Fri 13 Apr – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2012
Arctic Monkeys — They seem disappointed, if not a little bit angry to be here. (Are those just British faces?) Traveled all the way from England to the middle of the California desert, only to encounter gloom and rain. Nevertheless, they sound crisp and I am surprised I still remember three albums’ worth of lyrics.
The Rapture — Ah, yes. You shout a lot and whine, too. Music is repetitive without any build. As soon as we commit to exiting, they play our one song. We dance and laugh and Lara says “This is the cornerstone of our friendship!”
Explosions in the Sky — I wiggle myself THREE bodies away from the front, they close with “The Birth and Death of the Day,” it starts to rain, I almost cry. It’s spiritual (but not religious) and I haven’t felt this happy in a very long time. I missed the Black Keys with Lara as well as M83 to be here and I am glad.
Swedish House Mafia — Confetti! Fireworks! Lazers! Random Flo samples and lots and lots of dancing. …