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Coachella 2014: The Cult keeps it obscure in the Mojave Tent
Coachella 2014: The Cult keeps it obscure in the Mojave Tent

There are certain long-dormant rock acts and broken-up bands that cause fans to wring their hands in anticipation of musical detente. These are bands that fairly demand to be reunited in the service of a career-defining set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. And then there was the Cult’s performance on opening night of the fest’s second weekend: an exercise in Dad Rock gone wrong that left most of its audience dazed and disappointed with the British band’s baffling decision to omit most of its biggest hits in favor of catalog fare and new “compositions” that left the faithful scratching their heads. Rage Against the Machine set the template for this kind of ballyhooed...

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