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Coachella 2011: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti agitates the crowd

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Ariel Pink
, his microphone apparently haunted by a lack of volume, stalked around the stage inside the Gobi tent Friday afternoon without a clear sense of purpose. He spent most of the set smoking cigarettes with his back to the audience, a la early Jim Morrison, only without the sinewy sexual charisma.

Wearing a see-through lace shirt, red sunglasses and a studded black belt, his shoulder-length blond hair tangled, Pink frustrated the crowd, and willingly so, it seemed. He's known for that, though.

He has said that his music -- dark, ethereal and lovely in a hypnotic, somber way -- was never meant to be performed live. But for all that, his backing band is skilled and made up for Pink's disaffected approach to his set.

Photos: Faces of Coachella 2011

At one point Pink left the stage, "I'm sorry -- I know you hate me now," he said before disappearing 15 minutes into the show.

"That's it? Are you serious?" said one fan as a confused grumble rose from the crowd. His band stood there for a while and then finally left to retrieve him. It didn't take long, and this time when he came out he appeared to make a bit more effort to interact with the audience, although his energy felt jittery and unbalanced.

Still, the late-afternoon foray into surreal, psych-tinged weirdness was worth it. What would Coachella be without a few deeply eccentric artists?

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafiti performs at Coachella. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

 
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D-bag.

Retard Fest 2011........... They arrive smelling unwashed and leave smelling like a broken sewer! 5/14/88

Totally a cocaine effect. Didnt fixup just before going on , drags down cigarettes, then disappears for a pickmeup and comes back more interactive yet jitterey? Please, too obvious...That "music not intended to be performed live" line is crap. Its is just a lot easier to have the mirror on the amp in the studio....

That's it? Are you serious? That's a *review*? Jessica must be a little hungover. Does she actually get paid to write this muck?

Um, no, when he returned to the stage he refused to sing for another 3 or so songs. At one point he was seen openly mocking the singing of another member, as well as picking at his nails. The band tried to lead at points but just reverted to doing the chorus's, performing near instrumental versions.

ARIEL PINK'S SO CLUELESS, SUCH AN ADDICT. OF COURSE THE MUSIC SUCKS. IT'S ALL A BAD IMITATION OF THE REAL THING FROM THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES. NOT AN ORIGINAL ON STAGE OR IN THE STINKY CROWD...$$$$$$$$$$$$, SEX, AND DRUGS.

AEG - giving you nothing but your monies worth!!!

flashback to a decade earlier. brian jonestown massacre, nyc. same idiotic attitude.

one more back, camper van beethoven - ranting like a little child in sfo - throwing down his guitar on stage - broken string....whaa whaa whaa.

jump another decade earlier, john lydon.

actually, makes for fun. they're just letting you know how foolish you are to spend money and time on them.

I can only go see elvez - greatest bar show on earth.

I love Ariel Pink, pick up any record of his its great, so what if he doesn't want to be your puppet.

MOST performers would have given anything to play (just once?) in the Gobi tent at that festival. It's crap like this that make indie in general look bad for all the other performers out there who just want to perform, and enjoy the crowd. You're lucky they didn't throw their water bottles at the stage. I would have! ha

You guys this was actually a smart move. If he had just played his set no one would be talking about them. Now their all over the internet. Even with a story like this people will still look them up and check out their music. I'm saying this was probably planned, even the band was probably in on it. There's no such thing as bad press...just look at Charlie Sheen.


Yes, he's horrible live. This is not unique to Coachella but pretty much everywhere he plays.

HOWEVER all sins are forgiven if one can produce something as inventive and addictive as Before Today.


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