Tag Archives: Coachella
Posted: May 8, 2013
Perhaps that was because of their excellent opener of ”Sleep Alone,” which was the first single off their 2012 album Beacon.
Posted: April 20, 2012
Gretsch signature artist Tim Armstrong will join Jimmy Cliff this afternoon again at Coachella in Indio, Calif. Check out this clip from last weekend’s Coachella festival of set closer “One More.”
Posted: April 14, 2012
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff refused to lose any of his spunk despite ominous clouds and winds that had the stage lights swirling so furiously that the crew took a few minutes to huddle up and discuss the situation.
After a slight delay, the reggae legend launched his set with an energetic “You Can Get What You Want,” quickly moving the crowd up front from concerned to carefree as they tried to dance along and match his split kicks.
Cliff then slowed it down with the gospel-minded “Many Rivers To Cross,” a somber tune that matched the bleak day at Coachella, before picking it up with a cover of Rancid’s punk ska track “Ruby Soho,” which appears on Cliff’s 2011 EP, Sacred Fire.
Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, who produced the EP, was part of Cliff’s backing band. Looking dapper in his black suit, white shirt, black tie and fedora, Armstrong rocked his Gretsch signature model.
Cliff pulled out two statement songs with “Save Our Planet” and “Vietnam” before rolling right into a fan favorite with a cover of Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now.” Although the dark clouds never abated, Cliff undeniably added a dose of brightness to Friday’s bill.
The 64-year-old closed out his set with his classic cut “The Harder They Come” and “One More,” leaving fans to chant the chorus long after he’d left the stage.
Posted: April 19, 2011
Watch Interpol perform “Barricade” off their 2010 eponymous album at the Coachella Music Festival.
Posted: April 16, 2011
Written by Mike Duffy
Interpol’s much-anticipated set from Coachella’s main stage was just as much about the visual effects as it was the music, and that’s how the band kind of wanted it.
Heading into the massive festival, Interpol announced that they were teaming up with director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive) to create an experience where “the observer becomes the observed,” and once that happens, “the performance explores the deepening layers of covert surveillance.”
The experiment took place in the second half of the show, as a cartoon played simultaneously alongside the dark “Evil,” a hit from Interpol’s second album, Antics.
Now touring on their fourth, the eponymous Interpol, the New York rockers came on at the prime spot in the day when the sun was falling over the California mountains. They definitely took advantage of it on other songs, as well.
As the sky darkened, the “Coachella” Stage’s two huge video boards showcased several eye-catching images, which were also repeated on huge screens behind Interpol’s guitarist Daniel Kessler, who played a Gretsch for most of the night, and bassist Brad Truax.
During a packed-crowd favorite, the song “Barricade” was played with images of all three guitarists on the facades, swathed in a red tint and with Matrix-style numbers dropping down in red, the main color used throughout the visual affair.
But one of the biggest pops came when the opening chords of “Evil” were played. “Rosemary, heaven restores you in life/You’re coming with me now/Through the aging, the fearing, the strife.”
The younger crowd immediately rushed nearer to the stage to film their next YouTube video or host a personal viewing party.
It seems that the new-wave band that broke out to so much success in the early 2000s, only to drift to the back of the pack as the decade wore on, is now ready to stay insert themselves back in the forefront.
Given this day and digital age, Friday’s visually- and sonically-arresting performance has them on the right track.