Earl Sweatshirt was next - I was keen for some hip hop after all that guitar music. Earl and crew got everyone's hands in the air, were pretty funny and/or crass with their x-rated lyrics. Hints of goodness but just weren't cohesive enough on the day, they had some sound issues which didn't help either.
We missed Danny Brown due to a long queue for spicy fish tacos (they were worth it in the end though). Then an evening of girl bands despite kiwi headliner Lorde pulling out (she was busy collecting her 2 Grammys in LA as was James Blake who also cancelled): Chvrches were great until someone tripped over the power plug. Savages were fantastic with finely honed post punk sounding a bit like a sharper Siouxsie and the Banshees, but it was the Haim sisters that were a standout for me. They rocked pretty hard, much harder than their recordings would let you believe they might, their up for it attitude, big crowd interaction and big hair antics with the bassists often sinuous funk baseline, slap bass in places, against her sisters squalling guitar work and some great drumming made the 45 minutes go too quickly. Finally a look at Cat Power who's solo show was strangely placed at the action end of the night. All a bit quiet for a headlining act I think.
Great to be out of my musical bubble for a few hours though, I can recommend it!