Grimes – Photo by Annie Lesser

If you went to Palm Springs this weekend to get away with your life partner and forgot it was Coachella, you were probably overwhelmed by every bar, hotel pool and historical landmark having some day or after party in honor of the annual festival. Similarly those who escaped to Palm Desert to visit their grandparents or take their turn with the time share were most likely shocked by the massive amounts of bathing-suit-clad, molly-popping, stereo-blasting, late-night-partying neighbors they encountered.
People who went to the Indio area for Coachella though—presumably with the expectation of drinking, seeing amazing bands, checking out cool art installations and surviving the onslaught of corporate sponsorship—were not disappointed. The DoLab stage was filled with ravers and water blasting. A giant praying mantis made from an old space ride hung out nearby. There was an art instillation of hippos electrocuting each other. And, oh yeah, there was some music too.

Jessie Ware – Photo by Annie Lesser

  • If you like Lily Allen but have a kid, you might want to start listening to the slightly more family-friendly Jessie Ware, who performed tracks from last year’s stellar Devotion. She has a similar pop-flirting-with-R&B sensibility and a refreshing tongue-in-cheek demeanor, but she doesn’t swear like a sailor.

    Wu-Tang Clan – Photo by Annie Lesser

  • The Wu-Tang Clan knows a lot of people who died, besides just Ol’ Dirty Bastard. As members paid their respects to the fallen, it really hit on how many great rappers are no longer with us.

  • No matter how much critical acclaim Nick Cave has, he can’t keep people from saving spots at Wu-Tang Clan. While the crowd was piling in front of the Outside Stage for Wu-Tang, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ crowd barely reached the sound board at the Main Stage.

    Thee Oh Sees – Photo by Annie Lesser

  • John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees likes licking his microphone as much as his fans like crowd surfing while flipping off security guards.

    La Roux – Photo by Annie Lesser

  • Everyone loves La Roux. The French pop group had the audience spilling out of the Mojave tent in every direction, with thunderous applause and people screaming along to every lyric, which was surprising considering Vampire Weekend was playing at the same time.
    Check out our full gallery below. All photos by Annie Lesser.
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