Coachella 2005: Day One
Coachella in 2005 was all about more. More bands. More signs. More mist. More shade. More cool breezes. More old people. More kids. More art. More more more.
And it was better for it. We opened the day listening to Buck 65 (who sings an awful lot about horses) from the VIP area before staking out a prime location at the Outdoor Stage for much of the rest of the day. Jamie Cullum, Eisley, Razorlight, and Rilo Kiley all held us with rapt attention with only small breaks for Snow Patrol, MF Doom, and Weezer.
Rilo Kiley was our favorite set of the day. Efren Ramirez introduced them wearing the signature Vote for Pedro tee and holding a top hat (but never putting it on). The crowd cheered wildly for him as soon as he appeared on stage but the true star was Jenny Lewis. The entire band was tight and energetic dealing with the wind and the technical issues that plagued the outdoor stage all day and Blake even got us to enjoy a song we don't normally -- Ripchord -- but Jenny was fire incarnate. We could watch her all day.
We fell further in love with the young ladies of Eisley. Nic Armstrong and the Thieves made us new fans. Snow Patrol's performance have us reconsidering our quick dismissal of their album last year and Weezer was Weezer. Rivers Cuomo might be going off the deep end as the tortured artist lately but you can't deny Hashpipe and the Sweater Song.