(Sunday, Outdoor Theater, 7:10PM)
Phoenix almost didn't make it to Coachella. The cloud of Icelandinc volcanic ash that prevented the Cribs, Bad Lieutenant, Gary Numan and more European acts from reaching Indio, California nearly grounded the French foursome as well. It did, however, divert the band's lighting tech -- so instead of the flashy visual spectacle they had planned, Phoenix performed in front of simple white lights and kept it "about the music." And from the very first notes, it was apparent that the music would be enough. The crowd fed on nothing but Phoenix's effortless melodies, air-tight grooves and refined showmanship, resulting in the most energetic and unforgettable set of the weekend. Coachella 2010 may have had bigger, brighter and louder bands on its bill, but at the end of the three days, Phoenix's set was the one not to be missed.
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