Monday, April 16, 2012

Artist Of The Day: Refused and The Weeknd Coachella Performances

I don't think there's any argument that Coachella had the best lineup of pretty much any festival announced so far for 2012. So,  when it was announced that Coachella would be live streamed again this year, it became a can't miss Internet event. While there were plenty of awesome sets played, including those by M83, SBTRKT, Bon Iver and St. Vincent, two sets stood out above the rest.

On Friday, Refused made sure everyone knew they were back. After breaking up in 1998, the band just recently reunited, and only played a couple shows before their Coachella reemergence. Even 14 years later, the members still had the youthful punky energy that allowed them to put out one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the last 20 years in The Shape Of Punk To Come. The performance was absolutely flawless, and it only leads to more excitement for the band's future plans.

On the other side of the spectrum, The Weekend played his first ever show in the US on Sunday. Playing songs off his three mixtapes from 2011 as well as "Crew Love" from Drake's latest album (a definite highlight of the night), Abel Tesfaye showcased his absolutely majestic voice, which may be even stronger live than recorded. Previously a man of mystery, Abel busted into everyone's sight with his performance, asserting himself as one of the most creative and talented artists currently making music.

You can watch "New Noise" by Refused here, as well as The Weeknd's entire Coachella set here.

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