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20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2015’s Weekend Two

Old punks, new country stars and fresh wax: the greatest sets we didn’t catch during Weekend One

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20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella

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Coachella 2015’s first weekend featured an unexpected controversy care/of Madonna and Drake; Weekend Two included a surprise appearance by Kanye West (that was evidently far less salacious since ‘Ye didn’t make out with the Weeknd). Fans browsed vinyl in the scorching heat for Record Store Day, got pummeled by Swans and charmed by Sir Mix-A-Lot. Here’s the best of what we missed Weekend One, and don’t miss all of our superb Coachella photos here.

DoLab

The Do Lab

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Best Culture Crashers: DoLab Artists and Performers

The DoLab stage at the southern tip of the vast Coachella field was more than just another DJ venue. Aside from beats and water-soaked dancers, the stage is also home to an annual gathering of visual and performance artists for an audience of about a thousand ticket-holders, some of them in costume. Muralists created bright new visuals, the air was filled with streaks of sunlight and bubbles floating upwards, while acrobats climbed and spun to the beats of the moment.

Chet Faker

Chet Faker (Outdoor Theatre)

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Best Modern Soul: Chet Faker and Jungle

Several acts tapped into some deeply emotional soul during the festival, and two of the best bringing new energy to the tradition were Chet Faker and the group Jungle. On the Outdoor stage, the Australian-born Faker was often alone with his keyboard and electronic gear Sunday afternoon, delivering the songs "Blush" and "Gold" with music that was often spare but deep, the sounds and vocals alluringly echoed and blurred. A little later the same day, Jungle from London took the energy in a different direction. Standing behinds keyboards and gadgets, Jungle founders Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson bounced and raved, creating a scene like a nightclub on fire, even in the sweltering desert heat. 

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