For much of Friday night at
On a kind-of-sleepy first day of the festival, the dance tents were once again the source for all of Coachella's younger pleasures. While the War on Drugs, Steely Dan and the majestic AC/DC whaled away at guitar solos to bring the stoner '70s back, over on the field's farthest corners an undercurrent of electronic acts did them one better at making the kids feel loopy.
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Such experiments were also sort of happening simultaneously in the Sahara Tent, where the supercharged immediacy of the latest EDM ruled the day and night. DJ Snake will be laid in the grave with "Turn Down for What" as his epitaph, and while the Brochella masses rended their tank tops in glee at his sub-bass reveries, he spent a good swath of his set trying to find other, more moderated ways to churn bodies. Nearby, Ryan Hemsworth and the brilliantly late-blooming Caribou mined future bass and vintage krautrock, respectively, for brain-bathing sets of synthesized noise.
At the end of the night, in the Gobi, the Norwegian producer Todd Terje brought out an ever-dapper Bryan Ferry for their cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary." Terje's always had a droll, sad-funny streak to his music, and his big band of hand drummers and dancers was a smart way to be a bit silly. But Ferry's velvety vocals had a wan, lion-in-winter quality that gave Terje's witty ideas emotional staying power late into the night.