Pappy and Harriet’s hosted the final in-between Coachella show last Thursday, marking the end of three days of great performances.
Before the scheduled 8 p.m. show, I met a couple from Echo Park who gave the impression that they spent most of their formative years in the Echo and Echoplex—legendary Los Angeles spots for music. I also met a younger gal from San Diego who was at the show after spending three days at Coachella’s first weekend. The best part of these in-between shows: They attract real music fans who want to see a performance—they’re not present to be seen.
Opener Bob Moses is a partnership between Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—melding a DJ with original rock. The result: very danceable beats, especially on the dirt dance floor of the outdoor stage at Pappy’s.
Miike Snow, the indie pop band from Sweden that played Sunday night at Coachella, had me hooked before even playing one note: The group had to be desert cool. After all, the band has a jackalope graphic on the album Happy to Know You, along with T-shirts featuring the iconic desert mythological creature. I never knew the jackalope also existed in Sweden.
Lead singer Andrew Wyatt’s skills on the keyboard were a delight. He would move to a microphone at the center of the stage and then back to the keys. “Genghis Kahn” was very addicting tune that made many spectators smile and scream. Wyatt was in good spirits, saying, “Oh yes, the grooves just keep on coming.”
The show moved at a rapid pace, highlighted by the song “Paddling Out,” and also featuring favorites such as “Billie Holiday” and “Burial.”
A few minutes after Andrew Wyatt walked off the stage, the band reunited onstage for a two-song encore. “Sorry for the long absence,” Wyatt said as the audience cheered.
As the group concluded with “Animal,” Wyatt noted: “If you guys stuck around this long, you know the lyrics of this one.”