Best Kept Secret: Despacio
LCD Soundsystem shut things down Friday night, but that was neither the end nor the beginning of James Murphy's Coachella run. Alongside the two acid house upsetters of 2manydjs, the man was putting in work all weekend at Despacio, the trio's storied 50,000-watt vinyl-only sound system. They spun for a total of 20 hours across three days, digging feverishly through crates upon crates of LPs (to-go boxes of grub by their side), while seven 11-foot-tall custom McIntosh speaker towers rained sweet strains of rare, vintage dance music down on a slippery black and white checkered floor. Overhead: a disco ball big enough to crush a bear, slowly rotating through the fog, sending a thousand beams of light out at the planetary mockup hanging from the ceiling, and down to the satisfied patrons, who seemed to be grooving in zero gravity in the midst of all that analog warmth and mid-tempo bump. The best part was how nondescript this almost mythical travelling club (last seen in London) was from the outside: a plain white tent near the front gate, jammed between the lockers and the record shop.