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Grimes Pokes Fun at 'Epic Clusterf--k' Coachella Set During Second Weekend Performance

After facing backlash for technical difficulties at her weekend one performance, her weekend two set opened with a tongue-in-cheek video with masked figures speculating on what went wrong the first time around: "Bruh, she can't DJ."

Grimes performing at Coachella April 20

Grimes performing at Coachella April 20

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Grimes may have had a bad first week at Coachella, but at least she isn't afraid to laugh at herself.

During the second weekend of the major festival, the Canadian artist poked fun at the failures of her first performance on April 13, when her songs played at double speed due to a technical issue, causing Grimes to yell in frustration during the set.


For her second set, the musician came prepared for a seamless performance and a little self-parody. She opened her April 20 performance with an introductory video that rehashed the problems of previous weekend, featuring footage from the set and fake news clips calling it an "epic clusterfuck."

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The video includes interviews with anonymous masked figures who theorize as to what caused the chaos. "Bruh...she can't DJ," one says. "This shit was the machines," says another. "Her AI shit...it's fighting back." The video then cuts to Grimes, recuperating in a high-tech facility labelled Grimes Corp. "Grimes Corp has announced a full investigation of the CDJ, vowing to leave no stone unturned," a voiceover tells us, as figures in hazmat-ish suits examine Grimes' gear.

The parodic video set the tone for a much more confident performance from the musician and DJ, who played remixes of Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" and BLACKPINK's "WHISTLE," as well as her original music and collaborations with her boyfriend, DJ Anyma.

Following her first weekend performance, Grimes also made a lengthy apology, which explained the technical difficulties as the result of relying on others to help with the tech setup. Some pointed out online that Grimes seemed to be shifting blame away from herself, though the star has a history of inconsistent performances.

Ahead of her second performance, the musician promised to present one of the tightest shows of her career.

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The Black Keys Cancel North American Leg of International Players Tour

The rock duo's 31-date arena trek was scheduled to launch in September and included a date at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena on Oct. 11, 2024.

The Black Keys have abruptly canceled their upcoming North American tour.

The 31-date arena trek — which was scheduled to launch Sept. 17 in Tulsa, Okla., and wrap Nov. 12 in Detroit — quietly disappeared from Ticketmaster’s website without explanation on Friday (May 24).

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