Entries tagged with: Devo
Television at Rough Trade in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Polaris Prize-nominated Arcade Fire already have some incredible openers lined up for their tour including a Unicorns reunion at all three Barclays Center shows (Aug. 22, 23 & 24) in Brooklyn, as well as two California shows. Dan Deacon are on those Barclays shows too and it's now been announced that the third date will also feature NYC punk legends Television!
In case you weren't keeping up, let me repeat: You can see Arcade Fire, the reunited Unicorns, and Television on the same damn show. Tickets for all three Barclays Center dates are still on sale.
New York doesn't get all the fun though, another legendary band from that same era, Devo (who they covered) have been added to Arcade Fire's two Chicago shows and their Mountain View, CA show. Steve Mackey of Pulp (DJ set) and Antibalas were also added to select dates.
Updated Arcade FIre dates, including other shows with Spoon, tUnE-yArDs, the reunited Constantines, and more, are listed below...
photos by P Squared Photography
Devo @ Best Buy Theater 6/19/2012
"The original idea for this tour was, of course, an artistic conceit like Devo often does," Casale said over the phone from California. "We were going to play only these 'Hardcore' songs that existed before anybody knew about us and we were in our experimental, insular period of proto-Devo. And we thought, 'It'll be so bizarre for us and the crowd, so let's do it!' But then it became like a memorial tour and a way to raise money for his family."Always fans of high concepts, Devo devolved for their current "hardcore" tour -- their first since the death of guitarist Bob Casale -- which focuses entirely on the band's early, experimental years before signing to Warner Brothers. For fans of the "Jocko Homo" / "Uncontrollable Urge" era, this is mid-'70s paydirt. That tour, which was dedicated to the late Casale and was a fundraiser for his family, hit NYC last night (6/19) for a show at Time's Square's Best Buy Theater. The show began with Mark Mothersbaugh coming out alone, sitting at his keyboard and leafing through a copy of the evening news (from 1974), and the band joined one by one later. The first half of the show was played sitting down, and the jumpsuits didn't come out till later in the show. As for their signature Energy Dome headgear, you had to look to audience members for those last night.
The "his family" in question is that of Robert Casale, a.k.a. Bob 2, Gerald's brother and longtime Devo guitarist/keyboardist who died of heart failure in February at age 61.
"Bob's family was destitute because he didn't have insurance and there's all these catastrophic care bills because he was trying to get Obamacare right when it happened," Casale said. "So we started a donation site that Pearl Jam and Shepard Fairey put on their sites. But that wasn't enough to help with (Bob's) family not losing their house."
Casale had already pitched the idea for a "Hardcore Devo" tour, as the band's 1974-1977 period has come to be known, which would consist exclusively of songs originally recorded on four-track tape machines in the basements of Akron, Ohio, where Devo formed. - [Denver Post]
More pictures from last night, and Devo's setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
Devo at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
New wave/art punk legends Devo lost guitarist Bob Casale who sadly passed away this past February (only months after former drummer Alan Myers passed away), and in his honor they'll be going on a North American tour this year playing music from their early, experimental period of 1974-'77. That tour hits NYC on June 19 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale soon via Ticketmaster. All dates are listed below.
Devo also have some releases planned for Record Store Day, including Live at Max's Kansas City (recorded in 1977), a 7" for "Gates of Steel" with The Flaming Lips' cover of the song plus the original, and a vinyl picture disc of their 1996 "return" show.
Watch the video of The Flaming Lips' "Gates of Steel" cover, with some classic Devo material and the list of dates, below...
We're sad to report that original Devo guitarist Bob Casale died Monday (2/17). From a post by his brother Gerald on the band's Facebook:
As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.Bob was part of Devo in the very early days, rejoined the band for their late-'70s/early-'80s heyday, and helped produced the band's 2010 album Something for Everybody. Bob, you'll truly be missed.
- Gerald Casale, Devo founder.
Devo drummer Alan Myers died last year. A few classic Devo clips below...
someone dressed up as Devo at the NYC Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
The electronic elements of Arcade Fire's new album Reflektor have gained it some comparisons to other electronic rock records of the past, like Talking Heads and David Bowie of course, but also Devo, who Arcade Fire (in their "Reflektors" alter-egos) covered at their second of two LA shows last night (10/31). They took on "Uncontrollable Urge," the opening track of Devo's 1978 debut LP, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!. The cover stays pretty faithful to the original, which isn't a bad thing in this case. It looks like it was a fun time.
If you missed them, check out pictures and videos of Arcade Fire's first night in LA.
Watch the video of the Devo cover (via Stereogum) below...
Alan Myers, who drummed on the first six Devo albums, has passed away this week after a battle with cancer, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. He was the band's third and most well known drummer, having played on the band's earliest, well-regarded material like 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and 1979's Duty Now for the Future, in addition to their one moment of commercial success, "Whip It" from 1980's Freedom of Choice.
In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!Devo's current drummer Josh Freese, who told SPIN in 2010 that Myers was one of his own major influences, also tweeted, "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."
Rest in peace, Alan. You'll be missed. Watch some videos of his time in Devo below...
photos by Keith Marlowe and Harriet Roberts
Flag / The Damned / the pit @ Punk Rock Bowling 2013
Under the blazing Nevada sun, Punk Rock Bowling festival went down in Las Vegas last week (May 24 - 27) featuring headlining appearances from names like The Damned, Devo, Bad Religion, Turbonegro, Flag, DRI, Subhumans and more. BV photographers Harriet Roberts and Keith Marlowe were there, the latter of whom commented on his experience:
The crowds were pretty sparse in the beginning of the days because lots of people were bowling, and the people that were there wisely took shelter under the tents in the back. Once night fell the place reached it's sold-out capacity. The headliners of the first night were Devo and the Damned. The Damned sounded great, but Devo really stole the show. They had an incredible video/light show and several costume changes.Pictures of those bands and more below...
Bad Religion and Turbonegro headlined the second night. There was a ton of Turbojugend there, and they made their presence known with their jackets and sailor hats, and it seemed like the whole crowd was singing along when singer Tony Sylvester directed them on 'oh.oh.oh.....I Got Erection' to close out their set. A surprising amount of people left during Bad Religion's set, I think they were worried about the capacity of the clubs for the after shows, which we missed for just that reason.
The last night closed out with the Subhumans, DRI, and Flag. People seem to have an opinion about the various Flag reunions, but i decided hold off on mine until i saw how they were live, and those dudes came to play. People went craaaaaaaaazy. Holy shit. There were bodies everywhere. I hope the Black Flag band is this intense when I see them.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.
Flyer and full lineup below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
If you bought a ticket to that fundraiser, may we interest you in a live entertainment company?
Meanwhile, the President was on The Late Show with David Letterman last night, chatting about the Mitt Romney "47%" video and other things. Watch it below.
Check out what David Byrne & St. Vincent played last night in Chicago.
Look at pictures from our Jon Spencer Blues Explosion record release party that was last night.
Hope to see you at our Rafiq Batia record release party that Anti-Pop Consortium is also playing.
Check out an excellent profile piece on the legendary Neil Young that appeared in the NY Times Magazine.
Sinead O'Connor wrote to Russian president Vladmir Putin, demanding Pussy Riot's release. Is that helping or hurting?
Deftones are back with "Leathers", the new song from their upcoming Koi No Yokan due on 11/13. Check out that song below in a video stream and/or down load your copy at their site.
more stuff below...
By Bill Pearis
In the grand tradition of weirdo Japanese artrock come Tokyo trio Trippple Nippples, who have been in town wreaking havoc and dropping jaws for the last week. They were originally here for a string of opening slots for Devo but have stuck around New York for a few more shows. (Maybe you saw them at Glasslands last Thursday.)
You've got three more chances to see them: tonight (12/20) they're at Pianos with Hard Nips (how could they not?) and play again at Pianos on 12/27 with The Suzan (it had to happen), and then Shea Stadium (with Hard Nips again) on January 4.
What could be described as the Japanese manic electro pixie version of Gwar, Trippple Nippples' wild stage shows are the stuff of legend, involving -- but not limited to -- milk-shooting prothetic breasts, buckets of glitter, feathers, and spaghetti. (You might want to wear old clothes.) They make music too, hyper shouty electro rock that is pretty fun on its own merits too. Pharrell Williams is a fan.
You can stream a few Trippple Nippples tracks below, and there's live footage from Glasslands and other video treats below too.
Is anything still going on at Zuccotti Park? Regardless, Jackson Browne and Dawes, who have collaborated before (just ask Lefsetz!), will perform for Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park today (12/1) sometime between noon and 1:30pm (I've seen it listed as 12, 12:30 and 1). Oh and Third Eye Blind, who wrote a song for the movement, will be there too! How's it going to be? How's it going to be...
Later tonight the movement will be at Lincoln Center with Philip Glass.
Dawes begin a run of proper NY and NJ shows on 12/3.
Devo @ Irving Plaza 2009 (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
You have multiple chances to be and see DEVO over the next few weeks and months. Tonight (10/28) go to that Halloween party dressed in a yellow DEVO suit. Saturday switch it up by doing the grey and blue look. And meanwhile grab tickets to see Devo at one of the shows they just announced in NYC, VA, NJ and Long Island. All dates are listed below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
When we last spoke, The Psychedelic Furs had two dates scheduled with Tom Tom Club including a NYC show on October 3 at Irving Plaza (tickets). The band have since announced a full tour with Tom Tom Club happening in September and October. The tour includes two more NYC-area dates happening on October 6 at Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT and October 8 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Ridgefield show are on sale now and the tickets for the Wellmont show go on sale Thursday (9/1) at noon.
The tour also coincides with Devo's short run of three North American dates this September at Redhook Brewery in Washington on September 17. Unfortunately, that run does not include any NYC dates.
All dates and more pictures from the show Psychedelic Furs played as part of the Escape 2 NY Festival on Saturday, August 6th (Friday pics HERE), below...
Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.
All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.
All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...
the Octopus Project in Austin in 2010 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
The Octopus Project are currently on the road, and later this month hook up with Devo for a string of dates followed by a bunch of shows with Explosions in the Sky in April. It's the latter that brings them to NYC on April 6th, but since Low and Eluvium are opening for EITS at Radio City Music Hall that night (tickets still on sale), the Octopus Project have scheduled their own headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon on Wed (3/2) and regular sale on Friday. All dates below....
photos by Tim Griffin
Fun Fun Fun Fest getting the Descendents as a last minute headliner fill-in for Devo was a big deal, and the size of the crowd that showed up Sunday night to watch the reunited California punk band proved it. It was almost definitely the biggest crowd at any one stage the whole weekend. They played on the Orange, aka the "indie" stage, that MGMT headlined the night before, and you could see that they pulled something like double the crowd, and there were a lot less people watching Mastodon one stage over Sunday night too, partially because the Descendents stole some of their crowd.
""It really was the equivalent of a punk-rock half-court shot at the buzzer," James Moody, co-owner of music booking agency Transmission Entertainment, said backstage on Sunday. "Our backs were against the wall. We're not a big organization. When you've got 10 days to book a monster headliner that you really respect it's hard. We were sweating it."That said, I ran over to Mastodon at the Black Stage for a minute, and their crowd wasn't too shabby either. A-Trak was playing at the same time to a large crowd on the Blue stage too. The Austin festival manages to pull in enough punk and metal fans to actually make Mastodon vs. Descendents (which was supposed to be Mastodon vs Devo) work just fine, from a crowd control point of view anyway. Oh, and the Descendents didn't forget who they were replacing. Like Snapcase (who dedicated the appropriately titled "Energy Dome" to Devo) and Weird Al Yankovic before them, the Descendents paid tribute to Devo. Their way of doing it was by covering "Uncontrollable Urge" during the encore which ended with "Bikeage".
Transmission's players needn't have worried -- playing its first show in many years and its only scheduled United States date, the Descendents drew throngs of true believers, with frontman Milo Aukerman sounding as enthused as ever on frenetic classics like "I Don't Want to Grow Up." Not bad for a guy who's pushing 50." [Austin Statesman]
The show did not dissapoint. Video of the encore, and other videos and more pictures including one of their setlist, below...
Devo, Crocodiles, and Dum Dum Girls have all cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest in the past few days. Sucks, yes. But the evil geniuses at the Austin, Texas Festival (November 5-7, 2010) have already drummed up some replacements. New bands include Cults, and Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos (who were originally on the fest, but had to drop off a few weeks ago and were replaced by The Antlers, and now are back but on a different day). Washed Out also recently replaced Cold Cave, and the Nortec Collective was a recent addition too. Oh, and to replace Devo: new headliner Descendents!
"I really can't believe it. The Descendents were one of those bands on my dream list that I thought I would never get to book" Says Graham Williams, FFF Founder. "A week ago, we had no idea what we were going to do, and now we couldn't be more happy".The show is The Descendents' lone US scheduled appearance, and only appearance before the re-reunited band heads down under in December for some dates in Australia. Get your Fun Fun Fun Fest tickets at their site.
Speaking of Cults, they recently played a gang of shows during CMJ, and their only other show at the moment is with The Morning Benders and Twin Sister at Webster Hall in NYC on 11/18 instead of Oberhofer (tickets).
I'm preparing to head down to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin next weekend as well, and along with all of the incredible heavy music that's already going on at the festival (Mastodon, Floor, Snapcase, High on Fire, Kylesa, Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatred Surge, Ringworm... the list is endless) we'll be hosting an event of our own. On Sunday, November 7th BrooklynVegan will host a killer after-party at Red 7 (doors at 9) with incredible secret guests, along with Landmine Marathon, Mammoth Grinder, and Ratking (mems MOoB, Gorilla Biscuits). The show will be FREE to Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband holders and a measly $5 at the door for those of you without.
Not into metal or need something to do on the other nights of that weekend in Austin? Not to worry. Like the lineup of the festival itself, the selection of bands playing other afterparties on each night of the fest is diverse. There are plenty of options including a November 5th Gorilla Vs Bear shindig (also with secret guest), and many more.
BrooklynVegan show flyer, some video of those bands in action, info on the fest's 2010 Circus Stage, and more, below...
Due to an injury in the band, Devo has cancelled their appearance this Saturday night at the Metro PCS Masquerade and their entire tour. The concert will go on! MetroPCS & 101.9 RXP will present a free show with Neon Trees, The Drums and other special guests this Saturday night at The Hammerstein Ballroom! Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Ticket holders will be honored at the door Saturday night. Or to get your free passes click here to get on the Metro PCS Guest list for admission. Full refunds will be available at Point of PurchaseAccording to another press release, it is a "due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy". Devo were also scheduled to play Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.... and both Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls both also just cancelled their appearances at Fun Fun Fun Fest! Luckily Cornershop wasn't scheduled to play the Austin Festival too.
Other Mischief Night/Halloween options HERE.
After a couple of shows in Texas, The Drums (who recently lost a member) ("we are sorry to say that Adam has left The Drums. Jonny, Jacob and Connor are devastated") will kick off their tour with Surfer Blood on September 27th in Phoenix, AZ. That's the same tour that makes its way to Webster Hall in NYC on October 20th (a show that is also part of CMJ, and which will feature an opening set by The Dewars). That tour ends two days later, October 22nd, in Philly.
Eight days after that, on mischief night, the Drums will share a bill with Devo and Neon Trees at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. The "second annual RXP Halloween Concert" is on sale now (for the low low price of $55-with-fees a ticket).
For Devo, it's one of just three shows they have coming up at the moment. The other two are Moogfest and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
And speaking of Surfer Blood,
"According to a Brightest Young Things interview with Surfer Blood lead singer JP Pitts, the indie rock upstarts recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros. The group plan to release an EP on current label Kanine next year before making a jump to the majors with an as-yet-unscheduled LP to be released by Warners and Kanine." [Pitchfork]The Drums' debut, self-titled album was recently released by Downtown.
All dates below...
Devo's new album, Something for Everybody, is out today (6/15) and streaming online in the form of a Cat Listening Party, which runs till 8pm PST (11pm EST). According to the band, "It is 88%-guaranteed to meet with your audio approval." The album streams, without cats, at Colbert Report until Thursday (it's a little out of way on the right side of the page). They'll be on the Colbert Report Wednesday night, Letterman Tuesday night, and Regis & Kelly on Friday.
Tour dates are here. The closest they come to NYC currently is Clifton Park, NY's Northern Lights on Saturday, July 31st - tickets are on sale. They play Osheaga in Montreal on Sunday, August 1st and Lollapalooza on August 6th.
A video promo and album tracklist are below...
In addition to playing the June 30th Passion Pit/Tokyo Police Club/Suckers show at Governors Island (they're opening), We Were Promised Jetpacks has added a Tuesday, June 29th headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bear Hands open. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon. General sale starts Friday, May 28th at noon.
The Brooklyn show is one of at least seven shows that WWPJ and Bear Hands will play together this summer. Those dates include Louisville, Kentucky's Forecastle Festival which has updated its July lineup since we last spoke. That updated lineup and day-by-day schedule, and all dates below...
Morning Benders @ Emo's in Austin (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Real Estate @ PS1
* Narrows @ Cake Shop
* Earth Day @ Grand Central
* Mike Doughty @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Kings Go Forth @ Southpaw
* Jason Collett, Zeus, Bahamas @ Union Hall
* Karl Denson's Tiny Universe @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Frances, Rafter, Necking (late) @ Glasslands
* Shark?, This Is Versailles (BBQ) @ Party Expo
* Camila Meza, Meta and the Cornerstones @ Zebulon
* Dam-Funk on a Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* International Noise Conference 0'10 @ Silent Barn
* Titus Andronicus, Harlem, Spider Bags @ Maxwell's
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Dough Rollers @ The Bell House
* Adam Green, Savoir Adore, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Weird Owl, Imaginary Weapons, Von Haze (early) @ Glasslands
* Of Montreal, Wiz Khalifa, Ghostface Killah @ Columbia University
* Envy On The Coast, The Fall of Troy, Twin Atlantic @ Irving Plaza
* Gordon Voidwell, Boy Crisis, Das Racist, Iron Solomon @ 92YTribeca
* Tobacco, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Blast Off! @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* The Morning Benders, Holiday Shores, The Luyas @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* HEALTH, Cold Cave, North Highlands, Oberhofer, Andrew W.K. (DJ) @ Solar One
* Holiday Shores, Micachu & the Shapes, Beach Fossils, Moonmen on the Moon Man @ Bruar Falls
* Screaming Females, The Measure, Barrakuda McMurder, Byrds of Paradise, Modern Hut @ Mercury Lounge
* Tahiti Boy and The Palmtree Family, Single Parents, Other Crimes, Drunk Tigers, Blues in Space @ Pianos
Bruar Falls' one year anniversary is tonight.
BrooklynVegan presents Morning Benders, Holiday Shores & The Luyas at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
BrooklynVegan presents Narrows, I Hate Our Freedom and Psychic Limb at Cake Shop.
Silversun Pickups/Against Me! Williamsburg Waterfront tickets are on sale at noon.
MGMT is on Saturday Night Live tonight.
There's a tribute to Alex Chilton at the Living Room on Sunday night.
Devo performed on Jimmy Fallon this past week. Videos below...
photos by Rachel Carr
"An aggregate 225,000 people bought tickets to see a [Coachella] roster headlined by Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz during the April 16-18 event at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio.The 2010 edition of Coachella actually began excactly one week ago today, and we already posted full picture sets from: DAY ONE, DAY TWO and DAY THREE. Now here is one last group that contains unposted outtakes from all three...
The previous attendance record was set in 2007, when the headliners included a reunited Rage Against the Machine. Final figures are still being tallied, but AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips said the gross will exceed $20 million.
Phillips said the future looked bleak for AEG Live's nascent All Points West festival, which took place in 2008 and 2009 across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J.
"We're probably going to kill it," said Phillips. "As beautiful as (the site) is, it's very hard to get New Yorkers to cross that river. All Points West is an experiment that just didn't work." [Reuters]
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
"Wow. The Sahara is past capacity at Coachella for Die Antwoord. No midget. Waiting for the trainwreck but people dig it." - The Scenestar
"Seeing a shirtless Danny DeVito run across the stage while Faith No More played pretty much made my #coachella weekend." - stovn
Die Antwoord, Faith No More
Flopping phalluses are in this year according to Major Lazer and Die Antwoord. Each presented the intersection of beats, party-hyping, gross humor, and dancing in your underwear. Day 2 of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival had an overall far-out theme. Some with sexually explicit lunacy, others with psychedelic music. South Africa's Die Antwoord introduced zef-rap to the festival, South Africa's version of white trash hip hop-a bold, fearless expression of crazy stick a finger up your bum entertainment.
Before arriving at these culminating moments, the day progressed through a series of psychedelic and/or raunchy expressions. John Waters kicked things off with thoughts on crawling through pig poo, taking poppers, the pleasures of sploshing, and strange things he wants to do before he dies. Gossip's Beth Ditto hoped he was watching her blazing disco soul performance but was afraid to look backstage and see him smiling and waving at her. Gossip put on a set that inspired revelations on reality in the most self-empowering ways.
John Waters & Beth Ditto @ Coachella (this pics via Jermey Scott)
The day's best covers include Faith No More doing "Reunited" (they also covered Michael Jackson's "Ben"), Portugal, The Man's jamming Bowie's "Moonlight Daydream," and Girls' flawless "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by the Everly Brothers. The last was a most appropriate choice for the band with an Ariel Pink sensibility towards '50s ballads. MGMT brought the futuristic 1960s with songs from its new album. Many pointed out that the band didn't play "Kids", but that seems to miss the point that MGMT put on a pretty sophisticated, experimental live performance of the band's signature Indian headdress on Phil Spector Fraggle Rock sound.
The Raveonettes played as a duo and sans drum machine, adorably sharing a mic sometimes. The rest of the band remains trapped under lava in Iceland, figuratively speaking. Camera Obscura also shouted out bands stuck in the UK, dedicating "Let's Get Out Of This Country" to those who could not make it.
It seems almost every DJ this weekend has sampled Major Lazer's "Pon De Floor" except Flying Lotus, who took the stage all on his own (no Thom Yorke cameo included). After warming up the crowd with some first grade experimental hip hop, FlyLo brought out the big guns, sounds combined in layers and pitches that act like quaaludes on the light speed continuum. The Dirty Projectors girls evoked cool electronic birds and the Dezurik Sisters with their harmonizing powers. Beach House cooed the audience romantically as 50% of the band, Alex Scally, rubbed his slide up and down the frets.
Did that sound sexy? It's time to talk about sexy. The xx provided the mellow arousal Blonde Redhead and Portishead have given Coachella the last two years. People like The xx because they want sex that fits this soundtrack. They also want sex as excitingly goofy gross as Die Antwoord and to fall in love with a gal like Sia, all at the same time. Sia's beautiful voice closed the night in the Gobi tent, and though her accent rendered her side comments completely incomprehensible, everyone laughed and agreed with anything she said. On the other hand, as great and sexy as the Dead Weather sounded, I don't know if I want to bed someone who demands I treat her like my mother. Old Crow Medicine Show suggested letting a woman rule your mind leads to troubles during "Minglewood Blues." Instead, let her win your heart with country-fried dinner.
Faith No More's twelve-song set included a cameo by a semi-streaker who happened to be Coachella regular Danny Devito. You can see that happen in one of the videos below. Faith No More's whole setlist is down there too.
Porcupine Tree, Tokyo Police Club, Hot Chip, The Almighty Defenders, Les Claypool, Devo, and Muse were also on the bill Saturday. Our review, pictures and videos from Friday are HERE. Saturday continues below...