Two Door Cinema Club
This indie rock band from Northern Ireland has enjoyed enormous success in recent years, but the best part is you can still see how hungry and grateful they still are. I first saw them in 2011 when they were playing early in the day to an empty crowd at the Virgin Freefest in D.C. Compare that to the sea of people before them in Indio as they took a minute to thank their fans and appreciate how far they have come. My hat goes off to TDCC; it was special to be a part of the moment where I felt like I had grown with them.
I had already seen Pretty Lights twice, once indoors and once outdoors, and out in the open is certainly the best way to experience Derek Smith’s music. His set could not have been timed better; Smith took the stage right as the sun began setting and the crowd got rowdy. Pretty Lights’ strength is his ability to fuse so many different genres of music together together into an undeniably good vibe, a skill that stood out last weekend. If you’re not dancing while he’s playing, you better get your pulse checked. They don’t call him Pretty Lights for nothing.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
This was my first ever Red Hot Chili Peppers show after being a fan for over ten years. So yeah, it was kind of a big deal. The LA Times bashed them, saying it amounted to no more than an ordinary gig, but I couldn’t disagree more. I’d like to see that writer play a headlining set during a sandstorm. The wind was thick with swirling sand, as if the speakers were blowing it out directly into the crowd. Anthony Kiedis was a bit off at times, but he gave it his all, and the audience braving the storm with him knew that. By the time all was said and done, everyone in attendance was caked in a layer of grime and dirt. Nevertheless, the mood felt right. RHCP proved their legendary status and served as the ultimate culmination of an epic weekend. Might be the best show I have ever seen.