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Desert Rock

Daft_punk_01lThe first day of the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is in the books, and it was a great one. Daft Punk played its first U.S. show in years to close out the night, pumping out favorites like "Robot Rock," "Around the World," "Steam Machine" and "Television Rules the Nation" for an overflow crowd in the dance-dominated Sahara Tent. Just beforehand, Depeche Mode closed the main outdoor stage with a set that blended hits ("Enjoy the Silence," "Personal Jesus") with less familiar fare ("Stripped") and new songs ("Precious," "Suffer Well," "A Pain That I'm Used To").

Other highlights of the day came from late lineup addition Kanye West, whose set featured "Gold Digger," "Heard 'Em Say," "Slow Jamz" and "Jesus Walks," and My Morning Jacket, who tore through "Wordless Chorus," "Gideon," "Mageetah" and "One Big Holiday." Jaded Insider also enjoyed up-and-coming English outfit the Duke Spirit, the beat-boxing TV On The Radio and an early afternoon set from the Walkmen.

April 30, 2006 | Permalink

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