I finally went to Coachella. I went to see Rage Against the Machine back in 2007 but that was only a single day. I haven’t been back since, because they made it mandatory to buy 3-day passes and up until now there weren’t enough bands I liked playing to justify spending that much money. That changed when both Refused and At the Drive-In announced they were reuniting for it. And then I looked at the rest of the lineup and realized it was going to be amazing.
So here are all the bands that I was able to see and what I thought:
- Every Time I Die (15)
- Van Halen (12)
- Say Anything (10)
- The Mars Volta (9)
- Young the Giant (8)
The Mars Volta will be one of those bands that puts out an amazing debut album and then never matches it again, which is a real bummer because De-Loused in the Comatorium is one of my favorite albums. Frances the Mute and The Bedlam in Goliath were pretty good and the rest, save a couple stand out songs, have been pretty bad.
Just out of this list was M83. I fired up Spotify to give the latest album a listen since they seem to be another band everyone has been buzzing about. But just like the last buzz band, Gotye, I couldn’t get into it, at all. Although, their current single “Midnight City” is pretty good, but I feel like it should be playing over an 80’s movie’s credits.