I made it back from Coachella last night with only two small blisters and no sunburn further convinced that it's one of the best and broadest music festivals in the country. Even though I'm not one to spend morning until night under the little rave mountain or in the bass dome, I'm glad that those fans have a place to stay contented. As far as the programming goes, the Goldenvoice team manages to make artistic and organizational improvements every year while consistently stringing together three days with almost no lulls and regular moments of wanting to be in three places at once. I guess that trying to catch up the next time around, along with the much appreciated blast of warmth in the middle of a cool April, is what keeps people coming — to the degree that the festival could nearly sell-out before announcing a lineup.
It's also a great place to spot indie rock celebrities standing in line for spicy pie and trendy tacos (Koji's kimchi quesadillas = so good), regulars like Danny DeVito checking out buzzbands from the photo pit (Black Keys), and to bask in a pretty well behaved crowd (even the extra very important Hollywood VIP children who were shuffled up to the front were fairly polite). In any case, here's a big flickrized slideshow of the weekend's photos plus a whole bunch of extras that I didn't have room to process until this morning.