Best Reunion (Shoegaze Edition): Ride
Ride was never as hugely popular in the U.S. as some of their British contemporaries, but the influential shoegaze band enjoyed an intensely devoted following during its initial run from 1988 to 1996. The announcement of a reunion late last year made their Coachella gigs this week possible, and the band delivered on every level. Bathed beneath a canopy of blue light, singer-guitarist Mark Gardener arrived center stage in black T-shirt and fedora, as the quartet tore into a nine-song set that included the U.K. Top 10 hit "Leave Them All Behind" and 1990's "Vapour Trail." More than a decade later, the bristling wall of sound was just as brooding, rumbling and heavy as we remembered.