INDIO, California — On an opening day that featured Coachella’s always-eclectic buffet, serving up British favorites Blur and the Stone Roses, the festival’s Friday night was without question stolen by the Skrillex project Dog Blood and a reunited Jurassic 5 in full force.
Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) set off the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’s Sahara tent with an energetic blend of house, electro, hip-hop, and, of course, dirty dubstep. Skrill proved why he’s his generation’s most popular DJ, getting into Diplo territory — who performs Saturday (April 13) as part of Major Lazer — with African and reggae beats. The duo even worked in Die Antwoord’s “Fatty Boom Boom.”
Jurassic 5, together for the first time since announcing their split in 2007, featured Cut Chemist and DJ Nu Mark on a giant turntable and other fun toys.
Blur rocked out “Girls and Boys,” their first hit from 1991’s Leisure, “There’s No Other Way,” “Tracy Jacks” and “Song 2.”
Closing out the main stage, the Stone Roses pleased their cult following with “I Wanna Be Adored,” “Fools Gold,” “She Bangs the Drums” and “I Am the Resurrection.”
Earlier, Yeah Yeah Yeahs explored their full range — from the soft (“Maps”) to arty punk (“Rich”) to their ’80s-inspired cut “Zero.”
Tegan and Sara expressed gratitude to their devoted fan boys and girls singing along at their third Coachella performance, gushing, “We come here even when we’re not playing. It’s one of the best and most exciting festivals in the world, and you should be very happy to be here.”
Metric paid tribute to legend Lou Reed, who canceled his performance at the festival. Before “Gimme Sympathy,” singer Emily Haines professed, “In this song, we ask, ’Who would you rather be: the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?’ But really, we’d rather be the Velvet Underground. And there’s one person missing from this weekend,” before inciting a chant of “We love you, Lou.”
Later on the main stage, Modest Mouse started off slow with “Dramamine,” “Ocean Breathes Salty” and “Third Planet,” but later got into their weirder stuff, bringing out horns, strings for “Cowboy Dan” and their dancey ’80s vibe on “The View,” closing with a “Float On” singalong.
Radio darlings Of Monsters and Men got the Outside Stage swaying to their cheery hits “Little Talks” and “Mountain Sound.”
And closing out the Sahara tent strong, Bassnectar mixed Kid Cudi’s “Day N Nite” into his high-octane set.
Elsewhere, Johnny Marr jammed the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” and “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” a captivated crowd spilled outside the Mojave for Alt-J’s experimental alt-rock, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine inspired the weekend’s first mosh pit, and a long line formed to get into the Yuma tent to see Four Tet.
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