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Monday, April 15, 2013

Best of Coachella 2013: Weekend One

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Bon Iver's Auto-Tuned Cameo Surprise cameos from big name artists come as no surprise at Coachella. (Minus R.Kelly, of course). In fact, our spoiled asses kind of expect them nowadays. But rarely do they happen before sundown, so we were genuinely shocked towards the end of Polica's mid-afternoon set when Bon Iver's Justin Vernon emerged from behind the stage. He was wearing his Wisconsin version of beach wear -- still a minimum of three layers of clothing -- and lent auto-tuned vocals to a new single the band premiered. Built on Polica's drum-focused fusion of dub and R&B, Vernon's vocals were the X-factor that managed to get sweaty couples in DayGlo shorts and tank tops to wrap themselves around each other. We have a strong sense there were at least a few Coachella babies conceived in that magical five minutes. -Nate Jackson

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Ben Gibbard of the Postal Service
Uncool Aging Bands Sure, Paid Dues was a blast, and we looked forward to the hip-hop acts at Coachella. But aside from J5, they mostly let us down: Pusha T's set was uninspired and had poor sound quality, 2Chainz's was overcrowded and truncated, El-P's crowd was meager, and Earl Sweatshirt, by himself anyway, seems not quite ready for prime time. But all those crusty rock groups you stopped listening to years ago? They brought it. For our money, sets from Postal Service, Band of Horses, and New Order were the highlights of the weekend, and Sigur Ros was said not to disappoint either.

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Jenny Lewis of the Postal Service
Something about the excellent speaker systems here, particularity on the main stage, particularly benefited bands with big, melodic sounds. -Ben Westhoff

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