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15 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2017’s Weekend Two

Radiohead get a do-over, Empire of the Sun bring the drama, Kehlani celebrates her birthday and more

Coachella Weekend 2

Radiohead performs on the second weekend of Coachella 2017.

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Coachella 2017 rolled on with another weekend of desert sun and booming tunes. Here’s some of the best things we saw on our second time around.

Bishop Briggs

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Bishop Briggs

Bishop Briggs is a singer of smoky post-modern pop, and she showed a flair for the dramatic in the Gobi Tent. As she began singing “The Fire,” she sat on a riser and snarled “I’ve been a devil, I’ve been a saint” to a piano rhythm. With a gold chain snug to her throat, long braids bouncing with every step, the British-born, Los Angeles-based singer ran hot and cool to a band of crashing electronics, live drums and slashing electric guitar. Her “Wild Horses” (unrelated to the Rolling Stones classic) was confident and joyful, while her breakthrough single “River” launched her happily across the stage as fans sang along.

Tacocat

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Tacocat

The Seattle punk rock quartet Tacocat delivered a charming, messy mix of anxious beats, indie rock guitar, bits of surf and biting vocals on modern life. Singer Emily Nokes could be disarming and fierce at the same moment, introducing songs with subversive social commentary. Of the self-explanatory “Men Explain Things to Me,” she wondered, “Maybe it happened to you yesterday. Maybe it happens to you all the time.” As a wave of small bubbles blew across the stage, she offered: “This next song is about street harassment” or “This next song is dedicated to anyone whose on their period right now.” The sound was excited poppy punk in its classic form, endlessly vicious and effervescent.

Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman dressed for the intense desert heat the way they always do: in matching blue wedding-band tuxedos. Mid-afternoon Saturday, the quartet looked hot … and hot. The L.A.-based quartet collides soul, surf and Tropicália into a raging blend of fire and excitement. Singer-organist Bardo Martinez swung his long hair during molten guitar solos by Carlos Arévalo. Performing songs from their new Freedom Is Free album, Chicano Batman stretched out in all directions: near the end of their set, Martinez peeled off his jacket and frilly shirt and dove deep into the crowd for a triumphant moment of surfing while Arévalo unfurled one more wah-wah solo in the sun.

DJ Justin Martin

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Justin Martin

One of Coachella’s great traditions since its earliest days is the DoLab, a free-spirited gathering of tribes with DJs, acrobats and more adding to the hypnotic, feel-good vibes. One of the highlights from Weekend Two was the Saturday set by house DJ Justin Martin, who played to a full tent as late afternoon sunlight shined through the mist and a pair of women spinning parasols danced on either side. His remix of Henry Krinkle’s “Stay” and his own “Back to the Jungle” sent the crowd into motion. The Dirty Bird crew DJ also shared some new tracks completed just for Coachella, as a female acrobat was slowly lifted for several minutes of aerial dancing.

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