On Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, I got to the fairgrounds late, but still beat my friends who were enjoying the pool back at the Ace Hotel. So I got a little Brian time to discover French pop group, Yelle. I have to admit I’m a little behind the curve when it comes to Yelle. But now I’m a huge fan. There are three members: GrandMarnier (really?) and Tepr produce the music, while front woman Julie Budet (who now goes by Yelle) joins them in writing lyrics under the collective name, Yelle.
I really love their new album, Safari Disco Club, and the title song and “Que veux-tu.” Then they covered Robyn’s “Who’s That Girl?” in French (Qui est cette fille?) and that was enough to win me over as a fan. I don’t know what they’re singing about, but I love it. So did everyone in the Gobi tent. It was spectacular to see them perform as the sun set. I quickly discovered that sunset music sets are the plum slots to land at Coachella. The next day, I bought a ticket to see them in New York on April 30. I can’t wait!
After my rebel Yelle fun, my friends met me at the public art installation that affectionately became known as Mexican Hat. Once reunited, we danced our way over to the Sahara tent to take in the work of Fedde le Grand, a Dutch DJ and producer, who’s really, really hot. I remember dancing to Madonna’s “Sorry” and one of my favorites, “Hello” by Martin Solveig featuring Martina Sorbara of Dragonette. Dance.
Then we headed to the outdoor stage to catch Australian electro duo, Empire of the Sun. Most famous for their single, “Walking on a Dream,” I was a little underwhelmed by these guys. More pageantry than substance was my take away, but I do like their one big hit, so it was fun. But the crowning highlight of my night was seeing my beloved Scissor Sisters. I saw them a few weeks ago opening for Gaga and the crowd didn’t get them, or even know who they were. Not tonight. The Mojave tent was packed with queens and anyone else at Coachella who could care less about seeing Arcade Fire. When playing to their base, if you will, the Scissor Sisters are brilliant. While the flashy, flamboyant Jake Shears gets all the notoriety, it’s sexy lady Ana Matronic who steals the show. I love this woman and she knows how to connect with the crowd.
They opened with “Night Work” off their latest album while giant silver elongated balloons reached across the crowd as if the Sisters were giving us a big, glittery hug. They played a bunch of crowd-pleasing songs off their latest record including “Any Which Way,” “Running Out” and my favorite, “Fire With Fire.” They also played “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” “Take Your Mama,” and “Filthy/Gorgeous.” By this time, it’s close to 1 a.m. and we’re exhausted. My friends pulled me away at the start of “Invisible Light.” They are so great. Day 2 wiped us out!