Feature: Coachella - A$AP Ferg, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas and More In Less Than 500 Words
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:04:12
So, you want to know what down musically at Coachella? Well, we're happy to fill you in and do so in less than 500 words!
Friday's best and most bombastic moment came during A$AP Ferg's afternoon set. Flanked by the A$AP Mob, looking ready to kick some serious ass, he tore through a set punctuated by "Work" and "Shabba" as choruses were screamed back to him with emphatic hands in the air and crowd surfing. Ferg stalked the stage like a lion, ripping his verses like his life depended on it. He held it down with an intensity rarely seen at Coachella. It was the kind of show breakout moments are made of. Those lucky enough to be there early witnessed a true original (and star) on the rise.
Speaking of stars on the rise, for the EDM set, Martin Garrix lit up the Sahara Tent with a fire of his own. "Animals" made the kids go crazy as Garrix brought an energy to his set that few producers have ever been able to tap into or replicate. If anybody's going to bring showmanship to electronic music along with groundbreaking production, it's him.
OutKast's headline show was heavy on hits from Aquemini, Stankonia, and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and they sounded as fiery as ever. As far as Coachella reunion sets go, Big Boi and André 3000 set off an incendiary spark to the fields that everybody felt. It might've been a history lesson for some, but it was a special treat for everybody. Hopefully, we get another album from rap's most dynamic duo.
The witching hour was rung in fittingly by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and the musical druids of ††† (Crosses). Whether it was the slinky electro slap of "Bi†ches Brew" or the howling violence "Op†ion", Coachella ended on an undeniably powerful note. These gentlemen brought the right amount of darkness, classing up the fields with precise musicianship and a uniquely haunting and hypnotic sound.
That brings us to day number two. Kid Cudi should've been a headliner. 'Nuff said there. If you saw it, you know what we mean.
Queens of the Stone Age also deserved to headline one of the days. A homecoming gig for Joshua Homme, the band carried the kind of instrumental chops that should be required of a big headlining outfit. Moreover, numbers from Songs for the Deaf and last year's masterpiece ...Like Clockwork opened up a gateway into a world where rock 'n' roll rules all—as it should. They harkened back to better days, while remaining firmly planted in the future.
With a set heavily drawn from Illmatic in honor of its 20th anniversary, Nas took everyone deep into the heart of his hometown projects with a spirited show driven by his microphone acrobatics and intimate, inimitable, and irresistible poetry. He matched that verbal prowess with effusive charisma. People weren't only reminded of Illmatic's greatness but Nas's as well.
Day three belonged to Lana Del Rey and Jhené Aiko. That’s it!
—The ARTISTdirect.com Staff
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