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May 05, 2012

Coachella Music & Fashion Wrap Up - Part 2

Ready for a few more gems from this year's festival? Here are five more bands and artists that Teresa dubbed as musical standouts from Coachella 2012…
 
  
The Head and The Heart  One of the best things to come out of Seattle since Starbucks (jk) The Head and the Heart brought their folk sensibilities to a well versed audience. Steadily working their way through their self-titled 2010 release had fans of all ages stomping their feet and belting choruses to favorites like “Lost in My Mind” and “Down in the Valley.” The group known for stellar vocal harmonies gladly delivered and brought a moving set to a close with one the most heartfelt (pun intended) thank yous I have ever heard. A little graciousness goes a long way, even at Coachella.
 
SBTRKT The worst conflict of the weekend fell for me during the perfectly matched time slots of Miike Snow and SBTRKT. The battle was won and all respect was due to a killer set by SBTRKT. Brainchild Aaron Jermoe, the London based producer and vocalist, accompanied by his collaborator Sampha wooed audience members hungry for the hits. Known for donning tribal masks while performing the duo delivered a killer rendition of the crowd favorite “Wildfire.”

Radiohead Was incredible. I mean it’s Radiohead, what more needs to be said.
  
Santigold The always flawlessly outfitted and refreshingly real Santigold had fans up and moving, packing the main stage for her unreasonably early time slot. Her ever-present back-up dancers were joined by the addition of a full band, all costumed and looking fresh. Four years after her first Coachella performance, Santi was visibly excited for her return and ran through many favorites from her debut album including “Creator,” “L.E.S. Artistes” and “Say Aha,” while sprinkling in new songs from her upcoming release Master of My Make-Believe.
  
Calvin Harris One of the best surprises in my Coachella weekend didn’t come via a Tupac hologram, but instead from the addition of 24 year old Barbadian sensation known as Rhianna. The superstar songstress joined Calvin for their hit single “We Found Love,” to a shrieking crowd literally loosing their minds; Rhianna performed with the vocal accompaniment of thousands. The energy of Calivn’s overall set was palpable even before his hinted upon special guest arrived, but no one can deny she put it over the top.
 
Florence + the Machine British songstress Florence Welch brought all her ethereal glory closing out the Outdoor Theater in her own cosmic way. While watching her flow gracefully in her chiffon gown, to a visually stunning stained glass backdrop, all could have been lost for her vocals were enough to solely carry the performance. Florence encouraged girls on shoulders to wave their arms in the air and join in her contagious celebration. The belting of popular anthems like “Shake it Off,” and “Dog Days Are Over,” was only enhanced by her constant energy while she crisscrossed the stage captivatingly, leaving me wondering how she wasn’t completely breathless.
  
With another Coachella on the books one can only speculate the additions next year will bring; a third weekend, more holograms of deceased legends, or additional reunions of epic proportions, one thing is for certain, rain or shine, Coachella always delivers.

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 …Teresa, thanks for being our eyes and ears at Coachella 2012!