So instead I put together my own mini concert of what I was tempted to shlep a great distance to see, but thankfully didn't have to.
First up is the cool guys from New York, Interpol. Having lost founding member Carlos Denger, there was a bit of a question mark surrounding the band's future. But the dour dudes most often compared with Joy Division for their dyspectic punk musings, still manage to connect. I thought they looked and sounded in fine form this weekend:
I don't know why Kings of Leon is such a polarizing band-- or perhaps it's only in my family where they are considered overrated and passe by some. I'm still a huge fan and would have loved to see this live, if I'd had a private temperature-controlled cabana with free running daiquiris.
While it may be inconsistent of me, and I've always thought consistency was the hobgoblin of little minds anyway, I like Flogging Molly even thought they utilize fiddles, banjos and accordions in their music. They do it with style.
Wow, I apparently can't get enough of the fiddle, because there's one prominently displayed in the Arcade Fire's set. If you're familiar with Arcade Fire, you probably know they were the upset winners of the Grammy for album of the year. I'm not sure I'd want to sit through an entire concert of theirs -- it might be a little too ponderous after a while -- but in small doses it's hard to argue with their talent.
For those of you who are fans of Casey James, you'll probably recognize the first song, "I Got Mine" by the Black Keys. The next was their breakout hit "Tighten Up."
I don't know what's more trippy, the music or the fan's video, but here's some Chemical Brothers (a few days early, probably better suited for 4/20).
Based on a recommendation, I checked out another of the acts performing this weekend at Coachella, the LA-based Warpaint. I hadn't heard of them before and a quick Wiki said they had formed in 2004, had a few alterations to their line up, and are currently an all-female, experiemental band. The first song I listened to was "Elephant," an atmostpheric and hypnotic song. Next was "Bees," and it's similary sexy, layered and moody. Check it out.