Video of the Day | Coachella Preview Edition: Diiv (Live)

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Video of the Day | Coachella Preview Edition: Diiv (Live)

New York’s Diiv are not afraid of guitars. In this so-called post-rock era, they’re keeping it real with evocative and  guitar chords that harken back more towards Sonic Youth than (the seemingly omnipresent) keyboard-driven 80s pop. They wowed audiences last year at every stop, including a turn opening for Japandroids in what had to be the most wonderfully testosterone-laden, guitar-focused shows presented to 2012 audiences. Their instrumental-centric compositions create jammy soundscapes that lull audiences into a hazy daze before snapping them back to attention with the sudden increase in the swirling speed of your surroundings that provides the chemically-free equivalence of a mescaline bender.

Add in an indie-celeb romance (with Los Angeles-b0rn chanteuse, Sky Ferreira) and you have the makings of a perfect Coachella band: east coast cred, west coast bling, and the musical chops to back it up. From their performance on Seattle’s KEXP, this is a live set from Diiv that closes with an breakneck-paced version of “Doused,” with undertones of both the aforementioned Sonic Youth and Blonde Redhead (NYC, represent!).

 

 

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.

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