Coachella 2011: 10 Best Performances
Now that all is quiet on the Empire Polo Field, it's time to look back at the highlights of Coachella 2011. It was techncially imposible to catch all of the action on the festival's six stages, but that sure didnt stop us from trying. Here's the high points of our long, loud weekend in the desert.
10. Strokes (Sunday, Coachella Stage, 8:55pm)
For a band whose members don't click offstage as well they used to (so say the rumors), the
7. Two Door Cinema Club (Saturday, Mojave Tent, 4:30pm)
Before Glassnote Records labelmates
4. Crystal Castles (Friday, Outdoor Theater, 9:30pm)
Not even a broken ankle can keep Alice Glass down.
2. Gayngs (Friday, Mojave Tent, 12:05am)
Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon was all over Coachella 2011. On Sunday, the acclaimed singer-songwriter made two guest appearances -- one backing Kanye West on the main stage and another supporting the National on the Outdoor Theater. But if you really wanted to see Vernon in action, his Friday night set with indie supergroup Gayngs was the one to catch. While the Chemcial Brothers pounded the main stage with rave rhythms, the seven-member band and its slew of guests blissed out the crowd with lush and soulful downbeat tunes from its 2010 release, "Relayted."
1. Kanye West (Sunday, Coachella Stage, 10:30pm)
Kanye brought his A-game to the Coachella main stage and closed out the festival with en epic, emotional and elegant set that featured a dance troupe, pyrotechnics, guest appearances from Justin Vernon and Pusha T, and an assortment of hits that spanned his career. From the stage set to the captivating performance itself, Kanye gave it his all, and the crowd ate up every second. West also got sensitive on the mic, thanking fans for sticking by him during his "dark period" and dedicating the show to his deceased mother with his final song "Hey Mama." Lots of artists rocked the main stage, but Kanye's set is the one we'll be talking about for Coachellas to come.