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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


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.

Glass Animals

Glass Animals (Gobi)


Best Hip-Hop Dancing by a Rocker: Glass Animals

The young British rock quartet Glass Animals have only existed a few years, but they've made an impression, colliding dreamy electronics and guitar rock flash. Leader Dave Bayley is also known for his restless posture behind the mic, dancing in place, waving his arms to the rhythms, shimmying to the floor with his guitar to the beats like the Beastie Boys dancer Vin Diesel recently claimed to be. At Coachella, he did not disappoint in the stage moves. Just before the band began the fan favorite "Gooey," Bayley announced late in the set, "This is a good song to play before sunset," dancing a little bit longer as the festival's giant Butterfly sculpture rolled past the Gobi tent.

Vance Joy

Vance Joy (Mojave)


Best Vulnerable Artist: Vance Joy

There was a significant selection of sensitive singer-songwriters this year, and no one had a certain segment of the crowd swooning more than Vance Joy (a.k.a. Australian-born James Keogh). The 27-year-old played to a full tent and performed songs from last year's Dream Our Life Away. From that album Sunday, he performed the heartbreak single "Georgia," sadly singing, "I never should have let you see inside." Revealing something of himself inside is exactly what got the tent filled this week.


The Do Lab


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)


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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