Best Guitar Spasms in the Direct Desert Sunlight: The 1975
It was 93 degrees at 4 p.m. when the 1975 emerged on the Outdoor Theatre. Singer Matthew Healy swept to the stage, his shirt open to show tattoos on love and self-determination. He'd be soaked with sweat within a few tunes, but never lost his cool. When a fan tossed a rose to the stage, he put it between his teeth before dropping it again. Playing their first ever American festival, the 1975 create a modern rock and pop sound ("Heart Out") more 1985 than 1975, with synthy rhythms and saxophone right out of "Careless Whisper." But when it came time to rock out on several songs, Healy knew exactly what to do: He ripped open a guitar riff, bent over his instrument in ecstasy or agony, and yanked out some crazy sounds like a next-gen Jack White.