 9:20 PM
    • Wu-Tang Clan
    • Channel 1
    • 9:45 PM
    • The Faint
    • Channel 3
    • 10:10 PM
    • Dinosaur Jr.
    • Channel 2
    • 10:20 PM
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • Channel 1
    • 10:40 PM
    • Eric Prydz
    • Channel 3
    • 11:00 PM
    • Dead Can Dance
    • Channel 2

SATURDAY APRIL 13 LIVE SCHEDULE

    • 3:30 PM
    • MONA
    • Channel 2
    • 3:30 PM
    • Baauer
    • Channel 3
    • 3:35 PM
    • Dropkick Murphys
    • Channel 1
    • 4:15 PM
    • Shouting Matches
    • Channel 2
    • 4:25 PM
    • Ben Howard
    • Channel 1
    • 4:45 PM
    • The Selecter
    • Channel 3
    • 5:10 PM
    • Bat For Lashes
    • Channel 2
    • 5:15 PM
    • Café Tacvba
    • Channel 1
    • 5:45 PM
    • Biffy Clyro
    • Channel 3
    • 6:05 PM
    • Puscifer
    • Channel 1
    • 6:10 PM
    • Allen Stone
    • Channel 2
    • 6:35 PM
    • Violent Femmes
    • Channel 3
    • 6:55 PM
    • Portugal. The Man
    • Channel 1
    • 7:00 PM
    • Major Lazer
    • Channel 2
    • 7:45 PM
    • Grizzly Bear
    • Channel 1
      • 7:45 PM
      • Bassnectar (Highlights)
      • Channel 3
      • 8:00 PM
      • Yeasayer
      • Channel 2
      • 8:20 PM
      • Benny Benassi
      • Channel 3
      • 8:35 PM
      • Hot Chip
      • Channel 1
      • 9:00 PM
      • Spiritualized
      • Channel 2
      • 9:30 PM
      • The Postal Service
      • Channel 1
    •                         9:55 PM
        • Moby DJ Set
        • Channel 3
        • 10:00 PM
        • Descendents
        • Channel 2
        • 10:30 PM
        • The xx
        • Channel 1
        • 10:45 PM
        • Janelle Monae
        • Channel 3
        • 10:55 PM
        • Two Door Cinema Club
        • Channel 2
        • 11:35 PM
        • Phoenix
        • Channel 1
    • 11:35 PM
    • Knife Party
    • Channel 3
    • 11:45 PM
    • New Order
    • Channel 2

FRIDAY APRIL 12 LIVE SCHEDULE

    • 3:30 PM
    • Jake Bugg
    • Channel 2
    • 3:30 PM
    • Stars
    • Channel 1
    • 3:30 PM
    • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
    • Channel 3
    • 4:20 PM
    • Johnny Marr
    • Channel 2
    • 4:30 PM
    • Beardyman
    • Channel 3
    • 4:35 PM
    • Divine Fits
    • Channel 1
    • 5:20 PM
    • Alt-J
    • Channel 2
    • 5:20 PM
    • Metric
    • Channel 1