The Kills [7:50; Outdoor Theatre]
The White Stripes are usually the first band that comes to mind upon hearing about a modern garage rock guy/girl duo. The Kills have the same dynamic; only they still record music and do not receive mainstream play.
The Kills are dominated by songstress Alison Mosshart, whose vocals are comparable to Chrissie Hynde, Karen O, or Shirley Manson, combined with the punk rock fury heard in her previous band, Discount. She is accompanied by Jamie Hince on guitars, who she first met when she heard him practicing in a hotel room above hers.
They released their fourth album, Blood Pressures, 11 days before they took the stage at Coachella for the third time. This album made up roughly half of their set, and the crowd approved, even when they played the piano ballad “The Last Goodbye” toward the end.
1. No Wow
2. Future Starts Slow
3. Heart is a Beating Drum
4. Kissy Kissy
5. U.R.A. Fever
8. Tape Song
9. Baby Says
10.The Last Goodbye
One Day as a Lion [8:15; Mojave]
Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha and The Mars Volta’s Jon Theodore formed One Day as a Lion in 2008. They released an eponymous EP and played a handful of shows over the years. In fact, Coachella was their third show, ever.
One would have never guessed it, but de la Rocha and Theodore have been in the industry for years, so large audiences are nothing new. ODAL possesses a raw energy that melds rap and rock- but not in the Limp Bizkit sense. It is the same politically charged tour de force we recognize from RATM.
Big Audio Dynamite [9:05; Outdoor Theatre]
Both Big Audio Dynamite and Wire had smaller audiences than expected. Mumford & Sons was simultaneously playing at the main stage and drew a large young crowd. The fanbase for B.A.D. and Wire was a bit older than those watching Mumford & Sons, which isn’t surprising, because both feature musicians that have been making music since the 70’s.
The frontman of B.A.D. is Mick Jones, who shared singing duties in The Clash with Joe Strummer. Jones’ vocals in B.A.D. are very similar to The Clash, but musically B.A.D. has a stronger roots influence. The former members of The Clash have been active lately- both Jones and Paul Simonon joined The Gorillaz on tour, and Jones formed Carbon/Silicon after Strummer died.
Jones was as charismatic as ever. He dedicated “A Party” to all the Mexican immigrants living in California and Arizona, a refreshing stance after seeing Soundstrike forerunner, Zack de la Rocha. In spite of the modest crowd, fans basked in the presence of a punk rock legend.
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