Five years are just a finger-snap for bands between headlining festival gigs. But it's an eternity in electronic dance music.
That's why the return of LCD Soundsystem to the Coachella main stage for the first time since 2010 (and its first show since a Madison Square Garden sendoff in 2011) feels just a little bit expected. But when James Murphy and his band take the stage on April 15, they'll do so having influenced almost everything about club culture and festival EDM that has changed since then.
LCD is one of the great live bands of the 2000s. Go watch the documentary of the group's swan song "Shut Up and Play the Hits" and watch a band thread the needle between perfect sonics, ebuillent fun and self-aware melancholy over four hours of unbridled, arena-worthy dance music. James Murphy is perhaps our generation's funniest, most heartfelt songwriter in a genre that so rarely prioritizes either. A reunion show on one of the festival circuit's biggest stages could be a life-affirming set.
But looking at the Coachella dance-tent lineup around Murphy, it's easy to see how the wider genre has taken up his mantle in his absence.
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