The best of Coachella weekend one

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Christopher Victorio
Weekend one of Coachella's in the books. Re-live the best moments below.

Oh, man, our West Coast counterparts at the LA Weekly and OC Weekly were on the ground reporting from Coachella all weekend, and they brought back some really great stuff, giving a chance for land-locked music lovers like us who watched the stream on YouTube to live vicariously:

"What My Spirit Hood Means To Me": Coachella-Goers Explain

Coachella: The Black Lips' Cole Alexander Goes Full Monty, Plays Guitar With His Ding-Dong

Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs

Coachella: What the Hell Is That Giant Flower?

Coachella: Five Signs You're An Aging Hipster

Below, we've also posted a couple reviews of sets by Radiohead and Flying Lotus from the first weekend of this year's edition of Coachella. Page down to read the highlights from those sets.

Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
Radiohead at Coachella this past Saturday night.


Radiohead might have a problem. They are so consistently great that an elite performance, such as the one turned in Saturday night at Coachella, could be seen as missing that element of surprise that comes with headlining the festival. No beach ball deluge, no guest stars. Just a Radiohead show. Just the highest-grade psychedelic rock performance achievable present-day. But is that enough?

Coming into the show, audiences knew a few things: the set would draw heavily from King of Limbs; the band would feature their live-performance-specialist, electro-percussionist Clive Deamer; and, as always, the performance would be spot-on and huge-sounding, with intense visuals. And that's exactly what it was -- two hours and 21 songs worth of near-flawless execution.

The band wasted no time featuring its newest stage member, opening the show with "Bloom," a song built upon a tapestry polyrhythms woven by Deamer and drummer Phil Selway. With Deamer, Radiohead sounded fuller, busier and have a subtle tribal lilt that sneaks into even their older material. Last night's most obvious example of this was during Kid A staples "Idioteque" and "Everything in Its Right Place," both of which grooved harder than ever; and "15 Step" from In: Rainbows sounded denser and more visceral than on the recording.

But the show wasn't all frenetic energy: one early set highlight saw the band rein it in for haunting version of "Pyramid Song," showcasing Radiohead's trademark quiet intensity. Another quiet song, "Daily Mail," came next. Fans who took the opportunity to make a beer run were seen moments later hustling back towards the stage as the band exploded into the opening notes of the hard-charging "Myxomatosis."

Only a handful tunes from Radiohead's first three albums made it into the setlist: "Lucky" from OK Computer was a gem, the first of six songs in the encore. "Paranoid Android" rained down to close the show. Earlier in the set, the festival audience sang along to "Karma Police" to which Thom Yorke quipped, was "just like an '80s rock film." And then, "The '80s were shite in case you missed it, which you probably did," acknowledging that the Pablo Honey record outdated good chunk of the audience.

Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly

Surprises were never Thom Yorke's thing. They make him nervous. And standard classic rock cliches, like inviting the audience to sing along, or floating a giant inflatable pig over the stage, aren't really his style either. Nothing will ever be disappointing about a Radiohead concert. But then again, when you're the Saturday headliner at Coachella, it's best to have at least one extra trick up your sleeve. -- Adam Lovinus


Personal Bias: Radiohead have a permanent spot in my all time top ten.

Overheard in the Crowd: Give me some more OK Computer!

Random Notebook Dump: At "Give Up the Ghost": Too cold for acoustic ballads, c'mon Thom.


Coachella - 4/14/12
Indio, CA

15 Step
Weird Fishes
Morning Mr. Magpie
The Gloaming
Pyramid Song
The Daily Mail
Karma Police
Lotus Flower
There There


After The Gold Rush (a capella)
Everything in Its Right Place
Give Up the Ghost
Paranoid Android

Read tons more show coverage from L.A. Weekly's West Coast Sound blog.

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