The title is fairly self-explanatory; below are the four moments that I would have sacrificed a number of small appendages to have witnessed in person.
1. Muse covering Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’
A longtime fame of Muse, I can’t think of a more perfect Coachella moment. Nipping at the heels of Nirvana’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week, the timing couldn’t have been better. Even though the video quality isn’t great, it still leaves me regretting not exhausting my bank account on a trip to Indio, CA.
2. Ellie Goulding covering Alt-J’s ‘Tessellate’ and James Blake’s ‘Life Round Here’
I’ve been on a huge Ellie Goulding kick as of late and this cover mashup leading into mega hit ‘Anything Could Happen’ blew me away. I’ve heard both covers before, but seeing them flow into one another so seamlessly was something else. The video of her Coachella performance has unfortunately been removed since I saw it this past Sunday, but the performance was so good, it couldn’t be removed from the list. Below is a video of a similar set that she performed last month at the O2 Arena in the UK.
3. Bastille performing ‘Pompeii’
I haven’t been able to stop listening to this song for the better part of a year now. Bastille set a Mojave Stage record with crowd they drew in at Friday evening set last week. Hope to experience a performance that is a fraction of this magnitude when they come through Nashville at the end of this month.
4. CHVRCHES performing ‘The Mother We Share’
Just a badass song and a badass performance by a badass band.
There you have it. Tell us if you agree or if you think we missed any!
– Christian Lerchenfeld