For Brit-pop fans, Thursday night's
One has to scroll down to the third line of any given day before a proper dance act is listed (some electro-leaning bands like The Postal Service and New Order have higher billing). In more recent years, EDM acts like
But as festivals like EDC and HARD have edged onto Coachella's well-manicured turf in the dance space, this year the festival is clearly prioritizing rock.
There are scene stalwarts like
But L.A. EDM fans might be surprised by how familiar a lot of the dance card is. Pretty Lights headlined the Shrine in September;
That's not even discussing the artistic merits of the acts. We'd be more than happy to catch Maya Jane Coles in the pristine desert setting even if we watched her in Chinatown just a few months ago. But while we will concede that Knife Party and Bassnectar have major audiences, we will not concede that they stir our blood as some of Coachella's main dance acts.
Granted, given the swell of regular dance shows and fests throughout the year, it's harder and harder to book major DJs that somehow missed the L.A. market on a recent touring cycle. And obviously, Coachella is its own animal - repeat viewings can get a pass because of the beauty and sensuality of the desert setting.
But after a couple years where the story in festvals was all-EDM, all the time, this year's Coachella looks to have de-escalated the arms race a bit.