The big question mark on Saturday at Coachella 2013 was whether Daft Punk would make an appearance. Well, they didn't. However, fellow French group Phoenix did get an unexpected visitor in the form of R. Kelly, so fans craving a dramatic moment at least left feeling somewhat pleased. As for their set, Phoenix attracted a massive audience and gave a strong performance as major festival headliners, nicely blending old standards ('Lasso,' 'Long Distance Call,' '1901') and tracks from their forthcoming new album. Scroll down to read about Diffuser's other award-winning sets and see exclusive photos from day two of Coachella 2013.
The Postal Service
Exactly how did the Postal Service first come together back at the turn of the millennium anyway? The world may never get an actual glimpse of the electro-pop duo's first moments, but comedy website Funny or Die has offered up a humorous fly-on-the-wall look at fictional Postal Service auditions, complete with some bona fide rock stars playing themselves.
‘Give Up,’ the debut (and so far only) album by the Postal Service, is a product of its time. The duo – Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello – were never in the same room during the making of the album. They mailed words, music, mixes and overdubs to each other (hence, the band’s name) until ‘Give Up’ took shape. And even though it wasn’t a huge hit back when it was released in 2003 (the album celebrates its 10th anniversary today), ‘Give Up’ has since become one of the most beloved and influential works of the past decade.
The dates for Sasquatch! 2013 were announced last fall, and now there’s a killer lineup to accompany it. The festival – set to take place at the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., on Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27 – boasts appearances by the Postal Service, Mumford and Sons, the xx and many more.
The Postal Service have sort of confirmed that they are reuniting ... if the words "The Postal Service 2013" slapped against a black background on their official website is all the evidence needed to prove that they are indeed coming out of retirement. The reunion may only consist of some live shows, but who cares about the details right now? This sole sign of life should be enough to excite the group's diehard fans.