Best of Coachella, Weekend Two

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Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM
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Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements
Early in The Replacements' Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong onstage. Armstrong, who matched the rest of the band (except Westerberg, who wore his own thing) in a plaid suit, seemed giddy to be onstage with his idols, saying "Dreams really do come true." Westerberg was splayed out on a couch for most of the set (he said his back was hurting), letting Armstrong sing lead on several songs. No Green Day tunes were played, but who needs "Longview" when you've got "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." -Kai Flanders

See also: The Worst of Coachella, Weekend Two

Timothy Norris
Smaller Crowds
Weekend two is notable for its population decrease. That means fewer Hollywood types, fewer bros, fewer people asking us for molly.  -Nate Jackson

Aloe Blacc 
Aloe Blacc gets kudos for maintaining the cool vibe of tracks like "The Man," his horn heavy tip of the hat to Elton John, in a live setting - even when that setting is a punishing desert. Pacing out other hits like "You Make Me Smile," and the acoustic version of his collaboration with Avicii, "Wake Me Up," gave Blacc time to sneak in a few funky, socially conscious album cuts like "Soldier in the City" and "Hey Brother." Otherwise, he mesmerized us with his golden pipes and ankle-breaking James Brown impressions. - Nate Jackson

Ben Westhoff
Glowsticks at Darkside
During Darkside's performance on Saturday night, whenever there was a critical moment in the set someone would toss dozens upon dozens of glow sticks out over the crowd - purple, red, green, yellow, and blue. It added a level of spontaneity and whimsy to the proceedings, even if some of them would smack you in the head. -Ben Westhoff

Charging Stations at Yuma
The new Yuma tent is great for many reasons, including the charging stations they added for weekend two, outside near the restrooms. Don't worry, there were speakers playing the music inside so you never have to miss a beat. We even caught a fan doing an amazing LED Hula Hoop performance to The Magician while we got re-charged. -Alejandra Loera

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