April 20th, 2012, 2:56 pm · · posted by GUEST
It’s great to be back for my 11th go-round at the Coachella festival – especially after being wowed by a lot of last weekend’s festivities online.
The Gobi tent was my first stop of the afternoon, where LA-via-Chino alt-rock band Abe Vigoda drew a decent sized crowd. The low-key quartet did several recent songs that utilized a synth and recalled Bloc Party, but with far more dramatic vocals. It was a major improvement from their noisy mid-2000s No Age punk days.
Over at the Mojave tent, there was a party going on, despite the sweltering heat. Oakland band Wallpaper had a big audience waving their hands in the air and singing the Cobra Starship-leaning tunes with abandon. One young gal wearing hot pink shorts enthusiastically blew on a whistle. But a muddy bass mix and rhythms from three drummers made it a little overwhelming at times. Charismatic frontman Ricky Reed was definitely excited to be onstage during “T Rex” and “Two Pair of Shades.”
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