The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High
Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant florescent snail, the golf cart that looks like a jellyfish, as well as remote controlled sharks and butterflys (above). There was also a structure designed to look like a mid-century, Palm Springs modernist mansion, called the Mirage. Projections onto the house created the illusion of a swimming pool, and a swinging cocktail party. Then there was the "Coachella Power Station," at which guys in hippo masks and white lab coats stood in a glassed room, like mad scientists, playing around with computer, video, and stereo equipment. Occasionally, they danced to Ricki Martin. -Ben Westhoff
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The Amnesty Box
About to head into the festival? Afraid you won't successfully make it past security? Well, free your paranoid little mind by depositing your stash in the amnesty box. Then again, it's not a very 4/20 thing to do. -Ryan Cox
Letting Go of Inhibitions at the Sahara Tent I'd previously only been to the Sahara tent once, back in 2008 -- and laughed at all of the odd people dancing in funny costumes to "techno." This time I saw Moby on Saturday, and felt something like a mom at a middle school dance trying to fit in with the kids, I stood there with my arms crossed, bobbing my head a bit. But a few minutes in, a man grabbed my arms from behind me, uncrossed them and held them to the sky. He swayed them just long enough to get me in the groove of how things were done around here. He then left me alone. I decided to embrace it and dance along with the chest-thumping beats and iris-stretching flashing lights. It was an intense, freeing set with more life than I had seen at any set that day. -Taylor Hamby
Cafe Tacuba Mexico's Cafe Tacuba all but upstaged their following act Hot Chip on the main stage Saturday. Their robust, synth- and bass-laden sound filled the grass field in a way Hot Chip's hollow electronics failed to. Further, they inspired a mass dance pit akin to an indie rock version of the madness at Major Lazer's set. The coolest part, however, was hearing the crowd singing along in Spanish, which might have been a first for a main stage act at Coachella. -Andrea Domanick