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Coachella 2013: 10 Best Performances From Weekend 1

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Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs at Coachella

With 190 bands spread across six different stages, it was literally impossible to see every act that performed during Coachella 2013’s first weekend. But that didn’t stop us from trying. Here are our picks for the 10 sets that were not to be missed during Coachella 2013’s first weekend.

6. Wu-Tang Clan (Sunday, Outdoor Theater, 9:15 p.m.)
When every living member of the Wu-Tang Clan is gathered onto a single stage, odds are high that a frenzied hip-hop showcase is about to occur. But when all the members look noticeably thrilled to be standing next to each other and shouting along to their cohorts' lyrical high points, that's when you know you're witnessing something special. While still-rising MCs like 2 Chainz, Action Bronson and Danny Brown all made impressions on Coachella crowds, the Clan was in the front for the largest rap audience of the weekend and delivered a loving tapestry of esoteric rhymes straight from the slums of Shaolin. Twenty years after the release of "Enter The 36 Chambers," Wu-Tang Clan is still nothing to f--k with.

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5. Savages (Saturday, Mojave Tent, 2:55 p.m.)
Although their debut album doesn't come out until next month, Savages is no secret: performances at CMJ and SXSW, coupled with unrelenting blog coverage, have turned the all-female post-punk act into a hot commodity. Still, the quartet exceeded the hype on Saturday afternoon, playing to a Mojave Tent crowd that swelled in size and enthusiasm with every song played. SInger Jehnny Beth ripped through songs like "She Will" and "Husbands" while stomping her red pumps, but the real revelation was bassist Ayse Hassan, who looked wholly at ease while firing off dense riffs.

3. The Postal Service (Saturday, Coachella Stage, 8:50 p.m.)
"We might see you again, we might not." That's how Ben Gibbard, the erstwhile Death Cab For Cutie leader and one-half of the Postal Service, wrapped up the latter group's main stage performance on Saturday -- a fitting sentiment, considering that the side project took a decade to cobble its current tour together and may never hit the road again. The fleeting feeling made the Coachella performance all the more special, as Gibbard, along with Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Rilo Kiley leader Jenny Lewis, turned their unassuming songs into deeply personal anthems. Lewis and Gibbard often danced next to each other onstage and exhibited a chemistry that made Lewis' presence in their live show absolutely essential; without her backing vocals, songs like "Sleeping In" and "We Become Silhouettes" would have had a fraction of their power.