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Coachella Weekend 2: What To Expect; Desert Sun Reports

Here’s a great summary of weekend 2 at Coacheall from one of the local papers, The Desert Sun.

Coachella cranks up for its second weekend on Friday and, for many artists and fans, it will be a chance to get it right this time.

Maybe this weekend Drake will spurn the advances of Madonna or find a more suitable guest artist with whom to duet.

Maybe Justin Bieber will avoid a confrontation with security guards who know how to put celebrities in choke holds.

And maybe Tyler the Creator will learn to behave around super models. Or conversely, maybe other artists will learn how to add media impressions by misbehaving around celebrities like he did.

Nearly 100,000 people will attend each day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which runs through Sunday at the Empire Polo Club. Even more people will be watching the performances remotely, as AXS TV will be broadcasting the festival live for people who subscribe to DirecTV and the Dish Network.

Tyler, a rapper from the Los Angeles-based collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, threw an F-bomb at supermodel Kendall Jenner upon seeing her in the Outdoor Theatre crowd Saturday night — and wound up getting more media mentions on than any other act of Coachella’s first weekend, according to Zignal Labs, a real time cross-media story tracking platform.

With Jenner responding with a playful third-finger salute, the rapper reaped 131,000 mentions on television, print and online media – well more than Sunday’s headliner, Drake, who received 42,000 mentions on television, print and online media after receiving a controversial kiss from Madonna.

Zignal Labs said 86 percent of Tyler’s mentions also included mentions of Jenner.

All of the more than 160 bands at the music and arts festival are expected to return for the second weekend of Coachella. Traditionally, most performers don’t feature the same guest artists and many mix up their set lists.

Sunday’s second-billed singer — Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine — may come out on crutches after breaking her foot while jumping off the Coachella stage on Sunday.

Her energetic performance was described as the best set of the weekend by music authority Billboard magazine. Part of that was because she ran across the stage and jumped into the audience to energize old songs like “Drumming Song” while introducing vital new music from her upcoming album, “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.”

“Unfortunately while this heals, my performances will have to be somewhat stripped back,” Welch said while posting an image of her x-ray on Instagram.

“I’m so sorry. I’m pretty devastated, but I still want to do the shows… This album was so much about making something from what was broken, so let’s see what we can do with this.”

Singer-guitarist Doug Martsch of the veteran Warner Bros. rock band, Built to Spill, said they would definitely not do the same set as last weekend, and may add a song from their album, “Untethered Moon,” due for an advance release on vinyl Saturday in honor of Record Store Day.

Built to Spill gave a compelling show Sunday, with extended jamming on the Outdoor Theatre stage, but their performance was largely overlooked in the weekend reviews. Martsch said in a telephone interview Wednesday he understands why.

“We played Sunday afternoon like at 4 (p.m.), so people were a little burned out,” he said. “They had already partied a couple days. It was hot and they were probably trying to save up a little something for that night. So it was a very mellow crowd, but they were right there with us. So it was nice.

“I don’t think we deserve any attention at all. There’s so much stuff going on. I’ve been doing this for 20 years or more, and you sort of get a knack for where our place is. There’s a limit to our appeal.”

Five local bands are playing in Coachella, including Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, whose Friday performance was praised by writer Steve Applegate of Rolling Stone. DJ Alf Alpha performed in the big Sahara Tent in his fifth straight Coachella appearance while Alchemy and the Little Red Spiders opened the Friday and Sunday shows, respectively.

Alchemy is looking forward to an opportunity to play for more friends this Friday in the Mojave Tent. Last weekend, they started before the doors to the Empire Polo Club opened, band members said, so many of their friends didn’t get to catch their entire set.

Eevaan Tre The Show from Coachella, which entered the Tachevah competition but didn’t make it into the band showcase heats, has been added to the Sunday lineup at 11:50 a.m. in the Gobi Tent.



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