I’m not into “flash-rap,” but I am into real hip hop and 2 Chainz is all about the bling bling. We opted to check 2 Chainz just for the pure novelty of witnessing the flashy, big-ego-ed rapper live and it was rather lackluster as friends had mentioned about his weekend one Coachella performance; but we had to see it for ourselves and this is what we gathered:
- No, 2 Chainz, despite your beliefs — your were not sent here to “save hip hop.”
- Fall Out Boy? Really? You guys must be under the same label family and this live Coachella collabo must have been a well-paid favor because I saw a Groupon for Fall Out Boy’s upcoming Honda Center gig.
- White people LOVE 2 Chainz.
- I like your leggings however, 2 Chainz.
Even in the 100+ degree weather, Trash Talk brought the heat and just didn’t give a fuck. We love these guys and their crazy stage antics.
- Front-man Lee Spielman never disappoints. Even the medical boot on his foot couldn’t hold the wild thrasher down from crowd surfing, walking on fans and inciting circle pits.
- Spielman invited the entire general crowd into the gated off guest/VIP viewing area. I’ve never seen so many sweaty boys rush a barricade and hurl themselves over it to cause some serious circle pit raucous. I ran away for dear life.
- Joining Trash Talk on the drums was Chris Hornbrook. He currently drums for L.A.’s Big Black Delta and was a founding member of metalcore/post-hardcore band, Poison the Well. Dude killed it.
Combining garage rock and soul, the Make-Up don’t fuck around. By far, the Make-Up’s set at Coachella was one of the top performances.
- I’ve never seen a front-man spend so much time performing in-and-on the crowd. Ian Svenonius was barely on stage! It made for some true excitement and a memorable fan experience.
- As a friend mentioned, Ian Svenonius is like Nick Cave-meets-Prince.
- This is rock ‘n’ roll you can dance to; and dance is what fans did. I did not see one frown on anyone’s face. The Make-Up brought nothing but smiles and probably the most smiles I saw at any Coachella performance.
We can’t stop raving about these post-punk goddesses. They showed us what they were made of at their recent Echo show and they proved themselves again at Coachella.
- Savages should have been slotted for an evening set. Not only are they just too good, but these ladies are meant for the night.
- I didn’t notice at their Echo show because she was out of my view, but I love watching bassist, Ayse Hassan perform. This girl gets into it; she feels it.
- These women have more stage presence than some Coachella performers combined.
I can appreciate the “white trash” stage theatrics for it’s comedic tone, but you won’t catch me bumpin’ Pucifer on my playlist anytime soon. It’s just not my rock ‘n’ roll cup-of-tea.
- Carina’s false preggo belly gave justice to her last name; Round.
- Maynard is a fucking nut and we love that. He knows how to entertain and capture a crowd’s attention with his weirdness and musical talents, and that’s just what he did at Coachella.
- We heard their on-stage Airstream was filled with Budweiser, illegitimate kids and tacky clothing.
Some people say, no Peter Hook, no New Order — I say, BRAVO New Order! Bernard Sumner and his band put on an incredible show at Coachella — Hook or no Hook.
- New Order were so spot-on that I endured being positioned directly in front of a smoke machine despite my allergies and near death asphyxiation just to catch these seminal New Wave legends live.
- Bernard, homie — you still got it going on! He sang the classics as though it were yesterday while playing those memorable chords.
- The crowd was filled with old folks, but I was also surprised at how many young kids were up in the mix enjoying the old tunes. You can’t deny great music no matter what age.
This crowd was insanely massive! So massive that I opted out of viewing Major Lazer’s set. I even arrived on-time to the guest VIP viewing area but it had already hit capacity.
- To be honest, I just wanted to see Major Lazer copy Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and run over the crowd in a life-sized bubble.
- Diplo is hot.
Hot Chip, “I only want to be your one life stand” and by the looks of the excited girls in the crowd, so did they.
- There is just something so very sexy and sensual about Hot Chip’s electro beats and words, it makes the girls go wild. Even more so than that douchey, Joe Francis.
- As heard by one girl amongst the crowd, “I just want to get slutty to this music, but slutty in love.”
At his point during the evening, I was on my last legs and begging for a third wind. With their high energy set, Franz Ferdinand gave me that third wind to get me through the rest of Coachella day two.
- Franz Ferdinand were on fire, just like that song they sing about (“This Fire”). Fans were bouncing around as though they were standing on hot coals. It was truly an epic moment of shred.
- The crowd became a sea of singing bobble-heads when Franz played “Take Me Out.” One kid was going off so hard he accidentally pogoed himself into a frenzy before tripping over himself and falling to the ground. That didn’t stop him to get right back up and do it again.
EL-P should have had a bigger crowd, but I guess all the kids these days believe that 2 Chainz is real hip hop.
- Aside from his usual dope tracks such as “Drones of Brooklyn” (which he opened up with) and “Request Denied” — EL-P also surprised us with a heavy and meaningful free-style … TRUTH.
- I had no idea EL-P’s keyboardist had some serious dance moves. Does dude moonlight at a b-boy? It was fun watching him get down to EL-P’s tracks while holding down the keys.
It’s always a damn good time to see the Descendents live as they were one of my favorite bands in high school. From young to old, the Descendents had a lively crowd before them singing along to classic tunes.
- Even Trash Talk’s front-man was moshing around to their set with that dude from Workaholics with the big-ass hair.
- Descendents even played a their 17-second track, “I Love Food.” It made the crowd smile.
- They also played the drawn-out “All-O-Gistics” which had the crowd laughing as they pulled out cardboard slabs of the All Commandments: thou shall not suppress flatulence …
Words: Sandra Burciaga
Photography: Monique Hernadez
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