There were some anti-capitalist moments on stage, from Refused's Dennis Lyxzen still preaching about fucking up the system and ATDI's Cedric Bixler-Zavala, looking more like Quiet Riot's Kevin DuBrow by the day, declaring that "Urban Outfitters is the Costco of youth culture."
Massively successful, Coachella is a nearly commercial-free environment focused solely on the musical experience of 120 acts on five stages. There's no aggressive advertising, no excessive corporate logo-ing (aside from the Heineken beer-garden bracelets, which were tolerable), and the stages aren't "presented" or "powered" by. After last month's SXSW gave us a giant Doritos vending machine stage, it was refreshing to see the only sales pitches coming from the artists themselves. Even the ones dead since 1996.
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