Day 2: Coachella's GOODs, BADs and UGLYs (feat. The Kills, Animal Collective, Paul Van Dyk, Arcade Fire and Mariachi El Bronx)

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Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM

click to enlarge The Kills, doing just that. - TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
  • The Kills, doing just that.

See more photos from Saturday at "Coachella 2011: Day Two with Arcade Fire, Paul Van Dyk, The Kills, Broken Social Scene and More."

Without road trips lingering or looming, and with just the right amount of hangover, the Coachella crowd attacked the grounds on Saturday, and the bands fought along heroically. The only real loser was the grass, which is starting to get sticky, but more on that in a little bit.

Let's take a look at the GOODs, BADs and UGLYs...

GOOD: No major problems with the gates.We still haven't heard about any serious issues with people getting in. It seems all that criticism from last year might've squeaked the wheel enough to get some grease.

GOOD: Mariachi El Bronx. The noon slot on Saturday is a tough gig, but Los Angeles-based hardcore punkers The Bronx donned their sequined suits, assumed their mariachi alter-egos and kept a few thousand bobbing in the Mojave Tent. We can't speak to the authenticity of their style, but the horns were definitely a nice touch. We'd give them a few dollars for a Boyle Heights serenade any evening.

click to enlarge KEITH PLOCEK
  • Keith Plocek
BAD: The heat. No surprise here, but it was hot. Not record-breaking hot, but still hot enough to sap your life-force. More than once we got up and started walking around the grounds, only to forget where we were going and head back into the shade, and that was long before the first beer. But the heat wasn't all bad: There was also plenty of skin.

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