Other Lives, Amon Tobin And Other Coachella Acts We Hope You Didn’t Miss

Photo by Zachary Swickey

By Zachary Swickey

Yesterday morning all of those lucky enough to attend Cali’s Coachella Music Festival (myself included) were awakened by the blistering sun for one last time as the second weekend of the fest drew to a close. It’s a no-brainer why it’s one of the most desirable festivals with such impeccable professionalism and a wealth of top-tier diverse acts; however, some artists aren’t getting the media attention they deserve for their amazing performances, like Radiohead openers, Other Lives.

My only beef with Coachella is not that it’s not good enough – far from it – it’s that the festival creates such an amazing stack of artists that it’s impossible to see everyone you want while also discovering new music (even two weekends isn’t enough honestly). For example, Avicii was spinning in the Sahara tent for a few thousand – not on the main stage – yet he was headlining the much larger Ultra Music Festival just a few weeks ago for over 165,000 fans. Yes, all festivals have this issue, but it detracts from the purpose of festivals themselves – to discover new music.

With that said, we wanted to spotlight some amazing acts that deserve more chatter about their stellar performances from the last two weekends of Coachella. It’s a crime that none of them were on the main stage … but all in due time, we guess.

Amon Tobin

I have to start off with the best performance I witnessed at Coachella (perhaps in my life): Brazilian DJ/producer Amon Tobin. Admittedly, I first discovered his music while researching acts to see just a few months ago, but his tour production – dubbed ISAM – is seriously revolutionary and would make Trent Reznor (another tour design innovator) quite proud. Amazing visuals are projected onto a Tetris-like set that makes it appear as if Mr. Tobin is playing inside the heart of a cube – becoming opaque and revealing himself only occasionally (above). Just take a gander at this video I shot (after the jump) and tell me you don’t have to pick your jaw up off the ground (especially around the 1:30 mark).

Check out four more must-see acts below!

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