That three-day Indio, California festival for well-heeled, sun-scorched music fans has come to an end. And for everyone who wasn't at Coachella, take comfort, neither were we. But as the deluge of festival reviews arrives, we're keeping tabs on who got the best press out of these trend-setting few days.
Here's a rundown on the most-talked about performances of the festival:
- Kanye West - By now, everyone's tired of hearing this, but Kanye has seriously resurrected his brand since Swift-gate so long ago. Hyperbole-prone MTV declared his Sunday night set "one of the most memorable performances in Coachella history," while the Los Angeles Times deemed his act "captivating, a festival performance unlike any other," and LA Weekly gave the most critical assessment: "It's pointless, pompous, kind of perfect."
Most People Liked Them:
- Arcade Fire - In what Rolling Stone describes as a "stunning, otherworldly sight" the indie-band released 2,000 balloons to the audience's delight--and their show was "soaring, theatrical and emotional" too. Still, the New York Times reviewer couldn't help but take a jab, saying "I've never been sold on this band: something about the singing, the rhythm, the glockenspiel."