It’s safe to say Radiohead blew away the crowds with different two-hour sets each Saturday night of Coachella. The iconic British band also sold out three shows — one in Santa Barbara and two south of the border in Mexico City — surrounding the desert festival.
So after all the hard work the last two weeks, lead singer and front man Thom Yorke (and his fashionably questionable pony tail) did what any normal human being would do on a ridiculously hot day in the desert — hit up the pool parties and crash a friend’s DJ set.
Friday afternoon, Yorke — donning a very un-Radiohead pair of Converse sneakers, tank top and shorts — threw down a DJ set at the swanky ACE Hotel in downtown Palm Springs.
The surprise set at the Brainfeeder party wasn’t all random — Yorke is good friends with the record label’s mastermind, a performer who killed at Coachella, Flying Lotus. Yorke popped up unannounced last year at Low End Theory in downtown Los Angeles.
(That dog is so unamused.)
After spinning some dance tunes poolside (no word on how good his cannonball is), Yorke put icing on his Coachella cake back at the Polo Grounds by closing out the Mojave Tent with German dance duo Modeselektor. The three performed their recent collaboration, “Shipwreck.”
Between those two videos and the now viral “Thom Coachella Dance” GIF floating around the internet, Thom’s feet have got to be sore. Take a load off, sir, you’ve earned it.
–Derek Sedam, CBS Radio Los Angeles