Best Non-Reunion Comeback Moment: Beck
Beck released his triumphant mellow-rock masterpiece Morning Phase — his first full studio album in five years — in February. But that wasn't the Beck revealed in his headlining set at Coachella 2014, playing just before Arcade Fire closed the night. Instead, Beck focused largely on his best-known Nineties hits, opening the show with "Devil's Haircut" from his 1996 classic Odelay, then segueing immediately into his breakout hit from 1994, "Loser" before ending the set with his funky hit "Where It's At." In fact, he only played one song from Morning Phase, the single "Blue Moon," which appeared half an hour through the show. Instead, he relied on uptempo favorites with near garage-rock abandon, giving "One Foot in the Grave" an extended blues harmonica honk and welcoming his son onstage to play tambourine. "I got a phone call back in '99," Beck stated between songs towards the end of his set. "I was asked if I wanted to play a show in the desert called Coachella — its first year. Fifteen years later, I'm back on the same stage, with the same band." Moments after this heartfelt paean to Coachella's awesomeness, however, Beck and his band had inched past their end time, and the sound was cut out abruptly, leaving Beck to pop, lock and moonwalk in utter silence — a perfectly surreal end to a classic, spontaneous Beck performance.