Best Old-School Punk-Rock Stage Persona: Toy Dolls
Toy Dolls are veteran makers of playful (not so angry) old-school punk rock, founded in 1979, and their place on Sunday's bill was a nod to the genuine punk roots of promoter Goldenvoice Productions, which created Coachella. The U.K. trio rocked as tight as ever Sunday, dressed in matching gray schoolboy jackets with red piping and short red ties. Cute, but the band can still rock like younger men, frantically crisscrossing the stage, bouncing and kicking to the beats and riffs in a stage act that seemed both random and completely choreographed, as only punk rock can. They peeled off the jackets for "Credit Crunch Christmas" and told nasty stories from the road on "Spiders in the Dressing Room." It was a refreshing bit of snarling noise and melody from the days before punk went to Broadway.