So many acts. So little time. Well, you actually had all day Saturday at Coachella to sample a tantalizingly wild variety of music. Yet it could be frustrating to decide between Kings of Leon and the Decemberists, Travis and MSTRKRFT, or the Good, the Bad & the Queen and the Black Keys, to name just a few of the dilemmas.
On the other hand, the fest was a channel changer's dream. With careful calculation (and hardy feet), you could sample almost everything, as though spinning the dial on the coolest, most contemporary fantasy radio station. Tune in to L.A.'s Ozomatli in the Mojave Tent, where its funk-rap-Latin songs energized fans, and then backtrack to the Outdoor Theater for the atmospheric Blonde Redhead's blending of wispy vocals, noisy guitars and fetching melodies. Take in MSTRKRFT's popular, pulsating dance music, and then amble off to hear Travis' gently epic arena pop.
Earlier on the main stage, anti-folk artist Regina Spektor proved surprisingly hard to walk away from, playing keyboards and percussion and inadvertently engaging in a piano duel with Jack's Mannequin, next door at the Outdoor Theater.
In the relatively intimate Gobi Tent, New York sister act CocoRosie fused trip-hop, rap, Bjorkishness and nigh-on-terminal cutesiness.