Coachella 2018: Cardi B twerked and Portugal. The Man rocked on Sunday
It was a sleepier-than-usual Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and the pregnant hip-hop singer of the moment twerked on stage and all was good in the world again.
Thatâs my theory, at least, and if you werenât there to see Cardi B, whose debut album âInvasion Of Privacyâ debuted at No. 1 this week, just after her pregnancy-revealing appearance on âSaturday Night Live,â well, youâll have to take my word for it, wonât you?
Cardi B only played half an hour on a set sheâs been complaining cost her $300,000 to create when she only got paid $70,000 to perform her 30 minutes on stage â" gonna need to learn to budget with a baby on the way, Cardi! â" but she drew perhaps the largest crowd to main stage for anyone not named Bey or YoncÃ© here this weekend.
Her set included most of the album, though in slightly shorter versions. Gu est stars featured on the record showed up including Chance the Rapper on âBest Lifeâ and Kehlani on âRing.â
As for the set, well, it was kinda cool, incorporating video screens and a metal superstructure for her backup dancers to pole dance and dangle upon. But 300K good? OK, maybe!
After the good, cheerfully trashy fun of Cardi B, Portugal. The Man, playing as the sunset and the hottest day of the weekend finally broke, took over the main stage with one of the best rock sets, of which there really werenât many at this yearâs festival.
They opened with a chunk of Metallicaâs âFor Whom The Bell Tolls,â played a bit of Pink Floydâs âAnother Brick In The Wall, Part 2,â and then slipped into their own âPurple Yellow Red and Blue,â occasionally flashing a teasing notice on the screen that âIf youâre here for Odesza youâre early.â
Other songs and tasty covers followed, Portugal. The Manâs own âNumber One,â T. Rex âs âChildren of the Revolution,â the Rolling Stonesâ âGimme Shelter.â
Portugal. The Man brought a big band with them, its choir of singers and string section all wearing Portland Trailblazersâ jerseys, a tribute to the bandâs current hometown.
More snarky subtitles followed including one in the back half of the set that reassured, âDonât worry weâre playing âthat songâ right after this.â
That song, âFeel It Still,â is a brilliantly catchy piece of indie rock, and had everyone singing and dancing along.
One last statement on the video screens observed, âThatâs right kids, no computers up here, just real instrumentsâ And as the final song segued into the chorus of The Beatlesâ âHey Jude,â and fans joined voices with the band, it was an important reminder of the power of rock and roll. And tonight, Portugal. The Man, which was having its Coachella moment, broke through to a bigger audience while staying true to who they are.
Highlights from the sleepier, earlier hours of Sunday included singer-songwriter LP, whose powerful voice was a wonder to hear; Snail Mail, the indie rock band fronted by 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan, who looks a few years younger but seems preternaturally talented already; and Japanese Breakfast, the indie pop band led by Michelle Zauner.
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