It was Jenny Lewis‘ sixth time playing Coachella, the singer noted midway through her set on the Outdoor stage on Sunday afternoon (April 12). Clearly, she had navigated the desert terrain before, paying no mind to the thumping beats spilling over from the nearby dance tents.
It’s a good thing she had many guitarists backing her up, including longtime beau Johnathan Rice, who joined Lewis for the song “The Next Messiah,” from her 2008 solo album, Acid Tongue, and Blake Sennett (playing the fest with Night Terrors of 1927), who hopped on stage for the Rilo Kiley classic, “Portions for Foxes,” after an introduction by Lewis promising, “We’re gonna bust out some old-school shit for you.”
Indeed she did, throwing other Rilo favorites like “The Moneymaker” and “Silver Lining” into the set, but it was Lewis’ new material, from her terrific The Voyager album, released in July 2014, that had the sort of pop stylings the multi-generational crowd could appreciate — too bad, they were largely absent for the 5:35 p.m. set which was noticeably under-attended. Their loss, as Lewis delivered note-perfect, sugary performances of local radio hits “Just One of the Guys” and “She’s Not Me.”
The crowd did swell, however, once Lewis brought out the three Haim sisters, Danielle, Este (who had joined Hozier as a surprise on Saturday) and Alana, introducing the trio as, “The coolest girls from the valley.”
The four girls, and two more female band members, then took Bro-chella to task with a rousing rendition of new song “Girl on Girl,” which the group debuted at the Troubadour a week earlier.