Coachella Day 3 (So Far): Mac DeMarco Gets Racy, Saint Motel Take a Gamble

Mac DeMarco, 2014.
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Mac DeMarco poses with backstage during One Million Square Feet, A Survey Of Culture By Windows at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah.

Emerging artists on the Coachella bill generally have two choices: present their club show as-is, with the hope that it translates on a massive scale, or up the ante with production elements that only work if the band can also deliver musically. Saint Motel, a newcomer pop-indie band from Los Angeles that played Coachella's main stage at 1:20 p.m. today, boldly chose the latter, adding a four-piece horn section and Vegas-style showgirls. The gamble paid off: the crowd grew throughout their set. The over-the-top performance culminated with the band's current single, "My Type," which follows in the dancy footsteps of Franz Ferdinand and Capital Cities – and could mean big things for the band going forward.

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Speaking of Capital Cities, the "Safe and Sound" band's trumpet player, Spencer Ludwig, spent the afternoon on stage with RAC for most of their crowd-bulging set, which also included a collaboration with Penguin Prison on their song "Hollywood." Psych-folk dude Mac DeMarco also brought out a special guest, comedian Eric Andre, who demonstrated his considerable theramin skills with a considerable rubber phallus.

Three different punk bands also made an early-in-the-day impact: the young SoCal band Joyce Manor woke up bleary-eyed rockers at the same time genre forefather Keith Morris' current band, Off!, double-timed its way through the afternoon. A few hours later, Desaparacidos, the Conor Oberst-fronted political punks, continued their comeback run with scream-sung blasts that were unfortunately played to a mostly-empty tent – surprising, given their pedigree. Maybe they should add dancing girls next weekend?

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