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20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2016’s Weekend Two

Dr. Dre, Prince tributes and more

Coachella; 2016; Best of; Weekend 2

Dr. Dre showed up during Ice Cube's set at Coachella 2016, Weekend Two

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Coachella Weekend Two was shadowed by the death of onetime headliner Prince, who has given tributes both musically and visually. Dr. Dre completed the N.W.A reunion hinted at last weekend and Major Lazer hijacked the Do Lab. Here's some of the best things we saw on our second time around.

Coachella; 2016; Best of; Weekend 2

The Damned @ Gobi

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Best Vintage Punk: The Damned

"We're the Damned, back from 1977 to save you from the likes of Simon Cowell," announced guitarist Captain Sensible. Every year, the festival includes at least one original punk rock or experimental act on the bill as a nod to the history of Goldenvoice Productions, which founded the festival in 1999. Sensible arrived in sparking silver jacket and red beret, and singer Dave Vanian paced the stage in vampire black (long coat, gloves, shades) for an anxious "Street of Dreams" and "Love Song," as a circle pit opened up. 

Coachella; 2016; Best of; Weekend 2

Autolux @ Gobi

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Best Daytime Abrasion: Autolux

Autolux is a Los Angeles-based trio who brought some real indie-rock danger into the desert heat. The temperature in the Gobi Tent couldn't have been higher and the crowd could have been a lot bigger, but the band delivered with the subtlety of broken glass, as singer-bassist Eugene Goreshter and guitarist-singer Greg Edwards thrashed and leaned into the groove. There were moments of swirly Sonic Youth-sized noise and fury as Goreshter interrupted his vocal to swing his bass wildly, knocking over his mic and pressing his instrument against his amp for a squeal of feedback. When drummer Carla Azar began singing "The Science of Imaginary Solutions," it was in a voice high and soft until the band erupted again with a crash of noise.

Coachella; 2016; Best of; Weekend 2

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Best Way to Keep Dancing: Camping Center

The party doesn't have to end after the final act. At the Camping Center, food and entertainment continued onward well after midnight. In the Camping Center were games, an artist's studio and a venue for more dance music. On Saturday night, as Guns N' Roses fired off their farewell fireworks and RL Grime was descending his DJ station, fans were still lining up to get into the campground dome and dance, ready to savor every last moment of the night.

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