When did you first hear the Postal Service?
If that question has any particular resonance for you, then the answer is likely "10 years ago, in high school or college, on a CD-R mix comp from somebody I was awkwardly pursuing romantically."
And that, Coachellans, is the short version of why a band with one album that rarely toured upon its release 10 years ago can play one of the biggest slots at one of America's preeminent music fests. The electro-pop duo of Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello got under your skin at a sensitive age, and stayed there.
The band's much-anticipated Saturday set on the main stage (with some extra assists from guests including Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley) was fizzy and demure, staying true to the bedroom-y nature of the songs on its decade-old album "Give Up." While there's been a revolution in American electronic music in the intervening years, these tunes were many young indie fans' first inoculations for it.