Noname, Porter Robinson, Weyes Blood fire up Day 3 – Press Enterprise

Sundays at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival start slowly. Your muscles are sore. You haven’t had much sleep.

But reaching the festival grounds, the grass a little worn from the pristine green of Friday, you feel just a bit better.

And as music starts to fill the air — be it the beautiful voice of singer-songwriter Weyes Blood, the guttural growl and lo-fi rumble of British electronic punks Sleaford Mods, or the joyful dance beats of Porter Robinson — everything feels absolutely fine again.

Weyes Blood, the name under which singer-songwriter Natalie Mering performs, played a lovely set — her vocals truly are gorgeous — that at times veered into unexpectedly funny places.

“I hear there is a lot of moshing going on this weekend,” she deadpanned to the Mojave Tent crowd after a somber “God Turn Me Into a Flower.”

“Well, luckily this our one moshing song, so I highly support at least rubbing shoulders with the person next to you, or soft bashing, because this is your one chance,” she added.

The song that followed, “Everyday,” was more jauntily mellow than jaggedly mosh-worthy. Though a human in a fluffy black-and-white dog suit walked on stage to wave purple-and-green pom-pons, then climbed into the crowd and started a softly bashing mosh pit.

So she wasn’t wrong.

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Earlier, across the field on the main Coachella Stage, dance music singer and producer Porter Robinson had a massive later afternoon crowd for his upbeat grooves and energetic performance. Unlike many dance music producers, Robinson played with a full band and sang his own vocals live, giving his set more life than many in the genre. Highlights included “Musician,” “Mirror,” and “Trying to Stay Alive.”

In the darkness of the enclosed Sonora Tent, English post-punk duo Sleaford Mods delivered a powerful blast of stripped down emotion. Singer Jason Williamson barked out his literate diatribes against the powers that be as musician Andrew Fearn, whose lo-fi electronics and bass were programmed on his laptop, allowed Fearn to dance wildly in a T-shirt with “The Simpsons” character Police Chief Wiggum on the front.

Highlights included songs such as “Force 10 From Navarone,” “Tilldipper,” and “Tory Kong,” all them under the watchful, smiling visage of Damon Albarn, mastermind of Gorillaz, which performed Friday night.

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