Best Afternoon in the Park Ahead of a Dust Storm: City and Colour
For listeners willing and able to get to the polo fields of Coachella at an earlier hour (after a late night out with Outkast or Anti-Flag), the polo fields of Indio were a good place to ease into the day and take in some epic folk rock in the form of Canada's passionate and sophisticated City and Colour. The mid-afternoon set was several hours ahead of the windstorm to come, and unfolded like a pleasant concert in the park, with ideal weather and fans grooving on the grass. Leader Dallas Green sings in a voice soft and forceful, at home within the quietest ballads and at the center of bigger rock guitar explosions, of which there were many, such as the bluesy, blasting "Fragile Bird." That bite also extended deep into his lyrics, as he sang of the end of California as paradise, doomed to being "wiped out by the ring of fire or a great earthquake" on the otherwise sensitive and dreamy "Golden State." Maybe he saw the weather report.