Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, is going on this weekend in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. This article is by Adam Lovinus.
Photo by Chris Victorio H-Town native Solange Knowles
The musical pretext for the Solange set was laid out by two prominent bands on the L.A. scene, which now more than ever, in terms of bands, food, beer, style and attitude, dominates Coachella. This was illustrated by sunwashed afternoon sets by HAIM and Warpaint Friday and Saturday.
Photo by Chris Victorio HAIM Photo by Laila Derakhshanian Warpaint
Both sets felt like high-water marks in the the respective bands' career arc. HAIM showed they're ready for bigger stages across the country; while Warpaint are primed for after-dark festival sets. They outperformed their contemporaries, showing more instrumental proficiency than UK's Kate Nash and Brooklyn's Dum Dum Girls, and a more mature stage command than Lorde.
Perhaps more importantly, their sets felt most like Coachella 2014 -- a refined blend of power, pretty and polish that makes L.A. girl rock the baddest in the world.
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