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  • All She Wants to Do is Dance: Is Rock Losing the War to EDM at Coachella?

    Chris Willman at Maximum Performance1 day ago


    Is it time for the most celebrated music festival in the United States to just give up the "rock" ghost and rename itself the Coachella Rave?

    That’s what some music fans are wondering after the first weekend of the 2014 event, which was marked by beyond-capacity crowds for electronic dance music acts and spotty attendance for beloved, high-profile rock bands. The divide between rock hounds and electronic dance music is starting to look like the California desert’s own version of a civil war.

    Although Arcade Fire drew a big enough crowd for their closing set Sunday night, frontman Win Butler made reference to the split in some pointed remarks from the main stage: "Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival."

    The previous night, the band Muse had trouble drawing a quorum of attendees to their headlining set. Noted the Los Angeles Times: “While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent,” where "one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave,” Skrillex, "led a beyond-capacity crowd.”

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