Best Reunion (Dance Edition): LCD Soundsystem
The monumental, moon-sized disco ball was back above the Coachella mainstage on Friday, as the reunited LCD Soundsystem delivered a headline set that was as forceful and eccentric as ever, the band's fourth performance since reconvening after a five-year break. In many ways, LCD Soundsystem is a mashup of many qualities of the Coachella tradition: adept at both rock and electronics, danceable and thought-provoking, idiosyncratic and down to earth. Leader James Murphy is a man obsessed with culture and a good clattering beat, leading the New York band through a 15-song set with anxious ease. On "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," he frantically banged intense percussion into his mic and later paid tribute to a musical hero with a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes."
He was a typically amusing host. As the undulating rhythm of "Yeah" began, Murphy looked across the field to a row of palm trees bathed in colored blinking lights and joked that the band "spent a lot of money" to get those lights shining on the trees. "They're a little out of sync." Late in the evening, he revealed that he'd been working on limiting how much he talked between songs (which is usually a lot), and that the band had earned enough time to add an additional song to the set. "I don't know if that's good for you," he said, "but it's good for us."